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Impossible Figures and other stories I

Marta Pajek
2021 | 16 min
Pencil on paper, digital 2D and 3D animation
Polish with English subtitles

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Marta Pajek
Writer, Director and Animator
Photo : Zosia Zija and Jacek Pioro

Marta Pajek

Marta Pajek is an award-winning Polish animation filmmaker. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, she studied at the Animated Film Studio headed by legendary animator Jerzy Kucia. Pajek later trained under the mentorship of Estonian animator Priit Pärn at the Turku Arts Academy in Finland. Pajek’s filmmaking style has been shaped by an interest in the arts and graphic design, as well as dance, psychology, spirituality and human experiences. She has directed several animated shorts, including After Apples (2004), Nextdoor (2005) and the award-winning Sleepincord (2011).

In 2016, she released the first film of her trilogy: Impossible Figures and other stories II was an instant critical success, winning more than 20 awards, including the Grand Prize at the Stuttgart Animation Festival and the GLAS animation festival. Impossible Figures and other stories III, the second film in the trilogy, debuted at Cannes in 2018 and won several international awards.

Pajek’s most recent film, Impossible Figures and other stories I (2021), the final film (and first part) of the trilogy, is a co-production between Animoon and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). This is Pajek’s first collaboration with the NFB.

Zofia Jaroszuk
Line Producer (Animoon)
Photo : Lukasz Murgrabia

Zofia Jaroszuk

Zofia Jaroszuk earned a degree in Film and Culture Management from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. After gaining experience in the field of international promotion while working to promote Polish short films at KFF Sales & Promotion, she moved into film production. She has been with Animoon since 2015, working as a supervising producer on animated shorts, features and series. She creatively oversees these projects from the development stage right through to promotion. In 2019, Zofia was appointed as a Polish Film Institute expert. She is an EAVE Marketing Workshop graduate.

Piotr Szczepanowicz
Producer (Animoon)
Photo : Lukasz Murgrabia

Piotr Szczepanowicz

Piotr Szczepanowicz is a director, screenwriter and producer of animated films. He is a graduate of the National Film School in Łódź, Poland, where he studied in the Animation and Special Effects department. His short films have received numerous awards at festivals in Poland and abroad. From 2014 to 2016 he worked as a film expert at the Polish Film Institute. A producer of both short and feature-length films, he is one of the co-founders of the Polish Animation Producers Association. His filmography includes some of the most widely acclaimed Polish animated shorts, including Ziegenort and Acid Rain by Tomek Popakul (over 60 awards worldwide), and the Impossible Figures and other stories trilogy by Marta Pajek (part III premiered in the main competition at Cannes, and the trilogy has won more than 50 awards). Currently, he co-runs two animation studios, Animoon and Letko, where he both directs and produces. He is a co-producer of four feature-length animated films: Moomins and the Winter WonderlandEven Mice Belong in HeavenJacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs; and Kill It and Leave This Town.

Grzegorz Wacławek
Producer (Animoon)
Photo : Lukasz Murgrabia

Grzegorz Wacławek

Grzegorz Wacławek is a producer, director and scriptwriter of animated films. He is the CEO of Animoon and the creator of SMODO motion-capture technology. Grzegorz graduated from the Animation program at the National Film School in Łódź, Poland, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. His debut came with the 2010 short Beyond Old Age. The films and series he has produced at Animoon have garnered over 70 awards and numerous nominations, including a 2020 Annie Awards nomination for the multiple-award-winning film Acid Rain by Tomek Popakul. He is a frequent jury member at Polish and international festivals and an active member of the Polish Producers Guild, Polish Animation Producers Association and Polish Producers Alliance.

Maral Mohammadian
Producer (NFB)

Maral Mohammadian

Maral Mohammadian is a producer at the renowned National Film Board of Canada’s Animation Studio in Montreal. Her award-winning auteur films include Shannon Amen by Chris Dainty, Freaks of Nurture by Alexandra Lemay, The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer by Randall Okita and Deyzangeroo by Ehsan Gharib. Maral has helped to develop some of Canada’s top rising talents through the NFB’s internationally recognized Hothouse apprenticeship program, which has spawned a series of one-minute hits. In addition to films, she produces interactive projects with a distinct artistic edge, such as Paloma Dawkins’ stunning multi-award-winning VR joyride Museum of Symmetry. Prior to joining the NFB, she worked at the Ottawa International Animation Festival and various artist-run and non-profit film organizations, where she made and supported alternative cinema.

Michael Fukushima
Executive Producer (NFB)
Photo : David Fine

Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima was the executive producer of the NFB’s world-renowned English Program Animation Studio from 2013 to 2021. After briefly freelancing following college, Fukushima joined the NFB in 1990 as a filmmaker before becoming a studio producer. During his distinguished tenure at the NFB he produced or executive-produced more than 200 films, including projects with Oscar winners Alison Snowden, David Fine and Torill Kove. In 2014 Fukushima became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His interests include a great passion for the outdoors, as both an avid skier and all-season cyclist.


Anna Polony 

written, designed and directed by
Marta Pajek 

Piotr Szczepanowicz (Animoon)
Grzegorz Wacławek (Animoon)
Maral Mohammadian (NFB)

line producer
Zofia Jaroszuk 

executive producer
Michael Fukushima

production manager
Karolina Sendecka
Martyna Siwińska

2D animation
Alex Boya
Eva Cvijanović
Parissa Mohit
Marta Magnuska
Małgorzata Mianowska
Marta Pajek 

clean up and coloring artists
Anna Chrzanowska 
Mateusz Frank
Marta Iwańska 
Julia Kożuszek 

3D animation
Brandon Blommaert
Kacper Czyczyło 
Monika Kołcz

3D modelling and rigging
Tomasz Tomczyk

fur simulation
Grzegorz Flaga

Monika Kołcz

colour correction
Magdalena Kulak

scanning and retouching
Maria Pajek 

compositing and editing
Marta Pajek 

technical director
Eloi Champagne

technical coordinators
Randall Finnerty
Luc Binette

studio administration
Rosalina Di Sario

senior production coordinator
Dominique Forget

studio coordinator
Barry Ahmad
Faisal Moula

performed by
Anna Polony
written by
Peter Seeger, Max Colpet
Courtesy of Schubert Music

original music
Aleksandra Gryka

additional music
Marcin Kuczewski 

foley artist
Michał Jankowski / Noiseroom

foley recordist
Paweł Łuczak

sound design and editing
Michał Jankowski 

additional sound design
Olivier Calvert

sound mixing
Piotr Knop / Toya Studios
Michał Jankowski  

Judith Lessard-Bérubé

mastering and DCP
Marek Dudzik

A Polish Film Institute co-financed production

An Animoon and National Film Board of Canada co-production

Press Relations

  • Nadine Viau
    NFB Publicist – Montreal
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  • Animoon

    Animoon produces animated projects of high artistic and narrative quality, mainly based on original ideas.

    Portfolio of the studio consists of short, and full-length animated films, and animated series, with projects dedicated to a wide audience – starting from the youngest, through teenage viewers, families and adults

    Animoon works closely with executive producers who specialise in different animation techniques, thus the artistic variety of the studio’s portfolio. Animoon’s production are made thinking about viewers from Poland and from abroad. Each one of our projects is developed and promoted as a separate brand.

  • About the NFB

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