Directed by Tomasz Popakul
Poland | 19 minutes | 2013 | Polish

Fish Boy is a teenager facing the challenges of growing up. His problems are especially severe, as he is different from all others: He is half boy, half fish. His drama is set against the background of a seemingly idyllic fishing village, where is father wants to teach him how to become a fisherman. The boy‘s struggle with the stigma of rejection takes place in several dimensions of interpersonal relationships. Ultimately, it also affects Fish Boy‘s relationship with himself.


Director: Tomasz Popakul
Screenwriter: Tomasz Popakul
Editing: Tomasz Popakul, Piotr Szczepanowicz
Animation: Tomasz Popakul, Magdalena Bryl, Joanna Jasińska, Ewa Kandziora, Wojtek Weselak, Wojtek Wnuk, Paweł Żugaj
Producer: Piotr Szczepanowicz

  • Tomasz Popakul
    Tomasz Popakul

Festivals & Awards
FEST – New Directors New Films Festival in Espinho
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen – Grand Prix
Krakow Film Festival – Silver Hobby Horse for the Best Animated Film
Brooklyn Film Festival – Best Animated Film
Hamburg Short Film Festival – Arte Shortfilm Award
Annecy Animation Film Festival
Edinburgh International Film Festival
T-Mobile New Horizons – Best Short Animation
Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival – Jury Special Prize
Lucania Film Festival – Grand Prix for the Best Short Film
Fantoche International Animation Film Festival – New Talent Award
Animanima International Animation Festival – Special Mention for the Best Animation
Raindance International Film Festival – Best Animated Short
Naoussa International Film Festival – Special Mention
Chicago International Film Festival
Mumbai International Film Festival
London International Animation Festival
Xian China International Folk Video – Best Technology
Cinanima Animated Film Festival – Best Short Film Award
Gijón International Film Festival
Up and coming International Film Festival – International Young Filmmakers Award
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
Tampere Film Festival 2014
International Film Festival FEBIOFEST – Special Mention
International Short Film Festival Brno – Visegrad Fund Award
Poitiers Film Festival – Special Jury Prize

Tomasz Popakul

Born in 1986 in Trzebież, Poland. He made his first films FRUSTRATU:HERZLEID (2004) and LIFE 1.0 (2006) at the art school in Szczecin, before he started studying animation at the renowned film school in Lodz in 2007. In 2011, he signed up for the parallel study of scriptwriting at the same school. ZIEGENORT is his graduation film.

2012 Zigenort, animated short
2009 Martwe pole, animated short
2009 Rewolucja W Chronopolis: 64 złote kule i jedno klaśniecie, animated short
2008 1000 wiader wody, animated short
2008 Auge, animated short
2006 Życie 1.0, animated short
2004 Frustratu:Herzleid, animated short