Jerzy Kucia is one of the major representatives of the world-renowned Polish school of animation. He was born in 1942 and studied at the Film Drawing Studio of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, where he has been working as a pedagogue and leading the Animated Film Studio for the past several dozen years. Since 1996 he has been organizing the International Animated Film Workshops, the 25th edition of which took place in Lanckorona
this year. He made his debut as an animated film author in 1972 with his “The Return” (“Powrót”) which won him the Grand Prix of International Animated Film Festival in Grenoble. The 1970s and 80s constituted a period of his intensive work and significant international successes with films: “A Lift” (“Winda”, 1973), “The Barrier” (“Szlaban”, 1977), “The Circle” (“Krąg”, 1978), “Reflections” (“Refleksy”, 1979), “Chips” (“Odpryski”, 1984), “The Parade” (“Parada”, 1986). Starting from the 1990s, Kucia makes films less often but he finds artistic fulfillment in his “Tuninig Instruments” (“Strojenie instrumentów”, 2000) and “Fugue for Cello, Trumpet and Landscape” (“Fuga na wiolonczelę, trąbkę i pejzaż”, 2014). In 2003, Jerzy Kucia became the first laureate of the Special Golden Dinosaur – the award granted by the Etiuda Festival to the outstanding artists and pedagogues. In 2015 he received, as the second Polish artist after Daniel Szczechura, the ASIFA Prize – the annual award of the animated film authors associated with the international Association Internationale du Film d’Animation.