Online Event

23 Mar 2021 | 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:00

Lecture: The Beginning of the Journey

First Steps of Animation Film with Poliektova Sisters


Try to sit for an hour and a half in front of a wall and, looking at it, concentrate on one thing that is important to you. Nothing will come of it. You will quickly begin to get distracted, bored. This is exactly what happens with films that you are not interested in. In a well-told story, energy grows and flows to the audience. In a state of maximum internal energy, viewers can reach the peak of happiness presented by art – catharsis. It allows us to smile, cry and laugh. In a professionally-made film there is a plan through which this energy grows…

The Poliektova sisters will speak about transforming the initial idea of a story into a film, about the process of initial artwork, visuals and storyboarding. What are the important questions in the story and how can we create the main character?


Twin sisters Olga and Tatiana Poliektova were born in St-Petersburg, Russia. From their early years they began drawing. They graduated from art school and later in animation and computer graphics from the University of Cinema and Television. Afterwards, they started working together as a film director duo and animators. Over the years, they have made several short animation films, participating in 300 festivals worldwide and earning over 60 awards, for example at the Giffoni Film Festival and the New York International Children’s Film Festival. Their film, My Grandfather Was a Cherry Tree, was Oscar nominated and was selected for the long list as Best Short Animation Film. In 2018, they completed the film Listen Papa! and started a new film, Beast Inside, a co-production with Germany and France.


2010 – Tomato Story
2012 – Noise
2013 – Quagga
2014 – Warm Liguria
2015 – Cinema dehors
2015 – My Grandfather Was a Cherry Tree
2017 – Chiripajas
2018 – Listen Papa!

My Grandfather Was a Cherry Tree

Synopsis: This is a movie-memory, narrated by a young boy about his views on life and death. It’s also a story about an unusual grandfather, who could listen to the trees breathing and believed that “Person can’t die if someone still loves him”.

Directors, animators: Olga Poliektova, Tatiana Poliektova
Scriptwriters: Tatiana Poliektova, OlgaPoliektova with participation of Konstantin Fedorov
Composer: Nicola Lerra
Sound director, sound designer: Vladimir Sukharev
Music editor: Danila Bolshakov
Music recording: Danila Bolshakov
Producer: Pavel Smirnov
© Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, © OOO Production center “ContArt”

Listen Papa! 

Synopsis: Here’s a letter of a boy’s hate and love for his father telling all that had once been kept unspoken

Directors: Tatiana Poliektova, Olga Poliektova
Scriptwriters: Irakly Kvirikadze, Serge Kupriyanov, Olga Poliektova, Tatiana Poliektova
Music composed by: Jack Martini
Sound director: Denis Davydov
Sound mixing: Thomas Rouvillain, Denis Davydov
Recorder: Geoffrey Durcak
Animators: Olga Poliektova, Tatiana Poliektova, Yulia Aronova
Animation Supervisor: Anita Harres-Dausque
Production: Zéro de Conduite Productions
Producter: Fabienne Giezendanner
Production Manager: Anita Harres-Dausque
Production: CINE-LITTE Productions
Producer: Lilia Schneider
Production: Aquarium Films
Producers: Andrey Sychev, Alexander Mosin, Sergey Kupriyanov
Producer: Anastasia Pavlovich
In co-production with: Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Pictanovo with support of the Region Hauts-de France and in partnership with CNC


CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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