In this film we are taking a perspective of the crab and through his eyes and ears we are able to discover worlds that he lives in. Animals are our silent companions; they have witnessed the greatest achievements and most horrible failures of humankind. They live their lives parallel to ours – they are our food, our tools or, in the best case, we just don’t notice them. What will happen if we try to take their perspective? How events that we all know from history lessons may look like through the eyes of the animals who witnessed it?

  • Genre: Animated
  • Country: Polska
  • Running time: 8
  • Year: 2022
  • Color: colour

Director: Piotr Chmielewski

Script: Piotr Chmielewski

Music: Wojtek Urbański

Editing: Gabriel Goubet

Sound: Piotr Kubiak Playade

Production company: WJTeam

About the director:

Piotr Chmielewski

Piotr Chmielewski

Piotr Chmielwski is an stop-motion animation autodidact who dedicated his knowledge and skills to raise social issues with visual materials. He does campaign animations for various non-governmental organizations and he makes his first steps as an art house film director. Animation called “Crab” is his debut and hopefully first part of film series that will show important historical events from animal perspective.

At festivals:

15th International Animated Film Festival Animator, Poland, 2022 (competition)

14th Festival Stop Motion Montreal, Canada, 2022 (competition)

StopTrik International Film Festival 2022, Slovenia, 2022 (Special Mention)

38th Warsaw Film Festival, Poland, 2022 (screening)

35th Premiers Plans Film Festival, France, 2023 (Audience Award, L’Extra Court Award)

45th Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France, 2023 (competition)

40th Carrousel International du Film de Rimouski, Canada, 2023 (competition)

14th ONE Country ONE Film International Festival, France, 2023 (competition)

14th Roanne Animation Short Film Festival – Ciné court animé, France, 2023 (competition)

ANIFILM 2023 - International Festival of Animated Films, Czech Republic, 2023 (screening)

Animatricks International Animation Festival 2023, Finland, 2023 (competition)

Friss Hus - Budapest International Short Film Festival 2023, Hungary, 2023 (competition)

63. Zlín Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2023 (Golden Slipper for Best Short Animation for Children)

25th Junges Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg Mo&Friese, Germany, 2023 (competition)

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2023, Japan, 2023 (competition)

20th IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival, Bulgaria, 2023 (competition)

35th Festival international du film court de Voiron, France, 2023 (competition)

38th ALPINALE Short Film Festival, Austria, 2023 (competition)

21st MoliseCinema Film Festival, Italy, 2023 (competition)

IFI Family Festival 2023, Ireland, 2023 (competition)

34th São Paulo International Short Film Festival, Brazil, 2023 (10 favorites foreign films - Audience Prize)

18th SHORTS MÉXICO - Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de México, Mexico, 2023 (competition)

6th ANIMAFILM International Animation Festival, Azerbaijan, 2023 (competition)

11th Animator Fest, Serbia, 2023 (competition)

17th MOTELX - Lisbon International Horror Film Festival, Portugal, 2023 (screening)

12th Quebec City Film Festival 2023, Canada, 2023 (competition)

Young Film Fest 2023, Czechia, 2023 (competition)

10th Tripoli Film Festival, Lebanon, 2023 (competition)

37th Edmonton International Film Festival, Canada, 2023 (Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film)

37th Edmonton International Film Festival, Canada, 2023 (Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film)

SCHLiNGEL - the 28th International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience in Chemnitz, Germany, 2023 (competition)

Animatou Geneva Animation Festival 2023, Switzerland, 2023 (competition)

16th CinEast Central and Eastern European Film Festival, Luxembourg, 2023 (Audience Award for Best Short Animated Film)

Primanima World Festival of First Animations 2023, Hungary, 2023 (competition)

49th FILMETS Badalona Film Festival, Spain, 2023 (competition)

4th CRAFT International Animation Festival 2023, Indonesia, 2023 (competition)

Banjaluka 2023 International Animated Film Festival, Bosnia & Hercegovina, 2023 (screening)

6th Animario, Madrid International Contemporary Animation Festival, Spain, 2023 (screening)

Tbilisi 6th International Animation Festival, Georgia, 2023 (competition)

27th International Short Film Festival Winterthur, Switzerland, 2023 (screening)

2023 PÖFF Shorts, Estonia, 2023 (screening)

41st Sulmona International Film Festival, Italy, 2023 (screening)

34th Ljubljana International Film Festival, Slovenia, 2023 (competition)

16th Piccolo Festival dell'Animazione, Italy, 2023 (Winner of the Green Animation Competition)

47th International Animated Film Festival CINANIMA, Portugal, 2023 (screening)

34th Cinemagic International Film Festival for Young People, United Kingdom, 2023 (screening)

36th Castellinaria Film Festival, Switzerland, 2023 (screening)

30th Etiuda & Anima International Film Festival, Poland, 2023 (competition)

Leuven International Short Film Festival 2023, Belgium, 2023 (screening)

22nd Reggio Film Festival, Italy, 2023 (competition)

22nd Reggio Film Festival, Italy, 2023 (competition)

Animateka 2023 International Animation Festival, Slovenia, 2023 (screening)

Anilogue International Animation Festival 2023, Hungary, 2023 (competition)

Black Movie Film Festival's 2024, Switzerland, 2024 (screening)

Black Movie Film Festival's 2024, Switzerland, 2024 (screening)

35th JEF Festival, Belgium, 2024 (Best Short Film by the International Jury)

13th Tehran International Animation Festival, Iran, 2024 (competition)

30th International Short Film Week Regensburg 2024, Germany, 2024 (competition)

MONSTRA Lisbon Animation Festival 2024, Portugal, 2024 (competition)

71st Martovski Film Festival, Serbia, 2024 (competition)

Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival 2024, Taiwan, 2024 (competition)

17th Ecozine Film Festival 2024, Spain, 2024 (competition)

40th European Film Festival of Lille, France, 2024 (competition)

ShortCutz Brasil 2024, Brasil, 2024 (competition)

ShortCutz Brasil 2024, Brasil, 2024 (competition)

36.FILMFEST DRESDEN, Germany, 2024 (screening)

Ennesimo Film Festival 2024, Italy, 2024 (competition)

34th Mediawave International Film and Music Festival, Hungary, 2024 (competition)

Fastnet Film Festival 2024, Ireland, 2024 (competition)