Tomasz Popakul and Kasumi Ozeki are on a roll. First, they won the second prize at the Portuguese IndieLisboa – International Film Festival, and now they have received a special award from a jury member at Animafest Zagreb.

The IndieLisboa – International Film Festival is held annually in Lisbon and showcases a wide range of independent films from around the world. The event focuses on promoting experimental film forms and the work of young directors. The festival also features numerous workshops, meetings with creators, and discussion panels, attracting independent cinema enthusiasts from various countries. More information about the festival can be found on its website.

The World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb took place for the first time in 1972 and – after Annecy – it's the second oldest film festival entirely dedicated to animation and one of the most important festivals in the world devoted to this subject.The list of all winners can be found here.

The Polish animated film was recognised at both events. In Portugal, the film received the Silvestre Award for the best short film of the festival, and in Croatia, it received a Special Award from one of the jurors, Malte Stein. 

Zima is a one-of-a-kind mosaic portrait of a small fishing village, where man and man, man and animal, animal and animal are interdependent in a delicate balance of warm, tender care, and cold, emotional cruelty. It's an amazing story about loneliness and community in the spirit of magical realism.