Michael Dudok de Wit Master Class

31.05, 14.30 – 16.00 PP


A prominent director of animated films, Oscar winner and laureate of the Dragon of Dragons Award 2023, Michael Dudok de Wit, will give a masterclass during the 63rd Krakow Film Festival. He will tell about the processes and challenges he met during working on his independent films, including the feature ‘The Red Turtle’, about how each story was conceived, where the ideas came from and what the starting point was of each film. But the main subject of the masterclass will be CREATIVITY. We all know creativity, yet it is elusive and mysterious, and we find it difficult to talk about it. Michael Dudok de Wit will share his observations, talk about the essence of creativity and touch on the do’s and don’ts, intuition and reason, the unconscious, and originality, in other words, he will speak about more subtle aspects of creativity.

Michael Dudok de Wit (1953) was born and received education in the Netherlands. He went to university in Geneva, Barcelona and Farnham in the UK, where he directed his first film, ‘The Interview’. Since 1980 he has lived in London. He has directed and animated many award-winning productions for the commercial sector and television. In 1992 he created the short film ‘Tom Sweep’ followed by an Oscar-nominee and César Award winner, ‘The Monk and the Fish’. His most famous short film ‘Father and Daughter’ was honoured with a Grand Prix in Annecy, the Academy Award, BAFTA, a Grand Prix of Animafest in Zagreb and many other distinctions. It was also screened and awarded at the Krakow Film Festival. In 2006 de Wit directed ‘The Aroma of Tea’, a short film made using exclusively tea. His most recent work is ‘The Red Turtle’, a feature film coproduced by world-famous Studio Ghibli from Japan. It was nominated to the Academy Awards (2017) and won Un Certain Regard, a special award of Cannes festival, among many other honours. Additionally, Michael Dudok de Wit illustrates books and teaches master classes on animation, creativity and related topics at artistic schools and universities in the UK and abroad.