A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, DK Welchman (formerly known as Dorota Kobiela) was awarded the “Minister of Culture scholarship” for special achievements in painting and graphics. Simultaneously with attending the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, she joined the Warsaw Film School, Directorial Faculty in 2004.
DK Welchman is the originator, writer, director and editor of the movie “Loving Vincent”; the world’s first and only fully painted fe- ature film, hand painted by over 100 oil-painting animators. “Loving Vincent” won Best Animation Feature Film at the European Film Award, the 20th International Shanghai Film Festival, and over 40 other awards around the world (24 of which were Audience Awards for Best Film). The film was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. The film made $52m at the global box office, and is the most successful Polish film of all time at the international box office.
Hugh graduated from Oxford University with a degree in PPE and a vague notion of wanting to make films. He supported himself through teaching history, selling carpets, and even selling fish, while he joined various grass roots film cooperatives in London. After a few disastrous experiences, where the drama was all behind the camera instead of in front of it, Hugh sought out training at The National Film & Television School.
His graduation film, Crowstone, won the Cinefoundation Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. He got his first professional experience producing short films for Monty Python, and then set up BreakThru Films. In 2008 Hugh was awarded an Oscar for BreakThru’s first major production, Peter and the Wolf, which premiered at a sold out Royal Albert Hall accompanied live by The Philharmonic Orchestra. His next film, Magic Piano & the Chopin Shorts premiered in Beijing’s Forbidden City with pianist Lang Lang, then at London’s South Bank Centre and New York’s Lincoln Centre.
After falling in love with Polish painter and director, Dorota Kobiela, Hugh also fell in love with her film project, Loving Vincent, and has been working with her ever since.
Sean grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and then graduated from the University of Virginia with B.A. in International Relations. Two weeks after graduation in 1991 he went to Poland with the Peace Corps where he spent two years in a small town near the Ukrainian border. Following his Peace Corps assignment, he stayed in Poland where he worked as a journalist and then helped set up Silver Screen cinemas, a leading multiplex operator in Poland where he held positions as Director of Finance and then CEO.
During his time at Silver Screen, Sean met Hugh Welchman who was producing Peter & the Wolf, and once he sold his company, he came on board Hugh’s next production Magic Piano & The Chopin Shorts as a co-producer. In 2012, Hugh showed Sean the trailer for his next project Loving Vincent, and Sean was immediately hooked on the project, and accepted Hugh’s invitation to join him as his business partner in BreakThru.
L.U.C. (Łukasz Rostkowski) - repeatedly appreciated polish producer, vocalist, music composer, performer, songwriter, concert and video director, called by polish press an artist of XXI century. For his innovativeness, eclecticism spirit, unconventional music and text solutions he gained respect among many journalists and as a result he got excellent reviews in the most important polish cultural magazines.
Since 2002 he has recorded 16 LP albums and many soundtracks, spectacles and video's which combines nu jazz, trip-hop, reggae, hip-hop with the classical music, folk and electronica. Merging music with the picture is his great passion. His music was used in Inarritu and Lubezki Oscar VR project Carne Y Arena. In 2004 he created the philosophy of 4 galaxies which connects music, lyrics, movie and graphics in a whole transfer. In 2009. He created a series of multimedia historical performances - modern and artistic polish and european history lessons entitled Understanding Poland. As part of the project, 5 performances were already created. 39/89, Warsaw War saw, Courier from Warsaw, Ibidem'40, Pilecki. Escape to Freedom and Bellum Symphonica.
In 2015, with Jan Feat he founded REBEL BABEL ENSEMBLE - a transcultural, international Big Band, that combines, styles, languages and 11.000 musicians from all over Europe and USA (Heritage od European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016). It meets professional stars with students and amateurs merging energies and musical genres. In 2018 he started a special unit - Rebel Babel Film Orchestra dedicated for scoring and film music concerts.
He attended the Academy of Fine Arts - Faculty of Painting in Warsaw and famous Polish National Film School in Lodz - Faculty of Animation.
As a director and animation artist, he creates projects combining live-action and multiple animation techniques.
In 2006 he was leading a team of computer animators on the British-Polish stop motion animation \"Peter and the Wolf\". The movie won Oscar Award in 2008 for the best short animation.
Graduate of the Cinematography Department at the Film School in Łódź. Radek has been working in many feature and documentary films, as well as commercial projects. Winner of the award for the Best Cinematography Debut for the film Suicide Room at the Camerimage Festival (2011) and award for the Best Cinematography for the Princess at the Jerusalem Film Festival (2014).
Author of cinematography for many international productions, including Turkish Inflame (2017), American My Days of Mercy (2017) and Australian The Babadook (2013), presented at film festivals in Berlin, Toronto and Sundance. The Nightingale directed by Jennifer Kent won the Special Jury Award at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.
His latest feature projects are Suicide Room. The Heter directed by Jan Komasa (2020) and My Neighbor Adolf directed by Leon Prudovski (in production).
Member of the Polish Society of Cinematographers (PSC) and the European Film Academy (EFA).
Piotr graduated from the Lodz Academy of Fine Art, and did whatever jobs were offered to him that involved painting: shop signs, murals, and theatre sets. When there weren’t painting jobs Piotr worked at casual jobs, including being a grill chef, to leave himself free should any painting jobs come up. He painted the backdrops for BreakThru Films’ Peter and the Wolf.
Following this he was appointed Head of Painting Animation on Dorota Kobiela’s short film, The Little Postman, and subsequently was chosen to fill the same role for Loving Vincent. He now continues to serve as Head of Painting at BreakThru.
Production Designer, set designer, author of installations. Studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Central St Martins School of Arts and Production Design for Film and Tv, at School of 3D Design, Kingston upon Thames University. Member of UKIC, UK Institute for Conservation, wall painting section, PFA (Polish Filmmaker Association) and BFDG (British Film Designers Guild). Awarded Best Production Design at 34 PFF in Gdynia, for two films "All that I love", and "Magic Tree". Production Designer of nearly thirty feature films and several TV series for HBO and ZDF .
Graduated from Northwestern University with a masters in Stage Design. Katarzyna Lewińska has been working mainly in film, as one of the top european costumes designers. Designed costumes for over 50 films and TV shows and worked with Peter Greenway, Andrzej Wajda, Agnieszka Holland, Krzysztof Zanussi, Katarzyna Adamik, Agnieszka Smoczynska, Malgorzata Szumowska. Also designed costumes for the sci fi Netflix show 1983, and war drama Liberator (to be released). In 2017, awarded the European Film Academy Award for the best costume design for Spoor by agnieszka holland. Katarzyna works also in opera and theater.
Waldemar Pokromski born in Poland, is one of the most internationally acclaimed make-up and hair designers. He begun his career as a make up artist at the Babelsberg Studio,Germany in 1972 an since then has worked with some of the greatest film directors on such film as:Steven Spielberg,Roman Polanski,Michael Haneke,Tom Tykwer,Volker Schlondorff,Andrzej Wajda,Oliver Stone,Terence Malick,Carlos Saura,Anthony Russo,Joe Russo,Pawel Pawlikowski,etc.
Mr.Pokromski has worked on more than ninety film productions.Eleven of them were made by Oscar winning directors.He has worked on four Oscar winning films,including:
Schindler's List, The Pianist, The Counterfeiters, Amour, as well as on four Academy nominated films.
Tomek started working with BreakThru Films as head of IT on Peter and the Wolf, and had the same role on Magic Piano & the Chopin Shorts, after which he became Head of the Studio at BreakThru’s facility in Gdansk, and Production Manager on Loving Vincent. Tomek along with Dorota Kobiela and Piotr Dominiak designed the Painting Animation Work Stations. His current role is Line Producer of The Peasants movie.
Casting director with extensive experience. Author of the cast of many films and series appreciated by the audience. Ewa Brodzka is a laureate of the prize Weronika Migoń for Casting Director 2018 for the film "Silent Night". She belongs to the global association of casting directors - International Casting Directors Network.
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