Marta Pajek

is an award-winning Polish animation director. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, she studied at the Animated Film Studio headed by legendary animator, Jerzy Kucia. Pajek later trained under the tutorship of Estonian animator, Priit Pärn at the Turku Arts Academy in Finland. Pajek's cinema style is shaped by an interest in the arts, graphic design and also dance, psychology, spirituality and human experiences. She has directed several short animation films including After Apples (2004), Nextdoor (2005) and the award-winning Sleepincord (2011). In 2016, she released the first film (and second part) of the trilogy. Impossible Figures and other stories II (2016) was an instant critical success, winning more than 20 awards including Grand Prize at the Stuttgart Animation Festival and GLAS animation festival. Impossible Figures and other stories III debuted at Cannes in 2018 and won several international awards. Pajek’s most recent film, Impossible Figures and other stories I (2021), the first and final part of the trilogy, is a co-production between Animoon and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). This is Pajek’s first collaboration with the NFB.