Paulina Majda was born in Lodz, Poland in 1979. She is animation film and fulldome director, art director and visual artist with 15 years of industry experience.
Paulina graduated from the faculty of Animation at the Leon Schiller National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz. She also studied at the Danish Animation Workshop in Viborg. In 2019 she earned the doctoral degree in the field of film arts at the National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz based on the dissertation “From assemblage to the dome. Exploration of the new ways of film perception and its technological and artistic factors based on an animation fulldome movie ‘Hello Earth’.” Her promoter was Waldemar Wolanski, Professor of Film School in Lodz.
At present she is animation lecturer at Plymouth College of Art in England.
Paulina has directed 8 animated films including 'Hello Earth' (2017), 'Dream to Fly' (2013), 'Two Steps Behind' (2010). She was also art director for Oscar winning puppet animation 'Peter and The Wolf' (2006) directed by Suzie Templeton.
Paulina has passion for traditional animation, but at the same time she explores different mediums and new technologies in all areas of her work. Both independly and through long term collaborations (Copernicus Science Centre, Se-Ma-For Film Production) she directed prize-winning animations which have been warmly accepted by international audience and screen at the film festivals worldwide. Fulldome animation 'Dream to Fly' has been screened in more than 60 digital planetariums all over the world in a daily repertoire.
Her animations often combine different techniques and technologies from traditional cut-outs, animated objects through to 2D and 3D computer animations, and fulldome technology. She has great attention to detail including visual effect, music and sound. At the same time she knows the importance of the story, audience and good team co-operation, all of which are important values for her as a director.
Paulina creates also assamblages, sculptures and mini-installations.
2017, "Hello Earth", (director/fulldome, co-writer, art director, editor)
2014, "Body", (director, adaptation, editor, production)
2014, "Three Kings", (designer, dir, Anna Blaszczyk)
2013, "Dream to Fly", (director/fulldome, co-writer, art director, editor, animator)
2011 - 2014, "Flapper and Friends", (set designer, tv series, dir. Krzysztof Brzozowski)
2010, "Two Steps Behind", (director/debut, writer, art director, animator)
2010, "Ties by corsets", (designer, dir. Basia Szewczyk)
2010, "Switez", (designer, dir. Kamil Polak)
2009, "International Drug Policy Animated Report 2009", (co-director with Anna Blaszczyk)
2007, "Good News, Bad New", (costume designer, props, dir. Kacper Shikeli)
2006, "Peter and The Wolf", (art director, still photographer, dir. Suzie Templeton)
2006, "Caracas", (animation, dir. Anna Blaszczyk)
2006, "The Bug Trainer", (still photographer)
2006, "Wawrzyniak 360", (animation, dir. Andrzej Baranski)
2005, "Deja vu", (director, writer, animator, design)
2003, "Invisible", (director, writer, animator, set designer)
2002, "Tango", (director, writer, animator, set designer)
2002, "Feels like sleeping", (costumes, dir. Maciej Majchrzak)
2003, "Night's Kiss", (costumes, dir. Marcin Latallo)
2003, "Aura", (costumes, props, dir. Anna Sujka)
2002, "Tamer", (director, set designer, animator)
2001, "Such a Landscape", (director, animator, set designer)
2003, "Giselle", (costume designer, dir. Robert Strajner), Great Theater in Lodz, PL
2006, "Spider's web", (video animation, dir. Aleksandra Konieczna), Studyjny Theater in Lodz, PL
Main film festival screenings and nominations:
Annecy France, LIAF London, Cut Out Mexico, Animafest Zagreb, MIAF Melbourne, Palm Springs, Cannes Short Film Corner, MATITA Italy, Teheran Animation Film Festival, Animex UK, Centre of Pompidou "Polska Nova", Tricky Woman Austria, Animateka Slovenia, ZINEBI Bilbao, UNLIMITED Germany, Hiroshima Animation Festival, Nowe Horyzonty Wroclaw, Krakowski Festiwal Filmowy, IAFF Sofia, Telluride Film Festival Colorado, TOFUZI Batumi, Le Festival du Court Metrage de Nice, SICAF Seoul
Conferences and jury:
2018, Jena Fulldome Festival (jury member), Jena, DE
2017, Astra Film Festival (presentation), Sibiu, RU
2016, Revolve IPS Conference (presentation), Warsaw, PL
2015, Polish Film Institute (expert), PL
2014, Fulldome Festival UK 2014 (jury), Leicester, UK
2014, IMERSA Summit (presentation), Denver, US
2013, CAP Communicating Astronomy with a Public (presentation), Warsaw, PL
2013, Film Festival ANIMOCJE (jury, presentation), Bydgoszcz, PL
2007, Animation Film Festival (presentation), Lille, FR
2007, Film Museum in Lodz (talk & animation workshops), PL