SUCCESSFUL FESTIVAL YEAR 2023 FOR ONCE THERE WAS A SEA…
Our animated documentary by Joanna Kozuch Once There Was a Sea… will after a successful international premiere in Clermont-Ferrand in France, where it won the Student Jury Prize, was presented at many prestigious international film festivals around the world where it was also awarded by many awards.
It won the Best Animated Short Film Award at the Ecozine Film Festival in Spain, the Best Documentary Award at the French festival Le Réel en vue Festival, where he also won the Special Mention of Young Audiences. It also won an award at the O!PLA Animation Festival in Poland.
Once There Was a Sea… is a story about the Aral Sea. Most of the changes in climate and landscape in the area of the Aral Sea are the outcomes of one of the worst man-made eco-catastrophes in human history. The Aral Sea is dying. The idea of the film Once There Was a Sea… came to mind of director Joanna Kozuch during her train trips through the region of Middle Asia in 2008 and 2014. The film is inspired by the place on the borders of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and the stories and destinies of the people that she has met when I was exploring the disaster of Aral Sea.
Trailer is available here.