Grzegorz Jonkajtys is this year’s next Promised Land speaker
Grzegorz Jonkajtys is a filmmaker, animator, and visual effects artist, who has worked in the advertisement, animation and feature film industries for the last 20 years.
Born in Warsaw, 1972, Jonkajtys is an Academy of Fine Arts graduate. While working in studios including Industrial Light & Magic, Platige Image, Digital Kitchen, Cafe FX, Syndicate, Jonkajtys has contributed as a visual effects artist for such films as Sin City, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Mist, Rango, Pacific Rim, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Warcraft, Doctor Strange, and The Revenant to name a few.
He directed his first animated short Mantis in 2000, which won several awards at international festivals, including Best Film at Bradford Animation Festival and Imagina New Independent Talent Award. He is most noted for writing and directing his second film, Ark, which was nominated for a Golden Palm at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, and won the prestigious Best of Show award at SIGGRAPH festival the same year.
In 2010 Jonkajtys completed work on The 3rd Letter, a live-action sci-fi drama starring Rodrigo Lopresti, which won him Best Director award at the 2010 HollyShorts Film Festival.
He is currently developing an animated feature film Teddy Floppy Ear (Miś Uszatek) with TFP Poland and a live action sci-fi thriller Transplant with DJ2 Entertainment.