Lubomir Benes Director

He began in the late fifties in the Animation Studios of Kratky Film Prague, working in almost all professions of animation. About ten years later he realized his first film "Homo" (Man) in Jiri Trnka's Studio. Since this late sixties' debut he directed over a hundred short films, mostly puppet animations - many of them for children.

His films got quite a few prizes abroad and at home. Alone "The King and the Dwarf" (Kral a skritek) got about ten of them - e.g. Silver Carnation in Sitges, Silver in Odessa, Silver Mikeldi in Bilbao. For the "Record Player" (Gramofon) from the series "Pat & Mat /...and that's it! (Pat a Mat /…a je to!) there was the Prize for the best film for children at the 6th festival in Espinho. For "Uneven Fight" (Nerovny souboj) the Main prize in Vancouver. For "With a Smile" (S usmevem) the main prize Golden Dancer in Huesca.

Since 1990 he worked in his own studio in Prague, which he founded together with other Czech and Slovak animation professionals. The latest Pat & Mat films got a number of prizes and awards at international festivals, too.

Lubomir Benes died at the end of 1995. His collaborators continue the work, the next episodes of the Pat & Mat series are in the making.

Vladimir Jiranek Artist

Vladimir Jiranek worked as cartoonist for a number of newspapers and magazines, and as illustrator of many books, of some he is the author. In the early seventies he began his work for animation in the Brothers in T(rick)-Shirt Studio of Kratky film.

He is an artist, author, co-author, script writer, director and co-director of over thirty short films, many of them prize-winning. For his and Vaclav Bedrich's film "Automatic" (Automatic) he got the first prize in Zagreb, Golden Peacock in New Delhi, for "Good Morning" (Dobre jitro), "Excursion" (Vylet) from the Pat & Mat series and "Shshsh" (Sss) Golden Medal in Varna and Golden Bear in Berlin. For "Olympic Fire (Olympijsky ohen) the first prize in Rennes.

Together with Lubomir Benes he created the two buddies "Pat & Mat /...and that's it!" series.

Petr Skoumal Music

Petr Skoumal, musician, composer and singer graduated in 1958 at the Prague music academy and in 1962 from Janacek Music Acamdey, Brno, in instrumental and choral conducting. He has been composing music for theatre, films and television since 1960. But he's also very famous for his own solo albums and his performances in theatre productions for children.

patmat s.r.o.

Some of the new episodes produced in 2002 to 2004 were made by Marek Benes' company patmat s.r.o. Marek Benes is Lubomir Benes' son.

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