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Once when i served my dear landlord

Original Title (If different): 
Как служил же я у пана…
Other languages or subtitles: 
Byelorussian (Belarussian)
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Animated Films
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Production year: 
July, 2012
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Mikhail Tumelya

Director, animator, artist, scriptwriter.
He was born 18 February 1963 in Minsk. After the graduation from the architecture's department of the Belarusian Polytechnic Institute in 1985 he worked at the animation Film Studio “Belarusfilm”. From 1987 to 1989 he studied at the High director's courses at the animation director's department (Norshtein and Nazarov’s School). From 1989 to 1999 he worked at the Minsk Studio “AF-Center” as an animation film director. At present he is a free lance. He is a director and animator. He works in Minsk and Moscow. He is a participant and a prize winner of a great number of the animation film festivals.
1998 – «Magic pipe»
2000 – «Ball»
2006 – «Staunched Chen»
2008 – «Belarusian proverbs»
2009 – «A Story of the Passing Years-4 (Arms of Bragin)»
2010 – «Paper patterns»
2011 – «Belarusian proverbs-2»

International Children's Animation Festival «Golden fish»

04.09.2009 – Russia – Anapa
A special award of the jury to Mikhail Tumelya «For input into the world animation»

Film director: 
Mikhail Tumelya
National Film Studio "Belarusfilm"
Mikhail Tumelya
Dmitry Yakutovich
Evgeny Rogozin
Andrey Zhukov
Art Director: 
Anna Emelianova, Mikhail Tumelya
Film synopsis: 
Once upon a time there lived a man who had neither house nor home. So he decided to improve his state and applied for work to a rich landlord. He gained a farmyard and got married to a landlord’s daughter. As a consequence the man obtained a great many of cares but he still continued to be unhappy.
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Digital / DVD
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Dear Mikhail  My name is

Dear Mikhail 

My name is Hanna Sköld, and I’d like to invite you to submit Once when I served my dear landlord to Cinetopia festival. Cinetopia is a participatory festival, with a completely new local/global concept. We will screen films at independent locations all over the world at the same time during one week.

Cinemas, cultural institutions, libraries and private homes anywhere in the world will become hosts for the festival during one week in september. The hosts choose films from  sell tickets and organize the screenings. 

The income from tickets sold is automatically split between the host and the filmmaker.

We are filmmakers ourselves with roots in the independent film industry, and our goal is to create a more open, collaborating and transparent festival and film distribution system. No competitions and no gatekeepers. Just collaboration and sharing. 

This is the second year the festival is arranged. Last year it was called Nordic Creative Commons film festival, and 60 different events took part throughout Europe, with 260 screenings.

We would love to have your film as part of the festival. Please have a look at and submit Once when I served my dear landlord to the festival. If you have other films you would like to participate with as well, don’t hesitate to submit them as well. I am looking forward to hear from you, and don’t hesitate to contact me at if you have questions. 

All the best, Hanna Sköld 


Hanna Sköld

Writer & Director

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212 15 Malmö


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