Once again, Tomek Popakul's animation leaves the festival with an award. This time the film was appreciated by the jurors of the Portuguese FEST - New Directors, New Films Festival.

FEST - New Directors, New Films Festival has been taking place since 2004 in Espinho, Portugal. It's a film festival and training event rolled into one. The organizers set themselves the goal of promoting the films of debutant directors from around the world.

This year's festival program featured quite a few Polish productions including documentaries, animations and shorts, but it was Tomek Popakul's film that left Portugal with an award. "Acid Rain" was recognized as the best short film of the festival.

The plot of the awarded animation takes place somewhere in the Eastern Europe. Young runs away from her depressing hometown. Her early enthusiasm about the hitch-hike falls when she finds herself in the city outskirts in the middle of the night. At the bridge, she meets a figure balancing unsafely on the guardrail. That’s how she meets Skinny – a kind of unstable weirdo. Skinny lives in a camping van, which he uses to run his not-so-legal job errands. Together with him, she sets on a journey with no destination. As the ride continues a particular affection grows between the two of them.

The list of all the films awarded at the festival can be found here.