Once Upon a Time There Were Two Sisters

Adapted from a Polish folktale, ‘Misfortune’ tells the story of two sisters; Marta the elder, and Zofia the younger. Marta is very rich, and lives in luxury. Zofia is very poor because Misfortune lives on her stove. Misfortune plagues Zofia, causing disasters that constantly keep her struggling to survive. When Zofia cleverly rids herself of Misfortune, Marta becomes jealous and risks everything to get Misfortune once again, living on Zofia’s stove.

Misfortune Trailer



I am happy to announce that ‘Misfortune’ is an 'Offical Selection' in Portuguese Lemur International Film Festival. PLIFF has a yearly structure, but with bi-monthly qualification system. Every two months they select 6 works that join their annual event in Lisbon, Portugal. The Annual Event will include 36 positions.

I am so honored to announce 'Misfortune' won 'Best animation' in Hawaii International Film Awards.

I am happy to announce that ‘Misfortune’ has won 'best animation' in Vienna Indie Short Film Festival . VISF is an online based seasonal film festival. Winners of each category are judged by industry professionals from 5 different countries.

I am so honored to announce 'Misfortune' has won BEST ANIMATION in Austin International Art Festival!.

I am proud to announce that ‘Misfortune’ has won 'Best animation' in Toronto Feedback Female Film Festival. You can listen to the audience reviews for ‘Misfortune’ here: Misfortune Audience Reviews.

Portuguese Lemur International Film Festival Santa Ana Independent Film Awards New York International Women Festival Toronto Feedback Female Film Festival Hawaii International Film Awards Jersey Shore Film Festival Austin International Art Festival Vienna Indie Short Film Festival Florida Shorts Award Berlin Shorts Award San Francisco Arthouse Short Festival Sydney indie short Festival Sydney indie short Festival Jersey Shore Film Festival ACDCIFF2023 Atlanta Children's Film Festival MBIFF LONG STORY SHORTS International Film Festival TMFF kidsNfilm IndieFest Film in Focus International Animation Festival International Animation Festival AniMate Film Collective Film and Folklore Festival Kids First San Francisco Short Film Festival
  • Directed By Linda Kudzmas
  • Linda Kudzmas is an independent animator based in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. She started animating in college by using paper cut-outs filmed with a 16mm Bolex camera. After graduating, she was hired as full-time faculty in the animation department at the Art Institute of Philadelphia where she continued to teach all levels of traditional and 2D digital animation for over 22 years. During that time, Linda obtained mild success with her independent animation in the festival circuit. She took a leave of absence from teaching to animate and direct segments in season two of ‘VH1 Illustrated’ produced by Camp Chaos. Linda continued to develop her paper cut-out style throughout the years, but digitally, using Adobe programs. Linda currently operates a freelance business and is producing her next independent animated short.
  • Voice Talent by Meg Arbo
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  • Throughout her life, people told Meg Arbo that they “could listen to her read the phonebook”. Then, for seven years, she did exactly that with a former yellow book publisher come web design company. There, she wrote and voiced thousands of videos for websites. With over 20 years of theatrical experience, and a BA in theater, voice over comes naturally to Meg. Thanks to her years of international performing, she is adept with accents and knows how to bring life and vitality to characters on the written page. Her voice has been described as attentive and informative as well as warm and buttery. She loves reading fiction and travel books and food porn is a specialty. She is a trivia fiend and won big on Who Wants to be a Millionaire where when host Meredith Viera asked her if she was ready, she replied that she was born ready - and naked.
  • Music By Roman Gottwald
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  • Roman was born to a musical family in Berlin. At 13 years old he sang as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Seiji Ozawa. He studied violin and composition in Vienna where he specialised in symphonic composing and arranging for cinema. In 2005 he served as musical director at the Sydney Opera House, conducting the piece Boulevard Delirium. Founder and Singer of the ‘Salonorchester Alhambra’. In 2006, after having won the ‘Frederic Mompou International Award’ for the ‘Young Composer Competition’ (Barcelona) he began working as Professor of Composition at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona. Under his direction the film Blancanieves debuted with a live orchestra in the Gran Teatro del Liceu (Barcelona), having also conducted various symphonic orchestras such as the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, The Basque National Orchestra, The Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Orchestra of Extremadura, The Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra.