Awards for Polish Films
Animowana historia Polski (An Animated History of Poland) by Tomasz Bagiński received the 2010 Animago award for Best Visualisation.
Animowana historia Polski (An Animated History of Poland) was made for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. The film was made in collaboration with professor Henryk Samsonowicz. 50 graphic artists of the Platige Image studio spent a full year working on the project.
Animago (http://www.animago.com) awards have been presented annually for the past 13 years, recognizing the best works in 3D animation, visual effects, and interactive media.
Produced by the Andrzej Wajda School and the Munk Studio of the Polish Filmmakers Association, the drama documentary Na północ od Kalabrii (North of Calabria) by Marcin Sauter received Special Mention of the Jury at the “Flahertiana” International Documentary Film Festival in Perm. The jurors wrote in their jury statement that they recognized the film for its humour and kindness. Similar Special Mention went to the documentary Koniec Rosji (At the Edge of Russia) by Michał Marczak, another Wajda School graduate. The Silver Nanook award for best short film went to Chemia (Chemo), directed by Paweł Łoziński.
The award for best documentary at the FIKE International Short Film Festival in Évora went to Aktorzy (The Actors) by Tomasz Wolski (sharing the prize ex aequo with A Day and an Eternity by German director Anna Hepp), which was filmed during the shooting of Jacek Bławut’s feature debut Jeszcze nie wieczór (Before the Twilight) at the Actors’ House in Skolimów. The film’s title characters are actors, struggling with the realization that their best years on the stage are behind them as they wait on set to begin filming.
The award for Best European Short Documentary Film went to Matka (Mother) by Jakub Piątek. The film was produced by the Andrzej Wajda School, and made within the “First Documentary” framework.
Matka (Mother) is the story of a mother visiting her son in prison. The hour-long meeting in the visiting room has to last her for weeks. The film was produced within the “First Documentary” framework of the Andrzej Wajda School, the Polish Filmmakers Association’s Munk Studio, TVP, and the Polish Film Institute.
Another documentary produced by the Andrzej Wajda School, Przyrzeczona (Little Bride) by Lesław Dobrucki, received Second Prize in competition. The film discusses the issue of domestic violence against women, which remains a taboo subject within the Turkish community. The film was made as part of the “Jerusalem-Warsaw-Cologne. Triangle Dialogue” programme of the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, the ifs International Film School in Cologne, and the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem, with support from the Polish Film Institute and the NRW Film Fund of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Translated by Karolina Kołtun