Launch of the 65th Cannes IFF

Portret z pamięci
Portret z pamięci (Drawn from Memory). Photo by V. Drygas, M. Gamdzyk


May 16 marks the opening of the 65th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival. The festival lineup features several Polish films co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. This year’s Cannes film festival runs through May 27.

Polish Film in Directors’ Fortnight

The short feature Portret z pamięci (Drawn from Memory) by Marcin Bortkiewicz, produced by Munk Studio within the framework of the 30 Minutes programme, will screen in the Directors’ Fortnight. The film was written and directed by Marcin Bortkiewicz, graduate of the University of Gdańsk and the Wajda School. The film features performances by Irena Jun, Małgorzata Zajączkowska, and Marek Kantyka.

The Polish Film Institute Supports Young Filmmakers

Portret z pamięci (Drawn from Memory) was produced by Munk Studio, an organization operating since 2008. Munk Studio was established by the Polish Filmmakers Association and receives support from the Polish Film Institute, which provides funding for the production of new films by young filmmakers every year. The Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) has been one of the Cannes IFF sections since 1969 and is aimed at showcasing interesting features made by filmmakers from around the world and at discovering new talent.

Portret z pamięci (Drawn from Memory) Screening Dates:

  • May 24, 14:30, Théâtre Croisette – screening attended by the film’s creators
  • May 26, 19:30, Studio 13 (23, avenue du Docteur Picaud)

Producers on the Move 2012

Polish producer Marta Plucińska has been selected as one of the participants of the prestigious Producers on the Move programme. The 13th edition of Producers on the Move, organized in Cannes by the European Film Promotion with support from the MEDIA programme, will be attended by 25 young European producers. Producers on the Move is aimed at  networking among people that have an increasing impact on European filmmaking.

Another Polish Producer in Cannes

Marta Plucińska, producer of such films as Mój rower (My Father’s Bike) by Piotr Trzaskalski and Droga do raju (Earthly Paradise) by Gerwazy Reguła, is not the first Polish producer to be invited to participate in “Producers on the Move”. Previous Polish participants were Łukasz Dzięcioł at last year’s edition, and Kamila Polit in 2010.


The Producers on the Move session will run from May 19 through May 22. Further details are available at

Co-Production Agreement Between France and Poland

At 11am on May 23, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland and the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic, a meeting will be held to commemorate the signing of the international co-production agreement between France and Poland on March 5. This meeting will be followed by a presentation of co-production projects. The meeting will be hosted by Agnieszka Odorowicz, General Director of the Polish Film Institute, and Eric Garandeau, Director of the CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée). The meeting will also be attended by Monika Smoleń, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. This event is organized in co-operation with the Polish Institute in Paris and the Institut Francais in Warsaw.

An Increase in Polish-French Film Cooperation

On March 5, 2012, Bogdan Zdrojewski, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, and Frédéric Mitterrand, the Minister of Culture and Media of the French Republic, signed in Paris a bilateral agreement on film co-production. This contract replaced the cooperation agreement in the field of filmmaking, signed in 1970. The implementation of the new agreement is aimed at fostering an increase in film cooperation between France and Poland.

Short Film Corner

Polish short films will be screened at the ninth edition of the Short Fllm Corner showcase at the Cannes IFF. This programme will feature a total of 28 Polish films, including two Polish-German co-productions: Samolot na Autobus directed by Kas Zawadowicz and Martin Demmer) and Afternoon, the latest animated film by Izabela Plucińska.

Polish short films will screen in the following sections of the Short Film Corner:

May 17 will mark a special screening of Opowieści z chłodni (Frozen Stories) by Grzegorz Jaroszuk. The screening is organized by Ad Astra, the film’s French agent. Frozen Stories will also screen in the “Best of Łódź Film School” programme.

Le Marché du Film

This year’s Le Marché du Film film market programme features two Polish films. 1920. Bitwa warszawska (1920. Battle of Warsaw) by Jerzy Hoffman, screening on May 21, and Viva Bel@rus! by Krzysztof Łukaszewicz (premiere screenings on Many 22 and 23). Cannes will also bring a presentation of excerpts from the latest documentary film by Michał Marczak entitled Fuck For Forest. The film’s world sales agent is Dogwoof.


Cannes is also home to the La Résidence workshop. La Résidence is part of the Cannes film festival’s Cinéfondation programme. Among the six participants of the 23rd edition of La Résidence is Mariko Saga, graduate of the National Film School in Łódź. Mariko spent the four months of the programme in Paris, working on the screenplay for her feature debut Viet Wander House – the story of a Vietnamese man and his Polish-born daughter is part thriller, part body horror. Saga is currently looking for producers. Thanks to her participation in Cinéfondation and the attention of the programme chairman Georges Goldernstern, Saga will take a number of meetings with industry reps and will participate in a pitching session during her stay in Cannes. The festival will also feature a screening of Saga’s graduation film Vena Cava, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

ScripTeast 2012

At 5pm on May 23, the 65th Cannes IFF will feature a presentation of the Krzysztof Kieślowski Award for Best Screenplay to the winners of this year’s sixth edition of the ScripTeast screenwriting workshop. This selection of twelve of Eastern Europe’s best works includes four Polish projects. Currently working on new screenplays are Paweł Sala, Dariusz Gajewski, Rafał Kapeliński, and the trio of Marcin Wrona, Katarzyna Bonda, and Marcin Skóra. This year’s programme is aimed at selecting the best screenplays from the region and giving their authors an opportunity to work with prominent filmmakers from around the world.

Support of the Polish Film Institute for Screenwriters

ScripTeast is organized by the Independent Film Foundation with support from the MEDIA European Union Programme, the Polish Film Institute, and Apple Film Production. The event is also made in cooperation with the European Film Academy, renowned producers’ organizations Producers Network and ACE, Film New Europe, Final Draft, and Polish Television.


Further details about the 65th Cannes International Film Festival available at

The Office of the Polish Film Institute at the 65th Cannes IFF:

This year the field office of the Polish Film Institute has a new location at Cannes’ main boulevard, La Croisette 6. This will be the venue for meetings between representatives of the Polish Film Institute, producers, representatives of the world film industry and film festivals, world sales agents, film distributors, and foreign press. The stand is co-hosted by the Polish Filmmakers Association. This year the event’s Polish partners include the Off Plus Camera festival, Chimney Pot, Film Commission Poland, Krakow Film Commission, and Film Point Group.

Promoting Polish Cinema

The Polish office will also be the venue for Polish-French co-production meetings. It is here that promotional events for the Off Plus Camera and Film Commission Poland will take place. Film Commission Poland and Off Plus Camera are organizing an event to promote the film potential of the Małopolska region. The Polish office will also showcase promotional materials on Polish films, including the 2012 New Polish Films catalogues and the 2012 Production Guide Poland.


Marta Sikorska


Translated by Karolina Kołtun