"Moonshine" Wins Best Animation in Tampere

Moonshine, photo courtesy of Lava Films


Moonshine, a film directed by Michał Poniedzielski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, received the award for Best Animated Film at the 44th Tampere International Film Festival in Finland.

Polish Film Voted Best Animation

The 44th edition of the Tampere International Film Festival ran from March 5 through March 9. This year’s award for Best Animated Film went to Moonshine, a Polish film directed by Michał Poniedzielski. The festival’s Grand Prize went to Bum-bum doch’ rybaka, a Russian animated film directed by Ivan Maximov. The winner of the feature competition was Quelqu’un d’extraordinaire, a Canadian film directed by Emil Langballen. This year’s festival lineup also featured several other Polish films, including Ojcze masz (Father’s Day) by Kacper Lisowski, Ziegenort by Tomasz Popakul, Macica by Anna Kosińska, and Chłopcy by Paweł Orwat.


Moonshine is a short animated film about a love-struck individual named Szczepan. In pursuit of the cold-hearted Helena who continues to resist his advances, Szczepan drives himself into madness. Moonshine is built on black&white photographs that serve as backdrops for the surreal adventures of the film’s live-action and animated characters set to Tom Waits’ “Way Down in the Hole.” A trailer of the film is available here.

A Film Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Moonshine was directed by Michał Poniedzielski and produced by Łódź-based Lava Films. Moonshine was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute and the Łódź Film Fund. World sales are handled by New Europe Film Sales.

The Tampere Film Festival

Organized annually since 1969, the Tampere International Film Festival is one of Europe’s top short film festivals. Every year festival audiences have an opportunity to see approximately 500 films in the Finnish and international section of the festival. This year’s competition sections featured 61 films from 41 countries, selected among almost 5,000 submissions.

Awards for Polish Films

Previous editions of the festival brought awards for several Polish films, including Szklana pułapka (Glass Trap) by Paweł Ferdek (2009 – EFA nomination), Deklaracja nieśmiertelności (The Declaration of Immortality) by Marcin Koszałka (2011), and Matka (Mother) by Łukasz Ostalski (2013).


The Tampere festival website is available at: www.tamperefilmfestival.fi.


Lava Films: lavafilms.pl.


Paulina Bez


Translated by Karolina Kołtun