Krawczyk's Debut Awarded!

Six Weeks, the directorial debut from Marcin Janos Krawczyk, produced by Staron Film and TVP1, received the Best Short Film award at the IDFA International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. Other awards went to Last Train Home by Lipin Fan (Canada/China) and Iron Crows by Bong-Nam Park (South Korea). The award for Six Weeks is the first award for a Polish film at the world's largest documentary film festival in several years.


Cinematographers Take Over Łódź

With a screening of Get Low, the 17th Plus Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography was launched last Saturday.

"It would not be an exaggeration to say that Łódź is one of the capitals of world cinema today", these were the inaugurating remarks from Hanna Lis, who co-hosted the opening ceremony with Michał Lonstar. "I'm not sure if everyone is aware of the fact that Plus Camerimage has been listed as one of the world's 50 most important film festivals by Variety".


Polish Cinema in Cuba Once Again

Nine new Polish films will be screened in the second part of a series of screenings of Polish films in Cuba (December 3-13, 2009).


Volker Schlöndorff in Poland

A retrospective of films by the German director will be presented to audiences in six Polish cities. Volker Schlöndorff will accept a lifetime achievement award at the Plus Camerimage film festival, starting November 28 in Łódź. He will also meet with audiences in Łódź and Warsaw.


The Kinematograph Closer to an Oscar

The Kinematograph by Tomasz Bagiński is among ten films shortlisted for one of five nominations for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Bagiński has previously been nominated for an Oscar in the same category for his film The Cathedral.


Polish Candidates for EFA

Three Polish filmmakers are nominated for the prestigious European Film Awards. Voting ends on December 3. Members of the European Film Academy will select winners in 13 categories.


Time to Die in Japan

Time to Die by Dorota Kędzierzawska and Arthur Reinhart had its Japanese premiere on November 23 during the European Film Festival in Osaka. After the festival screenings, the film will be shown in Tokyo and is to be released in cinemas.


Karolina Piechota Awarded in Cairo

Karolina Piechota received the award for Best Actress at the 33rd International Film Festival in Cairo for her role in Splinters by Maciej Pieprzyca. The jury awarded her for "the warmth, humour and credibility she brought to the role".


Grand Off Gala 2009

"I am proud to be welcomed into the group of independent filmmakers. Thank you! Marcel Łoziński" - as he was unable to attend, it was with this SMS that Marcel Łoziński, winner of the first Grand Off Lifetime Achievement Award, thanked his peers for the recognition. The message was read by Mikołaj Łoziński, who accepted the award for his father.


Europa Cinemas in Warsaw

How will digital technology change cinema? Who can benefit from the digital revolution? Has it really started? - these questions occupy the minds of the participants of the Europa Cinemas conference, taking place in Warsaw. Europa Cinemas is a network of over 750 cinemas in 43 countries.

An interesting outlook on the technological changes was presented Friday by special guests of the conference - two masters of Polish cinema and a highly acclaimed first-time director.



Award for the School Film Library

The School Film Library, or Filmoteka Szkolna, an educational programme of the Polish Film Institute, has been awarded the Platinum Goats - a special award of the 7th International Young Audience Film Festival. The festival will take place on December 6-13, 2009 in Poznań.


Golden Duck Awards

33 Scenes from Life by Małgorzata Szumowska received the Golden Duck for Best Film of the 2008/2009 film season. The readers of Film selected Krystyna Janda as the Best Actress of the year (for her role in Sweet Rush by Andrzej Wajda), while the Best Actor award went to Borys Szyc (for his roles in Snow White and Russian Red by Xawery Żuławski and Case Unknown by Feliks Falk). There were also special awards for historical dramas to celebrate 100 years of Polish cinema. Voted the Film of the Century was The Deluge by Jerzy Hoffman, while Krystyna Janda and Tadeusz Łomnicki were chosen Best Actress and Best Actor respectively.


Watch Docs Starts December 4

The 9th International Watch Docs Film Festival - Human Rights in Film, taking place in Warsaw on December 4-13, will bring the world's best documentaries dedicated to the issues of human rights.


Films by Polish Women Directors Shown in Africa

Films by Dorota Kędzierzawska, Magdalena Piekorz, Joanna Kos-Krauze, Teresa Kotlarczyk, and Krystyna Janda will be screened at the International Images Film Festival for Women in Harare, Zimbabwe, starting this weekend.


Stuhr - EFA Ambassador

Maciej Stuhr has been named one of the Ambassadors of the European Film Academy. This Polish actor is one of ten cinema personalities chosen to promote European cinema and the European Film Awards.


Mall Girls Awarded in Cottbus

Mall Girls by Katarzyna Rosłaniec received the award for Best Debut Film, while Anna Karczmarczyk was awarded Best Actress at the 19th Festival of East European Cinema in Cottbus.


Wajda School Projects Storm Festivals

This autumn, films produced and co-produced by the Wajda Film Schools will screen at international film festivals in the United States, Canada and France, among others.


War Games in Amsterdam and on BBC

On November 19, the documentary War Games and the Man Who Stopped Them by Dariusz Jabłoński will open the 2009 International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. Screening in the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, this will also mark the film's international premiere.


Polish Documentary Nominated

Atijat, the First Wife - the directorial debut by Anna Błaszczyk, produced by OTO Film Studio and TVP1, has been nominated for the prestigious Golden Panda Award, presented to the best documentary film at the International Documentary Film Festival in Sichuan, China. The festival took place on November 6-8, 2009.