Nick Holdsworth on Polish Cinema

At the 37th Gdynia Film Festival we interviewed to British journalist Nick Holdsworth, head of Variety's Eastern Europe office, discussing the latest Polish films screened in Main Competition, the new structure of the festival, and the Polish film industry in general.


Docs to go! at Krakow Film Festival

Polish Film Institute and Krakow Film Festival invite to Docs to go! - presentation of upcoming Polish documentaries, which will take place on May 30th, during the 52nd edition of Krakow Film Festival.


9th Planete+ Doc FF Awards

May 19 brought the awards gala of the 9th Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Warsaw. The winner of the Millennium Award was 5 Broken Cameras by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi. Special recognition went to Christian Holten Bonke and Andreas Koefoed, the creators of Ballroom Dancer.


Polish Film's World Sales Agent

Fuck for Forest, the latest documentary film from Michał Marczak, is now in the hands of an international sales agent. Thanks to UK-based Dogwoof, theatrical distribution rights have now been sold for Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Norway.


Launch of the 65th Cannes IFF

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.


"In Darkness" Wins Gdynia FF

The winners of the 37th Gdynia Film Festival have been announced. With a total of nine awards including the Golden Lions Award for Best Film, this year's undisputed winner of the festival is W ciemności (In Darkness) by Agnieszka Holland. The Silver Lions Award went to Obława (Manhunt) by Marcin Krzyształowicz. The jury also gave a special prize to Droga na drugą stronę (Crulic - the Path to Beyond) by Anca Damian. The Platinum Lions Award for lifetime achievement went to cinematographers Witold Sobociński and Jerzy Wójcik.


Canal Plus Production Studio

May 11, 2012 marked a presentation of the Canal Plus production studio, as a side event of the 37th Gdynia Film Festival for representatives of the Polish film industry. The meeting was attended by Agnieszka Odorowicz, general director of the Polish Film Institute.


37th Gdynia Film Festival Launched

The 37th Gdynia Film Festival has begun. The event was opened by Michał Chaciński - artistic director of the Gdynia Film Festival, Wojciech Szczurek - mayor of Gdynia, and Agnieszka Odorowicz - General Director of the Polish Film Institute. The festival opened with a screening of Jesteś Bogiem (You're a God) by Leszek Dawid, produced by Studio "Kadr" and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


Interview with Michael Radford

After the results of the Polish Film Competition at the 5th Off Plus Camera Film Festival were announced, we interviewed Michael Radford, British director, screenwriter, producer, and chairman of the international jury that judged the Polish competition films.
In this interview, Michael Radford speaks about the winning picture Ki (My Name Is Ki), the feature debut from Leszek Dawid, and shares his opinion about Polish cinema in general.


Polish Producer at Cannes IFF

Polish producer Marta Plucińska is one of this year's participants in the "Producers on the Move" programme that will take place during the 65th Cannes International Film Festival.


"Drawn from Memory" at Cannes

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 section of the 65th Cannes International Film Festival. This year's edition of the Cannes film festival runs from May 16 through May 27. Drawn from Memory was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


"Courage" Wins at Rome Film Festival

Wymyk (Courage) by Greg Zglinski, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, became the winning film at the Rome International Film Festival, which closed on April 20, 2012.


"Teddy Bear" Wins Off Plus Camera

Teddy Bear by Mads Matthiesen won the fifth edition of the Off Plus Camera film festival in Krakow. The director received a cash prize of 100,000 US dollars. Agnieszka Odorowicz, General Director of the Polish Film Institute, also presented Matthiesen with a 1 million PLN subsidy from the Polish Film Institute as funding to be used to produce his next film in Poland. The closing gala of this year's Off Plus Camera festival was attended by Bogdan Zdrojewski, Poland's Minister of Culture and National Heritage.


10th Edition of Filmland Polen

The tenth edition of the Filmland Polen New Polish Film Festival will launch in Hanover, Hamburg, and Lübeck between April 28 and April 30, 2012.


"80 Million" at Moscow IFF

80 milionów (80 Million) by Waldemar Krzystek will screen in main competition at the 34th Moscow International Film Festival. This year's Moscow IFF will run from June 21 through June 30, 2012. 80 Million was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


"The Big Leap" starts shooting

The shooting of "The Big Leap", a Polish-Swedish co-production by Kristoffer Rus, will start on the 15th of April in the newly-opened ATM Studio in Warsaw. The film starring Tilly Scott Pedersen ("Dark Horse", dir. Dagur Kári), Gustaf Skarsgård ("The way back", dir. Peter Weir) and Arkadiusz Jakubik ("The wedding", dir. Wojtek Smarzowski) is a black comedy about moral dilemmas in the time of global financial crisis. The short film, shot entirely using green box technology, is a milestone in Polish CGI production.



"In Darkness" Among Best Films

Agnieszka Holland's W ciemności (In Darkness), co-financed by the Polish Film Institute,  was voted one of the twelve most important films of 2012 by the Raindance International Film Festival in London.


13 Films in Main Competition

The Main Competition lineup of this year's 37th Gdynia Film Festival has been released. The films competing for the Golden Lions Grand Prize this year include seven world premieres, three films by first-time directors, and one film by a second-time director. Several of the competition films have already seen their theatrical release.


Polish Films at Hot Docs

The 19th edition of the Hot Docs Film Festival begins on April 26. 189 of the world's best documentaries will screen in Toronto over the course of eleven days. Among them are two Polish documentary films, both co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


Polish Director Wins BAFTA Award

Agata Jagodzińska received the BAFTA New Talent Award for Best Screenplay in the Fiction: Under 30 Minutes category. The New Talent Awards are dedicated to young filmmakers and awarded by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.