Oscar Winners Working on Chopin Project
At a press conference held at Warsaw's Kultura cinema, the creators of the extraordinary Project Chopin talked about what is behind this unique film and why they decided to undertake such a difficult venture.
Prix Europa 2009 for Łoziński
Chemo by Paweł Łoziński won the Prix Europa 2009 for best documentary.
Polish Films at Plus Camerimage
Eight features will compete in this year's Polish Films Competition at the Plus Camerimage International Festival of the Art of Cinematography. The festival will take place between November 29 and December 5, 2009.
The Warsaw Film Festival Audience Awards
The Dark House (Dom zły) by Wojciech Smarzowski and Welcome by Philippe Lioret are both winners of the audience award at the 25th Warsaw Film Festival in the feature film category.
The Dark House Well Received in Tokyo
Two competition screenings of The Dark House by Wojciech Smarzowski at the Tokyo International Film Festival took place on the 19th and 20th of October. The film was warmly received by the festival audience.
Polish Films at the Rome Film Festival
Four Polish films will be screened at this year's Rome International Film Festival.
Winners of the 25th Warsaw Film Festival
The winners of the 25th Warsaw Film Festival have been announced. The awards ceremony was held on Saturday, October 17. The Warsaw Grand Prix was awarded to Jessica Hausner from Austria, for her film Lourdes. The FIPRESCI prize for best Eastern European debut feature went to Borys Lankosz, director of Reverse, the only Polish feature among the awarded titles.
The Magic Tree Goes Abroad
The international premiere of The Magic Tree by Andrzej Maleszka will take place on October 22 in Amsterdam. The film will be screened in competition at CineKid, the world's leading children's film festival.
Rabbit... Shortlisted for Oscars
Rabbit à la Berlin by Bartosz Konopka is one of eight documentary films shortlisted for the 2009 Oscars in the field of Documentary Short Subject.
Europe's Best Cinema is in Kraków!
Kino pod Baranami in Kraków received the Europa Cinemas award for best repertoire.
Polish Films Succeed in Batumi
Scratch by Michał Rosa voted best feature. Agnieszka Smoczyńska chosen best director in the Young Filmmakers competition for her Aria Diva. The Batumi International Art House Film Festival (BIAFF) in Georgia that took place on 21-28 September 2009 was a great success of Asian and Polish cinema.
Katyń in Spain and Germany
In Spain, the film will be screened in Madrid, Barcelona, Valladolid, Saragossa, Palma de Mallorca, Girona, Lérida, Valencia, Bilbao, Vitoria, San Sebastián, Pamplona, Santander, Seville, Cádiz, Granada and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Nominations for the European Awards
The European Film Academy has announced the lists of nominated short films and first full-length feature films that will compete for the European Film Awards this year.
Kinoteka Stockholm: New Film Festival
Late October and early November will bring the first edition of the Kinoteka interdisciplinary Polish film festival to Stockholm (www.kinoteka.se). The event is organized by the Polish Institute in Stockholm in cooperation with the Polish Film Institute and a number of local partners.
Warsaw Film Festival Has A-list Status
Almost 150 full-length films and over 100 short films from 57 countries will be shown at the upcoming 25th Warsaw Film Festival, starting October 9th in Multikino Złote Tarasy, Kinoteka and Kultura cinemas.
This year the Warsaw Film Festival was recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) as a category one festival (competitive film festivals), joining the world's twelve most prestigious events, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice and San Sebastian.
"This is the most beautiful present for our 25th anniversary" festival director Stefan Laudyn happily told journalists as he presented the festival programme at a press conference last Thursday.
Firsts awards at Festival in Gdynia
The film Reverse (Rewers) captured five awards outside of the main competition at the 34th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, including the prestigious Press Award. Jacek Borcuch and his film All That I Love (Wszystko co kocham) collected two awards.
Reverse wins in Gdynia
The debut film Reverse (Rewers) by Borys Lankosz received the main Golden Lions Award at the 34th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.
The film received six out of the 17 awards handed out: Best Leading Actress (Agata Buzek), Best Supporting Actor (Marcin Dorociński), Award for Cinematography (Marcin Koszałka), Award for Music (Włodzimierz Pawlik), and Award for Make-up (Mirosława Wojtczak, Ludmiła Krawczyk, Waldemar Pokromski)
"We have just chosen the best film," said Krzysztof Krauze, chairman of the jury. "We are charmed with the films we saw during the festival. Something wonderful is happening in Polish cinema."
Regional Film Funds Catching Up to Europe
The presentation of regional film funds that took place before the annual filmmakers' forum at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia was no coincidence. The increasing significance of regional involvement in film production is a fact. Regional film funds have quickly become an important source of financing film production in Poland.
Jabłoński's War Games to open IDFA
The documentary War Games (Gry wojenne) by Dariusz Jabłoński, about Col. Ryszard Kuklinski who spied for nine years for the CIA, will open the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and compete for its Feature-Length Documentary prize
Immigrants pitched at prestigious Halifax Coproduction Market
Immigrants is a feature film project by Dariusz Jabłoński and Krzysztof Łukaszewicz, inspired by the events of October 2007, when a Polish immigrant, after waiting 10 hours at airport border control, was stunned with a Taser gun by the police and subsequently died. The project took part in the prestigious Strategic Partners international coproduction market that was held on September 17-21 in Halifax, Canada.