"Ida" Wins 38th Gdynia Film Festival!
The winners of the 38th Gdynia Film Festival have been announced. The top winner of the festival was Ida, a film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, winning a total of four awards, including the festival's grand prize: the Golden Lions Award for Best Film. The Silver Lions Award went to two films: W imię... (In the Name Of...) by Małgorzata Szumowska and Chce się żyć (Life Feels Good) by Maciej Pieprzyca. The jury also gave a Special Jury Prize to Miłość (Loving) by Sławomir Fabicki and Bejbi Blues (Baby Blues) by Katarzyna Rosłaniec. The Platinum Lions Award for Lifetime Achievement went to director Jerzy Antczak.
"Floating Skyscrapers": A Word from the Filmmakers
At the 38th Gdynia Film Festival, we interviewed the creators of Płynące wieżowce (Floating Skyscrapers): director-screenwriter Tomasz Wasilewski and lead actor Mateusz Banasiuk.
Polish Films in San Sebastián
Drogówka (Traffic Department), a film directed by Wojciech Smarzowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute will screen out of competition in the Zabaltegi section of the 61st San Sebastián International Film Festival, which runs from September 20 through September 28, 2013. Meanwhile Sceny sprzed (Spanish title: Escenas previas; English title: Previous Scenes), a student film by Aleksandra Maciuszek, has been selected for screening in the festival's student film section.
38th Gdynia Film Festival Launched
The 38th Gdynia Film Festival, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, opened last night. The event was launched by artistic director of the festival Michał Chaciński and mayor of Gdynia Wojciech Szczurek.
"Life Feels Good" and "Ida"
The latest films by directors Maciej Pieprzyca and Paweł Pawlikowski have recently premiered at international film festivals.
Andrzej Wajda Awarded in Venice
On September 5, before the world premiere screening of the co-financed by the Polish Film Institute Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei (Wałęsa. Man of Hope), Andrzej Wajda was presented with the 2013 Persol Prize of the Venice International Film Festival - an award aimed at celebrating legends of international cinema.
"In Hiding" to Premiere in Busan
The 18th Busan International Film Festival in South Korea will launch on October 3. The festival will mark the world premiere screening of W ukryciu (In Hiding), a film directed by Jan Kidawa-Błoński and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. This year's festival lineup also features several other Polish films.
Films by Polish Directors at TIFF
September 5 marks the launch of the 38th Toronto International Film Festival. The festival's lineup of films from around the world features two films co-financed by the Polish Film Institute: Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei (Wałęsa. Man of Hope) by Andrzej Wajda and Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski.
"Ida" at 40th Telluride Film Festival
The lineup of the 40th Telluride Film Festival (Colorado, USA) featured Ida, the latest film by director Paweł Pawlikowski, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The Telluride Film Festival ran from August 29 through September 2, 2013.
"Life Feels Good" Wins in Montreal!
Maciej Pieprzyca's film Chce się żyć (Life Feels Good) has won the Grand Prix des Ameriques, the Award of the Ecumenical Jury and the Audience Award at the 37th World FIlm Festival in Montreal.
Mateusz Banasiuk Awarded in Croatia
August 31 brought the closing of the 4th Avvantura International Film Festival in Zadar, Croatia. The festival's award for Best Actor went to Mateusz Banasiuk, who played the lead in Płynące wieżowce (Floating Skyscrapers), a feature film directed by Tomasz Wasilewski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
13th Polish Film Week in Vilnius
The 13th annual Polish Film Week will run from September 6 through September 12, 2013 in Vilnius. The event has been co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
Andrzej Wajda's "Wałęsa. Man of Hope" World Premiere in Venice
August 28, 2013 starts the 70th Venice International Film Festival. The festival lineup features the world premiere screening of Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei (Wałęsa. Man of Hope), a film directed by Andrzej Wajda and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
"Life Feels Good" World Premiere in Montreal
Maciej Pieprzyca's Chce się żyć (Life Feels Good), co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, will have its world premiere screening in main competition at the prestigious World Film Festival in Montreal. The 37th edition of the festival launches on August 22. The World Film Festival is the only competitive feature film festival in North America accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).
Polish Films at 2013 Aye Aye Festival
Three Polish short films co-financed by the Polish Film Institute will screen at the 19th Aye Aye International Film Festival, which runs from August 30 through September 7, 2013 in Nancy, France. The festival lineup features several projects co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
Polish Films at 2013 Monterrey IFF
Several Polish films co-financed by the Polish Film Institute will screen in competition at the Monterrey International Film Festival in Mexico, which runs from August 22 through September 1, 2013.
Polish Films at Let's CEE FF
Several films co-financed by the Polish Film Institute will screen in competition and out of competition at the 2nd Let's CEE Film Festival, which runs in Vienna from September 13 through September 21, 2013.
Polish Films at Anima Mundi 2013
Polish animated films will once again feature in the lineup of the Anima Mundi festival, which runs from August 2 through August 11 in Rio de Janeiro and from August 14 through August 18 in São Paulo. The festival will be accompanied by a retrospective entitled 'The Polish Animation School - Past and Future Generations'.
Roman Polański Retrospective in Berlin
A retrospective of films by Roman Polański will run in Berlin from August 16 through August 25, 2013. The event is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.