"Rosa" and "Courage" in Brussels
Róża (Rosa) by Wojciech Smarzowski and Wymyk (Courage) by Greg Zglinski will screen at the Brussels International Film Festival, which runs from June 8 through June 18, 2012. Both films were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
Polish Industry Rep in Screen Int'l
The Cannes edition of Screen International featured a prestigious list of Future Leaders in Sales and Acquisitions, which included a Polish film professional. Marcin Wąs, programming and distribution director at Best Film was named one of the world's most promising sales and acquisitions managers. The Screen International staff chose a total of 50 professionals from the world distribution business, based on the suggestions of company heads and recommendations by fellow representatives of the sales&acquisitions market.
Polish Animations at Annecy FF
Five Polish animated films will screen at the 36th Annecy International Animated Film Festival, which runs from June 4 through June 9, 2012. The selection of Polish films includes several films co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
Docs to go! Film Presentation
The Polish Film Institute and the Krakow Film Festival present a special screening of Polish documentary films in postproduction. The event will take place on May 30, within the framework of the 52nd Krakow Film Festival. Kinga Gałuszka and Marta Sikorska of the Polish Film Institute discuss the films that are to be presented in Krakow.
Variety on the Polish Film Industry
The US-based Variety magazine published several articles by British journalist Nick Holdsworth focusing on the Polish film industry.
Polish-French Session in Cannes
"I am very glad that Poland and France signed this co-production agreement. I hope that this agreement will foster cooperation in our field," said Agnieszka Odorowicz, General Director of the Polish Film Institute as she welcomed participants of the Cannes meeting, which was organized as a result of the film co-production agreement between France and Poland, signed on March 5. This meeting, co-organized by the Polish Film Institute, took place during the 65th Cannes International Film Festival. The meeting was a forum for presenting new projects by Łukasz Barczyk (Hiszpanka), Andrzej Żuławski (Dark Matter), and Rafael Lewandowski (Better Side of Life and Warsoland).
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.