"The Flying Machine" World Premiere in Beijing

August 30 will mark the world premiere of Latająca maszyna (The Flying Machine) at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. The latest production from the makers of the Academy Award-winning Piotruś i wilk (Peter & the Wolf) is an animation dedicated to the works of Frederic Chopin. Following its Beijing premiere, The Flying Machine will  also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. General Director of the Polish Film Institute Agnieszka Odorowicz will attend the Beijing event.


Montreal, Venice, Toronto

Below are the details of the screenings of Polish films and co-productions at international festivals in Montreal, Venice and Toronto.


"Rosa": World Premiere in Toronto

Róża (Rosa) by Wojciech Smarzowski will screen at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in the Contemporary World Cinema section, alongside Terre outragée (Land of Oblivion) by Michale Boganim. Both films were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. Rosa's screening at the Toronto IFF will mark the film's world premiere.


Holland's "In Darkness" in Toronto

Poland's candidate for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award, W ciemności (In Darkness) by Agnieszka Holland, will screen at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival.


"Frozen Stories" Nominated for EFA

At the 64th Locarno International Film Festival, the film Opowieści z chłodni (Frozen Stories) by Grzegorz Jaroszuk received a nomination for the European Film Awards in the Best Short Film category.


"The Flying Machine" in Toronto

Latająca maszyna (The Flying Machine) will screen in the Children's Film Competition of the 36th Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF will also screen Sponsoring (Elles) by Małgorzata Szumowska and Kobieta z piątek dzielnicy (The Woman from the Fifth) by Paweł Pawlikowski. All three films are international co-productions, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The last two films will have their international premiere in Toronto.


"Black Thursday" in Montreal

Czarny czwartek. Janek Wiśniewski padł (Black Thursday), the latest film from Antoni Krauze, will screen in Main Competition at the 35th Montreal International Film Festival. Black Thursday will compete for the festival's grand prize against Kret (The Mole) by Rafael Lewandowski. Both films were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The Montreal screenings will also mark both films' world premiere.


"Fear of Falling" at 35th Montreal IFF

Lęk wysokości (Fear of Falling), the feature debut from Bartosz Konopka, will screen in the First Films World Competition at the 35th Montreal International Film Festival. This festival section features a lineup of 26 films from 21 countries.


"Courage" Premieres in Busan

The international premiere of Wymyk (Courage) by Greg Zglinski will take place at the Busan International Film Festival, one of the top film events in Asia. Courage is featured in the lineup of the Flash Forward competition section that focuses on films by first- and second-time directors from outside Asia. At last year's festival, special mention of the jury in the Flash Forward section went to Erratum by Marek Lechki.


Polish films at festivals

The organizers of three international film festivals - in Montreal, Toronto and Venice - announced the official line-ups. Six Polish productions and co-productions have been selected to be screened during those events.


Punto y Raya: Poles in Competition

The Punto y Raya experimental film competition, taking place this year at the Reina Sofía National Museum in Madrid, includes two films by Polish filmmakers: p.e.r.f.o.r.m.a.n.c.e. by Karolina Głusiec (representing the United Kingdom), and AE by Marcin Giżycki.


"Crulic" Premieres in Locarno

August 7 will mark the world premiere of the Polish-Romanian co-prodution Crulic - droga na drugą stronę (Crulic) at the Locarno Film Festival. Crulic, directed by Anca Damian, will screen in the festival's Main Competition.


Five Polish Films at Cartoon Forum

Five new Polish animated series qualified for Cartoon Forum Polska. The 22nd edition of this event will be held in Sopot on September 13-16, 2011.


Two Films from Łódź at Locarno

Films from the National Film School in Łódź continue their lucky streak. Two Łódź productions: Opowieści z chłodni by Grzegorz Jaroszuk and Bez śniegu by Magnus von Horn will screen in the Pardi di domani / Leopards of Tomorrow short film competition of the 64th Locarno International Film Festival.


"In Darkness": Polish Oscar Candidate

The Oscar Committee unanimously chose W ciemności (In Darkness) by Agnieszka Holland as the Polish candidate for the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

W ciemności (In Darkness) was made in co-production between Poland, Germany, and Canada. It tells the story of Leopold Socha, a Polish man who went from smalltime crook to hero during the course of the Second World War. Risking his own life and the lives of his loved ones, he saves a dozen men, women, and children from certain extermination and helps them survive almost 14 months in hiding.


Award for "Paths of Hate"

After succeeding in France and Canada, the animated Paths of Hate by Damian Nenow received two top awards at the International Animated Film Festival that accompanied the tenth Mundos Digitales conference in La Coruna, Spain.


Koszałka Awarded at Karlovy Vary

The top prize in the Documentary Film Competition for films under 30 minutes in length at the closing gala of the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival went to Marcin Koszałka for his film Deklaracja nieśmiertelności (The Declaration of Immortality).


Nomination for "Essential Killing"

The third day of the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival brought the announcement of nominations for the Lux Prize - the film award of the European Parliament. One of the ten nominated titles is Essential Killing by Jerzy Skolimowski.


Three Awards for "Joanna" in Moscow

Urszula Grabowska, who played the title role in Joanna by Feliks Falk, received the Silver St. George Award for Best Actress at the 33rd Moscow International Film Festival, which closed on July 2. Joanna also received the Award of  Russian Journalists and the Award of Russian Film Clubs.


Gotham in Progress

Gotham in Progress, a two-day works in progress event targeted at American independent filmmakers and European buyers will take place in the scope of American Film Festival in Wrocław on November 17-19.


"Świteź" Wins at Palm Springs

The animated film Świteź (The Lost Town of Świteź) by Kamil Polak received the Grand Prize in the Animated Film Competition at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, which closed on June 27.