"Elles" at 2012 Berlinale

The first titles of films in the Panorama lineup of the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival have been announced. Among the 20 films screened is the latest film by Małgorzata Szumowska - Sponsoring (Elles). The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2012 from the Polish Film Institute!


Zanussi Now an EFA Board Member

Director Krzysztof Zanussi has been named a member of the board of the European Film Academy.


"In Darkness" and Kamiński

Nominations for the Critics' Choice Awards were announced today. Among this year's nominees are Polish cinematographer Janusz Kamiński, and the feature W ciemności (In Darkness).


“Frozen Stories” in Sundance Film Festival Lineup

Opowieści z chłodni (Frozen Stories), a short feature film by Grzegorz Jaroszuk, will screen in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival among other International Narrative Short Films.


"Essential Killing" on Top Ten List

Essential Killing, a feature directed by Jerzy Skolimowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, has been named one of the best films of 2011 by the critics of the French film monthly magazine Cahiers du Cinéma.


Polish Animations in Oscar Run

Two Polish animeted films: Zaczarowany fortepian (The Magic Piano) by Martin Clapp and Paths of Hate by Damian Nenow, have been shortlisted for Academy Award nominations for Best Short Animated Film. Both films were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


Polish Digital Cinemas Online

The end of November brought the launch of the website, dedicated to the Polish Digital Cinemas Network. The website is kept up to date with new cinemas added regularly, and is available in Polish and English.


Wajda to Shoot Wałęsa Picture

The press conference for Andrzej Wajda's latest project Wałęsa was held at Warsaw-based WFDiF on November 24. Starring in this biopic for Lech Wałęsa are Robert Więckiewicz and Agnieszka Grochowska. Filming is due to begin on December 1. The picture is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


5th "Sputnik" Film Festival

November 19 brought the opening gala of the 5th "Sputnik Over Poland" Russian Film Festival at the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. The event is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


Polish Documentaries at Camerimage

The lineup of all sections of the 19th Plus Camerimage International Festival of the Art of Cinematography in Bydgoszcz has been announced. This year a total of eight Polish documentaries co-financed by the Polish Film Institute will screen in competition.


Polish Animations and Oscars

45 short animated films will compete for the 2012 Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. Eleven of these are Polish films and films co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


Oscar Selection in Warsaw

As of this year, the winner of the grand prize in the Short Film Competition at the Warsaw Film Festival will be among the films considered by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the Academy Awards in the Best Short Film category.


EFA - Nomination for Adam Sikora

Nominations for the 24th edition of the European Film Awards were announced on November 5 at the Seville International Film Festival. Polish cinematographer Adam Sikora is among candidates for the Carlo di Palma European Film Award. Over 2,500 members of the European Film Academy will vote to select this year's best European filmmakers.


Polish Films in Mar del Plata

The 26th edition of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival launched on November 5 in Argentina. The festival lineup features several Polish films co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The festival runs through November 13.


Polish Films Recognized in Cottbus

The award for Best Actress at the Cottbus Eastern European Film Festival, which closed yesterday, went to Roma Gąsiorowska for her performance in Ki (My Name Is Ki) by Leszek Dawid. Dawid's film received the FIPRESCI award, Glasgow by Piotr Subbotko received a special award, while Sala samobójców (Suicide Room) received an award in the Polish-German competition for Best Youth Film. Anca Damian's animated film Crulic also received recognition in Cottbus. All films awarded at the Cottbus Film Festival were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


Polish Docs Awarded in Leipzig

Two Polish documentaries - Argentyńska lekcja (Argentinian Lesson) by Wojciech Staroń and Kołysanka z Phnom Penh (Phnom Penh Lullaby) by Paweł Kloc - received awards at the 54th DOK Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. Both films were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


Support for a Film About Marie Curie

Five years have passed since the Polish-German Co-Development Fund was established as a joint initiative of the Polish Film Institute and Germany's regional film funds (Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH and Mitteldeutsche Medienfoerderung GmbH).


Polish Films at IDFA

Over 3600 films were submitted for this year's edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Of these, 319 titles were selected for screening. The world of Polish documentary filmmaking will be represented by a total of eight titles. Polish films screening in the Best of Fests and Mid-Length Documentary Competition were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


"Rosa" Wins in Warsaw

The winners of the 27th Warsaw Film Festival, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, were announced on October 15. Three out of the four Polish features screening in Main Competition were recognized by the Jury. The Warsaw Grand Prix, the main prize in the International Competition, founded by the City of Warsaw, went to Róża (Rosa) by Wojciech Smarzowski. Rosa also won the Audience Award of the Warsaw Film Festival. The Special Jury Prize for Best Actor went to Robert Więckiewicz for his performance in Wymyk (Courage) by Greg Zglinski. Courage also received the Ecumenical Jury Award. Two awards also went to Crulic. Droga na drugą stronę (Crulic), directed by Anca Damian. These were awards of the International Competition Jury and the Ecumenical Jury.


Polish Films in Busan

The 16th Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, one of the key film events in Asia, launches on October 6. Several Polish films will screen at the festival.