"Out of Reach" Awarded in Kiev

The documentary Poza zasięgiem (Out of Reach) by Jakub Stożek received the award of the Ukrainian Filmmakers Association at the Docudays UA film festival in Kiev.


Filmland Polen Starts Again

March 27 marked the launch of the 9th Filmland Polen New Polish Film Festival. The project is aimed at presenting latest Polish features to German audiences. Films are screened from March to December in several German cities, including Hamburg, Bremen, and Hanover.


"Wisła" Polish FF in Moscow

Wenecja (Venice) by Jan Jakub Kolski is the opening film at this year's Polish Film Festival in Moscow, which will run from April 15 through May 5.


9th Edition of London’s "Kinoteka"

A gala screening of Essential Killing opened the "Kinoteka" Polish Film Festival last night in London. April 1 will bring the release of Skolimowski's feature in theatres throughout the United Kingdom. The ninth edition of the "Kinoteka" film festival runs from March 24 through April 13 in five UK cities.


"The Miracle Seller" Awarded

Handlarz cudów (The Miracle Seller) by Jarosław Szoda and Bolesław Pawica received the 2011 Bergamo Film Meeting Prize of the 29th edition of the Bergamo Film Meeting in Italy. The event closed on March 20.


"Beats of Freedom" Wins in Finland

The fourth edition of MusiXine, the international film festival for music documentaries, closed last Saturday in the Finnish town of Oulu. With nine titles screening in competition, the winner of the Best Film award was the Polish documentary Beats of Freedom. Zew wolności (Beats of Freedom), focused on the early days of rock music in Poland.


Polish Documentaries at Hot Docs

Over 170 documentary from around the world, a film market, a pitching forum, along with series of workshops, international conferences and discussion panels - this is the outline of the upcoming Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in Canada. The event is to be held in late April and early May 2011. Several Polish documentaries made it into the festival's lineup.


Six Polish Films in Istanbul

Six Polish films will screen at the 30th Istanbul International Film Festival. The event will run from April 2 through 17.


Koszałka Awarded in Finland

Marcin Koszałka received recognition at the 41st Tampere International Short Film Festival in Finland, which drew to a close on March 13.


Adam Sikora Shooting with Ondříček

On March 5, David Ondříček began shooting him latest feature In the Shadow of the Horse. The film will be made in co-production between the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia. The film's Polish producer is Centrala Sp. z o.o., while its director of photography is Polish cinematographer Adam Sikora. In the Shadow of the Horse is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


Polish Animations in Annecy

Six Polish animated films will screen in competition at the 35th Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France.


“Charcoal Burners” Awarded in Zagreb

Smolarze (The Charcoal Burners) by Piotr Złotorowicz received the Small Stamp award for best film by a young documentary filmmaker at the 7th ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival.


Cinema Can Change the World

Andrzej Wajda, film and stage director, screenwriter, production designer, one of the most acclaimed filmmakers in the history of world cinema, winner of an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement celebrates his 85th birthday on March 6.


Screenings of New Polish Films

The 27th Mons International Film Festival in Belgium drew to a close on February 26. The festival's Grand Prix and Best Screenplay award went to Chrzest (The Christening) by Marcin Wrona. The Christening is also one of several Polish features that screened at recent film festivals in Dublin and Glasgow.


New Distributors of Polish Films

Tribeca Film, the distribution branch of New York's Tribeca Film Festival, announced its two-year plan yesterday. In 2011 alone, Tribeca Film intends to release 26 films in theatres and through various multimedia distribution channels, including VOD and digital online distribution. Tribeca Film's lineup includes Essential Killing by Jerzy Skolimowski. Though the picture was never released theatrically in the United States, Tribeca Film plans to release it through VOD and on other platforms.


Polish Filmmakers Awarded in Berlin

Wojciech Staroń, cinematographer of Paula Markovich's El Premio (The Prize), received the Silver Bear award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement at the closing gala of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, winning the prize ex aequo with El Premio's production designer Barbara Enriquez. In Berlinale's Generation Kplus, the Grand Prix of the Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk for best feature film went to Jutro będzie lepiej (Tomorrow Will Be Better) by Dorota Kędzierzawska. An independent jury also awarded Kędzierzawska the Peace Film Award.


New Project by Jakimowski

The cast of the new international project by Andrzej Jakimowski, director of the acclaimed Sztuczki (Tricks) and Zmruż oczy (Squint Your Eyes), was announced at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. The film is scheduled to begin shooting in Lisbon in May.


"Downtown" at the MMA

The 9th Annual Sprout Film Festival, taking place at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art in late April, will feature Downtown - Miasto Downów (Downtown) by Marta Dzido and Piotr Śliwowski.


61st Berlin IFF

The 61st edition of the annual Berlin International Film Festival is now under way. Five Polish films will be presented to Berlinale audiences throughout the festival's ten days of screenings.


Shooting Starts on “The Congress”

Ari Folman's latest picture Kongres (The Congress) began shooting on February 4 in Los Angeles. The script is based on "The Futurological Congress" by Stanisław Lem. Michał Englert is the film's director of photography.

The Congress is an international co-production between Pandora Film (Germany), Bridgit Folman Film Gang (Israel), Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium), Paul Thiltges Distribution (Luxembourg), ARP Selection (France), and Piotr Dzięcioł's Opus Film (Poland). The project received financing from the Polish Film Institute.


Majewski’s Film at the Louvre

On February 2, the Louvre Museum in Paris will host a special screening of Młyn i krzyż (The Mill and the Cross), the latest feature from director Lech Majewski. The screening is part of the fourth edition of Journées Internationales du Film sur l'Art (Films on Art).