We know the Polish Days 2020 program

Six completed films, eight as part of the „Works in Progress” presentation and 10 projects in the development stage appear in the Polish Days 2020 program. This is one of the most important industry events in Poland. This year’s edition of the event, co-organized by the Polish Film Institute, will take place online from July 27-29. Although the New Horizons festival, which organizes Polish Days, has been moved to November 2020, the July edition, thanks to the online platform, will be attended by about 100 guests from abroad, including selectors of many international festivals, sales agents, distributors and film producers.

The 45th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia will be held in November

Meeting the expectations of the film community, on July 15, 2020 the Organizational Committee of the Polish Film Festival unanimously decided to organize the 45th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia this year. The hybrid event will take place on November 9-14, 2020. At the same time, the Organizational Committee asked the Director of the Polish Film Festival to present the regulations containing a substitute formula for the Polish Film Festival by August 3, 2020.

Polish document appreciated in New Zealand

The film „Long Day Tomorrow” by Paweł Wysoczański received a special jury award at the Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival in New Zealand. He was awarded for „beautiful composition and exceptional personal commitment”. The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. „Paweł Wysoczański’s film deserves a special mention. Talking about Dr. Helena Pyz and her 30 years of work at the leprosy treatment center and their children, the film is distinguished by a beautiful composition and exceptional personal commitment. Wysoczański gives an example of the art of documentary cinema, a clear narrative and a humanitarian message,” it was written in the justification of the award in the category for international directors.

„Kill It and Leave This Town” honored in Annecy

The film „Kill It and Leave This Town” received a jury award in the main competition of the 44th International Animation Film Festival in Annecy. The film directed by Mariusz Wilczyński is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The French online event took part between 15 till 30 of June. The world premiere of „Kill It and Leave This Town” took place in the Encounters competition at the 70th International Film Festival in Berlin. The film is the full-length directorial debut of Mariusz Wilczyński. Voices in the animation are given by, among others Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Chyra, Maja Ostaszewska and Małgorzata Kożuchowska.

Polish animation in the Cinéfondation Cannes section

The organizers of the Cannes festival announced a list of films that qualified for the Cinéfondation 2020 section. Among 17 productions there was the Polish animation entitled „My fat arse and I”  directed by Yelyzaveta Pysmak from the Film School in Łódź. The Cinéfondation section has been presenting short films from film schools around the world since 1998. This year, the selection committee selected 17 films (13 stories and 4 animations) from 1952 entries. They come from countries such as Israel, Great Britain, Argentina, Hungary, Romania, India, Switzerland, the United States, South Korea, France, Poland, Portugal, Germany and Slovenia. Film screenings in the competition and the jury review will be held this autumn in Cannes.

New Rector of the Film School in Łódź

Dr hab. Milenia Fiedler was elected the new Rector of The Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź for the term 2020-2024. She will replace prof. Mariusz Grzegorzek and take up her function on 1 September. Announcement from the University Electoral Commission of July 6, 2020.

„Lesson of love” in the New Zealand festival program

The film „Lesson of love” directed by Małgorzata Goliszewska and Kasia Mateja was included in the New Zealand International Film Festival program in the Becoming section. This year’s event will take place from July 24 to August 2. The picture is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. 79 full-length and seven short films from 41 countries were included in the New Zealand International Film Festival program. All films will be presented online, and 27 of them additionally at screenings in cinema halls in eight cities, including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. The festival in New Zealand also for the first time started cooperation with European Film Promotion’s Europe!: Voices Of Women In Film initiative, whose partner has been Sydney Film Festival for the last four years.

Polish presence at Marché du Film

Screenings, discussion panels and the PFI virtual stand - this is the Polish presence at the Marché du Film in Cannes, which will last online until June 26.

Five Polish films in The Goes to Cannes

New Horizons' Polish Days Goes to Cannes 2020 program has announced their selection. Among the Polish films at various stages of production (works-in-progress) selected for this year's edition, five titles will be presented. They are: „Horse Tail”, „The Last Mission”, „Everyone Has a Summer”, „Moths” and „WIKA!” - all co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Cinemas can operate from June 6

Cinemas can operate from June 6, after meeting the appropriate conditions - announced the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage prof. Piotr Gliński. Earlier, from May 18, outdoor and drive in cinemas have been already allowed to operate.

An appeal to support the „We are coming back to the cinema” campaign

The return of viewers to cinemas after their opening and improvement of the image of this place - these are the main objectives of the promotional campaign being prepared. The director of the Polish Film Institute Radosław Śmigulski appealed in a letter to television broadcasters for media support.

MOJEeKINO.PL arthouse cinema platform is starting

A platform connecting dozens of arthouse cinemas - MOJEeKINO.PL will be launched on May 21. Cinemas which activities have been suspended due to the coronavirus epidemic will present their repertoires. The project of the Arthouse Cinema Association was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Film sets and outdoor cinemas can operate from 18 May

Resumption of work on film sets, taking into account the sanitary requirements and enabling the operation of outdoor cinemas, including  drive-in ones –  these activities, inter alia,  were in the third stage of lifting the restrictions associated with the coronavirus epidemic. The decision was made at a meeting of the Governmental Crisis Management Team. As emphasized by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage prof. Piotr Gliński, the current lifting of some restrictions is to enable the maximum safe return to partial activity of people of culture, which should also have a positive impact on their economic situation.

45. Polish Film Festival in Gdynia postponed to the next year

Due to the prevailing epidemiological situation in the country and government recommendations regarding the organization of mass events, the 45th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia will not take place in 2020. Such a decision was unanimously taken by the Organizing Committee of the Polish Film Festival on May 20 this year.

New safety rules on the film set

There are new safety rules on the film set, which were published in connection with the possibility of resuming work from May 18. The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage provided detailed guidelines.

We know the jury of the Krakow Film Festival

Jan Komasa, Leszek Możdżer, Łukasz Żal, Magdalena Łazarkiewicz - are on the jury of competitions of the 60th Krakow Film Festival. The festival, which will last from May 31 to June 7 and in full will be held online began selling tickets.

The film „Hater. Suicide room” wins at Tribeca Film Festival!

Jan Komasa's film „Suicide Room. Hater” won the Best Narrative Feature award at the International Narrative Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in the USA. This is the first Polish film that not only managed to participate in this prestigious competition for foreign films, but also to win it.

The 60th Krakow Film Festival is entirely online

For the first time, films participating in the 60th Krakow Film Festival will be screened not at cinemas, but at online screenings throughout Poland. In addition to documentary, animated and short feature films from around the world, there will be shows of the latest and most important Polish productions.

Polish films in the Hot Docs competition in Toronto

As many as four Polish images were included in the program of the largest documentary film festival in North America - Hot Docs in Toronto. Three of them were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. This include the latest film by Eliza Kubarska and Monika Braid - „Wall of shadows".

Polish film with an award at the Visions du Réel Festival

The film „An ordinary country" directed by Tomasz Wolski won an award at the Visions du Réel Festival. The Polish documentary won in the category for the most innovative medium-length film.

„Corpus Christi” awarded at a festival in Brazil

The film by Jan Komasa - „Corpus Christi” won the Grand Jury Award and the Critics' Award at the Brazil International Film Festival (BIFF). This one of the most important festivals in this country, due to the coronavirus pandemic, was entirely online for the first time.