Off Plus Camera Launched
The gala opening of the 3rd Off Plus Camera International Independent Film Festival was held on April 19 at Krakow's Kijów cinema. The opening of the festival was preceded by a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the recent plane crash at Smolensk airport.
Mother Teresa of Cats in Karlovy Vary
Representatives of the 45th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (June 2-10, 2010) have confirmed that Paweł Sala's feature debut Matka Teresa od kotów (Mother Teresa of Cats) will have its international premiere in the festival's Main Competition. The official statement emphasizes that one of the lead parts was played by "the talented Filip Garbacz, who has been honoured with a special mention of the jury for his role in Świnki (Piggies) at last year's edition of the Karlovy Vary film festival."
World Premiere of The Dog Hill
Grzegorz Zariczny's film Marysina polana (The Dog Hill), produced by the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, will have its world premiere at this year's edition of the Vision du Reel film festival in Nyon, Switzerland.
Condolences and Sympathies
After the tragic events of April 10, the Polish Film Institute is receiving condolences from around the world.
In Memory of the Victims
Let us rush to love people; so quickly do they depart... These words by priest and poet Jan Twardowski never sounded as painful as they do today. As a result of the plane crash at Smolensk, within one quick instant we lost representatives of the highest authorities, military leaders, heads of key financial and social institutions, and dignitaries of various religions. People who brought merit to the history and culture of the Republic of Poland.
Award for The Magic Tree
Andrzej Maleszka's Magiczne drzewo (The Magic Tree) received the Grand Prix and Audience Award at the Taiwan International Children's Film Festival, held in Taipei from April 1 to 11.
CinemaNet Award for Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda received the Golden Wave award for lifetime achievement at the 14th edition of the "Familia" Catalan film awards. This award is presented by the CinemaNet association, established in 1996 with the aim of promoting educational, social, and family values in the spirit of Christian humanism in modern cinema.
FilmPOLSKA in Berlin and Potsdam
The fifth edition of filmPOLSKA will take place between April 15 and 21. Audiences in Berlin and Potsdam will have an opportunity to attend around 100 film screenings over seven days.
Polish Films at Hot Docs IFF
Paweł Łoziński's Chemia (Chemo) will screen in the international competition. Another Polish contender for the grand prize is Sześć tygodni (Six Weeks) by Marcin Janos Krawczyk.
The world showcase of documentaries will also feature Dariusz Jabłoński's Gry wojenne (War Games) and Przyszedł człowiek i wziął (A Man Came and Took Her) by Jędrzej Niestrój and Rafał Przybysz. 22 Polish documentaries will also be screened at the festival's 2010 Doc Shop film market.
On the set of Hidden
On March 9 we visited the set of Ukryci (Hidden) - the latest feature project directed by Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik. The film, based on a script by David F. Shamoon, is a co-production between Poland, Germany, and Canada.
The Magic Tree Awarded in New York
Andrzej Maleszka's Magiczne drzewo (The Magic Tree) received the BAMmie award for Best Feature Film at the BAMkids Film Festival, organized by the Brooklyn Academy of Music - one of New York's most renowned cultural organizations. The festival took place from February 27 to March 10.
Polish Films Nominated in Slovakia
The nominations for this year's "Sun in the Net" ("Slnko v Sieti") Slovakian Film Awards of the Slovakian Film and Television Academy have been announced. Its members selected the award nominees from among 16 feature films, 15 feature-length documentaries, five shorts and twelve animated films.
Polish filmmakers and co-productions are among this year's nominees.
Award for Chemo
On March 18, Paweł Łoziński received the award for Best Director at the One World festival in Prague. His documentary Chemia (Chemo) was screened in the main competition.
Polish Film at Istanbul IFF
Wszystko co kocham (All That I Love) by Jacek Borcuch will be screened at this year's Istanbul International Film Festival. The event takes place from April 3 to 18.
The 35th Polish Film Festival in May!
This year's edition of the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia will take place from May 24 to 29.
The final deadline for submitting films to the festival's three competition sections (Main Competition, Independent Cinema Competition, and Young Cinema Competition) is March 31, 2010.
Chasm Awarded in Zagreb
Wojciech Kasperski's Otchłań (Chasm) received the "Little Stamp" award for best film by a young documentary filmmaker at the 6th ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival.
Polish Documentaries in Thessaloniki
This year's edition of the Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival gives special focus to Polish documentaries. The event, taking place from March 12 to 21, will screen over thirty Polish films, divided into three sections: a Krzysztof Kieślowski retrospective, films by Andrzej Fidyk, and the latest Polish documentaries.
Academy Award Winners Announced
The Academy Awards ceremony is now in the past. The undisputed winner is The Hurt Locker, with a total of six awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Both awards were accepted by director Kathryn Bigelow.
The Cove at the 7th Planete Doc Review
The Cove by Louie Psihoyos, winner of this year's Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, will be the opening film at the 7th Planet Doc Review film festival.
IFMCA Award for Korzeniowski
Last Monday the International Film Music Critics Association gave Abel Korzeniowski the Best Original Score for a Drama Film award for his score to A Single Man by Tom Ford.
Winners of the 2010 Polish Film Awards
The 2010 Polish Film Awards "Orły" (Eagles) ceremony was held at Teatr Polski. The undisputed winner was Rewers (Reverse) by Borys Lankosz, sweeping a total of eight awards, including best film. Agata Buzek and Anna Polony received best actress awards, while Reverse also took best screenplay, best original music, best production design, and best costume design. Director Borys Lankosz was dubbed the Discovery of the Year.