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Young Gala of the 44th PFF

Young Gala of the 44th PFF
Short Film Competition Jury of the 44th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia has announced their verdict. Also on Friday, 20th September 2019, during the Young Gala at the New Stage of the Musical Theatre, a number of out-of-competition awards were granted to creators of full-length feature films.

Short Film Competition Jury:
Kinga Dębska – director, screenwriter and author (Chairperson),
Natalia Grzegorzek – film producer,
Katarzyna Klimkiewicz – director and screenwriter,
having seen all 27 films qualified for the Short Film Competition, granted unanimously the following awards:

LUCJAN BOKINIEC AWARD FOR BEST FILM IN THE SHORT FILM COMPETITION
A financial award of PLN 15 000 founded by MULTIMEDIA POLSKA SA for
“Don’t Change the Topic”, dir. Hubert Patynowski
(production: Fundacja Multi Art, Centrum Filmowe AMA)


For simplicity, authenticity and true passion in telling a story that leaves the viewer shocked. For sensitivity in portraying an individual and for an original depiction of a father-son relationship. The award is granted to a director who didn’t change the topic from beginning to the very end.


SPECIAL AWARD OF THE JURY
A financial award of PLN 10 000 for
“Marcel”, dir. Marcin Mikulski
(production: Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Association, 34Film!, TVN Film, Coloroffon, Dreamsound)

For a witty narration, light humour and Piotr Żurawski’s sharp performance.

SPECIAL MENTION
A financial award of PLN 5 000 for
“Within Me”, dir. Maria Wider
(production: Gdynia Film School)

For consistent direction and reserve in depicting a hard topic. For the creation of a touching story about dealing with a loss.


HELIOGRAF AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
production support of PLN 10 000 in the form of filming equipment lent for the purpose of producing the winner’s next film for
Zuzanna Zachara for cinematography in “Bitter Herb”, dir. Maria Ornaf
(production: Lodz Film School)

For climatic photography contrasting with the story. For the ability to find beauty in ugliness and for a remarkable sense of composition.

During the Young Gala at the New Stage of the Musical Theatre in Gdynia, the following out–of–competition awards for full–length feature films were granted:

FILMOWA MAŁOPOLSKA AWARD IN THE SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Marcin Mikulski for “Marcel”

“GOLDEN CLAQUEUR” – RADIO GDANSK AWARD
czekamy na wyniki

JOURNALISTS’ AWARD
czekamy na wyniki

ONET AWARD
Bartosz Bielenia for his performance in “Corpus Christi”

“ELLE CRYSTAL STAR”
Bartosz Bielenia

YOUNG JURY AWARD FOR BEST FILM IN THE MAIN COMPETITION
Xawery Żuławski for “Bird Talk”

POLISH FILM ABROAD FESTIVALS AND REVIEWS AWARD
Jan Komasa for “Corpus Christi”

“GOLDEN KANGAROO”
Agnieszka Holland for “Mr Jones”

“Being Fair Is a Good Way to Be” – LEGAL CULTURE Foundation Competition
3rd Award: “The Tent”, dir. Jeremi Skrodzki
2nd Award: “Legal Culture”, dir. Hubert Zyskowski
1st Award: “Future Creators”, dir. Ula Zawadzka–Wieteska

“DON QUIXOTE” – POLISH FILM CLUBS FEDERATION AWARD
Jan Komasa for “Corpus Christi”

ART HOUSES AND LOCAL CINEMAS NETWORK AWARD
Jan Komasa for “Corpus Christi”

“AMBER LIONS” – award for the box office record in the season 2018–2019
“CLERGY”, dir. Wojciech Smarzowski

DR IRENA ERIS AWARD
Agata Minowska for “Look at Me”

The Closing Ceremony of the 44th Polish Film Festival will take place on Saturday, 21st September 2019. On that day, we will learn the names of the winners of Golden and Silver Lions and recipients of individual awards in the Main Competition of the 44th PFF.

Festival Organisers: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Polish Film Institute, Polish Filmmakers Association, President of the City of Gdynia, Governor of the Pomerania Province

Co-organisers: Telewizja Polska, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, National Centre for Culture

Main Sponsor of the 44th PFF: PKO Bank Polski

Strategic Partner: BMG Goworowski – Official Dealer of Mercedes–Benz

Main Partners: PKP Intercity, Dr Irena Eris, Nespresso, Gdynia Culture Centre

Nationwide Media Patrons: Telewizja Polska, Radiowa Jedynka, Trójka – Polish Radio Three, “Rzeczpospolita”, “Kino” monthly, Filmweb, Onet, ELLE, “Gala”, “Super Express”

Local Media Patrons: Telewizja Gdańsk, Radio Gdańsk, “Dziennik Bałtycki”, “Rzeczpospolita. Życie Regionów”, Trojmiasto.pl.


For more information go to www.festiwalgdynia.pl.