October is a very intense month for film festival fans. In the near future, there will be, among others Animafest Zagreb, Sedicicorto Forlì, Curtas Vila do Conde, Brno 16, Zagreb Dox, Nature Film Festival, CinEast, DocsMX, Pärnu Film Festival and the Big Cartoon Festival. Many of them will be held in a hybrid form, some will only take place online, while the program of each of them includes Polish films from our KFF Sales&Promotion catalogue.

The first week of October shows the multitude of Polish titles that international audiences will have the opportunity to see on screens all over the world. The tenth month of this year will start with the prestigious Animatou festival in Switzerland and the Spanish Weird International Animation Market and Festival. The competition of the former included “Guilt” by Marcjanna Urbańska, “The Land Of Whim” by Betina Bożek and “Portrait of Suzanne” by Izabela Plucińska, while the jury of the second festival will evaluate “Acid Rain” by Tomek Popakul and “Story” by Jola Bańkowska.

On October 1st, the four-day CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival will take place. You will be able to see “Fat Kathy” by Julia Pełka at the Italian event. A week later, the documentary will be presented at the 13th CinEast – Central and Eastern European Film Festival. It will not be the only Polish production shown at this Luxembourg festival. The animated documentary “We Have One Heart” by Katarzyna Warzecha will also compete for the attention of the JUry. The viewers of the DocsMX International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City will also see this short story. The “The Antarctic Syndrome” by Piotr Jaworski will also compete for statuettes in Mexico City.

The beginning of the month also marks the launch of film festivals, where Polish shorts will make the strongest mark. On October 2, the Sedicicorto Forlì International Film Festival in Italy will be inaugurated, the competition of which includes “Red Light Train” by Alicja Kot, “Such a Beautiful Town” by Marta Koch, “Story” by Jola Bańkowska and “Portrait of Suzanne” by Plucińska. A day later, the Polish Animator festival will begin, during which the jury will evaluate Tomek Ducki’s “Plantarium”, Julia Orlik’s “I’m here”, “We Hope You Won’t Need To Come Back” by Anastasia Naumenko, “backstage_episodes” by Marcin Wojciechowski, “Guilt” by Marcjanna Urbańska and “Such A Beautiful Town” by Marta Koch. At the same time the Portuguese festival of short films, Curtas Vila, will begin, where in the non-competitive sections will be presented “You Are Overreacting” by Karina Paciorkowska, “Bad Night Story” by Nawojka Wierzbowska, “The Hunt” by Mateusz Jarmulski, “Play” by Piotr Sułkowski and “Story” by Jola Bańkowska.

In the following days, Popakul’s “Acid Rain” and Barbara Rupik’s “Little Soul” will be shown at the IndieCork festival in Ireland, Bańkowska’s “Story” will be shown on the screens of Drunken Film Fest in the United States, “Bitter Herb” by Maria Ornaf will be included in the Ca’Foscari Short Film Festival in Italy, “Guilt” by Marchanna Urbańska will appear in the non-competition section of the German Monstronale Short Film Festival, “Story” will be judged by the jury of the Copenhagen Short Film Festival, and “Acid Rain” And “Portrait of Suzanne” were included in the competition at the Czech festival Anifilm. At the same time, the screenings of “Me And My Fat Ass” by Yelyzaveta Pysmak (CinEast film festival in Luxembourg), “We Have One Heart” by Katarzyna Warzecha (Mexican DocsMX festival), “The Flood” by Sofya Nabok (Slovenian StopTrik festival) will take place. and “Acid Rain” (Best of Short Films Festival in France).

This month, in the Croatian capital, we will be able to see “The Wind. A Documentary Thriller” by Michał Bielawski. After Zagreb Dox, the production  about the halny wind will go to Austria for the Nature Film Festival. There you will also be able to see “Fat Kathy” by Julia Pełka. The documentary about the Warsaw water pump will also be seen by viewers of the American Annual Imagine Science Film Festival.

This month’s “The Vibrant Village” by Weronika Jurkiewicz is on a winning streak. The film will first travel to Portugal at the Porto Femme International Film Festival, then it will be at the Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market and at the Pärnu Film Festival, where five Polish documentaries are featured. In addition to Jurkiewicz, viewers will see “Weirdy” by Paweł Dyllus, “The Tough” by Marcin Polar, “Fuck it’s Biology” by Veronika Andersson.

On October 9, four festivals will begin, which programs include Polish short films. “Play” by Piotr Sułkowski will be shown at the Highlands Films Fest in the United States, and at the Berlin Festival of Animation, non-competition screenings will be “Pussy” directed by Renata Gąsiorowska and “Journey To The Magic Waterfall” by Bogna Kowalczyk. On the same day, the Warsaw Film Festival will begin, during which screenings of Daria Kopiec’s “Your Own Bullshit” will be held, “We Hope You Won’t Need To Come Back Here” by Anastazja Naumenko, “Plantarium” by Tonka Ducki, “I am here” by Julia Orlik and “Me and my fat ass” by Yelyzaveta Pysmak. The latter two films were also included in the Un Festival C’est Trop Court competition in Nice. Natalia Krawczuk’s “Metro” will also have a show with them.

The prestigious short film festival in Brno will begin in the following week of October. The competition includes “Dog Days” by Zuzanna Grajcewicz, “Such a Beautiful City” by Koch and “Acid Rain” by Popakul. The last two films were also included in the program of the Swiss festival Lausanne Underground Film & Music. Plucińska has a chance for another award for “Portrait of Suzanne” at the Animario Madrid festival, and “We Have One Heart” by Katarzyna Warzecha will compete for awards at the Chicago International Film Festival. In the following days, “Skinny” by Daniel Stopa (International Football Film Festival in Germany), “Acid Rain” (Kinotrip Film Festival in Slovenia), “I’m here” (international film festival in Riga) will also be screened, and in the competition The world festival of short films “shnit” include “Story” by Bańkowska.

October will also be quite successful for the creators of the “The Antarctic Syndrome”. After the Mexican festival, Piotr Jaworski’s documentary will be shown in Russia during the Festival “The World Of Knowledge” and at the Slovak ETNOFILM Čadca. At our southern neighbors, competitions will also feature “Shadows Of The Empire” by Karol Starnowski, “Horse Riders” by Anna Gawlita and “In Touch” by Paweł Ziemilski.

ETNOFILM is not the only Slovak festival scheduled for this month. During the 28th edition of the International Festival of Mountain Films Poprad, Marcin Polar’s “The Tough” has a chance for awards. At the same time, the Italian IsReal Festival will take place, where Maciej Cuske’s “The Whale From Lorino” will compete for the recognition of viewers and jurors.

In the last week of October, Orlik’s film will be shown at two additional festivals – the international documentary and animation festival in Leipzig and the Swedish Rex Animation Film Festival. Katarzyna Warzecha’s “We Have One Heart” was also included in the competitions of both these festivals. At the same time, two films will become part of the program of the short film festival in Tehran – “Re-Cycle” by Mateusz Lenart and “Metro” by Natalia Krawczuk. A good end to the month is also waiting for Piotr Sułkowski, whose “Play” has entered the competitions of the American Baltimore Next Media Web Fest and the Diamond Star International Film Festival in Malaysia. The festival closing October will be the Big Cartoon Festival in Russia. His selection included “Colaholic” by Marcin Podolec, “Vanilla//Whip” by Bogna Kowalczyk and “Such a Beautiful Town” by Marta Koch.