The end of August saw the start of the 24th Brussels Short Film Festival in Belgium. The program includes three Polish short films – live action “Beyond is the Day” by Damian Kocur, “Hi, How are you” by Michał Chmielewski, and Julia Orlik’s animated “I’m Here” Julii Orlik. Kocur’s film was also screened at the Aye Aye VO, Nancy International Film Festival in France in the same period.
Polish live-action shorts from KFF Sales&Promotion catalogue will be shown at the BUSHO – Budapest Short Film Festival in Hungary. The non-competitive sections feature “Submission” by Michał Ciechomski and “Last Days of Summer” by Klaudia Kęska.
The festival month has started for good with the Encounters Film Festival in Great Britain whose competitions are filled to the brim with Polish animated films – “We Hope You Won’t Need to Come Back” by Anastazja Naumenko, “Plantarium” by Tomek Ducki, “My Fat Arse and I” by Yelyzaveta Pysmak, “Co-ognition” by Przemysław Świda, “Crumbs of Life” by Katarzyna Miechowicz, “Prince in a Pastry Shop” by Katarzyna Agopsowicz – as well as Andrzej Cichocki’s documentary “A Little Bit of Paradise”, and the live-action “Four Cups of Coffee or Three” directed by Sebastian Łach.
A rather large representation of Polish animated films from our catalogue will be shown during the Fantoche International Animation Film Festival in Switzerland. Viewers will see “You Are Overreacting” by Karina Paciorkowska, “The Moon” by Tomek Popakul, and “III” by Marta Pajek in the non-competitive sections.
A total of three festivals starring Polish animated films will begin on 9 September. The jury of Lithuania’s BLON Animation & Games Festival will get to evaluate Julia Orlik’s “I’m Here” while that of the 27th L’Étrange Film Festival in France will decide on Daria Kopiec’s “Your Own Bullshit”. In turn, Yelyzaveta Pysmak’s “My Fat Arse and I” will be competing for awards during the Zlin Film Festival in the Czech Republic. Two other events are going to feature short documentaries – Marcin Polar’s “The Tough” will be presented in competition at the Mosor Film Festival in Croatia, and “The Vibrant Village” by Weronika Jurkiewicz will compete for awards at – again – the Czech Republic’s Zlin Film Festival.
Two Polish animated films will be shown during the Loudoun Arts Film Festival in the United States – “Portrait of Suzanne” by Izabela Plucińska and “The Land of Whim” by Betina Bożek. At the same time, the program of the 9th International Film Festival FERFILM in Kosovo features the animated documentary “We Have One Heart”.
Katarzyna Warzecha’s film is enjoying yet another good month. After Kosovo, it will travel to Germany. In addition to “We Have One Heart”, the Neisse Film Festival will also see “The Flood” by Sofya Nabok and „Problem” by Tomasz Wolski – compete for its awards. Following the German festival, Warzecha’s film will also visit the International Film Festival Elbe Dock in the Czech Republic, the Orvieto Cinema Fest in Italy, and Animatou International Animation Film Festival in Switzerland – which has invited a large representation of Polish productions. “Your Own Bullshit” by Daria Kopiec, “I’m Here” by Julia Orlik, and “The Moon” by Tomek Popakul are all competing for the latter’s awards.
Drama International Short Film Festival will be held in Greece in the first half of the month. Its program includes “The Visit” by Mateusz Jarmulski. In turn, Joanna Dudek’s animated “Ashes” will be screened at the Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy.
Each of the following festivals includes two Polish films in their programs: the Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico, with “Crumbs of Life” by Katarzyna Miechowicz and “My Fat Arse and I” by Yelyzavety Pysmak, the Lille International Short Film Festival in France screening Anastazja Naumenko’s “We Hope You Won’t Need to Come Back” and Julia Orlik’s “I’m Here”, and the Best of International Short Films Festival, which will also include the film by Julia Orlik alongside Izabela Plucińska’s “Portrait of Suzanne”.
Polish productions are also going to be presented at the Ottawa International Animation Festival – including a premiere screening of Marta Pajek’s latest animated film “Impossible Figures and Other Stories I”. In Canada, you will also get to see “Crumbs of Life” by Katarzyna Miechowicz and “Not So Scary a Crocodile” by Grzegorz Koncewicz. You can read more about it here.
The International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana takes place in Russia in the second half of the month. Its competitive section will feature Aleksandra Potoczek’s “xABo: Father Boniecki”. On the other hand, Julia Pełka’s “Fat Kathy” will be competing for awards at the Crested Butte Film Festival in the United States.
The 11th edition of StopTrik International Film Festival will take place near the end of the month. Three Polish titles will be competing for awards there – “I’m Here” by Julia Orlik, “Your Own Bullshit” by Daria Kopiec, and “Plantarium” by Tomek Ducki. The Indiecork Festival of Independent Film & Music is scheduled in Ireland in a similar timeframe. Three Polish short films were invited to participate in the festival – “I’m Here” by Julia Orlik, “Beyond is the Day” by Damian Kocur, and “We Have One Heart” by Katarzyna Warzecha.