As the sole Polish documentary and Polish short film „Out of Reach” by Jakub Stożek has been selected for the Sundance Film Festival – one of the biggest and one of the most important film event on the world.

For Jakub Stożek’s Out of reach the successful way has begun at 50th Krakow Film Festival in Poland, where the film had its premiere and, furthermore, Stożek was given the Golden Dragon Award for the Director of the Best Film in the International Short Film Competition. What might have become important was the fact that one of the competition jury member was Todd Luoto who for the past four years has been a shorts programmer for the Sundance Film Festival. Informally, he admitted that thanks to attending to the Krakow Film Festival and having the opportunity to get to know Stożek’s film he decided to include Out of reach in the Sundance Film Festival programme.

The Sundance Film Festival is one of the most important film event on the world. Supported by the Sundance Institute –the non-profit organization, founded by Robert Redford in 1981 – the festival is the gate for the independent films to the global career. The aim of the festival is to discover, promote and support independent, original and plenty of international potential film storytelling. This will not an exaggeration if we recall just few titles that has been presented at the Sundance Film Festival – what resulted in receiving an enormous recognition and success within global audience. There are the following films:  Maria Full of Grace, The Cove, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious, Trouble the Water Little Miss Sunshine czy Napoleon Dynamite.

Sundance Film Festival will be held from the 20th to 30th of January 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will present several competitive and noncompetitive programmes. Apart from documentary film competition or U.S. competitions there is also Shorts Programme where fictions, animations and documentaries will be shown and some of them will compete for prizes. Nevertheless, all of them have to fulfill one essential condition: the short form should reflect the originality and  unconventional rules of film storytelling. The presence of Stożek’s Out of reach in Shorts Programme might be considered as an evidence that this film came up to that standards without doubt.

Out of reach is a story about two teenaged girls who were raised without a mother. Due to a complex family situation sisters had to learn to be more responsible and independent than others at their age. Girl’s impressively mature decision was to attempt to come into contact with their mother and to rebuild family relations.

Jakub Stożek graduated from the department of English Philology at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and from the Department of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice. His director debut Out of reach was produced by DARKLIGHTFILM STUDIO.

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