POLISH DOCUMENTARIES AT THE SEPTEMBER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS
September is the perfect time for documentaries. Polish productions will be shown at many international festivals taking place in various forms. Viewers will see our films, among others French ONE Country ONE Film, Czech-German ELBE DOCK, Ukrainian Wiz-Art or Finnish Helsinki International Film Festival, and these are not all events where you will be able to see Polish productions.
ONE Country ONE Film International Festival began on the last day of August, where you can find two of our documentaries in the competition - "Family2" by Yifan Sun and "Letters to A" by Wiktoria Szymańska. And on the next in Latvia, the Baltic Sea Docs Festival took place, during which "Wind. A Documentary thriller” by Michał Bielawski. The documentary will start this month very well, because it will go straight from the Baltic country to the United States at the San Francisco Documentary Festival.
On September 3rd, the films invited to the Italian Euganea Film Festival and the Czech-German The International Documentary Film Festival ELBE DOCK will have their first screenings. In the former, "Fat Kathy" by Julia Pełka will compete for prizes, and in the latter, viewers will see the documentaries "The Vibrant Village" by Weronika Jurkiewicz and "Weirdy" by Paweł Dyllus. On the other hand, at the Zlín Film Festival, which took place the following day, one of the competitions featured "Connected" by Aleksandra Maciejczyk.
One of the online festivals this month is the Armenian "One Shot" International Short Film Festival. The program of the virtual event included "Horse Riders" by Anna Gawlita and "Family" by Patrycja Widłak. Both titles have a chance for awards.
Michał Hytros' “Sisters” will compete for further awards. The jury will judge them during the Indonesian Minikino Film Week, Denpasar, Italy's Religion Today Film Festival and Discover Film Awards. The humorous story of the nuns will also go to the audience of the Israeli Cinema South international Film Festival.
It will be a good month for a short documentary by Weronika Jurkiewicz. After the screening of ELBE DOCK, "The Vibrant Village" will have a chance to win awards at the Ukrainian Wiz-Art and the British Encounters Film Festival, and at the end of September it will be included in the program of the 24th edition of the American Rooftop Films.
The latest film by Maciej Cuske was invited to two prestigious competitions. "The Whale of Lorino" will be just one of seven feature-length documentaries that will compete for awards at this year's Batumi International Art-House Film Festival. The film also made its way to the 17th Neisse Film Festival, where it will meet "The Wind. A Documentary Thriller "by Michał Bielawski.
Marcin Polar's "The Tough" will have a lot of shows in September. The first one will take place in France during the Kinopolska festival, then it will appear online during the Albanian Tirana International Film Festival and at the Italian Nuovi Mondi Festival, and finally with the documentary "My Country So Beautiful" Grzegorz Paprzycki to Slovakia at Febiofest Bratislava.
A large representation of Polish films is included in the program of the 33rd edition of the Helsinki International Film Festival. The audience of the Finnish festival will see Katarzyna Lesisz's "Dancing for You", Yifun Sun's "Family2", Patrycja Polkowska's "Halo Effect" and Emilia Śniegoska's "19:91", which will compete for the award at the American festival in Atlanta.
At the same time as the Helsinki festival, Festival Mix Milano will take place, to which Rafal Łysak's "Unconditional Love" has been invited, and Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, where virtual audience will see "Wind. A Documentary thriller ”by Michał Bielawski.
The 17th edition of the Lithuanian Vilnius Documentary Film Festival will take place at the turn of September and October. The program includes screenings of two Polish documentaries - "Dancing For You" by Katarzyna Lesisz and "Anything Can Happen" by Marcel Łoziński. Also, Krzysztof Świderski's film "In darkness" will be presented in the documentary competition at Nuovi Mondi Mountain Film Festival.
The full list of festival screenings can be found here.