Competition for the best short fiction – directed to Polish filmmakers!
Kino Forum, ul. Legionowa 5
BIG PHAT PARTY
director: Kinga Pudełek
director of photography: Ignacy Ciszewski
music: Tymoteusz Karaś-Tęcza, Michał Lejczak, Dominik Kocioł
Poland, 2022, 16’
The three protagonists are faced with a problem that could lead to the break-up of their friendship.
TAM, GDZIE PŁACZĄ PTAKI
WHERE THE BIRDS CRY
director: Jakub Wenda
director of photography: Szymon Jarząbek
music: Filip Falkowski
Poland, 2023, 16’
14-year-old Szymon lives in a seaside village. The boy is experiencing one of the most turbulent stages in his life – puberty. He spends his holidays traveling with his finger across a globe, looking for a safari, walking on the beach or meeting his friends. The boy’s monotonous life is being disrupted by an unexpected visit from his childhood friend. From that moment on, the boy develops the need to explore his sexuality. Seemingly ordinary meeting on a cliff turns into his first summer romance.
director: Karolina Węglorz-Zima
director of photography: Remigiusz Wojaczek
music: Wojciech Frycz
Poland, 2023, 23’
Maks gets out of prison on a 24-hour pass. He wants to go to a casting for a music TV show. He forcefully takes his younger brother Kamil with him, who doesn’t make it easy for him to reach his destination. During the journey, we look not only at their difficult and painful relationship, but also at how it is changing.
director: Tomasz Wolski
director of photography: Tomasz Wolski
Poland, 2022, 19’
An unusual couple, Mikołaj and Leszek, move into the stud farm inherited from a father. When Mikołaj discovers that one of the villagers has destroyed the farm’s wooden fence, he begins obsessively repairing it. But is the fence any protection for a relationship transplanted into a hostile environment?
director: Mara Tamkovich
director of photography: Krzysztof Trela
music: Martyna Kacprowicz
Poland, 2022, 14’
A peaceful demonstration in Minsk is brutally pacified by the militia. Journalists from the independent Belarusian television are the only ones broadcasting the events. When they are targeted by a police drone, they are faced with a dramatic choice. The story is inspired by the true story of Katerina Bakhvalova and Daria Chultsova of Belsat TV.
AS IT WAS
directors: Anastasiia Solonevych, Damian Kocur
director of photography: Damian Kocur
Poland, Ukraine, 2023, 15’
Lera has been living in Berlin since the outbreak of war in Ukraine. One day she decides to return to Kiev. On the way, she learns that members of her family are not in the capital and that they will return the next day. She spends the day waiting for her loved ones in the company of her friend.
reżyser/director: Bartosz Stankiewicz
director of photography: Szczepan Lewandowski
music: Wojciech Wikło
Poland, 2023, 20’
A young wrestler has to lose four kilos in one day in order to compete. The gruelling and difficult process is disrupted by an unannounced visit from his older brother, who makes the athlete an unusual proposition.