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Press Release

18. Gdańsk DocFilm Festival

The 18th edition of Gdańsk DocFilm Festival, organized by the Association for Film Education, will be held between November 30th and December 2nd 2020.
This year’s edition of the festival, held under the slogan Dignity and Work, has a special character due to the global COVID pandemic – the 19th festival, for the first time, will be held exclusively online. Documentary films from all over the world will compete in the Main Competition for the Gate of Freedom statuette and a cash prize of PLN 20,000 funded by the Mayor of Gdańsk, Aleksandra Dulkiewicz.
This year, there are 15 documentary films participating in the competition, including the titles from the Netherlands, Italy, Belarus, Great Britain, South Korea, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia. As always, Polish documentary cinema has a strong representation.
The Polish Short Feature Film Competition, which is held for the third time this year, also includes 15 films made by film school students and by the Munk Studio as part of the “30 minutes” program. The winner of this competition will receive a Gdańsk Cranes statuette and a cash prize of PLN 5,000.
The jury evaluating both competitions will include: a chairman Wiesław Saniewski, an excellent director, screenwriter and producer, and members: Katarzyna Boniecka, film editor and Andreas Voigt, German producer and director of documentaries.
In addition to the screenings of the competition films, the festival organizers have planned special screenings that will constitute a retrospective of the chairman of the Jury of the 18th GDFF, Wiesław Saniewski. After the screenings, we invite you to an on-line meeting with this outstanding artist.
During the festival opening ceremony, you will be able to see another non-competitive film – the documentary by Ksawery Szczepanik “Going For Gold“. The film presents an excellent Polish athlete, Olympic champion and world record holder in pole vault, Władysław Kozakiewicz from Gdynia. He became famous not only for his appearances at stadiums around the world, but also for the gesture made towards the whistling public during the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.
You will be able to watch all the competition films as well as special screenings online on the platform after purchasing a ticket from November 30, 2020 from 9:00 am.

Festival pass 15 PLN – access to all films for 24 hours according to the Festival program
Festival ticket 5 PLN – access to 1 film for 24 hours

The winners of both competitions will be announced on 02/12/2020 at 20.00, during the awards gala.

More information, full program and movie descriptions are available at

Gdańsk DocFilm Festival
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