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17GDFF

  • Janusz Zaorski

    Janusz Zaorski

    11-th May 2019

    JANUSZ ZAORSKI Born on 19th September 1947 in Warsaw. Film, television, theatre, and radio director. Producer and screenwriter. 1965-69 studied at the Łódź Film School at the Department of Film Directing. Master’s degree in Film Arts (diploma in 1971). 2009 PhD in Film Directing at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. Member of the Polish Filmmakers Association, the European Film Academy, the Polish Producers Alliance, and ZaiKS (Polish Society of Authors and Composers). 1987 – 90 The Chairman of the Polish Federation of Film Societies 1987-91 The Chairman and Artistic Director of the DOM Film Studio 1991-93 The President of the Radio and TV Committee 1993-95 The President of the National Council of Radio Broadcasting and Television Since 2005 lecturer at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw Author of 15 motion picture films, 12 television films, 5 TV series and 10 TV theatres. Most important motion picture films: Awans (Promotion) 1974 - Main award at Gdańsk Film Festival Pokój z widokiem na morze (A room with a view of the sea) 1978 - Silver Leopard Award (main award), FIPRESCI award in Locarno Baryton (Baritone) 1985 - Main award at Gdańsk Film Festival, honourable mention in Montreal Jezioro Bodeńskie (Lake Constance) 1986 - Grand Prix (Golden Leopard) in Locarno, the youth jury’s award Matka Królów (Mother of the Kings) 1988 - Silver Bear (main award) in Berlin Grand Prix - Golden Lions in Gdynia and the critics circle’s and youth jury’s awards, Grand Prix Sopot (Yugoslavia) 15 foreign and national awards in total Piłkarski poker (The Soccer Poker) - MKiS award (The Minister of Culture Award) 1989 Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku (Happy New Year) 1997 - Award for best director at Gdynia Film Festival Syberiada polska (Siberian Exile) 2013 - Grand Prix in Seattle Pokolenia (Generations) 2017 Important television films Kaprysy Łazarza (Lazarus’ Whims) 1972 - 14th place in the survey on the top 100 Polish television films conducted by a Polish weekly “Polityka” Zaległy urlop (Overdue Leave) 1978 - award for the screenplay at TV Film Festival in Olsztyn Biało-Czerwono-Czarny, czyli Olisadebe (Olisadebe: White-Red-Black) 2002 (documentary) Cudownie ocalony (Miraculously Saved) 2004 - Grand Prix (Golden Chest) in Plowdiw, Bulgaria Mundial Biało-Czerwonych: Trzej przyjaciele z boiska (World Cup of Eagles: Three Friends from the Sports Fields) 2006 (documentary) Important TV series Zezem (With a Grain of Salt) 1977 Grand Prix TV Film Festival in Olsztyn Punkt Widzenia (Point of View) 1980 Od A do Zet (From A to Z) 1999 - the history of Polish bandstand and cabaret Important TV theatres Ziemia tragiczna (Tragic Land) by Erskine Caldwell 1980 Chłodna jesień (Chilly Autumn) by Eustachy Rylski 1989 Ach, co za wynalazek (Ah, What an Invention) by Mikhail Bulgakov 1995 Odbita sława (Regained Glory) by Ron Horwood 1996 Cyrograf, Mizerykordia i Małpa (A Chirograph, a Misericord and a Monkey) by Jerzy Niemczuk 1999, 2001, 2006

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  • Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak

    Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak

    11-th May 2019

    Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak (1951) – a character actress who starred in many films including Trzeba zabić tę miłość (This Love Must be Killed) (1972) as Magda, Polskie Drogi (Polish Roads) (1976) directed by Morgenstern as Basia Białasówka, Pani Bovary to ja (Madame Bovary is me) directed by Zbigniew Kamieński as Anna, and in Sam na sam (One-on-one) directed by Andrzej Kostenko (both in 1977), Jan Serce (Jan Heart) (1981) directed by Piwowarski as Mgiełka, Inne Spojrzenie (Different Way) (1982) directed by Károly Makk as Eva, for which she received an award in Cannes, Wkrótce Nadejdą Bracia (The Brothers Will Come Soon) (1985) directed by Kurtz as Ada, 300 mil do nieba (300 Miles to Heaven) (1989) directed by Mirosław Dembiński as the Mother, and in Rysa (Scratch) (2008) directed by Michał Rosa as Joanna. On the stage: in Drama Theatre she starred in Elektra (1974) directed by Dejmek, King Lear (1977) directed by Jarocki as Regan, Noc listopadowa (November Night) directed by Prus as Medea and Kora (both in 1978), Szósty stopień oddalenia (Six Degrees of Separation) directed by her husband, Piotr Cieślak, as Kitty, in Historyja o chwalebnym zmartwychwstaniu pańskim (the Story of the Glorious Resurrection) directed by Piotr Cieplak as Mary, Elektra directed by Warlikowski as Klitajmestra, Końcówka (The Ending) directed by Libera as Nel (both in 1997), Salome (2000) as Herodias, Wymazywanie (Extinction) (2001) as the Mother, Niedokończony utwór autora (An Author’s Unfinished Work) as Paulina, Sztuka hiszpańska (the Spanish Play) directed by Lupa as Aurelia (both in 2004), and in Opowieści o zwyczajnym szaleństwie (A Story of an Ordinary Madness) (2005) directed by Glińska. In the Polish Theatre she starred in: Romulus Wielki (Romulus the Great) directed by Dejmek as Rea (1985) and Hekabe (2011), Mąż i żona (Husband and Wife) (1977) directed by Hanuszkiewicz as Aniela and Elwira in the National Theatre, Dante 1992 directed by Szajna as Beatrice in Studio, T.E.O.R.E.M.A.T. (T.H.E.O.R.E.M.) directed by Jarzyna as Emilia in the Variety Theatre, and in Namiętności (Passion) directed by Cywińska as miss Shapiro in Athenaeum (both in 2009). She says: “Self-centredness is an inherent part of this profession. If you don’t want people to like you, go sell vegetables. Let’s be honest, an actor has to be a vain person in this respect. Otherwise you have no business here.”

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  • Tom McSorley

    Tom McSorley

    11-th May 2019

    Tom McSorley is Executive Director of the Canadian Film Institute, an Adjunct Research Professor of Film Studies at Carleton University, and weekly film critic for CBC Radio One’s ‘Ottawa Morning.’ He has published extensively in cinema journals and magazines in Canada and internationally, and has served on film festival juries in Canada, Spain, Australia, Estonia, Armenia, and Mexico. He is editor of the Canadian Film Institute book series, which includes: Rivers of Time: The Films of Philip Hoffman (2008), Life Without Death: The Cinema of Frank Cole (2009), Elective Identities: The Moving Images of Garine Torossian (2010), Entre Nous: The Cinema of Denis Côté (2011), Intimacies: The Cinema of Ingrid Veninger (2012), Forms of Light: The Films of Malcolm Sutherland(2012), Time Being: The Moving Images of Daniel Cockburn (2013), Dark Mirror: The Films of Theodore Ushev (2014), The Transformable Moment: The Films of Stephen Broomer (2014), and Reports: Jorge Lozano (2018). He is the author of Atom Egoyan’s The Adjuster (2009).

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  • Monika Pawluczuk

    Monika Pawluczuk

    11-th May 2019

    Monika Pawluczuk - Director, writer, former journalist. Director of internationally awarded documentaries: "The End of the World", "When I Am A Bird", "Models", "So You Should Change. Co-author (with Katarzyna Miller) of a book translated into several languages entitled "Being A Woman and Not Going Crazy". She is a cultural studies graduate at the American Studies Center at Warsaw University, a journalism department graduate at the Journalism Centre in Warsaw, and a DOC PRO Documentary Programme graduate at the Wajda School. Selected awards END OF THE WORLD Hot Springs (Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival), The Best Short Documentary Award, 2016 END OF THE WORLD Tirana (Tirana International Documentary Film Festival DocuTIFF), The Best Medium Lenght Movie AWARD, 2016 END OF THE WORLD Kijów (Human Rights International Documentary Film Festival in Kijow, Ukraine) "Docudays UA" Main Award in Docu / Short competition, 2016 END OF THE WORLD Białystok (International Short Film Festival "żubrOFFka") Grand Prix, 2016 END OF THE WORLD Poznań (Short Waves Festival), Public Award, 2016 WHEN I AM A BIRD Erywań (Golden Apricot International Film Festival), Grand Prix, 2015 WHEN I AM A BIRD Prague (International Film Festival), Special distinction, 2015 WHEN I AM A BIRD Paris(Signes de Nuit International Film Festival), Signs Award in category: Best Documentary, 2014 WHEN I AM A BIRD Lubljana (Emigrant Film Festival), Special distinction, 2014

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  • Andrzej Fidyk

    Andrzej Fidyk

    11-th May 2019

    Andrzej Fidyk - Author of over 40 documentaries for TVP, BBC, Arte, Canal+, WDR, and more. His most popular films include Defilada (The Parade), Kiniarze z Kalkuty (Cameramen from Calcutta), Taniec trzcin (Dance of the Reeds), Rosyjski Striptease (Russian Striptease), and Yodok Stories. Winner of several dozen film festivals. He believes that a documentary, apart from having other assets, should be encouraging for an average viewer. For several years he was the Head of Documentaries at Polish Television 1. His TV documentaries Czas na dokument (Time for a documentary), Miej oczy szeroko otwarte (Keep Your Eyes Open) and Oglądaj z Andrzejem Fidykiem (Watch with Andrzej Fidyk) received Wiktor’s Award, meaning that they were considered to be the best documentaries in Poland. Author of several dozen publicity films, and the winner of national advertisement festival in 2006. Film art professor at the Department of Radio and TV at University of Silesia. Member of the European Film Academy.

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  • Films qualified for the Main Competition of the 17GDFF

    10-th April 2019

    The programme for the Main Competition of the 17th Gdańsk DocFilm Festival has been finalised. Out of 200 documentaries sent to us, 16 were chosen and will vie for the Gate of Freedom award and 20 000 PLN: 1. Over the limit, Poland, dir. Marta Prus, 2017, 74 min. 2. Drømmeland, The Netherlands dir. Joost van der Wiel, 2019, 73 min. 3. Miłość bezwarunkowa, Poland, dir. Rafał Łysak, 2018, 41 min. 4. Strip and war, Belarus, Polska, dir. Andrei Kutsila, 2019, 69 min. 5. Wnętrze lwa, Poland, dir. Karol Lindholm, 2018, 12 min. 6. Kabul, City in the Wind, The Netherlands, Afghanistan, Japan, Germany| dir. Aboozar Amini, 2018, 89 min. 7. A day for Susana, Brasil, dir. Giovanna Giovanini, 2018, 85 min. 8. Doel, Denmark, dir. Frederik Sølberg, 2018, 67 min. 9. Una Primavera, Germany, dir. Valentina Primavera, 2018, 80 min. 10. Dorotchka, Germany, dir. Olga Delane, 2018, 20 min. 11. You are my friend, The Netherlands, dir. Petra Lataster-Czisch, 2018, 78 min. 12. Luma Andre Keriko/ A world within a soul, Slovakia, dir. Katarina Kočanová, 2018, 41 min. 13. Timebox, Romania, dir. Nora Agapi, 2018, 73 min. 14. Delta, Germany, Ukraine, dir. Oleksandr Techynskyi, 2017, 81 min. 15. Czarnobóg, Poland, dir. Grzegorz Paprzycki, 2018, 30 min. 16. Odprawa, Poland, dir. Filip Drzewiecki, 2018, 20 min.

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  • Fifteen films will vie in the short films competition during the 17th edition GDFF

    10-th April 2019

    Fifteen films will vie in the short films competition during the 17th Gdańsk DocFilm Festival. 1. Users dir. Jakub Piątek, 2018, 29 min. 2. Relax dir. Agnieszka Elbanowska, 2018, 26 min. 3. Ostatni klient dir. Anna Urbańczyk, 2018, 20 min. 4. Też coś dla ciebie mam dir. Iwo Kondefer, 2018, 21 min. 5. Zwykłe losy Zofii dir. Dominika Gnatek, 2018, 18 min. 6. Fascinatrix dir. Justyna Mytnik, 2018, 19 min. 7. Atlas dir. Maciej Kawalski, 2018, 22 min. 8. Ukołysz mnie dir. David Tejer, 2018, 25 min. 9. Odbicie dir. Emilia Zielonka, 2018, 30 min. 10. Sztangista dir. Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, 2018, 32 min. 11. Dziku dir. Kamila Chojnacka, 2018, 22 min. 12. Chłopcy z motylkami dir. Marcin Filipowicz, 2018, 28 min. 13. 1410 dir. Damian Kocur, 2018, 28 min. 14. Wakacje dir. Filip Bojarski, 2018, 16 min. 15. Śnił mi się już słoń i kino dir. Michał Chmielewski, 2018, 12 min.

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  • Change of date of this year’s GDDF

    25-th January 2019

    Please be advised that due to reasons beyond our control we are forced to change the date in which the 17th edition of the Festival will take place. This year's Gdańsk Docfilm Festival will take place on May 29 - June 1. Everyone's welcome!

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  • Call for entry for Polish short fiction films

    4-th December 2018

    Call for entry for next year's, 17th Gdansk DocFilm Festival, for Polish short fiction films is now open and will close on 31st January 2019. The entry form is available on our website www.gdanskdocfilm.pl. The films will compete for the Gdańsk Cranes award as well as for the financial prize. The 17th edition of the Gdańsk Docfilm Festival will take place on 5-9 June 2019 at the European Solidarity Centre.

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  • Call for entry for next year’s, 17th Gdansk DocFilm Festival, is now open

    4-th December 2018

    We would like to invite the authors and producers to submit entry forms for the main competition for Gdańsk DocFilm Festival 2019. The call for entry will be closed on 31st January 2019. You can submit the films at the www.filmfestivallife.com. 17th edition of the Gdańsk Doc Film Festival will take place on 05-09 June 2019 at the European Solidarity Centre. For five days we will show the most interesting documentary films from all over the world that were made in years 2017 - 2019 and that will compete for the main prize - The Gate of Freedom.

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  • Petro Aleksowski

    Petro Aleksowski

    28-th May 2018

    Petro Aleksowski - born in 1970 in Gdańsk. Director, cinematographer, film producer. Graduated from Film School in Łódź with a degree in television production, and from the TV and Radio Department at University of Silesia in Katowice with a degree in production management. His works include feature films such as: Cześć, Tereska (Hi, Tereska), Świnki (Piggies) and Śmierć sierżanta Karosa (the Death of Sergeant Karos). For the film Hi, Tereska he was nominated for the Eagles award for best shots. He directed documentaries: Dżem, Maryla, Dzieci Jarocina (Jarocin’s Kids), Macedończyk (the Macedonian), and Przerwana Misja (Aborted Mission). In 2015 he made his debut as feature film director with Meetings on Elbe produced in Russia. At the Gdańsk DocFilm Festival he was nominated for the Jan Machulski’s Polish Independent Film Award for the Macedonian, and for the Audience Award for Aborted Mission. The latter received prizes at seven festivals: five main awards and two audience awards.

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