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  • Call for entry for Polish short fiction films

    4th 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 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

    4th 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 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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  • Rescheduled screening of “Miss Holocaust”

    7th June 2018

    The screening of ‘Miss Holocaust’ by Michalina Musielak, which had to be rescheduled due to technical problems, as well as a teleconference with the director will be held on Saturday, 9th June at 10.00 AM. We apologize for the inconvenience. Admission to the screening will be free for those with tickets from Thursday.

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  • Juries of the festival competitions

    7th May 2018

    In the international documentary Main Competition, the winner will be chosen by a jury composed of its head, Kinga Dębska, as well as its members, Karolina Bielawska and Rick Minnich. The winner film of the first Polish short fiction competition in the festival's history will be selected by another jury, presided by Ryszard Bugajski who will be accompanied by Anna Próchniak and Leszek Starzyński.

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  • List of films qualified for competitions during 16th edition of GDFF

    19th April 2018

    The following films have been qualified for both competitions of this year’s 16th Gdańsk DocFilm Festival: DOCUMENTARIES: 1. The World Is Mine (Israel) 2017, 69’ dir. Ann Oren 2. Pavlensky. Life Naked (Latvia, Russia) 2017, 71’ dir. Darya Khrenova 3. Alicia (Netherlands) 2017, 93’ dir. Maasja Ooms 4. Radio Kobani (Netherlands) 2016, 70’ dir. Reber Dosky 5. 21 x New York (Poland) 2016, 71’ dir. Piotr Stasik 6. From Music into Silence (Australia) 2017, 73’ dir. Farshid Akhlaghi 7. Empty View (Iran) 2017, 18’ dir. Ali Zare Ghanatnowi 8. Joe Boots (Germany) 2017, 30’ dir. Florian Baron 9. Hugo (Poland) 2017, 80’ dir. Wojciech Klimala 10. Normal Autistic Film (Czech Republic) 2016, 88’ dir. Miroslav Janek 11. Dramas (Poland) 2017, 78’ dir. Zvika Gregory Portnoy 12. The Beksiński Family. A Videophonic Album. (Poland) 2017, 80’ dir. Marcin Borchardt 13. Between Us (Poland) 2017, 30’ dir. Maciej Miller 14. Aborted Mission (Poland) 2018, 50’ dir. Petro Aleksowski 15. Occupied Cinema (Serbia) 2018, 97’ dir. Senka Domanovič 16. Ultra (Greece, Hungary) 2017, 81’ dir. Balazs Simonyi 17. Gwendolyn (Austria) 2017, 85’ dir. Ruth Kaaserer 18. So Help Me God (France, Belgium) 2017, 99’ dir. Jean Libon, Yves Hinant 19. The Distant Barking of Dogs (Denmark, Sweden, Finland) 2017, 91’ dir. Simon Lereng Wilmont 20. The Deminer (Sweden) 2017, 83’ dir. Hogir Hirori, Shinwar Kamal 21. The Sun Island (Germany) 2017, 74’ dir. Thomas Elsaesser 22. 69 minutes of 86 days (Norway) 2017, 71’ dir. Egil Haaskjold Larsen 23. Moloch (Italy) 2017, 82’ dir. Stefano Testa 24. The Dragon Spring (Poland) 2017, 57’ dir. Jarosław Wszędybył 25. American Dream (Poland) 2016, 26’ dir. Marek Skrzecz 26. Miss Holocaust (Poland) 2017, 23’ dir. Michalina Musielak 27. As We’re Told (Sweden) 2017, 29’ dir. Erik Holmström, Fredrik Wenzel FEATURE FILMS (SHORTS): 1. Me and my father 2017, 30’ dir. Aleksander Pietrzak 2. My name is Julita 2017, 28’ dir. Filip Dzierżawski 3. The play-off 2016, 30’ dir. Tomasz Gąssowski 4. Nothing new under the sun 2017, 25’ dir. Damian Kocur 5. It’s really awesome 2017, 28’ dir. Katarzyna Warzecha 6. Off the hook 2018, 24’ dir. Pat Howl Kostyszyn 7. The best fireworks ever 2017, 30’ dir. Aleksandra Terpińska 8. 60 kilos of nothing 2017, 27’ dir. Piotr Domalewski 9. Sweet home Czyżewo 2017, 28’ dir. Jakub Radej 10. Pars pro toto 2017, 30’ dir. Katarzyna Łęcka 11. Total harmony 2016, 30’ dir. Roman Jarosz 12. Spitsbergen 2017 24’ dir. Michał Szcześniak 13. The frog king 2017 17’ dir. Arkadiusz Biedrzycki 14. F 63.9 2017 30’ dir. Jarosław Sztandera 15. Boundary 2016, 22’ dir. Bartosz Brzeziński 16. Liberation 2016 13’ dir. Veronica Andersson 17. New Bronx 2017 15’ dir. Filip Ignatowicz 18. Modus Operandi 2017 21’ dir. Remigiusz Biernacki 19. Dreaming of Warsaw 2016 17’ dir. Mateusz Czuchnowski 20. Bogdan and Rose 2017 15’ dir. Milena Dutkowska

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  • Juries of both competitions confirmed!

    25th March 2018

    Kinga Dębska, a Polish film director and script writer will be the head of the international Main Competition jury. Its other members will be an American filmmaker Rick Minnich as well as Karolina Bielawska, a documentary director. Ryszard Bugajski, a director, script writer and a writer will be the leader of the new competition's jury which will choose the best Polish short fiction film. Anna Próchniak, a film and theatre actress, and Leszek Szarzyński, an editor, will be its other members.

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  • List of competition films to be announced

    15th March 2018

    The lists of films which have been accepted for both competitions (the international documentary Main Competition and the new one for Polish fiction shorts) will be announced in mid-April.

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  • The call for this year’s Gdansk DocFilm Festival’s edition is closed

    26th February 2018

    We've closed the call for entries for this year's, 16th Gdańsk DocFilm Festival. During the event in June the chosen films will, for the first time, compete in two categories: the international documentary competition as well as the newly introduced Polish short fiction films competition. We've received nearly 300 documentaries from all over the world. Apart from that, we've been sent over 50 domestic shorts. We'll find out which documentaries will compete for the Gate of Freedom and which short fiction films for the Gdańsk Cranes in mid-April. The competition films will be chosen by a three-person selection committee. Its members are: Bożena Kudrycka - a specialist in Polish studies and a film expert. Graduated from the University of Gdańsk and the Jagiellonian University where she completed her doctoral studies in the Institute of Audiovisual Arts with a distinction in 2014. A jury member at Gdańsk DocFilm Festival in 2003-2007. She teaches in the 5th Senior High School in Gdańsk and cooperates with the University of Gdańsk, "Kurort" film club and the educational publishing house "Operon". The author of the book "Ukryte spojrzenia w filmach Bernarda Bertolucciego" ("Hidden Looks in Bernardo Bertolucci's Films") as well as numerous texts in collective publications and periodicals. Marta Maciejewska - completed MA language studies at the University of Gdańsk. Now she is a doctoral student at the same university. She cooperates with many cultural institutions and ventures like Gdańsk DocFilm Festival, All About Freedom Festival, Literacki Sopot Festival, Alternator Academic Culture Centre at the University of Gdańsk or the Euroshorts festival. She teaches film and theatre studies to students of the University of Gdańsk. An author of articles in periodicals like: "Ekrany", "Kultura popularna", "Kwartalnik Artystyczny BLIZA" or "Lampa". Tomasz Żółtowski - worked as a journalist of the Gdańsk branch of TVP, where he prepared programmes devoted to film, like "Co jest grane" or "Kino polskie". An author of TV features „Ludzie z pierwszych stron gazet” for TVP2. In TVP1 he hosted feature programmes like "Prosto z Belwederu", "Drogowskaz" or "Rynek". In 2005-2014 he taught journalism at the Ateneum University in Gdańsk. The artistic director of Gdańsk DocFilm Festival since 2014. He has cooperated with Gdynia Film Festival for years. Author of the play "Majowe konwalie" ("May Lillies of the Valley"). In his free time, he works on film scripts.

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