Polish Days co-organized by the Polish Film Institute are the most important industry event of T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, where industry representatives including programmers, sales agents, producers, film funds and distributors from all over the world meet to watch the latest Polish films at closed screenings. This year's edition of Polish Days took place on 8-10 August.
Five completed Polish films and nine works-in-progress were shown at closed screenings during the event. Eleven projects in development were also pitched to the international audience. All presentations were followed by one-on-one sessions.
The event has been gaining international interest and strengthening its position in recent years. This year around 250 key Polish and international guests were present in Wrocław, including producers, film funds and festival programmers (Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Tribeca among others), as well as a number of international and domestic buyers.
Among the works shown in full at closed screenings were Panic Attack by Paweł Maślona, Wild Roses by Anna Jadowska, Thrice Falls the Saint by Jacek Januszyk, Tower. A Bright Day by Jagoda Szelc and The Reconciliation by Maciej Sobieszczański.
The works-in-progress section presented 9 films, including Back Home by Magdalena Łazarkiewicz, The Mute by Bartek Konopka,Speedway by Dorota Kędzierzawska, The Fastest by Łukasz Palkowski, The Man with the Magic Box by Bodo Kox among others.
Pitchings presented Polish films at an earlier stage of development and production. Among them, new works by Jan Komasa (Corpus Christi), Borys Lankosz (Dark, Almost Nighttime), Karolina Bielawska (Neon Tears), Kuba Czekaj (Lipstick on the Glass), Magnus von Horn (Sweat), Norman Leto (Pilot 9/11).
Awards from Aeroplan Studios and ColorOffOn Film went to the projects: Lipstick on the Glass by Kuba Czekaj and The War Has Ended by Hagar Ben Asher respectively.
The scholarship from EAVE was awarded to Beata Rzeźniczek from Madants, representing project The War Has Ended directed by Hagar Ben-Asher
Event partners included the Wrocław Film Commission, the Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission, the Łódź Film Commission, the Krakow Film Commission, the Podkarpackie Film Commission, the National Audiovisual Institute, Coloroffon, Aeroplan Studios and EAVE. Media partners included Film Pro, Film New Europe and Film & TV Kamera.