10-09-2009

PLANETE DOC REVIEW

Festival PLANETE DOC REVIEW, located in Warsaw, Poland is the meeting point of outstanding documentary films. Films with original statement and unique cinematographic vision. The festival's programme consists of acclaimed and awarded films and premieres from Poland, Europe and other countries. Leading Worldsales choose the festival as a launching pad in Poland. The programme of the festival features 5 films under the DOC ALLIANCE brand selected by 5 collaborating documentary film festivals (PLANETE DOC REVIEW, Visions du Reel, Doc Leipzig, Doc Jihlava and CPH DOX).

The Festival has been nominated and awarded with prestigious cultural awards, such as the Award of the Polish Film Institute for the Best International Film Event. The event was recognised by the Warsaw editorial office of Poland's top daily Gazeta Wyborcza and was awarded the WDECHY prize for Warsaw's best culture event of 2008.

The 6 th edition of the festival took place between 8 - 17 May 2009.
With 27 000 entries and great media coverage, PLANETE DOC REVIEW sets appetite for documentary films. 90 international guests attended the Festival. On May 13th, a historical meeting was held in Gdansk - Garri Kasparov, leader of Russian democracy nad guest of the Festival met Lech Walesa.

The winners of this year's festival are:

Millenium Award: THE SOUND OF INSECTS - THE RECORD OF A MUMMY Peter Liechti, Switzerland 2009

Magic Hour Award: RABBIT Á LA BERLIN, Bartek Konopka, Poland /Germany 2009

Ecumenical Dialogue Award: A ROAD TO MECCA - THE JOURNEY OF MUHAMMAD ASAD, Georg Misch, Austria /Denmark /The Netherlands 2008

Green Warsaw Award: RECIPIES FOR DISASTER, John Webster, Finland 2008

Amnesty International Award: BURMA VJ - REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY, Anders Østergaard, Norway /Sweden /Denmark /UK 2008

Audience Award: THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD, Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr, France 2009

Arthouse Cinemas Network Award: THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD, Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr, France 2009

Through the collaboration with the Arthouse Cinemas Network and the internet, documentary films reached cinemas outside of Warsaw. In 2009 the festival was held in 20 cities at the same time. For the first time in Poland, and perhaps even the world, people were able to come to a festival that is not confined to any one place, but staged right across the country. 10 of the films at this year's Planete Doc Review festival were screened in 22 cinemas of the Arthouse Cinemas Network using the technology of iplex.pl online cinema.
During the Digital Planete Doc Review Weekend a debate on the links between politics and ecology organised by Krytyka Polityczna journal was held in 10 cities across Poland, just after Franny Armstrong's The Age of Stupid. Sociologists, journalists, philosophers, commentators and ecologists took part in this trans-national project.

More about the festival on: www.docreview.pl