GDYNIA: The main prize of the 41st Gdynia Film Festival went to The Last Family directed by Jan P. Matuszyński. The film’s star Andrzej Seweryn also won the prize for best actor.
This year the Gdynia Film Festival, which took place from 19 to 24 September 2016, also featured the first edition of its new Gdynia Industry section www.gdyniaindustry.evenea.pl, taking place 22-23 September and organised together with the Polish Film Institute.
Andrzej Seweryn had already picked up an award for best actor earlier this year, when the film premiered in competition at Locarno. The film spans 28 years of the life of Zdzisław Beksiński, considered to be one of the most prominent contemporary Polish artists, and his son Tomasz, a well-known Polish music journalist and translator.
A special jury award went to Marcin Koszałka, the director of Polish/Czech/Slovak coproduction The Red Spider.
A special focus in the first edition of Gdynia Industry section was on Polish/French coproduction with guests Magalie Armand form the French CNC and Melanie Chebance from Film France.
Grand Prix Golden LionThe Last FamilyDirected by Jan P. MatuszyńskiProduced by Leszek Bodzak and Aneta Hickinbotham / Aurum FilmCoproduced by HBO Polska, Mazowiecki Instytut Kultury, Lightcraft, Universal Music PolskaSupported by the Polish Film Institute, the Mazovia Film Fund
Silver LionI Am a KillerDirected by Maciej PieprzycaProduced by Renata Czarnkowska-Listoś and Maria Golos / RE Studio Coproduced by the National Audiovisual Institute, TVP, Agora S.A., Monternia.Supported by the Polish Film Institute
Special Jury AwardRed SpiderDirected by Marcin KoszałkaProduced by Mental Disorder 4 Coproduced by Fog'n'Desire, Krakow Festival Office, Kraków Film Commission, Orange, Sokol Kollar, Zentropa International PolandSupported by the Polish Film Institute, Statni fond kinematografie, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Krakow Regional Film Fund
Best DirectorTomasz Wasilewski for United States of LoveDirected by Tomasz WasilewskiProduced by Manana Coproduced by TVP, CommonGround Pictures, Film VästSupported by the Polish Film Institute
Best ScriptMaciej Pieprzyca for I Am a KillerDirected by Maciej PieprzycaProduced by RE Studio Coproduced by the National Audiovisual Institute, TVP, Agora S.A., Monternia.Supported by the Polish Film Institute
Best Directorial DebutBartosz M. Kowalski for PlaygroundDirected by Bartosz M. KowalskiProduced by Film ItSupported by the Polish Film Institute
Best CinematographyPeter Sobociński Jr. for Hatred / VolyhniaDirected by Wojciech SmarzowskiProduced by Film It Coproduced by TVP, Andrzej Łudziński Productions, Canal+ Polska, Bemar, National Audiovisual Institute, Narodowe Centrum Kultury, Odra FilmSupported by the Polish Film Institute
Best MusicMotion Trio: Janusz Wojtarowicz, Paweł Baranek, Marcin Gałażyn for The Happiness of the WorldDirected by Michał RosaProduced by Argomedia Sp. z o.o.Coproduced by Koprodukcja, TVP, Silesia-Film, Centrum Technologii Audiowizualnych (Wrocław),D35Supported by the Polish Film Institute
Best Production DesignTomasz Bartczak, Andrzej Kowalczyk for The Happiness of the WorldDirected by Michał Rosa
Best SoundMarcin Kasiński, Kacper Habisiak for On the BoarderDirected by Wojciech KasperskiProduced by Metro FilmsCoproduced by TVP, Alvernia Studios, Non Stop Film Service, DreamsoundSupported by the Polish Film Institute
Best EditingBeata Walentowska for United States of LoveDirected by Tomasz Wasilewski
Best MakeupEwa Drobiec forHatred / VolyhniaDirected by Wojciech Smarzowski
Best CostumesMonika Kaleta for United States of LoveDirected by Tomasz Wasilewski
Best Acting DebutMichalina Łabacz for her role in Hatred / VolyhniaDirected by Wojciech Smarzowski
Best Supporting ActressDorota Kolak for her role in United States of LoveDirected by Tomasz Wasilewski
Best Supporting Actor Lukasz Simlat for his role in United States of LoveDirected by Tomasz Wasilewski
Best ActressAleksandra Konieczna for her role in The Last FamilyDirected by Jan P. Matuszyński
Best ActorAndrzej Seweryn for his role in The Last FamilyDirected by Jan P. Matuszyński
The non-competition Special Jury Prize: Andrzej Wajda for AfterimagesProduced by Akson Studio Supported by the Polish Film Institute
Visions Apart Competition
Special DistinctionZud (Poland, Germany)Directed by Marta MinorowiczProduced by Otter Films, Zero One FilmSupported by the Polish Film Institute
Golden Claw Award ex aequo
Office for Monument ConstructionDirected by Karolina BregułaProduced by touchFILMS, Market Gallery Supported by the Polish Film Institute
EderlyDirected by Peter DumałaProduced by Andersa Street Art and Media Coproduced by Heliograf, D35, Film Factory Ltd, Toya Studios Supported by the Polish Film Institute
Audience AwardThe Last FamilyDirected by Jan P. Matuszyński
Platinum Lion for Lifetime AchievementJanusz Majewski