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FNE at Gdynia Polish Film Festival 2017: Prize Winners Featured

2017-09-25
Silent Night by Piotr Domalewski Silent Night by Piotr Domalewski

GDYNIA: The 42nd Polish Film Festival Gdynia, held in the Baltic seaside resort from 18-23 September 2017, awarded its top prize of Golden Lion for Best Film to Silent Night directed by Piotr Domalewski and produced by Jerzy Kapuscinski, Ewa Jastrzebska and Jacek Bromski.

The film was produced by Munk Studio, a project of the Polish Filmmakers Association that supports young filmmakers in the transition between film school and professional filmmaking. The Munk Studio has become one of the most successful projects of the SFP and is widely admired throughout Europe as a model for promoting young talent.

The Silver Lion went to an immigration drama set partly in Rwanda, Birds Are Singing in Kigali directed by Joanna Kos Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze. Awards were also given in the Short Film and Visions Apart categories. There was also a special event focused on the 70th anniversary of Polish animation.

The festival put an increased emphasis on industry this year with series of industry panels and discussions and a major market guide.

Prize Winners: Main Competition

Grand Prize Golden Lion: Silent Night / Cicha noc (Poland)
Directed by Piotr Domalewski
Produced by the Munk Studio - Polish Filmmakers Association
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Silver Lion: Birds Are Singing in Kigali (Poland)
Directed by Joanna Kos Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze
Produced by Kosfilm
Coproduced by Telewizja Polska, the National Culture Center, Odra Film, Studio A
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Director: Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik for Pokot / Spoor (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Sweden)
Produced by TOR Film Production
Coproduced by Heimatfilm GmbH, Chimney Group and Nutprodukce, nutprodukcia
Supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Czech State Cinematography Fund, Eurimages, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Swedish Film Institute, MEDIA Programme, Polish-German Co-Development Fund

Best Screenplay: Jagoda Szelc for Tower. A Bright day / Wieża. Jasny dzień (Poland)
Directed by Jagoda Szlec
Produced by Indeks Film Studio
Coproduced by Centrala, Dreamsound, EBH, Heliograf
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Directorial Debut: Jagoda Szelc for Tower. A Bright day / Wieża. Jasny dzień (Poland)
Directed by Jagoda Szlec
Produced by Indeks Film Studio
Coproduced by Centrala, Dreamsound, EBH, Heliograf
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Cinematography: Lennert Hillege for Beyond Words / Pomiędzy słowami (Poland, Denmark)
Directed by Urszula Antoniak
Produced by Opus Film, Family Affair Films
Supported by the Polish Film Institute, Eurimages

Best Music: Sandro Di Stafano for The Man with the Magic Box / Człowiek z magicznym pudełkiem (Poland)
Directed by Bodo Kox
Produced by Alter Ego Pictures
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Production Design: Marek Warszewski for The Fastest / Najlepszy (Poland)
Directed by Łukasz Palkowski
Produced by Iron Films
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Sound: Miroslaw Makowski, Maciej Pawlowski, Jan Schermer for Beyond Words / Pomiędzy słowami (Poland, Denmark)
Directed by Urszula Antoniak
Produced by Opus Film, Family Affair Films
Supported by the Polish Film Institute, Eurimages

Best Editing: Katarzyna Lesniak for Birds Are Singing in Kigali (Poland)
Directed by Joanna Kos Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze
Produced by Kosfilm
Coproduced by Telewizja Polska, the National Culture Center, Odra Film, Studio A
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Makeup: Janusz Kaleja for Pokot / Spoor (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Sweden)
Produced by TOR Film Production
Coproduced by Heimatfilm GmbH, Chimney Group and Nutprodukce, nutprodukcia
Supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Czech State Cinematography Fund, Eurimages, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Swedish Film Institute, MEDIA Programme, Polish-German Co-Development Fund

Best Costumes: Agata Culak for The Reconciliation / Zgoda (Poland)
Directed by Maciej Sobieszczański
Produced by Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Acting Debut: Kamila Kaminska for her role in The Fastest / Najlepszy (Poland)
Directed by Łukasz Palkowski
Produced by Iron Films
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Supporting Actress: Magdalena Poplawska for her role in Panic Attack / Atak paniki (Poland)
Directed by Paweł Maślona
Produced by Akson Studio 
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Supporting Actor: Lukasz Simlat for his role in Amok (Poland)
Directed by Kasia Adamik
Produced by K&K Selekt Film
Coproduced by TVN, Studio Produkcyjne Orka, Kino Świat
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Actresses: Jowita Budnik and Elaine Umuhire for their roles in Birds Are Singing in Kigali (Poland)
Directed by Joanna Kos Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze
Produced by Kosfilm
Coproduced by Telewizja Polska, the National Culture Center, Odra Film, Studio A
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Actor: Dawid Ogrodnik for his role in Silent Night / Cicha noc (Poland)
Directed by Piotr Domalewski
Produced by the Munk Studio - Polish Filmmakers Association
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Prize Winners: Visions Apart Competition

Best Film: Golden Prize Claw
Photon (Poland)
Directed by Norman Leto
Produced by Lightcraft
Coproduced by BBI, Ideal

Lifetime Achievement Award: Platinum Lion
Director and screenwriter of theatre and television Jerzy Gruza

Audience Award: The Fastest / Najlepszy (Poland)
Directed by Łukasz Palkowski
Produced by Iron Films
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Young Film Prizes

Short Film Competition

Best Film: Nothing New Under the Sun (Poland)
Directed by Damian Kocur
Production: University of Silesia in Katowice - Department of Radio and Television. Krzysztof Kieslowski

Poland Multimedia Special Award: Sweet Home / Czyzewo (Poland)
Directed by Jakub Radej
Production: University of Silesia in Katowice - Department of Radio and Television. Krzysztof Kieslowski

Distinction Founded by Film Studio Delapost: Short Distance / Krotkia Dystans (Poland)
Directed by Giovanni Pierangeli
Production: Film School in Lodz

Film Prize Malopolska: Most Beautiful Fireworks Ever (Poland)
Directed by Aleksandra Terpińska
Production Studio Munka SFP

Award for Best Cinematography from Heliograf: Bartosz Świniarski for cinematography in 60 Kilos of Nothing
Directed by Piotr Domalewski
Production Studio Munka SFP

Collateral Prizes

Don Kichot – Polish Film Club Federation's Prize: Silent Night / Cicha noc (Poland)
Directed by Piotr Domalewski

Arthouse Cinema Network's Prize: Silent Night / Cicha noc (Poland)
Directed by Piotr Domalewski

Journalists Prize: Silent Night / Cicha noc (Poland)
Directed by Piotr Domalewski

Golden Kangaroo Prize: Jakub Gierszał for his roles in the films presented at the 42. Polish Film Festival

Gold Clapper – Radio Gdansk Prize: The Fastest / Najlepszy (Poland)
Directed by Łukasz Palkowski

Award of Polish Festivals and Film Reviews Abroad: The Fastest / Najlepszy (Poland)
Directed by Łukasz Palkowski

Young Jury Award for Best Film in the Main Competition
Silent Night / Cicha noc (Poland)
Directed by Piotr Domalewski

Onet Prize: Discovery of the Festival
Jagoda Szelc for Tower. A Bright day / Wieża. Jasny dzień (Poland)
Directed by Jagoda Szlec

Elle Crystal Star
Silent Night / Cicha noc (Poland)
Directed by Piotr Domalewski

Dr Irena Eris Award for Boldest New Look
Best Fireworks Ever / Najpiekniejsze Fajerwerki Ever (Poland)
Directed by Aleksandra Terpińska
Production Studio Munka SFP

Amber Lions: Pitbull Dangerous Women / Pitbull. Niebezpieczne Kobiety (Poland)
Directed by Patryk Vega
Produced by Ent One

Common Baltic Short Film Contest Awards
Juhana Lumme (Finland) for the film Venus
Wojtek Skrzypczyński (Poland) for the film The Same Bank / Na Samym Brzegu
Gilles Vuillard (Lithuania) for the film Great Whales

Legal Culture Foundation Competition

First Prize - not awarded

Second Prize
Hubert Patynowski for the film Pirates / Piraci (Poland)

Third Prize ex aequo:
Aleksandra Przybyło for the film I Support / Wspieram (Poland)
Przemysław Stański for the film Before Its Too Late / Zanim Bedzie Za Pozno (Poland)

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