Held in the Baltic seaside resort from 15 to 20 September the festival screens all the annual feature film production as well as acting as an annual forum for professionals of the Polish film industry. In a controversial move Czech director Petr Zelenka's Brothers Karamozov, a Czech Polish co-production screened in competition prompting some critics to ask if the Czech language film was really a Polish feature film. Another international element was the inclusion of Slovak director Rudolf Bierman in the main jury. Bierman has participated in a number of Polish Slovak coproductions.
Proving that it was a bumper year three of the films in competition had already screened in major international festivals earlier in the year. Michał Rosa's Scratch (Rysa) screened in Venice, Jerzy Skolimowski's Four Nights with Anna (Cztery noce z Anną) to Jerzy Skolimowski screened in Cannes and Malgorzata Szumowska's 33 Scenes from Life (33 sceny z życia) took home a Silver Leopard from Locarno.
Proving the depth of talent this year a new film by Waldemar Krzystek, Little Moscow (Mała Moskwa) won the main prize for best film this year.
Awards of the main competition of the 33rd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia
Jury Chairman: Robert Glinski Members: Janusz Anderman, Rudolf Biermann, Ryszard Horowitz, Sławomir Idziak Edward Pallasz, Ewa Rozewicz, Dorota Segda, Jerzy Zielinski
1. The Grand Prize of 33rd Polish Film Festival, the Golden Lions for the best film: to the film "Little Moscow" („Mała Moskwa") directed by Waldemar Krzystek - 50.000 PLN and The Grand Prize of 33rd Polish Film Festival, the Golden Lions for the producer of best film is awarded to Pawel Rakowski.
2. The Prize of 33rd Polish Film Festival, Silver Lions, for the film "Before Twilight" („Jeszcze nie wieczór") directed by Jacek Blawut - 30,000 PLN and The Prize of 33rd Polish Film Festival, Silver Lions, for the producer of the film is awarded to Anna Blawut-Mazurkiewicz.
3. The Award of Polish Filmmakers Association for a creative presentation of contemporary times was awarded by the Jury to the film "0_1_0" directed by the deceased Piotr Lazarkiewicz - 20.000 PLN. The Award will be granted by the Association president - Jacek Bromski.
4. Individual Awards:
5. The Jury awarded Special Mention of 10.000 PLN to acting couple Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak and Krzysztof Stroiński in the film "Scratch" („Rysa") - 5.000 PLN each.
6. The Jury awarded Special Mention of 5.000 PLN for direction of the film "Four Nights with Anna" („Cztery noce z Anną") to Jerzy Skolimowski