Polish director Jan Kidawa Blonski won the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Festival of Polish Film Festival in Gdynia (24-29 May, http://eng.fpff.pl/) for his film Little Rose.
The awards ceremony and closing party for the 35th edition of the festival was moved to a 1300 seat tent on the beach as the event had outgrown its usual home at the 500 seat Gdynia Musical Theatre. The six day event which showcases the Polish annual feature film production attracts most of the top players in the Polish film industry to the Baltic seaside resort.
As last year the overall level of the competition was very high with nearly all the 20 films in the main competition looking ready to head for domestic theatrical distribution.
With more than 50 feature films produced annually in Poland selectors were able to pick top titles for the competition. The Independent Cinema competition showcased another 18 Polish films demonstrating the depth of talent in today's generation of Polish filmmakers.
From the main competition Mother Teresa of Cats is already bound for KVIFF's (www.kviff.com) main competition and grand prix winner Little Rose is screening in the main competition at Moscow IFF. The majority of films in the programme were supported by the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl)
The Christening which won the runner-up Sliver Lion for best film as well as splitting the best actor award ex aequo for between its two young stars Tomasz Schuchardt and Wojciech Zielinski who turned in powerful performance looks bound for a string on appearances on the international festival circuit.
Gdynia Polish Film Festival Prize Winners: 2010
(For profiles of Gdynia competition films see www.filmneweurope.com
GRAND PRIZE of 35th Polish Film Festival THE GOLDEN LIONS for the best film: Little Rose directed by Jan Kidawa Błonski
GRAND PRIZE of 35th Polish Film Festival THE GOLDEN LIONS for the producer of the best film: Little Rose - Włodzimierz Niderhaus
PRIZE SILVER LIONS of 35th Polish Film Festival for the film The Christening directed by Marcin Wrona
PRIZE SILVER LIONS of 35th Polish Film Festival for the producer of the best film The Christening- Leszek Rybarczyk and Marek Rudnicki
SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE JURY for the film The Rite of Passage directed by Janusz Majewski
Feliks Falk for directing of the film Joanna
Feliks Falk for screenplay of the film Joanna
Marek Lechki for directing debut: the film Erratum
Magdalena Boczarska for performance by an actress in a leading role: Little Rose
Performance by an actor in a leading role ex aequo for Tomasz Schuchardt and Wojciech Zielinski in the film The Christening
Marcin Walewski for acting debut in the films: Three Minutes. 21:37 and Venice
Arthur Reinhart for cinematography in the film Venice
Paweł Mykietyn for music in the film Trick
Joanna Macha for art direction in the film Venice
Agnieszka Grochowska for performance by an actress in a supporting role in Three Minutes. 21:37
Janusz Chabior for performance by an actor in a supporting role in the film Made in Poland
Wiesław Znyk and Joanna Napieralska for sound in the film Little Rose
Piotr Kmiecik for editing in the film The Christening
Magdalena Biedrzycka for costmes in the film Joanna
Iwona Blicharz for make-up in the film Joanna
Producers of prize winning films:
Little Rose produced by Documentary and Feature Film Production Company (www.wfdif.com.pl) in co-production with Telekomunikacja Polska S.A. (www.tvp.pl) and Monolith Films (www.monolith.pl) with financing from the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl).
The Christening produced by ODEON Film Studio (www.odeon.com.pl) co-produced by Wrona, No Problem - Krzysztof Krawczyk (www.noproblem.com.pl) and the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Directing (www.wajdaschool.pl).and financed by the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl).
Joanna produced by Akson Studio (www.akson-studio.pl) financing from the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl) and the National Culture Center (www.nck.pl).
Venice produced by Akson Studio (www.akson-studio.pl) in co-production with Telewizja Polska S.A.(www.tvp.pl) and Studio Filmowe Tramway (www.tramway.pl) and financed by the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl).
Three Minutes 21:37 produced by Paisa Films (www.paisafilms.pl) in co-operation with the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl), EBH Polska (www.ebh.cc) Security Technologies (www.st.com.pl),OTO Film Studio (www.otofilm.pl), John Paul II Thought Center (www.centrumjp2.pl), The National Culture Center (www.nck.pl), The John Paul II Institute ( www.ijp2.pl).
Made in Poland produced by Gruppa Rafał Widajewicz ( www.gruppa.pl) in co-production with Canal + (www.canalplus.pl) with Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl) and Canal +.
The Rite of Passage produced by Wytwornia Filmow Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych www.wfdif.com.pl in co-production with Cracow Festival Office (www.biurofestiwalowe.pl). financed by the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl) and co-financed by the Cracow Regional Film Fund (www.rff.krakow.pl).
Erratum produced by Harmony Film Production, in co-operation with Heliograf (www.heliograf.pl) and Voiceland (www.voiceland.com.pl) with financing from the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl).