Apple Film Production Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Written by FNE Staff

Apple Film Production, one of the first and leading independent production companies in Poland and in Central and Eastern Europe, celebrated it 20th anniversary on 22 November 2010. The company was founded in 1990 by Dariusz Jablonski, a graduate of the directing department of Lodz Film School, assistant to Krzysztof Kieslowski on Decalogue, Short Film about Love and Short Film about Killing. FNE congratulates Apple Film Production with an overview of the company, profiles of its core team, and a look at what's ahead for this visionary organization.

{mosimage}Apple Film's roster of feature film directors is something of a "Who's Who" of Polish directors. They include Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik (Janosik. The True Story), Krzysztof Krauze (Street Games), Robert Glinski (Benek), Filip Bajon (The Spring To Come), Malgorzata Szumowska, Andrzej Jakimowski, Krzysztof Zanussi (Solidarity, Solidarity) as well as debuting directors winning acclaim in Poland: Lukasz Barczyk (I'm Looking at you Marry), Artur Urbanski (Belissima), Iwona Siekierzynska (My Fried Chicken), Wojciech Smarzowski (The Auricle).

Apple Film also produces full length documentaries, TV films, and TV series, with many of them winning national and international awards, as well as commercial success, such as. The Spring To Come (7% of Polish cinema audience in 2001) and the TV series The Cop by director Wladyslaw Pasikowski, acclaimed by Polish critics as the best Polish criminal TV series ever and film event of the year 2003.

{mosimage}Apple Film has built a strong reputation for international co-productions with producers and television stations in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, France, Austria, Israel and Sweden, with the productions frequently supported by Eurimages and the MEDIA Programme. Moving forward in this field Apple Film recently completed shooting of a co-production with Israel. My Australia by Ami Drozd (with Transfax Films). Currently the company is shooting a co-production with France and Germany Land of Oblivion by director Michale Boganim with Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) and Andrzej Chyra in main roles (Les Films du Poisson, Nikovantastic Film) .

Looking ahead, the company has a number of exciting projects in development with directors such as Bruce Beresford (Enchantress of Numbers, coproduced with Enchantress Production LLC, Tarantula, Alwernia Studios), Amos Gitai (Lullaby for my Father, co-produced with Agav Films, Elefant Films and Achab Film), Władysław Pasikowski (Aftermath), Dariusz Jablonski (Immigrants, co-produced with Canada), Artur Urbański (Father), Chris Lavis and Maciej Szczebrowski (The White Circus, co-produced with Silo Corporation, Foundation Features, National Film Board in Canada, Lago Film GMbH), The Journey to Zamosc (co-produced with Eden Production).



BETWEEN TWO FIRES, dir. Agnieszka Łukasiak

Warsaw International Film Festival 2010, official selection, 1-2 Competition

Pusan International Film Festival, official selection


JANOSIK. THE TRUE STORY, dir. Agnieszka Holland, Kasia Adamik

34th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, official selection

Slovak national film awards: Sun in the Net 2010, nominations in the categories: Best Production Design, Best Costumes, Best Make-up

WAR GAMES, dir. Dariusz Jablonski


IDFA 2009 Amsterdam, opening film, official selection

Hot Docs 2010, Toronto, World Showcase

Doc.Fest 2010, Munich, official selection

Montreal International Film Festival 2010, official selection

Bergen International Film Festival 2010, documentary section


BENEK, dir. Robert Gliński,

Tarnow Film Award, Filmmaker Statue for Robert Glinski

Best Male Supporting Role, Polish Feature Film Festival, Gdynia

STRAWBERRY WINE, dir. Dariusz Jablonski

Jancio Wodnik Best Camera, Best Actor, Best Music, Journalists Award, Wrzesnia,

„Jantar" Best Camera Award, Koszalin, Debut Film Festival

Young Jury Award for Dariusz Jabłoński, Koszalin, Debut Film Festival

Tarnow Film Award: Special Prize of the Jury,

shown at festivals in Mannheim, Haifa, Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava, Madeira, Sofia and others


SOLIDARITY, SOLIDARITY, dir. A.Wajda, F.Bajon, K.Zanussi, J.Machulski, A.Jakimowski, M. Szumowska and others

Platinum REMI Award, Houston International Film Festival for Best Historical Film

Shown at over 20 world festivals i.e.: Chicago, Antwerpen, Cottbus, Trieste, Sarajevo, London, Barcelona, Seattle, New York


MY FATHER, MY WIFE AND MY LOVER dir. Michael Kreihsl

FIPA d'Or Grand Prize Drama in Biarritz 2005

Undine Award for Best Young Actress in Television Movie


"THE COP", dir. Wladysław Pasikowski

25x50 min., TV series for TVP1

World Stunt Award, nomination in the category: Best Action Scene in Foreign Film
Wiktor Award for Jerzy Radziwiłowicz, Best TV Actor


MY FRIED CHICKEN, dir. Iwona Siekierzynska

Gold Plague, Chicago International Television Awards

Special Prize on the Festival Prix Europa, Berlin

Polish Feature Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Award

Jantar, Best Director, Best Female Role, Koszalin, Debut Film Festival

Organizer Award on the Film Festival, Września

Pegaz, Best Film, Polish TV Award


THE SPRING TO COME, dir. Filip Bajon,

Best Costumes, Best Music, Best Production Design Awards, Polish Feature Film Festival, Gdynia

Diamond Ticket, Award of Polish Cinema Association

BELLISSIMA, dir. Artur Urbański

Young Marco Polo Award for Best Director of Venice International TV Festival

CANAL GRANDE AWARD for the Best Female Role MFT, of Venice International TV Festival,

Best Director's Debut, Polish Feature Film Festival, Gdynia

Best Actress Award, Polish Feature Film Festival, Gdynia

KRRiTv Award, Polish Feature Film Festival, Gdynia

Jantar, Best Director, Festival of the Debuts, Koszalin

Toronto IFF, in Discoveries

DATED XX CENTURY, dir. Andrzej Brzozowski

Special Screening, IFFF Venice


SUCKER'S SEASON, dir. Bogusław Linda,

Best Comedy, Award Polish Feature Film Festival, Gdynia

Silver Ticket, Award of Polish Cinema Association

REED DANCE, dir. Andrzej Fidyk


Top Ten, Cologne

Intermedia Globe Gold, Hamburg


I'M LOOKING AT YOU MARY, dir. Łukasz Barczyk

Director Debut Award, Polish Feature Film Festival, Gdynia

Best Actress Award, Polish Feature Film Festival, Gdynia

Gdynia's President Award for the Best Actor Debut, Polish Feature Film Festival, Gdynia

Jury Special Award, IFF Mannheim-Heidelberg

Special Mention of the Critics, IFF Mannheim-Heidelberg

Tarnów Film Award: Grand Prix, Leliwita Statue, Special Award, Leliwita Statue for Maja Ostaszewska

Andrzej Munk Award for Łukasz Barczyk


SEKAL HAS TO DIE, reż. Vladimir Michalek

Best Actor Award, IFF Karlovy Vary

Ecumenical Jury Award, IFF Karlovy Vary

Best Script Award, Polish Feature Film Festival, Gdynia

Gold Sirene for Best Film on Polish Screens, Polish Critics Award

Critics Prize, AFIF Los Angeles

Best Actor, Best Actress, Czech Lions, Best Music, Awards of The Czech Film and TV Academy

Best Actor, Best Script, Eagles, Best Producer Awards of Polish Film Awards

THE AURICLE, dir. Wojciech Smarzowski

Best Production Designer Award, Polish Feature Film Festival, Gdynia

Young Jury Award

PHOTOGRAPHER, dir. Dariusz Jabłoński


Grand Prix Fipa D'or, Biarritz,

Grand Prix Joris Ivens VPRO, IDFA Amsterdam,

Prix Europa, Berlin,

Prix Planete, Biarritz,

Best Documentary Award, Double Take Festival, Durham,

Special Mention, Pessac,

Don Quijot FICC Prize, IFF Cracow,

Press Jury Prize, Balticum Film & TV Festival, Bornholm 99

Best Documentary, TV Festival, Banff,

Bavarian Television Prize 99

Adolf Grimme Prize 2000


STREET GAMES, dir. Krzysztof Krauze

Special Jury Award, Polish Feature Film Festival, Gdynia

Best Picture, Best Editing Award Polish Feature Film Festival, Gdynia

Tarnow Film Award: Grand Prix and Audience Award