Polish Films Compete for European Film Awards

Two Polish features: Essential Killing by Jerzy Skolimowski and Sala Samobójców (Suicide Room) by Jan Komasa, both co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, are in official selection for the European Film Awards.

Essential Killing and Suicide Room are among 45 feature films from 32 countries recommended for this year's European Film Awards. Other films in this year's EFA selection include Melancholia by Lars von Trier, In a Better World by Suzanne Bier, and The Skin I Live In by Pedro Almodóvar.

The 2,500 members of the European Film Academy will vote for nominations in 17 categories. The list of nominated films will be announced on November 5 at the Seville International Film Festival.

Two Polish films have already been nominated for this year's European Film Awards in the Short Film category: the documentary Paparazzi by Piotr Bernaś (at the 51st Krakow International Film Festival) and the feature Opowieści z chłodni (Frozen Stories) by Grzegorz Jaroszuk (at the 64th Locarno International Film Festival). Both films were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

The European Film Awards are among Europe's most prestigious forms of recognition in the world of filmmaking. In 2010, Katarzyna Klimkiewicz received the European Film Award for Best Short Film for her feature Hanoi-Warszawa (Hanoi-Warsaw), also co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

The European Film Awards ceremony will be held on December 3 in Berlin.

The complete list of films recommended for this year's awards is available at: www.europeanfilmawards.eu.

Olga Domżała

Film Sales Support & PR Manager

Polish Film Institute

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