These are the winners of the CINEMAFORUM – the 20th International Short Film Festival!

These are the winners of the CINEMAFORUM - the 20th International Short Film Festival!

“Swimmer” directed by Jonathan Etzler turned out to be the best film of this year’s edition of the festival. We also got to know the winners of the Jan Machulski Awards, as well as the winners of the fifth edition of the Mazovian Scenario Competition – SCRIPT WARS.

Jury of CINEMAFORUM – 20th International Short Film Festival, composed of:

Janusz Zaorski – director, screenwriter (President of the Jury),

Sandra Drzymalska – actress,

Marta Habior – film producer,

Łukasz M. Maciejewski – author of film and TV scripts

Mateusz Rakowicz – director, storyboarder, screenwriter,

decided to award GRAND PRIX to the film:

  • “SWIMMER”, dir. Jonatan Etzler (prod. Isabella Rodriguez, French Quarter Film / Sweden)

The following films were awarded with the Honorable Mention by the Jury:

  • “GHOST DOGS”, dir. Joe Cappa (prod. Great Question / USA),
  • “GOOD THANKS, YOU?”, Dir. Molly Manning Walker (prod. DMC Film, Try Hard Films / UK),
  • “TECHNO, MAMA”, dir. Saulius Baradinskas (prod. Viktoria Films / Lithuania).

The audience award of the International Short Feature Film Competition went to the film:

  • “THE LAST MEN” dir. Adrien Jeannot (prod. Azur films, Adrien Jeannot / France).

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The Award Committee of the 17th edition of the Jan Machulski Awards after seeing 37 nominated films (edition 2021) decided to award prizes to films in the following categories:

  • in the “Best Movie” category:

Michał Ciechomski for directing the film „ULEGŁÓŚĆ”/”SUBMISSION”

Ewa Krzemińska for the production of the film “ULEGŁOŚĆ”/ „SUBMISSION” (University of Silesia – Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School)

The film director’s award was financed by the Polish Film Institute.

The award for the producer of the film was funded by the FILMFORUM Association.

  • in the “Best Director” category:

Damian Kocur for the film „DALEJ JEST DZIEŃ”

The award was funded by the Polish Filmmakers Association.

  • in the “Best Screenplay” category:

Katarzyna Warzecha for the film “WE HAVE ONE HEART”, dir. Katarzyna Warzecha

The award was financed by the Association of Authors ZAiKS.

  • in the “Best Pictures” category:

Martyna Jakimowska for the film “OSTATNI GWIZDEK”, dir. Charles Lindholm

The award was funded by the KOSMOPOLIS Institute, the Science, Culture and Education Foundation.

  • in the “Best Editing” category:

Dominik Jagodziński for the film “POKÓJ”, dir. Krzysztof Jankowski

The award was funded by the Polish Association of Editors PSM.

  • in the “Best Actress” category:

Fatima Gorbenko for the film “POKÓJ Z WIDOKIEM NA ŚCIANĘ”/ „VIEW TO THE WALL”, dir. Kobas Laksa

The award was funded by the Association of Polish Stage Artists ZASP.

  • in the “Best Actor” category:

Gustaw Kramin for the film “CZY POTWORY JEDZĄ KIWI?”, dir. Paweł Podolski

The award was funded by the Association of Polish Stage Artists ZASP.

  • in the “Best Documentary” category:

“SYNEK”/ „SONNY”, dir. Paweł Chorzępa

The award was funded by the Polish Filmmakers Association.

  • in the “Best Animated Film” category:

„ŁOWY”/”THE HUNT”, dir. Mateusz Jarmulski

The award was funded by Platige Image SA.

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During the final ceremony of the festiwal, the winners of the 5th edition of the Masovian Script Contest – SCRIPT WARS were also announced.

Out of 15 scenarios recommended by the Selection Committee, the Jury: Robert Bolesto, Michał Oleszczyk, Beata Rzeźniczek, Arkadiusz Seidler, Anna Spisz awarded the following scenarios:

 Main Prize – „Bungalow Sary”, Małgorzata Piłacińska
Second Prize – „Wróg”, Maciej Sobieszczański, Teresa Zofia Czepiec
Third Prize – „Duży pająk”, Stefan Łazarski

Honorable Mention – „Domek dla lalek”, Michał Jachimek
Honorable Mention – „Krąg kobiet”, Jan Naszewski, Katarzyna Rodak

Prizes awarded by the partner institution – the Audioteka S.A.:

Audioteka Award – „Sprawiedliwy Inaczej”, Rafał Lipski
Audioteka’s award for the family project – „Ekstaza”, Mateusz Motyka

The organizers of SCRIPT WARS are Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission and Mazovian Culture Instytute with the support of the Capital City of Warsaw and the Masovian Voivodeship. The partner of this year’s edition is AUDIOTEKA. The competition is held under the patronage of the Polish Screenwriters Guild. The FILMFORUM Association is a permanent partner of SCRIPT WARS.

Congratulations to all the winners!

The festival is organized by the FILMFORUM Association.

The project was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Fund for the Promotion of Culture and from the funds of the Capital City of Warsaw.

The “Polish-Norwegian Film Festivals Cooperation” project carried out during CINEMAFORUM was co-financed by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA MF) 2014-2021 and from the state budget.

The “FILL Film Industry Leaders Lab” project was carried out with the support of the ERASMUS + program of the European Union.

The festival is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Main partners of the festival: Goethe-Institut in Warsaw and Andrzej Wajda Culture Center.

The program partners of the event are: British Council, American Film Festival, Digital Knowledge Space, Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission, Mazovian Institute of Culture, Warsaw Film School.

Industry partners of the Jan Machulski Awards are: the Polish Filmmakers Association, ZAIKS Authors’ Association, the Association of Polish Stage Artists ZASP, the Polish Association of Editors PSM, Platige Image. The honorary patronage over the project was taken by: the National Chamber of Audiovisual Producers and the PSC Society of Cinematographers.

Foreign partners are: Stiftelsen Amandusfestivalen (Norway), Kinographe (France), Cinemahall (Ukraine), Malta Film Foundation (Malta).