We know the winners of CINEMAFORUM awards and distinctions!

We know the winners of CINEMAFORUM awards and distinctions!

The 13th edition of the OFFeliada Film Festival has ended. The jury consisting of: Marta Dzido, Tessa Moult-Milewska, Wiesław Kot and Jakobe Mansztajn awarded the Main Award of the Festival: “Offelia” in the feature film category “Elizabeth” directed by Wojciech Klimala, in the documentary film category “Casting” directed by Klaudia Kęski , and in the animation category for the film “Strong Independent Space” directed by Damian Krakowiak. Nominations for the Jan Machulski Awards were also granted.

The jury of the Main Competition composed of Janusz Zaorski (chairman), Karolina Bruchnicka, Piotr Domalewski and Artur Majer decided to award the Grand Prix to the film “Get ready with me” directed by Jonathan Eltzer for “poignant depiction of social media terror and virtual violence and a perverse portrait of teenage fear against loneliness and atavistic desire for tribal affiliation. ” Members of the Jury also awarded the distinction for the animation “Duszyczka” realized at the Film School in Łódź, whose director is Barbara Rupik. The justification says: “for the style of turpism inscribing in the great tradition of Polish animation and world painting”. The audience award went to the film “Don’t change the subject” directed by Hubert Patynowski, whose producers are the Multi Art Foundation and the AMA Film Center (Poland). All three awards of the International Feature Film Competition were financed from the funds of the Capital City of Warsaw.

OFF Film Academy composed of: Agnieszka Glińska, Agata Szymańska, Anna Zamecka and Łukasz Adamski awarded the Polish Independent Cinema Jan Machulski Awards in nine categories. These prestigious awards for independent cinema creators have been presented for the fifteenth time. The winners of the 2019 edition were:

  • Best movie: „Heimat”, dir. Emi Buchwald,
  • Best directing: Marta Prus for movie „Over the limit”,
  • Best script: Maciej Buchwald for movie „Szczęście” dir. Maciej Buchwald,
  • Best shooting: Maciej Twardowski for movie „Deer boy” dir. Katarzyna Gondek,
  • Best film editing: Paweł Laskowski for movie „Odprawa” dir. Filip Drzewiecki,
  • Best actress: Natalia Jędruś for movie ”F 63.9” dir. Jarosław Sztandera,
  • Best actor: Janusz Chabior for movie „Fusy”, dir. Kordian Kądziela,
  • Best documentary: „Hugo”, dir. Wojciech Klimala.
  • Best animated film: „O matko!” dir. Paulina Ziółkowska.

The winners of the third Mazovian Script Wars Script Contest Competition were also announced at the closing ceremony of CINEMAFORUM. The jury composed of: Anna Kazejak, Maciej Kubicki, Michał Oleszczyk, Magdalena Ulejczyk, Anna Spisz and Ada Bogdziewicz did not award the Main Prize. Winners of the third edition of Script Wars:

  • Second Award (10 000 PLN): Marcin CiastońEwa Rozenbajgier („Detektyw Bruno”);
  • Third Award (5 000 PLN): Grzegorz Puda i Maciej Sobieszczański („Ja i mój brat”);
  • Commendation (2 500 PLN): Olgierd Dokalski („Donmeh”);
  • Commendation (2 500 PLN): Artur Wyrzykowski („Niezliczona ilość najjaśniejszych barw”);
  • Commendation (2 500 PLN): Agnieszka Dąbrowska („Na wschód od Warszawy”).

Script Wars is organized by the Mazovian Institute of Culture, operator of the Mazovian and Warsaw Film Fund and the Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission. The event partners are the Scenario Atelier and the FILMFORUM Association. Script Wars is financed by the Local Government of the Masovian Voivodeship, the Capital City of Warsaw and the Mazovian Institute of Culture.


This year’s 18th CINEMAFORUM festival – International Short Film Festival Forum was held on November 6-10, 2019 in Warsaw at the KINOTEKA cinema, at the Warsaw Film School and in the A35 Studio. Admission to all screenings and festival events was free.



The event is organized by the FILMFORUM Association. CINEMAFORUM is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Capital City of Warsaw and the Polish Film Institute. Program partners of the event are: Goethe Institut, Warsaw Film School, Mazovia Institute of Culture, Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission, as well as the Danish Institute of Culture and the Austrian Culture Forum.