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Mother
Mother
Małgorzata – an important politician – goes to her house by the lake. Her son, who is a drug addict, needs help. Małgorzata asks her daughter for support.
2013 | Feature film directed by Łukasz Ostalski
Selection for the 13. Euganea Film Festival in Italy

The film has been selected to the International Short Film Competition.
http://www.euganeafilmfestival.it/

Selection for the 29. Valencia International Film Festival Cinema Jove Short Film Competition


The Festival Internacional de Cine de Valencia - Cinema Jove is recognised by the International Federation of Associations of Film Producers (FIAPF) as a specialised film festival with an international ranking that is geared towards film professionals and which is always in search of new and brilliant filmmakers.

Selection for the international short film competition at the Huesca International Film Festival in Spain

Huesca Festival is one of the oldest short film festivals in Spain – this year it will celebrate its 42nd edition. The main objective is both to become a reference point in the culture of Huesca and a meeting point for short film makers, to whom the festival may become an international launch pad for their works.

Selection for the "Next Generation" competition at the 17. Brussels Short
Film Festival

The film was selected from over 1140 films submitted to the Next Generation and will be the only Polish film screened in the International Student Film Competition. The Festival will be held in Brussels between 23 April and 3 May.

http://bsff.be/films-2014/next-generation-2014/

Selection for the 16. International Student Film Festival in Tel Aviv

The etude together with 64 other films from over 30 countries will compete in the international competition at the 16. International Student Film Festival in Tel Aviv.

Selection for the Polish Shorts Competition at the Short Waves Festival 2014


Short Waves Festival has been presenting exclusively short films for 6 years now. The repertoire of films selected to compete for the Short Waves Grand Prix Award, consisting of the newest feature films, documentaries, animations and experimental forms will visit ca. 50 cities all over Poland, Europe and the world. The viewers in all the cities will have the possibility to vote for their favourite film, which – if it wins – will be given the prize amounting to PLN 20 000.

http://shortwaves.adarte.webd.pl/news

Screening in the section called 5 Star Stories Special Program at the Tampere Film Festival 2014


The Tampere Film Festival (Finnish: Tampereen elokuvajuhlat) is a short film festival held every March in the Finnish town of Tampere. It is accredited by the film producers' society FIAPF, and together with the short film festivals in Oberhausen and Clermont-Ferrand, it is among the most important European short film festivals.

http://www.tamperefilmfestival.fi/site/index.php?page=others-2

Selection for the International Competition at the 16th Mecal International Short Film Festival of Barcelona

http://www.mecalbcn.org/programacion/internacional/internacional-1/?lang=en

The Award of the Mayor of Gdańsk within Euroshots European Film Festival 2013


Euroshots Festival has been organised since 1992 and is one of the most important Polish festivals presenting Polish and foreign short films. In 2013 78 films were selected from 586 submissions from 29 countries.

Selection for the Euroshots European Film Festival 2013

Euroshots Festival has been organised since 1992 and is one of the most important Polish festivals presenting Polish and foreign short films. In 2013 78 films were selected from 586 submissions from 29 countries.

Selection for the 11. International Festival SIGNES DE NUIT

Festival SIGNES DE NUIT presents films from all over the world that cope with current problems of present society with the use of new, audiovisual language. The Festival has been organised in Paris since 2003.

http://www.signesdenuit.com/concept/concept_eng.html

Screening in the Polish Section during Raindance London Film Festival


Raindance Festival was first organised in 1992 „by filmmakers for filmmakers”. Since 2012 it has been a second festival in Great Britain that has the right to nominate films for Academy Awards.

http://www.raindance.org/about-raindance/

Selection for Leeds International Film Festival


Leeds International Film Festival is the largest film festival held in England outside London.

Selection for 2. Duhok International Film Festival 2013


Duhok Festival which has been organised in Iraq since 2013 aims at returning the region its cultural identity so as to it was perceived again as a developing place and not a scene of political conflict. The Festival presents innovative films of a great artistic value.

http://duhokiff.com/rupel.php?id=174&z=en&cure=10&m=3

The First Award of the International Student Film competition at the 43. Kiev International Film Festival “Molodist”

"Molodist" is one of the greatest specialized cinema events in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). One of the main aims of the festival is supporting young directors. The programme of the festival includes: student film section, short film debutes and feature film debutes.

Selection for the International Student Film competition at the 43. Kiev International Film Festival "Molodist”.

"Molodist" is one of the greatest specialized cinema events in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). One of the main aims of the festival is supporting young directors. The programme of the festival includes: student film section, short film debutes and feature film debutes.

http://www.molodist.com/en/news/753

Honorable mention from the Jury of the Young Cinema Competition at the 38. Gdynia Film Festival

"Mother" has been honoured for a very good screenplay, masterly acting and intelligent use of the rules of the genre cinema.

In the competition of short films and feature diploma films of film school students (called the Young Cinema Competition) there were screened 41 films produced i.e. in Łódź Film School, Gdynia Film School and Wajda School.

Gdynia Film Festival is one of the biggest film events in Poland and the only one which promotes the Polish cinema to such a large scale.

http://www.festiwalgdynia.pl/aktualnosci/wiadomosci/wiadomosc/228,pierwsi_laureaci_festiwalu.html

Selection for the 2ANNAS Riga International Short Film Festival

Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS is an independent film and moving image event, held annually in Riga, Latvia. The main objective of the festival is to promote the works of professional filmmakers outside of and as an alternative to mainstream cinema. It especially supports the development of Baltic films.

http://2annas.lv/eng/festival/about/

Screening at the 29. Warsaw Film Festival

The film was screened in the Polish Shorts Panorama section. Warsaw Film Festival presents both Polish and foreign films. In 2009 the Warsaw Film Festival became one of 14 events recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (www.fiapf.org) as international film festivals.

http://www.wff.pl/pl/o-festiwalu/

Selection for the International Short-films Competition section at the Batumi International Art-house Film Festival in Georgia

THE BIAFF is an international festival the goal of which is popularization of cinema, development of cultural relationship and exchange of experience between Georgian and foreign cinematographers.

Honorable mention by the Jury at the 32. Koszalin Debut Film Festival "Young and Cinema"

Koszalin Debut Film Festival “Young and Cinema” is the biggest Polish film festival to present young Polish cinema: full-length cinema and TV film debuts as well as short films – animations, documentary and feature films.

Honorable mention by the Jury at GOLDEN APRICOT Yerevan International Film Festival, Armenia.

The Golden Apricot International Film Festival carries the theme Crossroads of Cultures and Civilizations. It welcomes films representing diverse ethnic groups, religions, and nations that depict the human experience, the daily lives of people, ordinary and extraordinary, their troubles and their joys, as they try to find meaning in a changing world and struggle to redefine themselves in a world that recognizes fewer and fewer boundaries.

http://www.gaiff.am/en/1373733092

Selection for the Apricot Stone section (short films) at the GOLDEN APRICOT Yerevan International Film Festival in Armenia


The Golden Apricot International Film Festival carries the theme Crossroads of Cultures and Civilizations. It welcomes films representing diverse ethnic groups, religions, and nations that depict the human experience, the daily lives of people, ordinary and extraordinary, their troubles and their joys, as they try to find meaning in a changing world and struggle to redefine themselves in a world that recognizes fewer and fewer boundaries.

Selection for the 8. Vilnius Film Shorts International Short Film Festival

It is the onlu film festival in Lithuania presenting the newest short films from all over the world.

http://filmshorts.lt/en/

Award for the best European short film at the Pula Film Festival in Croatia

In their verdict the Jury stated, that the director Łukasz Ostalski proves that European cinema has a great future”.

Pula Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world – first edition of the festival was held in 1938. Nowadays it has been one of the most important cultural events in Croatia with the audience amounting to 70 000 viewers.

Selection for the European Shorts Competition at the 60. Pula Film Festival in Croatia

Pula Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world – first edition of the festival was held in 1938. Nowadays it has been one of the most important cultural events in Croatia with the audience amounting to 70 000 viewers.

Selection for the 26. Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy

Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy was first organised in 1988. The aim of Finland’s biggest film festival is to promote the artistry of filmmaking alongside inventive, controversial and visually stunning new films.

The Storyteller Award 2013 at the 13. Odense International Film Festival – Denmark

Odense International Film Festival is a Danish short film festival with a long and successful tradition.

Since its first appearance in 1975 OFF has strived to be the cosiest, most courageous and adventurous short film festival – that’s why we always offer a varied and experimenting film programme with thought-provoking experiences, debates, workshops, concerts and much more.

Every year in August, the citizens of Odense and film enthusiasts from all over the world have the opportunity of experiencing short films that would otherwise never reach the big screen (the information comes from the official website of the festival)

Selection for the Main Competition of the 13. OFF Odense International Film Festival


Odense International Film Festival is a Danish short film festival with a long and successful tradition.

Since its first appearance in 1975 OFF has strived to be the cosiest, most courageous and adventurous short film festival – that’s why we always offer a varied and experimenting film programme with thought-provoking experiences, debates, workshops, concerts and much more.

Every year in August, the citizens of Odense and film enthusiasts from all over the world have the opportunity of experiencing short films that would otherwise never reach the big screen (the information comes from the official website of the festival)

The award for the best feature film in the Polish Shorts Competition at the 13. International Film Festival T-mobile New Horizons

T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival presents uncompromising, innovative and original cinema from all over the world that explores new horizons in film language, expression and storytelling.

Selection for the Polish Shorts Competition at the 13. International Film Festival T-mobile New Horizons


T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival presents uncompromising, innovative and original cinema from all over the world that explores new horizons in film language, expression and storytelling.

Selection for the Main Competition for short films at the 32. Koszalin Debut Film Festival “Young and Cinema”


Koszalin Debut Film Festival “Young and Cinema” is the biggest Polish film festival to present young Polish cinema: full-length cinema and TV film debuts as well as short films – animations, documentary and feature films.

The best film at the 10. Carbon Student Film Festival

Carbon Student Film Festival, which has been organised since 2004 by the students of leading polish film schools of Łódź and Katowice, is aimed at presenting film works of students of film schools from all over the Europe to a wide audience, and also mutual exchange of creative experiences and school’s integration.

http://www.gsf.pl/aktualnosc/136,,Matka_zwyci%C4%99%C5%BCa_w_Katowicach.html

Sreening at the 53. Krakow Film Festival

"Mother" will be screened in the the Panorama of Polish Film section.

Krakow Film Festival is one of the oldest film events dedicated to documentary, animated and short fiction films in Europe. During 8 festival days viewers have an opportunity to watch about 250 films from Poland and abroad.

http://www.gsf.pl/aktualnosc/137,,Filmy_absolwent%C3%B3w_GSF_w_Krakowie.html

Audience award at the 43. Tampere Film Festival in Finland

The Tampere Film Festival (Finnish: Tampereen elokuvajuhlat) is a short film festival held every March in the Finnish town of Tampere. It is accredited by the film producers' society FIAPF, and together with the short film festivals in Oberhausen and Clermont-Ferrand, it is among the most important European short film festivals.

http://www.gsf.pl/aktualnosc/128,,Matka_nagrodzona_w_Tampere.html
Olena by Elżbieta Benkowska in Cannes!
“Olena” by Elżbieta Benkowska, a director recently graduated from The Gdynia Film School, will be competing for this year’s Golden Palm of the 66th Cannes Film Festival in the category of short films. This year, there were 3 500 entries from 132 countries in this category. Olena by Elżbieta Benkowska in Cannes!
35 films from all over the world will be competing to win Brama Wolności Award during the 9. edition of Gdańsk DocFilm Festival [Godność i Praca/ Dignity&Work] which will take place from 4th till 8th May 2011. The Gdynia Film School is a partner of the festival.9. Gdańsk DocFilm Festival
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