The 31st Warsaw Film Festival has ended on Saturday in the prestigious capital of Poland, where they gave out awards in several feature-, documentary-, and short film categories. The festival was held between the 9th and 18th of October, mostly in the Palace of Culture and Science, in the surpressing symbol of this great city.
Besides the several competition screenings, there were constant Q&A sessions with the directors and producers, industry meetings held as part of the 9th CintEast Market, and the 10th Fipresci Warsaw Critics Project was organised also for young journalists. Since last year the winning short films at the festival gets priviliged by becoming Oscar-qualified. Expect an interview with the head of short film programming in the next couple of days, but first here are the winning short films from the WFF!
The Jury members: Zuxin Hou (China), Paulina Skibińska (Poland), Matúš Vizár (Slovakia)
Short Grand Prix for the best short film: THE TENANTS / LOKATORKI by Klara Kochańska (Poland) “From this piece we can see great directing skills leading to a strong performance. This is a well-developed film which grasps the audience’s attention from beginning until end.“
Best Animated Short: GO TO CITY ELE by Wenyu Li (China) “For well animated simple story with an ironic twist, which succesfully captures a universal phenomenon.“
Best Live Action Short: GOODBYE by Yordan Petkov, Eddy Schwartz (Bulgaria) “It’s a delightful comedy with a well-structured story and great character development.“
Best Documentary Short: LEBANON WINS THE WORLD CUP by Tony ElKhoury & Anthony Lappé (Lebanon / USA) “The filmmakers put the Contact Hypothesis into action by finding a common passion between their main characters, who used to be enemies. For finding a simple and effective way of showing us the personal catharsis of two scarred men.“
For the winners of the different categories, visit the official website!
/The official Jury statements, the titles and the photos from the official website of WFF and the official Facebook page/