14. Gdańsk DocFilm Festival
The fourteenth edition of Gdańsk DocFilm Festival (Dignity & Work), an international documentary film festival, will be held on 23rd -26th June in the European Solidarity Centre at 1 Solidarity Square. 330 films from 53 countries were entered for the competition. We received documentaries from the USA, Ecuador, Cuba, Brazil, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Iran, New Zealand, etc. However, we have also received many fantastic European pictures. Productions from Italy, Germany, Spain, Switzerland or Scandinavia will also be screened in the competition.
26 films have been qualified for the competition of the 14th Gdańsk DocFilm Festival. 15 of them are foreign and 9 are Polish. K2. Touching the Sky by Eliza Kubarska, Out of the Blue by Piotr Małecki and Call Me Marianna by Karolina Bielawska are just a few of them. The are also two co-productions, which were partly created by Polish authors.
Three films which have been nominated for Oscar will also participate in the competition: The Last Day of Freedom dir. Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman (USA), Chau, Beyond the Lines dir. Courtney Marsh (USA / Vietnam) and Body Team 12 dir. David Darg (Liberia). The full list of competition films is available at our website: gdanskdocfilm.pl/26-filmow-w-konkursie-glownym-14-gdansk-DocFilm-festival
Paweł Woldan, a documentary director and scriptwriter, will be the President of this year’s Jury. The other members are Magdalena Sendecka, a film critic and journalist and Klaus Schmutzer, a film a TV producer.
The winner of the competition will receive the Gate of Freedom prize and a financial award of PLN 20 000, funded by Paweł Adamowicz, the Mayor of Gdańsk. One of the films will also receive the audience award. Just as at the previous editions of our festival, some documentaries will receive special mentions and nominations to the Jan Machulski Young Cinema Award.
This year’s edition of the festival will be opened by a winner of many international festivals and an Oscar nominee, Cartel Land. Matthew Heineman shows the so called Autodefensas group from Michoacán (Mexico). As the authorities are corrupt and indifferent to the situation, a group of citizens decides to oppose drug cartels on their own.
Gdańsk DocFilm Festival has always given its viewers a chance to actively participate in the meetings with Polish and foreign directors. This years edition will not be different. The special screenings are going to be held in the historic Sala BHP at 1 Doki Street. We will see a retrospective of Krzysztof Kieślowski, an outstanding director. There will also be a meeting with Jacek Petrycki, a director of photography who cooperated with Kieślowski for many years.
Apart from the competition films, there will also be special screenings. The viewers will have a chance to watch films by Paweł Woldan, the President of the Jury. After the screenings, there will be a meeting with the director.
The Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism will be a finishing touch of the cinema lovers’ feast. The picture contains rare archive materials, which show the role of John Paul II in the process of liberating Eastern and Central Europe from communism. The film is narrated by an eminent American actor, James Caviezel.
As every year, there will be a master class. This year’s speaker is Klaus Schmutzer, a German film producer.
See you in Gdańsk!