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Report from the opening ceremony of 20. Węgiel Film Festival

Photo by Krzysztof Szlapa

On May 10, a very important event for the Kieślowski Film School began.

Of course, we are talking about nothing other than the 20th jubilee edition of Węgiel Film Festival, we are proud to be the organizer of this unique project together with the University of Silesia in Katowice!

On Wednesday, Kino Światowid hosted the opening ceremony of the festival, attended by JM prof. dr hab. Ryszard Koziołek - Rector of the University of Silesia, prof. University of Silesia dr hab. Krystyna Doktorowicz - Dean of the Kieślowski Film School and Artistic Director of the WFF Dr. Jan P. Matuszyński and Dr. Anna Huth, Organizational Director of the WFF.

Members of the Artifices Artificibus Association - co-organizers of the festival - also spoke during the ceremony!

After the speeches of the Dean and the directors of the festival, the 20th edition was officially opened. Węgiel Film Festival, and the participants filling the cinema hall could immerse themselves in the history of the film entitled "Blue moon", which was directed by the juror of the twentieth edition of the WFF - Alina Grigore.

We would like to thank the Festival Partners:

  • Polish Film Institute, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage - co-financing
  • TVP3 Katowice, Gazeta Wyborcza, Filmweb, Legalna Kultura - media partners
  • Dreamsound Studio, Dynamo Film, Editorium, Kino Świat - sponsors
  • Magnum Cocktail Bar - Klubo Galeria Mariacka - festival club

Yesterday, May 11, as part of the Węgiel Film Festival, many festival attractions took place in the building of the Film School, as well as the Open Days of our faculty, which we informed about earlier. During the second day of the festival, participants and candidates had the opportunity to take part in:

  • Film block (Howling, Raw, FIXING THINGS, father.son, Alice, Mimmo, mommy and myself, Big Phat Party)
  • Cinematography workshops with dr Łukasz Baka (Open Days)
  • Pitchingach Student Film Market with Joanna Malicka and Kalina Głowińska
  • Directing and cinematography workshops with dr Andrzej Kowalczyk, prof. Bogdan Dziworski and prof. Filip Bajon (Open Days)
  • Masterclass: How does the operator read the script? With the participation of Piotr Sobociński Jr. and Dr. Jan P. Matuszyński
  • Consultations of photographic works with prof. Janusz Musiał and dr hab. Ryszard Czernow, prof. University of Silesia (Open Days)
  • Screenplay consultations - for feature films, the consultants were dr hab. Beata Dzianowicz and Jan Foryś, MA (online), while for documentary films, dr hab. Dagmara Drzazga, prof. University of Silesia (Open Days)
  • Consultations with a film producer and lecturer at our faculty - Małgorzata Domin, MA (Open Days)
  • Presentation of Studio Munk conducted by Jerzy Kapuściński and Michał Hudzikowski
  • Film screenings of Wajda School & Studio and Q&A with the creators (Ptitsa, Live) and a workshop entitled Creative Development with Katarzyna Madaj-Kozłowska, Mara Tamkovich and Feliks Mirosław Mamczur
  • Workshop: Building a photographic reportage, led by dr hab. Rafał Milach, prof. University of Silesia (Open Days)
  • Screening of the film by Marcin Wrona entitled "Christening"
  • Masterclass: Script Atelier, with Anna Bielak (this year's juror) and Dr. Jan P. Matuszyński
  • Workshop: The profession of a production manager, led by Aneta Hickinbotham, and the special guest - prof. University of Silesia dr hab. Krystyna Doktorowicz (Open Days)
  • Masterclass: Around the script of the series "Wielka Woda" with the participation of creators, i.e. Jan Holoubek, Kinga Krzemińska, Kasper Bajon, Anna Kępińska and Maciej Kędziora
  • Concert of the violin quartet: Martyna Grohs, Kalina Dudczak, Roksana Krechowiecka and Wiktoria Zorychta - Second film block (The Visit, Going Alone, Yi yi, Laboratory NO.2, Days Without, Sea by the river and river by the sea, The Concubine)

The schedule of the entire festival can be found on the Węgiel Film Festival social media and on the website (link). We encourage you to take part in the festival, the next such opportunity will be next year!

Today, the festival plans include a meeting with Damian Kocur, a screening of etudes by famous graduates of the Lodz Film School / PWSFTviT, a masterclass with Robert Więckiewicz (hosted by Dr. Jan P. Matuszyński). In addition, at 15:00 there will be a screening of the film "Dangerous Gentlemen", followed by a masterclass with the participation of the director of this film - Maciej Kawalski.

12-13.05 The Warsaw Film School is visiting us, and with them cinematography workshops with Filip Pasternak, film screenings and much, much more!