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Author: Polityka

Agnieszka Smoczyńska and Damian Kocur, graduates of the Kieślowski Film School, are nominated for this year’s Polityka’s Passport Awards in the film category. Agnieszka Smoczyńska is nominated for her film, “Silent Twins,” and Damian Kocur for “Bread and Salt.” The winners will be announced on January 17, 2023, during an official gala at the Grand Theater-National Opera. The event will be broadcast on TVN.

A complete list of this year's Polityka’s Passport Award candidates can be found below: link

Polityka’s Passport is one of Poland’s most prestigious cultural awards, highly valued by artists and art critics. It is also one of the longest-running cultural awards in our country.


The 13th edition of the Macau International Short Film Festival, which will take place in Macau, China, has selected dozens of titles from all over the world. The competition selections include three etudes produced at the Kieślowski Film School.

The selected films and their respective directors and crew members are listed below:

  • "Out of Water" (2022), director: Gracjana Piechula // cinematography: Aleksandra Kamińska // production management: Julia Wasiak, Damazy Stasiak
  • "When the Night Comes" (2021), director: Katarzyna Sikorska // cinematography: Arkadiusz Powałka // production manager: Maria Kawalec
  • "Imprisoned" (2021) director: Piotr Bieliński // cinematography: Marek Kita, Jan Barszczewski // production management: Maja Krężel

"The Ceremony" (2021), directed by our graduate, Tadeusz Kabicz, is also among the selected titles.

Since 2010, the Macau International Short Film Festival has been held in Macau, China. The festival is divided into two competitions: "SHORTS," which awards the best short films in the documentary, fiction, and animation categories, and "VOLUME," which is for music videos. The 13th edition of the Macau International Short Film Festival takes place December 1–8, 2022.


"Quiver", directed by Joanna Różniak and produced at the Kieślowski Film School, has won the main award, Mayor of the City of Gdańsk Award, at the 31st Euroshorts 2022 Young Filmmakers International Film Festival. The festival had 60 short films from 23 countries competing for prizes. A jury chaired by Dr. Monika Bokiniec awarded the main prize. The award, funded by the Mayor of the City of Gdańsk, is worth PLN 3,000.

Łukasz Łatanik served as the cinematographer for "Quiver". Jakub Lebiedziński handled the production management, and Prof. Michał Rosa supervised the production. The producer of the film is Prof. Krystyna Doktorowicz.

The 31st Euroshorts 2022 Young Filmmakers International Film Festival started on November 28 and lasted until December 4, 2022, in Gdańsk. The festival has the EFFE Label “Remarkable Arts Festival 2022-2023.”


Six etudes produced at the Kieślowski Film School will be presented at the 13th edition of the Festival Internacional de Cinema de Baía Formosa (FINC) in Brazil. The festival will take place December 2–3, 2022, in Baía Formosa. Kieślowski Film School is a partner of the festival.

Details of the selections are listed below:

  • “Adam” (2022), director: Aram Jesajan // cinematography: Aram Jesajan // production manager: Magda Walasek
  • “The White Lady” (2022), director: Maria Magdalena Jeziorowska // cinematography: Aneta Bochnacka // production management: Weronika Podgórska
  • “Windows” (2022), directed by Julia Dziworska // cinematography: Julia Dziworska
  • “Glimmer” (2022), directed by Agnieszka Knocińska // cinematography: Agnieszka Knocińska // production manager: Dorota Chłapek
  • “SOLILOQUIUM” (2022), director: Karolina Monwid-Olechnowicz // cinematography: Karolina Monwid-Olechnowicz // production manager: Małgorzata Miszczak
  • “Hide and Seek” (2022) director: Karolina Belka // cinematography: Aneta Bochnacka // production manager: Magda Walasek

FINC is considered one of the most important film festivals in the northeast of Brazil. The core of the festival is the competition of 1-minute short films sent from all corners of Brazil. The winner will receive a paid trip to Poland and a presentation of the film at the Off Camera festival in Krakow. The motto of this year’s edition is an attempt to answer the question, “What is your art?” The organizers encourage aspiring filmmakers to think about art in different ways.


Two etudes produced at the Kieślowski Film School have been selected for the 29th Etiuda&Anima International Film Festival. The festival selections comprise 25 films. The event takes place from November 29 to December 4 in Krakow.

The films up for competition are listed below:

  • “Slave” (2021), director: Grzegorz Piekarski // cinematography: Antoni Grałek // production management: Natalia Pietsch, Maja Zaleska, Grzegorz Piekarski, Antoni Grałek
  • “There is No Peace of Mind” (2022), director: Karol Ulman // cinematography: Maksymilian Plater // production manager: Karolina Zychowicz

The Etiuda&Anima International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in Poland. It brings together the achievements of students of film and art schools from around the world and the accomplishments of fine-art animation filmmakers, including professionals, students, and independent producers.