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20 Polish and foreign films qualified for the International Short Film Competition of the 16th edition of the BNP Paribas Dwa Brzegi Film and Art Festival. Among them are 2 short films produced at the Kieślowski Film School in Katowice. The Film and Art Festival of BNP Paribas Dwa Brzegi will be held on 30.07-7.08.2022 in Kazimierz Dolny and Janowiec on the Vistula River.

Our short films in the International Short Film Competition:

  • "Out of water" (2022), directed by: Gracjana Piechula // cinematography: Aleksandra Kamińska // production management: Julia Wasiak, Damazy Stasiak
  • "Funeralia" (2022), director: Bartłomiej Błaszczyński // cinematography: Daniel Le Hai // production management: Alicja Osiej

BNP Paribas Dwa Brzegi is an interdisciplinary cultural event presenting valuable Polish and foreign films: premieres, important films of the past year and images that were of key importance for the development of world cinematography, as well as theater performances, exhibitions, concerts and events in other fields.

„Bread and Salt” / photo Tomasz Woźniczka / Studio Munka SFP

Damian Kocur's feature debut "Bread and Salt" with cinematography by Tomasz Woźniczka will have its world premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival. "Bread and Salt" will compete for prizes in the Horizons competition. Damian Kocur and Tomasz Woźniczka are graduates of Kieślowski Film School in Katowice. The film was produced at the Munk Studio.

"Bread and Salt" is a story about a young pianist, a student of the Warsaw University of Music, who returns to his hometown on vacation, where his mother, younger brother and friends from the neighborhood are waiting for him.

Damian Kocur is the author of internationally awarded short films. The last one, "Beyond is the day" won, among others awards for the best short film at the international film festivals in Trieste and Tehran, the award for the best European film at the festival in Clermont-Ferrand and was nominated for the European Film Award.

Tomasz Woźniczka is a laureate of the Golden Tadpole and the Award of the Polish Filmmakers Association for the Most Promising Young Artist at the Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography for the film "Beyond the Horizon" by Kuba Czekaj. Currently a lecturer at the Kieślowski Film School in Katowice.

The 79th Venice International Film Festival will be held from August 31 to September 10 this year.


Produced at the Kieślowski Film School film "Liberty" (2021), dir. Joanna Różniak returns from the 5th edition of the Beach Film Festival in North Macedonia with the award for the best student short film. This year's jury including: Srdjan Dragojevic (Serbia), Caveh Zahedi (USA) and Fred Kelemen (Germany).

"Liberty" takes place in the near-distant dystopian future, where citizens rebel against an increasingly oppressive nationalist government. The cinematographer for the film is Łukasz Łatanik. Maria Kawalec was responsible for production management. The producer of the film is Krystyna Doktorowicz.

Full list of laureates: link

The 5th edition of the Beach Film Festival was held in the city of Ohrid on July 20-24 this year. The etudes: "Forever" (2021), dir. Aleksandra Kamińska and "Hide and Seek" (2022), dir. Karolina Belka.


The 21st New Horizons International Film Festival includes 11 films associated with the Kieślowski Film School, including our 3 short films! The New Horizons International Film Festival takes place in Wrocław on July 21-31 (also online until August 7).

Our shorts of this year's Shortlist:

  • "Aphonia" (2022), director: Marta Z. Nowak // cinematography: Jakub Stoszek // production management: Kalina Bienias
  • "Mother's Day" (2021), directed by: Patryk Kaflowski // cinematography: Patryk Roman // production management: Katarzyna Bielińska, Konrad Petrenko-Goljanek
  • "Slave" (2021), director: Grzegorz Piekarski // cinematography: Antoni Grałek // production management: Natalia Pietsch, Maja Zaleska, Agata Basista, Grzegorz Piekarski, Antoni Grałek

The latest films of our graduates and lecturers in the festival sections:

  • "The Silent Twins" (2022), dir. Agnieszka Smoczyńska (section: mBank Gala Screenings, festival closing film)
  • "Splendid Isolation" (2022), dir. Urszula Antoniak (section: Masters, Mistresses)
  • "Patho Film, Wolfelsgrund" (2022), dir. Adam Sikora (section: Season)
  • "Broys" (2022), dir. Marcin Filipowicz (section: Discoveries)
  • "Illusion" (2022), dir. Marta Minorowicz (section: Discoveries)
  • "Tracking Satyrs" (2022) dir. Maciej Mądracki, Michał Mądracki, Gilles Lepore (section: Visual Front)

Film projects presented as part of the Polish Days industry event:

  • The Breach (dir. Bartosz Konopka)
  • Saint boys (dir. Piotr Domalewski)


The book "Event - Technique - Art: Thinking of Film Art: Observations" by the Vice-Dean for Science and Art at Kieślowski Film School of the University of Silesia, prof. Jerzy Łukaszewicz was nominated for the award of the Polish Society for Film and Media Research for 2021 in the category "Best Book of the Year". The book was published by the Publishing House of the University of Silesia.

List of nominees: link.

The results will be announced on September 1, 2022. The award ceremony will be held during the 47th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.