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Candidates for the Directing and Cinematography course in the academic year 2021/2022 are invited to take advantage of script consultations and the consultations of their photographic portfolio as part of the Open Days of the Kieślowski Film School during the 18. Węgiel Film Festival (May 13-16, 2021).

Script consultations

Short feature film scripts (up to 30') and / or one idea for a documentary should be sent by 1.05.2021 at the latest to the e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in PDF format.

In the title, please write "Consultations Open Days SF". During the Festival, candidates will receive information about the individual consultation date via the Zoom platform.
NOTE: Only scenarios for films of a maximum of 30 minutes are subject to consultation!

Photographic portfolio consultations

The portfolio in PDF format should be sent by 01.05.2021 to the e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the title, please write "Consultations Open Days SF". A portfolio can be up to 20 pages long.

Technical requirements:
1980 x 1080p
92 dpi

In the link you can download the portfolio file template: link

In the first week of May, candidates who sent their photographic portfolios will receive an email from us with an individual date consultation through the ZOOM platform.

Photo by Bartosz Gaczyński

Gallery Galeria pusta cd. invites to the opening of the exhibition entitled "The city is not a natural environment for humans" by Bartosz Gaczyński - a first-year student of Cinematography at the Kieslowski Film School in Katowice. The online openibg of the exhibition will take place on March 31 at 6.00 p.m. on the MS Teams platform.

The city is not a natural environment for humans

Presented series of photographs were made between 2018-2021. The leitmotif was to inscribe a man into the glass, concrete and steel space of the city. At first I thought I was looking at a man in the city. Street photography? With time, I began to notice that in my big-city observations, a person loses subjectivity. It becomes an empty form, which is a condition for a successful composition. For a long time I was afraid of color. These photographs are a record of several of my observations, places and reflections on light, shadow, composition and subjectivity of the people I pass. It is also, in a way, a record of my path over the past few years. Copenhagen, Warsaw, Helsinki, Delfzijl, Katowice, Wrocław.

Bartosz Gaczyński - born 1996. First-year student of Cinematography at the Kieslowski Film School in Katowice. A graduate of film studies at the Jagiellonian University. In his free time, he sails on wooden sailing ships under the Vanuatu flag.

Connection: Link

Technical details:
Connection via the MS TEAMS platform. After clicking on the link above, you can join the meeting via a web browser without logging in. Participants of the on-line opening are asked to turn on their cameras and mute their microphones.

“East West” photo by Stanislaw Cuske

The film East West (2020) by Natalia Koniarz, a student of directing, has made it into the official selection of Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The American premiere of the film will take place during the 36th edition of this extremely prestigious event, held on March 31 - April 10, 2021.

East West tells the story of Nazar, who fled the country before the war and is trying to get used to the new reality, which, however, quickly verifies his life plans. The cinematographer for the film is Stanisław Cuske, a student of cinematography. Karolina Koper, a student of film production, was responsible for the production management.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in the United States. It has the status of an Oscars qualifying festival. This year it will take the form of a hybrid festival. Part of the shows will take place in two car cinemas on the beach. Among the confirmed stars of this year's edition are, among others Amanda Seyfried, Delroy Lindo, Sacha Baron Cohen, Bill Murray, and Carey Mulligan. Santa Barbara International Film Festival regularly attracts over 100,000 viewers annually.

„Seal Story” / photo Jakub Adamiak

This year's 18th edition of the Millennium Docs Against Gravity festival will be held between May 14-23, 2021, and it will feature the Polish premieres of two pandemic documentaries produced at the Kieślowski Film School in 2020.

"Hello Grandma" (2020), dir. Kamila Chojnacka tells the story of a young married couple that, during the lockdown, are trying to cope with tension and their rebellious grandmother. The film had its world premiere on November 21, 2020 in the student competition of the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival IDFA.

"Seal Story" (2020), dir. Bartłomiej Błaszczyński tells the story of Jakub, whose forced isolation took place in the Icelandic Museum of Ghosts, Elves and Northern Lights, where he spent the entire lockdown feeling like the only person on the planet. The film had its world premiere in the student competition of the Prix Europa festival in Potsdam (Germany) in October 2020.

The Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival is the largest film festival in Poland. Its last edition attracted a total of 170 700 viewers. The festival will be held this year in seven cities: Warsaw, Wrocław, Gdynia, Katowice, Poznań, Bydgoszcz and Lublin. This year an online part of the Festival will be organized, during which some of the films from this year's program will be presented.


As part of the 18. Węgiel Film Festival a workshop "Director-actor cooperation" based on the example of the latest film by Piotr Domalewski, "I never cry" (2020) will take place. The workshop will be conducted by Piotr Domalewski, director of the film, together with actress Zofia Stafiej, who plays the main role.

Piotr Domalewski - director, screenwriter, playwright, actor, graduate of film directing at the Radio and Television Faculty (currently Kieślowski Film School at the University of Silesia). His full-length feature debut "Silent Night" won 22 awards, including five Golden Lions, nine Eagles, incl. for Best Film. Piotr Domalewski is the winner of the Polityka Passport 2020 in the film category.

Zofia Stafiej - actress, 3rd year student of the Acting Department of the Lodz Film School. Winner of awards at the 45th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia and at the 51st International Film Festival in India for the main role in the film "I never cry" directed by Piotr Domalewski. You can also see her on the screens in the production of "25 Years of Innocence" directed by Jan Holoubek.

18. Węgiel Film Festival will be held on May 13-16, 2021.

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