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„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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„Outside the borders” Photo by Karolina Monwid-Olechnowicz

Karolina Monwid-Olechnowicz - 4th year student of Cinematography at Kieslowski Film School of the University of Silesia has won the prestigious VIVA! Photo Awards 2020!

Karolina Monwid-Olechnowicz received the Grand Prix of the competition and the jury's award in the Portrait category for her work "Outside the borders". The award was granted by the jury including: Martyna Wojciechowska - journalist and traveler, Tomasz Gudzowaty - photographer, Katarzyna Tusk - blogger, Michał Piróg - dancer, choreographer and television personality, Katarzyna Przybyszewska-Ortonowska - editor-in-chief of VIVA! and Marek Knap - the artistic director of Edipresse Polska.

VIVA! Photo Awards is the largest photography competition in Poland. For over 12 years, the world-famous jury has awarded winners in several key categories (including portrait, reportage, nature). This year's winning works will be presented in the form of an exhibition in Łazienki Królewskie in Warsaw and will be auctioned, the proceeds of which will be donated to charity.

Benjamin Cölle / photo Igor Smitka

We invite all our students to the workshop "Contemporary Crossmedia Production" by Benjamin Cölle - lecturer at the Konrad Wolf Film University in Babelsberg and the tutor of the Torino Film Lab Audience Design program. Cölle for students of the Kieślowski Film School has prepared workshops that will be held regularly from March 1, 2021 to April 20, 2021.

In groups of three, the participants of the masterclass will develop the history / format / experience according to the agile working method (plan-prototype-test). During the course, participants will be presented with topics related to story development, audience creation, format development, platform design, tools used to prepare a prototype and testing, financing, workflow, distribution strategies and designing tools that engage the audience.


  • 1.03.2021, 9:45-13:00 Storytelling across multiple platforms
  • 2.03.2021, 9:45-13:30 Story Development, Audience Design
  • 8.03.2021, 9:45-17:00 Pitching & Discussion, Team Building Raffle
  • 15.03.2021, 9:45-13:00 Format Development, Platform Design
  • 16.03.2021, 9:45-13:00 Prototyping, Testing
  • 29.03.2021 9:45-17:00 Results of Internal Testking
  • 30.03.2021 9:45-13:00 Financing Strategy, Production/Workflow


  • 6.04.2021 9:45-17:00 Financing & Production Strategy
  • 12.04.2021 9:45-15:15 Distribution Platforms, Distribution Strategy,

Audience Engagement Design

  • 19.04.2021 9:45-17:00 Final Pitch & Discussion
  • 20.04.2021 9:45-12:15 Wrap-Up & Retrospective

To sign up contact Anna Huth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This Friday a meeting called "Personal stories - how to show inner experiences on the screen?" with the participation of our graduate and lecturer Bartosz Konopka will take place. The meeting will be on February 26 at 20:00 on the Facebook profile of (link) Papaya Young Directors.

The best stories are the ones we can relate to. They evoke emotions in us and leave a mark on our memory. These stories usually come from the artist's own life, but presenting them on the screen is a big art. Even for experienced directors, transferring the whole range of experienced emotions, a multitude of thoughts or perceived smells to paper, and then to individual frames in the film, is a difficult task. How to show inner agitation? How to present anger without screaming, despair without a tear, joy without a smile? How to engage the viewer in a story about experiences without spectacular explosions or breathtaking special effects?

Bartosz Konopka, a director (including the Oscar-nominated "Rabbit a la Berlin"), film expert and academic lecturer, will answer all these questions and reveal which techniques to use to present your inner experiences on the screen.

Film School Krzysztof Kieślowski of the University of Silesia in Katowice is the educational partner of the 8th edition of the Papaya Young Directors competition. The meeting takes place as part of our cooperation.