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photo Łukasz Dambiec / Fundacja Film Inkubator

Kieślowski Film School is an integral part of the ongoing Polish-Ukrainian film workshops in Katowice.

"Only Ashes" is a Polish-Ukrainian film workshop produced by the Film Inkubator Foundation in Katowice and financed by the PZU Foundation. Participants from Poland and Ukraine are afforded the opportunity to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of creative activities. These range from acting skills and working with a director or professional actor to working with the camera surrounded by experienced organizers and co-creators.

After weeks of preparation, the production stage of the workshop is currently underway and will be crowned with the production of two short films, directed and written by Przemysław Kopacz, a student of Directing at the Kieślowski Film School and a graduate of the AMA Film Academy in the field of film editing in Krakow.

In addition, the cinematographer of the films created during the workshops is the highly talented Lena Jabłońska. She is not only a student at the film school, studying Film Image Implementation and Photography, but also a camera operator who has worked on many notable films, such as "Bread and Salt" by Damian Kocur, a Kieślowski Film School student, and Jan Komasa's "Haters" and "Suicide Room."

Also working on the project is a graduate of Kieślowski Film School, Justyna Koziarz, who is a producer at the Film Inkubator Foundation.

Interestingly, the films feature actors from Poland and Ukraine, both professionals and amateurs selected through casting. The films created in the workshops will premiere in 2024. The project aims to integrate and empower Poles and Ukrainians. To check out the photographs from the workshop, just click this link.

photo Modestas Endriuška

Summer Media School workshops for film school students and young professionals, which started on June 23, 2023, are drawing to a close on July 6, 2023.

The two-week residency workshops organized in Lithuania gave participants the opportunity to create short films. Kieślowski Film School students, who are in the second year of Creative Management in New Media, made these films in cooperation with students from Lithuania, Spain, Finland, Latvia, and Estonia.

For our students, the workshops were a part of the classes conducted by Kieślowski Film School lecturer Dr. Anna Huth. They were also part of Erasmus+ BIP, which consists of short, intensive programs that focus on innovative learning methods.

We've incorporated photographs that capture the intensity of the production process - link.

You can also find posters of films co-produced by Dr. Anna Huth and our students.

photo. Rafał Milach

Prof. Rafał Milach, Kieślowski Film School lecturer, has gained membership in Magnum Photos. Founded in 1947, Magnum Photos is a photo agency characterized by its distinct styles. Its members are from different parts of the world, and they provide unique insights into the least-explored social and political realities.

Prof. Milach received the nomination for membership in 2018. However, it was during the 76th general meeting that happened last week that the collegiate body took the decision to confer on him permanent membership.

We are extremely privileged to have the photographs of our lecturer appreciated by one of the best photo agencies in the world. We've put together some beautiful works for you to enjoy.

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The Norwegian premiere of the documentary film "Draugen", directed by prof. Dagmara Drzazga, lecturer at the Kieślowski Film School, was held in Kvitsøy on Thursday, June 22.

The film focuses on Wojciech Bogadoł, a man from Mikołów conscripted into the Wehrmacht. The Germans sent him to Norway, and he eventually found himself in Kvitsøy, where he discovered love. A Norwegian family embraced him as their own. With time, Wojciech entered the underground because he swore in Poland that he would not "serve the Germans".

The premiere, held at the Historical Center, was attended by the town community. The filmmakers, who had visited the town four years ago to take photographs for the documentary, were welcomed with open arms because the story depicted in the film is still something close to the hearts of the townspeople.

Photo taken by Tomasz Ciesielski. In the photo, starting from the left, are: Prof. Ryszard Koziołek, rector of the University of Silesia; Dariusz Chojnacki, actor; Krzysztof Kiczek, a doctoral student at the Kieślowski Film School; and Ewa Niewiadomska, editor of Polskie Radio.

The crowning event of the series, "Book on the Stage!" (KSIĄŻKA NA SCENĘ!) was held on June 22, 2023. It was a part of the Theater Book Club organized by Prof. Ryszard Koziołek, rector of the University of Silesia, Katowice, and Ewa Niewiadomska, editor of Polskie Radio.

The discussion centered on the audio adaptation of Henryk Sienkiewicz's acclaimed novel, "With Fire and Sword." Among those present at the meeting, in addition to a number of guests, were the participants, including Krzysztof Kiczek, a PhD student at the Kieślowski Film School, the director of the adaptation, and Dariusz Chojnacki, who essayed the role of Michał Wołodyjowski.

The meeting was held at the Silesian Theatre (Teatr Śląski im. Stanisław Wyspiański).

We encourage you to experience the brilliance of Sienkiewicz's work through the audio adaptation available at the link.