On 31st August 2015, the Common Baltic Short Film Contest jury announced the three finalists who will be heading to the 40th Gdynia Film Festival. Films from Sweden, Poland and Finland won the Common Baltic Short Film Contest organised by Culture.pl, the Pomeranian Film Foundation, the Gdynia Film Festival and the Gdynia Film School.
Filmmakers submitted short films about the Baltic Sea countries – their cultural identity, their history, their society, and their transformation.
The competition was open to both professional and amateur filmmakers, provided they live in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Russia (inhabitants of Kaliningrad and the St Petersburg area) or Poland. Participants had a month to submit a film lasting 1 to 5 minutes, reflecting on current facets of the Baltic Sea, and how to best present them on film.
The jury (including Leszek Kopeć, Magnus von Horn, Jerzy Rados, Olga Wysocka, Grzegorz Skorupski and Jenifer Malmqvist) had a week to choose from the 20 films submitted for the contest.
The winners are:
- For short film: The Spirit by Olivia Fokeerah, Finland
- For short documentary: Depth by Adam Barwiński and Bartek Stanny, Poland
- For animated short film: Mare Nostrum/Our Sea by Alejandro Gonzalez Castilla, Sweden
The awards ceremony will take place at the Danuta Baduszkowa Music Theatre in Gdynia on Friday 18th September 2015.
This year’s programme, titled “Culture.pl Presents…”, includes the film series “A Guide to Poles”, a documentary about the things that have moulded the mentality and creativity of modern Poles. As part of this presentation, attendees will get to watch six films: Neon, Political Dress, Sztuka Wolności (“The Art of Freedom”), Sztuka Znikania (“The Art of Disappearing”), Zabawki (“Toys”), and Beats of Freedom.
The competition section of the festival, “A Different Perspective”, is geared towards filmmakers who cross genres, experiment, and are difficult to classify. It will feature Zbigniew Libera’s Walser, which was co-produced by Culture.pl.
Source: IAM, edited by AZ, September 2015