FNE at Gdynia Film Festival 2015: Prize Winners

    Body / Ciało directed by Małgorzata Szumowska Body / Ciało directed by Małgorzata Szumowska

    GDYNIA:  The Grand Prix of the 40th Gdynia Film Festival for Best Film went to  Malgorzata Szumowska’s Body. Already highly regarded the film was screened earlier in the year to critical acclaim at the Berlin Film Festival where Szumowska won a Silver Bear for Best Director.  

    The festival’s second highest award, the Silver Lion went to and Janusz Majewski's The Eccentrics. The Sunny Side of the Street.

    The awards ceremony held on 19 September 2015 in the Baltic seaside town of Gdynia began with a memoriam to Polish filmmaker Marcin Wrona who had died unexpectedly on Friday night at the festival. Wrona, 42, whose film Demon was screened in the main competition of the festival was considered one of the leading young filmmakers of his generation and had just returned from Toronto where Demon had received a very successful international premiere.

    The director of Gdynia Film Festival, Michal Oleszczyk, said Wrona "died suddenly Friday night." In a statement the festival said “As the organizers of the Festival and at the same time friends of Marcin, we are deeply shocked and saddened by this information. We would like to express our sincere condolences to the wife of the director and all the people who were close to him.”

    The festival also marked the last official appearance in Gdynia by Polish Film Institute director Agnieszka Odorowicz who is stepping down after 10 years in the position and the introduction of her successor Magdalena Sroka who will take up the post officially in October. Both were presented at the annual Polish Filmmakers Association Forum www.sfp.pl in Gdynia.

    The festival screened 18 Polish feature films in the main competition selected from over 50 produced in Poland over the past year. There were also competitions for Young Cinema and Short Films. Click HERE for Young Cinema Competition Winners.

    Main Competition

    Grand Prix Golden Lion
    To director Małgorzata Szumowska and producer Jacek Drosio for
    Body (Poland)
    Directed by Małgorzata Szumowska
    Produced by Nowhere Sp. z o.o.
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute and HBO Poland

    Silver Lion
    To the director Janusz Majewski and producer Vladimir Niderhaus for
    Excentrycy /Sunny Side of the Street (Poland)
    Directed by Janusz Majewski
    Produced by WFDiF
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    Special Jury Award 
    11 minut (Poland)
    Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski
    Produced by Skopia Film
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    Best Director
    Magnus von Horn for
    The Here After/Intruz/Intruder (France, Poland, Sweden)
    Directed by Magnus von Horn
    Coproduced by Lavafilms
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    Best Screenplay
    Magnus von Horn for Intruder

    Best Leading Actress
    Agnieszka Grochowska for
    Alien Sky/Obce niebo
    Directed by Dariusz Gajewski
    Produced by Tak Film
    Coproduced by TVN, Agora, LSW
    Leśnodorski Ślusarek i Wspólnicy
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    Best Leading Actor Ex-Aqueo
    Christopher Stroiński for
    Anatomy of Evil/ Anatomia zła (Poland)
    Directed by Jacek Bromski
    Produced by Jacek Bromski Produkcja filmowa
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    And  Janusz Gajos for Body

    Best Directing Debut
    Agnieszka Smoczyńska for
    Daughters of the Dance/ Córki Dancingu (Poland)
    Directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska
    Produced by WFDiF
    Coproduced by HBO Poland, Telewizja Polaka
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    Best Acting Debut
    Justin Suwała for Body

    Best Cinematography
    Jerzy Zielinski for
    Summer Solstice/ Letnie przesilenie (Poland, Germany)
    Directed by Michał Rogalski
    Produced by Prasa i Film
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    Best Music
    Paul Mykietyn for 11 Minutes

    Best Art Direction
    Jagna Janicka for
    Hiszpanka (Poland)
    Directed by Łukasz Barczyk
    Produced by Studio Filmowe KADR, Film-Art
    Coproduction Alvernia Studios, TP S.A. and ITI CinemaCinema.
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    Best Supporting Actress
    Maria Semotiuk for Summer Solstice

    Best Supporting Actor
    Wojciech Pszoniak for Sunny Side of the Street

    Best Sound
    Martin Jachyra, Casper Habisiak, Martin Kasiński for Body

    Best Editing
    Agnieszka Glińska for 11 Minutes and Intruder

    Best Makeup
    Janusz Kaleja, Thomas Matraszek for Daughters of the Dance

    Best Costumes
    Dorothy Roqueplo, Andrew Szenajch for Hispanic

    Another Vision Competition

    Golden Claw for Best Filmbest film contest Another Look
    Singing Tablecloth (Poland)
    Directed by Mariusz Grzegorzek, Produced by Marcin Malatyński

    Kuba Czekaj  for Baby Bump

    Platinum Lion for Lifetime Achievement
    Tadeusz Chmielewski