The Krzysztof Kieslowski Beyond Borders Award in the Documentary/Short film category goes to

“Solidarity According to Women”
directed by Marta Dzido and produced by Piotr Sliwowski.

This extraordinary documentary addresses the long-neglected theme of Polish women’s contributions to the building of democracy in Poland. Marta Dzido’s picture opens up an opportunity of seeing the achievement of Polish democracy in its full dimension.

Special Jury Award goes to the documentary

“Aktorka” (The Actress)
for preserving and celebrating the extraordinary talent of Elzbieta Czyzewska.

The Jury was happy to announce that the Elzbieta Czyzewska Award for best acting goes to Elzbieta Czyzewska herself, the actress who successfully managed to transcend cultural distances, and create a transatlantic bridge between Poland and the United States. Elzbieta’s magnetic personality contributed to the intense and exciting cultural life in New York City. She is dearly missed by all.

The Jury commended the directors of “The Actress”, Kinga Debska and Maria Konwicka for making Elzbieta Czyzewska the subject of their documentary. Elzbieta’s magnetic personality contributed to the intense and exciting cultural life of New York City.

An Honorary Mention goes to

“The Shadow Forest,”
directed by Andrzej Cichocki, for accomplished cinematography and sound direction.


Andrzej Dobrowolski, Journalist
Vladek Juszkiewicz, Director of the Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles
Izabela Kalinowska, Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory, Stony Brook University (Head of the Jury)
Janina Kijner, poet, writer, independent filmmaker
Kasia Kruk, filmmaker, producer, writer, based in New York
Elzbieta Matynia, Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research
Sheila Scaff, Director of the Master’s Program at the Galleton School at New York University
Tomasz Tomaszewski, Grahpic Designer


New York, May 1-3

With five nominations for Polish filmmakers, an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, and a Silver Bear at Berlinale, 2015 is off to being a very special year for Polish cinema! For the past eleven years, the New York Polish Film Festival’s programs have reflected diverse styles and subjects of Poland’s feature, short, animated and documentary films. Polish Film Festival returns in May 2015 with an exciting array of features and shorts.

In light of the recent death of Krzysztof Krauze, the festival pays homage to this master director with retrospective screenings of his work, including Papusza, a poetic picture about the Roma poet, with beautiful black & white cinematography.

The Festival includes new fiction features like Gods (Bogowie) by Łukasz Palkowski, winner of the Best Film Award at the 2014 Polish Film Festival in Gdynia and Polish Egle 2015. Among the acclaimed documentaries is Actress (Aktorka), about the late Elzbieta Czyżewska, and–in partnership with the JCC–The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer and The Return.

Special thanks to our Official Sponsor, Żywiec Polish Beer, and our Honorary Patrons: Consulate General of Republic of Poland in New York & Director Andrzej Wajda.