>>> MAIN COMPETITION 2018

Cats are said to have seven lives. CINEMAFORUM viewers are gifted three times more generously. They have namely “23 lives”, because there are so many films in this year’s main competition. Each of them is an extremely intense experience enchanted by the creators in a short film form.

>>> MAIN COMPETITION 2018 >>> BLOCK I - Friday 9.11 / 17:00


TO PLANT A FLAG

Surely there are no two actors that viewers would rather see than Jason Schwartzman and Jake Johnson as hapless NASA trainees in early 1960s Iceland. Bobbie Peers’ deft direction ensures no comedic opportunity goes wasted in this tale of would-be astronauts stuck in territory even less hospitable than the surface of the moon.

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THAT NIGHTMARISH SUNDAY

When Sunday comes inexorably, the chuckle of families pushing their way through the parks is present all around, and the galleries and shops are closed, some are experiencing a waking nightmare. Closed within the four walls, overwhelmed by dark thoughts, they fight for survival. When work seems to be a moment of rest, then a day off becomes a tragedy

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MILK

A young employee of a rural dairy farm is experiencing anxiety regarding her unexpected pregnancy. She finds it difficult to ignore her feelings as she is surrounded by pregnant cows on the farm whose milk she helps to collect after they give birth.

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DEER BOY

A hunter’s son falls asleep counting the jumping deer. One of them got shot, one bleeds a little, another one limps away from the meadow. And the antlers grow and grow on the boy’s head, puncturing the pillow, as they do every night. “Deer Boy” is a horror fairy tale about instincts. About the first hunt. About blood and nature. Parental warmth meshes here with disgust, dreams with reality and childlike sensitivity with the lessons on killing. The film is based on animal sounds not giving a word to the characters trapped in its story

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BOYS WITH BUTTERFLIES

15-year-old Filip gets beaten up on a footbridge close to his neighbourhood. To retaliate, his father rents a billboard in the middle of the housing estate with the information about a reward for helping to find the thugs. He starts a local war which Filip does not want to be part of. A simple coming-of-age story inspired by true events from the reportage “Boys with Butterflies” by Jacek Hugo-Bader.

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>>> MAIN COMPETITION 2018 >>> BLOCK II - Friday 9.11 / 18:50

TANGLES AND KNOTS

Set in the height of summer in Sydney, Australia, “Tangles and Knots” follows a unique, intimate relationship between a young, beautiful mother and her awkward teenage daughter. They act more like girlfriends together. This relationship becomes threatened when the mother helps her daughter throw a house party to impress new, more popular friends. As their relationship unravels throughout the night, a much more sinister threat emerges that will jeopardize their bond forever.

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ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In “Animal Behaviour”, the latest animated short from the Oscar-winning team of Alison Snowden and David Fine, five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.

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SHADOW ANIMALS

Marall follows her parents to a party and they want her to behave. As the evening progresses, she finds the adults’ behaviour increasingly strange. Everyone at the party is trying to fit in, but not everyone succeeds. Marall also seems to be the only one seeing the shadow circulating inside the house. “Shadow Animals” is a dance-based drama about the discovery of human behaviour.

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FRY DAY

An adolescent girl comes of age against the backdrop of serial killer Ted Bundy’s execution in 1989.

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WYRM

Wyrm is falling behind. His twin sister, Myrcella, has become a woman after she and the Norwegian foreign exchange student did fingering at the cinemas. She wants Wyrm to move into their dead brother Dylan’s room so she can have privacy and space for her personal items. Wyrm has two days to complete his Level 1 Sexuality Requirement or he’ll be held back as part of the School District’s No Child Left Alone program and forced to continue wearing his My.E.Q. Electronic Emotional Remote Monitoring Collar.

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>>> MAIN COMPETITION 2018 >>> BLOCK III - Saturday 10.11 / 17:30

WE FORGOT TO BREAK UP

After a few years of absence, Evan unexpectedly returns one night to face his now-famous former bandmates. The surprise reunion is bittersweet, in this intimate depiction of the knotty complexities of relating to old friends after everything has changed.

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MANIVALD

Manivald, a fox, is turning 33. Overeducated, unemployed and generally uninspired, he lives with his overbearing, retired mother and spends his days learning piano while she makes his coffee and washes his socks. It is an easy life, but not a good one. Their unhealthy co-dependence is about to collapse when the washing machine breaks down and Toomas, a sexy and adventurous wolf repairman, arrives to fix it, and them.

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LA PERSISTENTE

A ski resort, somewhere in the French Pyrenees. Ivan only lives for his motorcycle - the sentient, loving, breathing La Persistente. When a local rival tears her away from him, Ivan’s obsession becomes to win her back…

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SOMBRA

Anna feels obliged to visit her childhood friend, Julie on the island of Møn, where Julie still lives with her mother, Sonja. The three women are taking in the sun at the beach, when clouds begin to gather. read more...

>>> MAIN COMPETITION 2018 >>> BLOCK IV - Saturday 10.11 / 19:20

THE NEPHEW

Burgundy, France, end of 1945. On the day of his 15th birthday, Louis receives a very special gift from his uncle Jules, who decides to take his nephew to his favorite brothel in an attempt to let him explore his new life as a grown-up man. Through the evening’s bittersweet encounters, Louis discovers the adult world in all its complexity and cruelty.

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SOPHIE’S ORDINARY LIFE

Zofia could use some luck in life. She’s a hopeless romantic who hates her job. Every day is a source of distress (being molested in the workplace by a colleague, for instance). But the real trouble begins when she’s visited by an old partner she had literally ran away from to another city. At first, it seems that he’s changed, but soon enough their relationship once again fills with fights and verbal violence. Zofia decides to make a radical move and turns to her father, who’s partially responsible for her miserable emotional life.

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SAND

You get up at five, eat your vitamins, take some water with your coffee, work for a few hours, eat your omegas and flavonoids, work a little more, get some exercise and then take a shower. But don’t bother trying to wash the sand out of your hair.

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YESTERDAY OR THE DAY BEFORE

Ana and Silvia are two sisters that are not able to show their love to each other. Now, during this journey they will try to break the wall that separates them

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BONOBO

When the elevator of their public housing breaks down, the fates of Felix, a disabled pensioner, Ana, a single mother struggling with her move and Seydou, a young man passionate about dance intertwine towards an explosive ending where their limits will be tested. read more...

>>> MAIN COMPETITION 2018 >>> BLOCK V - Saturday 10.11 / 21:10

BETWEEN THE SHADOWS

Natália, trapped in a tedious job, engages in a search for a stolen heart. In a world where hearts can be deposited in a bank, the protagonist faces a dilemma: give her heart or keep it to herself. read more...

WE’RE HUMAN, AFTER ALL

During a harsh winter, the hare must face the freezing cold, hunger and the dangers of hunters and other animals. One day he finds out what a good, comfortable and safe life rabbits lead.
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SEAGULL

While temporarily hosting her ailing father, Laura finds an injured seagull in the backyard. Their newfound goal to salvage the bird is the perfect excuse to avoid talking about the real issue, the imminence of death. read more...

SWEET HOME CZYŻEWO

A day in the life of a man who, after a 3-year-long economical migration in the US, comes back to his hometown to set up a business – the deal of his life. Marcin has got the know-how and dollars for the beginning, but will he manage to repair his relationship with Krysia, his old flame?

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>>> CALENDAR

>>> 5.11.2018 (Monday)

Pracownia A35 (ul. gen. Władysława Andersa 35)

12.00 – 13.00
CINEMAFORUM – International Film Workshops within the ERASMUS+ Programme
INFORMATIONAL MEETING

15.00 – 16.30
CINEMAFORUM – International Film Workshops within the ERASMUS+ Programme
ANALYSIS OF THE FILM WORK
discussion panel

17.00 – 21.00
CINEMAFORUM – International Film Workshops within the ERASMUS+ Programme
CONCEPTUAL AND SCRIPTWRITING WORKS

>>> 6.11.2018 (Tuesday)

Pracownia A35 (ul. gen. Władysława Andersa 35)

12.00 – 15.00
CINEMAFORUM – International Film Workshops within the ERASMUS+ Programme
PRACTICAL TRAINING IN THE FIELD OF THE EQUIPMENT USED FOR IMAGE AND SOUND REGISTRATION

17.00 – 18.30
CINEMAFORUM – International Film Workshops within the ERASMUS+ Programme
FILM SCREENWRITING – INTRODUCTION – discussion panel

19.00 – 21.00
CINEMAFORUM – International Film Workshops within the ERASMUS+ Programme
CONCEPTUAL AND SCRIPTWRITING WORKS

>>> 7.11.2018 (Wednesday)

KINOTEKA Cinema (Palace of Culture and Science, pl. Defilad 1) – CINEMA HALL 3

14.00 – 16.10
Jan Machulski Polish Independent Film Awards
screenings of the nominated films
1st SCREENING

16.30 – 18.30
Jan Machulski Polish Independent Film Awards
screenings of the nominated films
2nd SCREENING

19.00 – 21.00
Jan Machulski Polish Independent Film Awards
screenings of the nominated films
3rd SCREENING

21.20 – 23.00
Jan Machulski Polish Independent Film Awards
screenings of the nominated films
4th SCREENING

Warsaw Film School (ul. gen. Józefa Zajączka 7)

10.00 – 11.30
INTERFILMLAB 2.0 – support of the export potential of Polish cinematography in the international non-festival cycle
case study
INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION AND PROMOTION OF ANIMATED FILMS
conducting: ZOFIA JAROSZUK

12.00 – 13.30
INTERFILMLAB 2.0 – support of the export potential of Polish cinematography in the international non-festival cycle
INAUGURAL LECTURE
conducting: ANNA WRÓBLEWSKA, PhD; KRZYSZTOF STACHOWIAK, PhD

Goethe-Institut Warsaw (ul. Chmielna 13A)

19.00 – 20.00
discussion panel
OBERHAUSEN MANIFESTO
debate about the importance of short films in contemporary film culture
guests: CHRISTIANE BÜCHNER; MAIKE MIA HÖHNE; KUBA MIKURDA; JAKUB MAJMUREK

Pracownia A35 (ul. gen. Władysława Andersa 35)

12.00 – 13.30
CINEMAFORUM – International Film Workshops within the ERASMUS+ Programme
FILM DIRECTION – INTRODUCTION – discussion panel

15.30 – 18.00
CINEMAFORUM – International Film Workshops within the ERASMUS+ Programme
CONCEPTUAL AND SCRIPTWRITING WORKS

18.30 – 21.00
Pracownia A35
EDUCATION OF A LOOK
analysis workshops on the feature film
THE RECEPTION OF THE FILM “PHARAON”, METHODOLOGY OF FILM ANALYSIS, THE ROLE OF SCENOGRAPHY AND PROPS
conducting: ROBERT BIRKHOLC, PhD; SEWERYN KUŚMIERCZYK, PhD; ALEKSANDRA PASZKOWSKA

Miejsce Chwila (ul. Żurawia 47)

23.00
CINEMAFORUM Festival Club
FILMFORUM’S 15th ANNIVERSARY

>>> 8.11.2018 (Thursday)

KINOTEKA Cinema (Palace of Culture and Science, pl. Defilad 1) – CINEMA HALL 3

11.00 – 13.30
Enterprise Europe Network Central Poland
project information panel
Support for SMEs in searching for financing, transfer of innovative technologies and internationalization of activities in the creative sector.
Establishing international cooperation in the production and distribution of audiovisual works.

14.00 – 15.40
Jan Machulski Polish Independent Film Awards
screenings of the nominated films
5th SCREENING

16.00 – 17.40
Jan Machulski Polish Independent Film Awards
screenings of the nominated films
6th SCREENING

18.00 – 19.30
special screening
OBERHAUSEN INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
retrospective
1st SCREENING

19.45 – 21.30
special screening
OBERHAUSEN INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
retrospective
2nd SCREENING

21.45 – 23.45
special screening
SURPRISE SCREENING

Warsaw Film School (ul. gen. Józefa Zajączka 7)

10.00 – 11.30
INTERFILMLAB 2.0 – support of the export potential of Polish cinematography in the international non-festival cycle
lecture
DIFFERENT PATHS OF FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION
conducting: NATALIA GRZEGORZEK

Pracownia A35 (ul. gen. Władysława Andersa 35)

12.00 – 13.30
CINEMAFORUM – International Film Workshops within the ERASMUS+ Programme
FILM PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION
– INTRODUCTION
discussion panel

15.30 – 18.00
CINEMAFORUM – International Film Workshops within the ERASMUS+ Programme
PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS
taking shots for film exercises

18.30 – 21.00
Pracownia A35
EDUCATION OF A LOOK – analysis workshops on the feature film
DIRECTION, EDITING AND ACTING IN THE “PHARAOH” FILM
conducting: AGNIESZKA KORYCKA

Miejsce Chwila (ul. Żurawia 47)

23.00
CINEMAFORUM Festival Club

>>> 9.11.2018 (Friday)

KINOTEKA Cinema (Palace of Culture and Science, pl. Defilad 1) – CINEMA HALL 4

15.00 – 16.30
special screening
VIENNA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
retrospective

17.00 – 18.35
Main Competition
1st SCREENING

18.50 – 20.25
Main Competition
2nd SCREENING

20.45 – 21.45
PRODUCERS AND SCRIPTWRITERS – SPARRING PARTNERS OR FRIENDS?
debate about cooperation in a new production model
conducting: MARCIN RADOMSKI

22.00 – 23.35
special screening
“ANIMALS”, dir. Greg Zglinski

Warsaw Film School (ul. gen. Józefa Zajączka 7)

10.00 – 11.30
INTERFILMLAB 2.0 – support of the export potential of Polish cinematography in the international non-festival cycle
lecture
INTERNATIONAL FILM MARKET
conducting: JOANNA SZYMAŃSKA

Pracownia A35 (ul. gen. Władysława Andersa 35)

10.00 – 13.30
CINEMAFORUM – International Film Workshops within the ERASMUS+ Programme
PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS
taking shots for film exercises

15.30
CINEMAFORUM – International Film Workshops within the ERASMUS+ Programme
PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS
taking shots for film exercises

18.30 – 21.00
Pracownia A35
EDUCATION OF A LOOK – analysis workshops on the feature film
PICTURES, SOUND AND MUSIC IN THE “PHARAON” FILM
conducting: SEWERYN KUŚMIERCZYK, PhD; JACEK PAJĄK, PhD

Miejsce Chwila (ul. Żurawia 47)

23.00
CINEMAFORUM Festival Club

>>> 10.11.2018 (Saturday)

KINOTEKA Cinema (Palace of Culture and Science, pl. Defilad 1) – CINEMA HALL 4

11.30 – 13.00
special screening
LONDON FILM SCHOOL
retrospective,presentation of the latest achievements

13.30 – 15.00
workshop
“ROJST” series
CASE STUDY FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF AN EDITOR
conducting: RAFAŁ LISTOPAD

15.30 – 17.00
workshop
THE JOB OF A CINEMATOGRAPHER
environment and specificity of work, current standards
conducting: MIKOŁAJ ŁEBKOWSKI

17.30 – 19.00
Main Competition
3rd SCREENING

19.20 – 20.50
Main Competition
4th SCREENING

21.10 – 22.35
Main Competition
5th SCREENING

22.45
special screening
VHS Hell
“SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE II”, dir. Jim Wynorski

Warsaw Film School (ul. gen. Józefa Zajączka 7)

11.00 – 12.30
INTERFILMLAB 2.0 – support of the export potential of Polish cinematography in the international non-festival cycle
lecture
PROMOTIONAL FILM PACKAGE – HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE FESTIVAL PROMOTION?
conducting: ZOFIA HORSZCZARUK

Pracownia A35 (ul. gen. Władysława Andersa 35)

10.00 – 12.30
CINEMAFORUM – International Film Workshops within the ERASMUS+ Programme
meeting with expert
HOW TO EDIT A REALIZED FILM MATERIAL?
introduction to issues related to editing and post-production of the film
conducting: RAFAŁ LISTOPAD

13.30
CINEMAFORUM – International Film Workshops within the ERASMUS+ Programme
PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS
editing and post-production of realized film exercises

Miejsce Chwila (ul. Żurawia 47)

23.00
CINEMAFORUM Festival Club

>>> 11.11.2018 (Sunday)

KINOTEKA Cinema (Palace of Culture and Science, pl. Defilad 1) – CINEMA HALL 4

10.00 – 12.00
THE GREAT FINAL OF FILM EDUCATION PROGRAMMES
screening of the films made during the workshops

  • International Film Workshops within the ERASMUS+ programme
  • 3rd Youth Reportage Workshops
  • “To był lipiec 1945” – programme of historical film education concerning events related to the Augustów roundup.

12.30 – 14.00
special screening
“THE SUN ISLAND”, dir. Thomas Elsaesser

14.15 – 15.15
workshop
LOW-BUDGET FILM DIRECTION
conducting: WOJCIECH SOLARZ

15.15 – 16.20
special screening
“OKNA, OKNA”, dir. Wojciech Solarz

19.30
FINAL CEREMONY

  • The announcement of the results of The International Short Feature Film Competition
  • The ceremony of Jan Machulski Polish Independent Film Awards
  • The final of 2nd edition Masovian Script Competition SCRIPT WARS

21.00
treat for accredited guests

21.30
special screening
INDEPENDENT MUSIC VIDEOS OVERVIEW