On the penultimate day of the festival, awards were presented in the Okiem Młodych short film competitions for young creators, where in each of the competition sections (Feature, Documentary, Animation, Amateur), a three-person jury, composed of representatives of the world of film and art, chose their favorite. Additionally, viewers also choose their favorite among all the short films in four competitions (and this year there were as many as 41 of them!) and award the Audience Award.
In addition to the main jury, the films were also assessed by a local jury: the competition fiction films were watched by occupational therapy participants in Mokrzeszów, the documentary section local jury was composed of inmates from the Świdnica Remand Center, the amateur competition was watched by representatives of the Youth Council of the City of Świdnica – and in the Spektrum Competition, the only jury was the festival audience!
In total, nearly 20 awards and distinctions were awarded. The statuettes were made by the Zakwas Studio from Wrocław – this year, once again, they were created from original ceramic mass made from local raw materials and enriched with recycled building bricks from the remains of the former buildings of Lower Silesia.
Get to know this year’s winners and the jury’s justifications!
This year, the festival audience did not disappoint with the turnout and after counting the votes, the favorite films of Świdnica viewers were selected. In the Spektrum Competition, Backwards (Poland, 2022), directed by Jacek Lusiński, gained the greatest recognition. Second place went to the painting animation The Peasants (Poland, 2023) directed by DK Welchman and Hugh Welchman, which is this year’s Polish candidate for the Oscar. Viewers also appreciated the Japanese Monster (2023) directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu, which received third place.
visual virtuosity, inter-genre balance, unpredictability of the form, a convincingly presented world that, daringly created, refers to the traumatic reality.
The jury also decided to award a special mention to the film Warmth (Poland, 2023) by Klaudia Fortuniak, which, through a simple story, touches the cosmos of a mother’s relationship with her daughter, with a sophisticated acting by Ewa Skibińska.
A distinction also went to the film Piss on Patriarchy (Germany, 2023) by Lena Fakler for the efficient, as the title of the film says, “pissing on patriarchy”.
creating a film full of intimacy, modern film language, beautiful photos, refined editing and soundtrack. “Ramboy” is also an amazing portrait of “Generation Z”, a record of family relationships and dilemmas related to entering adulthood.
The jury also awarded a distinction for the short film entitled The Rocking Horses (Poland, 2022) directed by Marcin Lesisz, explaining theirs decision in this way: we were touched by the sensitivity in the presentation of the relationship between mother and daughter – an empathetic observation that shows that love can be stronger than harm. We were also delighted by the artistic skill of the heroine and her perspective, which makes us hope that one day we will all meet in MZtów.
The local jury composed of inmates from the Świdnica detention Center also decided to award the 2nd and 3rd prizes to titles from Sudan and Poland, respectively: Suddenly TV (Sudan, 2023) directed by Roopa Gogigeni and Matka/Polka (Poland, 2022) directed by Marcin Lesisz.
a film that deals with an extremely difficult topic, without succumbing to the temptation to make unambiguous judgments, and at the same time leaves us with hope.
The jury awarded honorable mention to the MISALIGNED (Poland, 2022) by Marta Magnuska for a hypnotic and minimalist drama for two actors.
individual film language and non-obvious, full of surprises, skillful use of an original form to present a simple story. The director used the universe to talk about the loneliness of a young man. This is original cinema at an international level that has enormous potential.
The jury also awarded an honorable mention to the Indian production To Ankur (India, 2023) directed by Nitya Sathian for its characteristic style, which in a short film form is a beautiful love letter to brutal imagination and a charming story of heart and mind.
a comedy film that is engaging from the very beginning and keeps you in suspense until the end. Full of twists and turns, with extremely eye-pleasing graphics.
The jury composed of representatives of the Youth City Council also awarded two distinctions: the first to Franciszek Przanowski for the film Grand Adventures of Space Cowboy (Poland, 2022), the second to Jakub Iglewski, Paweł Sopinka and Filip Doroszuk for the film Messed Up (Poland, 2023).