This year 11 films will compete for the Magic Hour Award and 4 000 euros in the mid-length documentaries. Jury members: Monika Braid, Piotr Stasik, Marcin Kot Bastkowski. The award is funded by the Polish Film Institute.
Monika Braid is an independent film producer, who works on fiction and documentary films with international production companies and broadcasters. Born in Cracow/Poland where she completed her MA in Film Studies at the Jagiellonian University she has lived in the UK since 1995. She curated and organised numerous film festivals and film events in the UK and whilst working with the Polish Cultural Institute/London initiated, developed and programmed the Polish Film Festival, which is now an annual event in London. She is EAVE graduate. In 2006 she set up her own company Braidmade Films and in 2012 opened its outlet in Cracow. Her recent credits include HBO production K2 Touching the Sky (2015), Arte/ZDF film Waking Under Water (2014) and BBC documentary Wojtek – the Bear that Went to War (2011). The latest – K2 Touching the Sky has won the most prestigious mountain film festivals around the world: BANFF, MFF Graz, Kendal MFF and Vancouver MFF.
Documentary director and cinematographer. Half a year he spends in Warsaw, for half a year he travels. Graduate of the Wajda School and the Warsaw University (the Institute of Applied Social Sciences). Awarded at many international film festivals, like the ones in Padua, Los Angeles, Kiev, Wiesbaden, Perm, Aix-en-Provence and many domestic festivals. He wanted to become a farmer or a writer. He still may one day.
Marcin Kot Bastkowski
Polish film editor, a member of the Polish Film Academy and Polish Association of Editors, a doctoral student of the Directing Department of the Film School in Łódź. Awarded at the Gdynia Film Festival for his editing of ”With Fire and Sword” by Jerzy Hoffman, as well as at the Polish National Festival of Radio and Television Theatre “Two Theatres” in Sopot for his editing of ”Pielgrzymi” (Pilgrims), directed by Maciej Dejczer. Nominated to the Polish Film Award Eagle for editing of “Battle of Warsaw 1920”. A documentary by Hanna Polak “Something Better to Come”, which was edited by him, won over 30 awards at international festivals, like the Special Jury Award at the IDFA festival in Amsterdam, the Grand Prix of ArtDoc at the Art DocFest in Moscow, the main VIKTOR award at the Doc.fest in Munich and the Millennium award for best documentary at the Millennium Docs Against Gravity festival in Warsaw.