THE STONE – dir. Bartosz Kozera, 1st Prize | 7TH OF AUGUST – dir. Michał Bolland, 2nd Prize | IMPORTANT POLICE SHIT – dir. Andrew T. Betzer, 3rd Prize
THE STONE | dir. Batosz Kozera | PL | 2020 | 25 min
prod|pro Studio Munka scen|wr Bartosz Kozera ob|cast Katarzyna Herman, Irena Melcer, Andrzej Dębski, Andrzej Walden, Krzysztof Materna
After a disabled nun is miraculously cured by a common-or-garden stone, her Mother Superior moves heaven and earth to win the Vatican’s official recognition of the event as a miracle.
Screenwriter and director Bartosz Kozera has won national competitions for screenplays and theatre scripts and a Papaya Young Directors 1st prize (2016). He has also sold two full-length feature screenplays. He likes mournful satire and Iggy Pop.
2021 FAF Two Riversides, Kazimierz Dolny, Janowiec – 1st Prize, International Short Films Competition
7TH OF AUGUST | dir. Michał Bolland | PL | 2020 | 30 min
prod|pro Szymon Ziegler, Cecylia Jakubczak scen|wr Michał Bolland, Szymon Ziegler ob|cast Kamila Kuryło, Julia Marczuk, Kajetan Łukomski, Krem, Kalina
A homophobic tsunami engulfed Poland in 2020. The LGBT community became the target of an intense government campaign. The wave crested on August 7, when the community said enough, demonstrating on the streets of Warsaw in defense of an activist Margot. On that day, the power of rainbow solidarity clashed with brutal police aggression, resulting in the arrests of 48 participants of the protest.
He is a director and co-screenwriter of the documentary “7th of August”. His work is characterized by a balanced pace, breathing space for both the characters and the audience, the aesthetics of the image, and credibility.
2021 FAF Two Riversides, Kazimierz Dolny, Janowiec – 2nd Prize, International Short Films Competition
IMPORTANT POLICE SHIT | dir. Anderw T. Betzer | US | 2020 | 12 min
prod|pro Andrew T. Betzer, Lynda Meier, Daniel Cowen scen|wr Anderw T. Betzer ob|cast Eleanore Pienta, Armando Horsey
A group of police cadets are mercilessly hazed as they suffer through the worst day of their training, their hell day.
ANDERW T. BETZER
Filmmaker based in the New York area. His films have played many festivals including Cannes, Rotterdam, SXSW, Clermont Ferrand, Tribeca and NYFF. In 2008, short film “Small Apartment” won the award for Best Narrative Short Film at SXSW.
2021 FAF Two Riversides, Kazimierz Dolny, Janowiec – 3rd Prize, International Short Films Competition