The coastal city of Gdynia hosts the 45th Polish Feature Film Festival, regarded as the most important movie event of the year, promoting native film industry. This year, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event proceeds online.
A total of 14 titles representing a variety of the film genres compete for the Main Prize - Golden Lions.
The festival director Leszek Kopeć pointed out that due to the concerns of distributors and producers about the possibility of piracy, the number of films screened online has been limited.
Nevertheless, Mr Kopeć stated that although only a few films from the Main Competition will be available to watch online, Polish cinema fans will still be able to watch the latest Polish productions. There are several hundred to two thousand places prepared for viewers during the virtual screenings.
This year's Main Competition includes films of various genres and stiles, from animation - a film directed by Mariusz Wilczyński "Kill It And Leave This Town", through a hybrid combination of styles - “Magnezja” directed by Maciej Bochniak - to a crime story: "How I Became a Gangster, True Story "directed by Maciej Kawulski.
The group of movies competing for the main prize also includes those dealing with contemporary social problems, including: "Suicide Room. The Hater" directed by Jan Komasa, a Polish-Swedish movie "Sweat" directed by Magnus von Horn, "Never Gonna Snow Again" directed by Małgorzata Szumowska, and "25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komenda", directed by Jan Holoubek.
Historical films will also compete for the Golden Lions: "Zieja" directed by Robert Gliński and "The Master" directed by Maciej Barczewski.
Awards will also be presented in two other categories: the Short Film Competition and the Microbudget Films Competition.
During the festival, online meetings with filmmakers, concerts and debates devoted to Polish cinema are planned. More information can be found at www.festiwalgdynia.pl
The winners of the Festival will be announced on Saturday, December 12.