The second edition of the “Common Baltic. Short Film Contest” starts

The second edition of the “Common Baltic. Short Film Contest” starts

For a second time, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, acting under the brand, Pomeranian Film Foundation, Gdynia Film Festival and
Gdynia Film School announce a short film contest related to the identity
of the countries located by the Baltic Sea. The films that may be
submitted to the contest have to be 1-5 min long and touch upon the
theme of the Baltic Sea region – its culture, cultural identity,
history, society, transformation. The contest’s participants have almost
8 summer holiday weeks for preparing their films, which many
inhabitants of this region of Europe associate with the very Baltic Sea.

We encourage to take advantage of this time and reflect upon the faces of the Baltic Sea, its identity and the translation of this into the language of the film. The competition has an open formula – both professionals and amateurs from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland can participate in it. Submissions can be sent through the competition page on the portal until 25th August 2016.

During this year’s edition, four awards will be given: three winners will be selected by the Jury; the fourth award will be given by the Internet users. For the first time, an audience award will be given. In account of the great popularity that the competition enjoys, the Jury will conduct preselection – the preselected 10 final films will be available on the portal, where the Internet users will be able to vote for the film of their choice.

As dr Włodzimierz Pessel, PhD in Scandinavian studies, writes, “It’s been a quarter of a century since the Baltic Sea ceased to be a buffer (…). The great transformation of Central and Eastern Europe fulfilled the dreams of free flows and allowed the Baltic Sea to serve its natural function from a cultural relations potential standpoint – it is now an inland, regional basin, and so it is favourable to intense neighbourhood. Indeed, the Scandinavians and Germans call it a lake (Swedish ‘Östersjön’, German ‘Ostsee’), traditionally it is called ‘The Mediterranean Sea of Northern Europe’. It seems that this multifacetedness and multiculturalism has been brought back (…). The time has come for young and creative people, the film art adepts, to think of what it is actually that the seaside neighbourhood consists in. Does our Baltic world fulfil the “family Europe” demand submitted years ago by the Nobel-prizewinner Czesław Miłosz?”

This year’s jury is composed of:

  • Leszek Kopeć – the Jury Chairman – the Director of Gdynia Film Festival and the Board President of Pomeranian Film Foundation
  • Michał Oleszczyk – the Artistic Director of Gdynia Film Festival
  • Olga Wysocka – Deputy Director of Adam Mickiewicz Institute
  • Magnus von Horn – a film director of Swedish origin living in Poland. A graduate and lecturer of Łódź Film School. His most recent film, “The Here After”, had its premiere at the 68th Festival in Cannes and received two most important awards for the screenplay and directing in 2015 in Gdynia.
  • Jerzy Rados – Deputy Director of Gdynia Film School
  • Grzegorz Skorupski – a film expert of Adam Mickiewicz Institute

The awards for the authors of the best films will be given out in September during the 41st Gdynia Festival. The competition winners coming to the Festival at the invitation of the Festival’s organizers will have the opportunity to see the most recent Polish films and to participate in the full programme of the Festival. They will also meet the patron of the competition, Magnus von Horn, and participate in special directing workshops.