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Zubroffka International Short Film Festival starts coming Wednesday in Białystok and Podlasie in Poland, and runs until the 9th of December. 76 short films from Poland and numerous other countries will be screened at the film festival in collaboration with film festivals such as Onedotzero, Dokufest in Kosovo, Queer Lisboa Film Festival, Reykjavík Shorts & Docs Festival, Japan Media Arts, Timishort Film Festival and Sami Shorts in Lapland (FI). There will be a good mixture of short films; fiction, animation, documentary and even music videos at the festival. Film screenings and festival events will take place in Forum cinema and Fama club and all film screenings are free, but guests have to pay admission fee for some events.
The festival is now held for the 7th time. Zubroffka International Short Film Festival is an;
open event not restricted by anything, respecting diversity and variety so characteristic for the region of Podlasie, it’s a place bringing together artists open to the WORLD, PEOPLE who have a sense of humour, who value NATURE and its products. The festival tries to provide a platform for exchanging ideas and thoughts, which will enable creative meetings of artists from eastern and western countries. Therefore we are visited by artists from Belarus, the USA, Latvia, the UK, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Germany, Russia, Poland, both professionals and amateurs.
Zubroffka International Short Film Festival is a competition film festival and awards are given in the following categories; Eastward Window (Best independent film from a country in Eastern Europe), Whole Wide World (best film from country outside Eastern Europe), Students (best film by Polish student), Amateurs (best amateur filmmaker) and Independent (best independent professional filmmaker), The Wild Bison Audience Awards and last but not least, The Białystok Cultural Centre Grand Prix; 2000 EURO.
The coming five days will be filled with films and fun in Białystok and Podlasie. The opening event is John Grieson’s DRIFTERS (1929) with live music by a British beatboxer and sound artist Jason Singh at Forum Cinema. Starting at 8.30 pm this is an opening event not to be missed;
Using vocal sequence techniques as well as transforming and sampling his voice, Jason creates ambient structures based on experimental atmosphere – a truly unique and original soundtrack conjured up with a human voice!
Other interesting events include photography exhibition by Russian documentary photographer Jana Romanova. Proof of Identity, is an exhibition focusing on the daily lives of modern Russians, 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union. The exhibition takes place at Cinema Forum throughout the film festival.
Lovers of plasticine have something to look forward to at the festival. Monika Kuczyniecka will moderate a plasticine animation workshop from 5th-8th of December at Suprasl/Liceum Plastyczne, Place Kosciuszki 1, admission 20 pln.
The awards gala & concert with Dr. Misio will finish the film festival with a bang. The lead singer of the band is no other than Arek Jakubik, a highly regarded Polish actor, screenwriter and film director. Other group members are Pawel Derentowicz, Mario Matysek, Radek Kupis and Jan Proscinski. The awards gala and concert is Sunday the 9th at klub FAMA, ul. Legionowa 5, starting at 18:30. Admission is 10 pln.
The program catalogue for Zubroffka International Short Film Festival can be found here and frequently post updates on their Facebook page. Docs & Film Festivals will be in attendance at Zubroffka so remember to follow D&FF on Facebook and on twitter – @DocsFestivals – for the latest info and pics from Białystok and Podlasie. See you there!