About the festival

This year’s edition of the festival is a film protest against war and all violence. During the festival screenings on-screen and  on-line 40 short films will be presented – the films devoted to war, in the broad sense of the word, both to the events of war and its participants, as well as to “wars” that people and communities experience within themselves, or fight with each other in everyday life. The films, selected from among nearly eight hundred submitted from all over the world, will show war, violence and their sources, drawing the viewers’ attention to the enormity of suffering  which they cause. They will seek answers to difficult questions, to how war is “born”; where the “germs” of war hide – the sources of hostility, conflict, violence … military interference. What keeps the war going? What is conducive to the escalation of conflict, both in interpersonal relations and in the scale of international relations? What does war trigger in a person – a wide spectrum, from helplessness, through heroism, to betrayal … Is it possible to heal memory and wounds inflicted by war?

We will see war from the perspective of fighters and victims of struggle, from the perspective of children and people struggling with suffering and fear caused by war long after. Documentaries selected for the festival will shed light on the fate of nations that have struggled with war for generations and on their will to survive. Documentaries from bleeding Ukraine will make us aware of the enormity of evil done there. Some of the festival films will expose subtle violence where it is not noticed, and will draw our attention to its grim consequences.

From among nearly 800 submitted to the festival competition, 40 films have been selected. They will be screened in thematic blocks on September 22-23 at Museum of Independence in Warsaw, and on October 1-15 will be available online on the EDUKINO festival channel on YouTube.

Out of the 66 films selected for the festival, the international Jury of
the competition, chaired by Dariusz Regucki, will select the winners of
the main awards:

  • Golden Copernicus for the best short film about the war
  • Golden Copernicus for the best short film about the “war” waged on a daily basis
  • Golden Copernicus for the best documentary

and of

  • Special award for the best short film about the war in Ukraine

Rules and Regulations

JURORS

DARIUSZ REGUCKI

Independent creator, screenwriter and director, composer of theater and film music.
He has made over one hundred and twenty films in Poland and abroad: educational / feature (short  films), documentaries, fictionalized documents, full-length features. Author of unique and spectacular works such as composing and directing the “Cracovia est” oratorio – the main point of the celebrations of the 750th anniversary of the foundation of the City of Krakow under the Magdeburg Law. His recently completed full-length feature “The Guardian” is currently in post-production.

The conqueror of numerous awards, including:

  • Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in the category: artistic achievements-director, for the year 2020
  • Golden Copernicus at EDUKINO festival in 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Grand Prix at the Mundi 2017 International Film Festival: “History hidden in Chocolate”
  • 1st prize at XXXI International Film Festival i Multimedia Niepokalanów 2016 in the category: feature film for the film “God in Krakow”
  • 1st prize at XXX International Film Festival i Multimedia Niepokalanów 2015 in the category: feature film for the film “Karolina”
  • Award of the Chairman of the Jury of the XIV International Film Festival i Multimedia Niepokalanów 1999, for the script and directing the film “Daddy, I Need You”.

MAREK BRODZKI

Director, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker. Author – director and screenwriter – of the first screening of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Saga, the film and series The Witcher (2001), a story that is the basis of the most popular Polish video game …

A friend and longtime associate of Andrzej Wajda. He collaborated as a second director with a number of Polish and foreign directors: Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polański, Krzysztof Zanussi, Volker Schloendorff, Steven Spielberg, Marek Koterski, and Costa-Gavras. With Steven Spielberg collaborated on the film Schindler’s List (1993). He was also the second director of The Drama of Dresden (2005), which won Emmy Award.

He is the director and screenwriter of the series of educational films History in animated pictures, for which he was awarded the Golden Copernicus three times.

The educational cycle Jan Matejko – History in animated pictures is an attempt to present the key moments of Polish history in the form of cinematically “animated” pictures by Jan Matejko.

Poland Independent is the second installment of the series, which consists of ten screen adaptations of selected paintings and graphics, depicting events and characters related to Poland’s efforts to regain independence. The viewer can hear their conversations, as well as get to know the historical context of Poland just before the moment when all heroes froze, locked in a cage of time and in the frame of a painterly work.

JOHN MORATIEL

British editor of documentaries and drama for Film and TV. Has been editing for over twenty years, working on a wide variety of genres, such as documentaries, current affairs, drama, arts, wildlife, observational, science, food, rig shows, property, history, sports, education, American networks.

 

  • Nominated for three Emmy awards 2021 and winner of the Emmy award “Outstanding Video Journalism: News” for Taliban Country, Frontline PBS
  • Nominated Rory Peck Awards 2020 and One World Media awards 2020 for The Bullet and the Virus, BBC.
  • Nominated for Current Affairs – Home RTS awards 2017 for Exposure: Abused and betrayed- a life sentence ITV1
  • Winner of 2015 Rory Peck – Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs and of 2015 Best Documentary Award at UNAFF for Pakistan’s Hidden Shame. C4 True Stories.
  • Winner of Wincott Award For Television 2015 for Exposure: Fashion Factories Undercover. ITV1

  • Nominated for Current Affairs- Home RTS awards 2013 and winner of 2013 Emmy Award for Best International Current Affairs for Banaz: A Love Story. ITV
  • Winner of Best Specialist Factual BAFTA awards 2010, Best Science & Natural History, RTS awards 2009, and Best Popular Factual, Broadcast awards 2010 for Inside Nature’s Giants – Whale C4
  • Winner of 2003 George Polk award for Television Reporting for CUTTING EDGE. The Child Sex Trade C4
  • Winner of 2003 Wincott Awards for Business Journalism for The Money Programme Including Mortgage Madness.
  • Winner of 2002 IMZ Dance Screen award for The Dancer’s Body. BBC Arts.
  • Winner of a RTS Educational Television Awards 2008 for Syria: Refugee Lives-Iraqi Children Speak
  • Winner of Golden Copernicus at Educational Films Festival EDUKINO 2021 for the film Water Game

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Out of 750 films submitted from 84 countries around the world, 66 films from 28 countries qualified for the festival. They cover a wide range of aspects of war and violence. We present them below, combining them into loose thematic blocks. The festival screenings will last 80 or 90 minutes each. During one screening, we will show 2-4 short films. For more information, see the projection schedule.

FACING DEATH

ENDLESS RIVER
Edoardo Pera
Producer: Kadok
ITALY
15:00
DAWN
Aleks Katerynchuk
Producer: Warsaw Film School
POLAND
25:00
MEMORIAL
Azar Faramarzi
Producer: Azar Faramarzi
IRAN
20:00
QADR
Maytham Jbara
Producer: Purathu Film Production
CANADA
12:00

WHEN ALL YOU CAN DO IS FLEEING

FROM BURMA TO BANGLADESH
Mrittika Kamal
Producer: University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, Terracotta Creatives
BANGLADESH
20:00
ABBAS
Mustafa Gasmelbari
Producer: Julian Damm, Mustafa Zeyo
SUDAN
19:00
UNCLE SAEED
Mohammadhossein Bagherifard
Producer: Mohamad Mazroee
IRAN
44:59
UPROOTED
Konstantin Koval
Producer: UNHCR The UN Refugee Agency
UKRAINE
03:00

CHILDREN OF WAR

DÖNÜŞ
Ahmet Sami Kuriş
Producer: Ahmet Sami Kuriş
TURKEY
21:55
DOLL
Nasrin Golreyhan
Producer: Baran Film House
IRAN
12:20
WAR CITIZEN
Ahmad Zayery
Producer: Zakaria Zargany
SYRIA
45:00
WAR HASN’T ENDED YET
Дилшода Дилшода
Producer: O’zbekiston Republikasi Kinematiografiya Agentligi
UZBEKISTAN
16:06
MIRA
Amir Hossein Riyahi
Producer: Iran Film Port
IRAN
13:13
AYSHA
Cengiz Akaygün
Producer: InterFilm Berlin
GERMANY
12:53
MAZAR-BERLIN
Mostafa Koushki
IRAN
10:29
THE BELLY OF A HORRIBLE MACHINE
Marek Ułan-Szymański
Producer: Warszawska Szkoła Filmowa
POLAND
21:02
OPANG
Sanjay Bhattacharya
Producer: Techno India Group
INDIA
23:10
B FOR NAOO
Roohi Kashfi
Producer: National College of Arts, Lahore
PAKISTAN
24:52

POSTWAR REALITY

THE WIND GIRL
Dana Karim
Producer: Mariwan Ibrahim
IRAK
14:58
ANT AND HUMAN
Cevahir Çokbilir
TURKEY
Producer: Cevahir Çokbilir
12:00
ALEPPO: THE SILENCE OF WAR
Amir Osanlou
Producer: Mahadi Motahhar
IRAN
29:41
NOMAD
Emad Salmanian
Producer: Shayan Qezelbash
IRAN
10:00
JANUARY
Alisher Zhadigerov
Producer: Kazah National Academy of Arts
KAZAHSTAN
17:45
THE THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME MOM
Daniela Lucato
Producer: Daniela Lucato
ITALY
15:00

WAR IN UKRAINIE

ON THE FRONTLINE. FLEEING IRPIN
Michal Przedlacki
Producer: TVN
POLAND
57:24
LITURGY OF ANTITANK OBSTACLES
Dmytro Sukholytkyy
Producer: The New Yorker
UNITED STATES
11:44
SCHRON UKRAINA
Michael Murphenko
Producer: Michael Murphenko
UKRAINA
23:55
THE BORDER LINE
Guglielmo Brancatski
Producer: Marte Studios
ITALY
27:25
THE WAR INSIDE ME
Olha Mylkola Markul
Producer: Olha Mylkola Markul
UKRAINE
14:00

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

INDEKS AND RIFLE
Hanna Zofia Etemadi
Producer: TVP
POLAND
56:47
2005 NIGHTS AND DAYS
Andrzej Dudziński
Producer: Fundacja Kultury Zbliżenia
POLAND
49:37
OUR SHOP
Güzin Abraş
Producer: YIL Hacibara Izgara
TURKEY
33:55
SHUSI. AMENAIL TO
Mariam Yegoryan,
Producer: Patriotic NGO Marshal Baghramyan
ARMENIA
48:43

VIOLENCE THAT WE FAIL TO SEE

LA VIDA DE ALEX
Benny Terán
Producer: TM Factory Film Production
SPAIN
13.13
SARA
Roshanak Rezaeime
Producer: Fayard Film Group
IRAN
12:08
FIRST
Adam Hartwiński
Producer: Warsaw Film School
POLAND
26:38
MASZA
Krzysztof Chodorowski
Producer: Warsaw Film School
POLAND
12:37
LIKE ANY OTHER
Sergi González Ferná
Producer: Dionisia Films Lluerna
SPAIN
18:00
MOON UNDER MY FEET
Richard Soriano Legaspi
Producer: NNCA
PHILIPPINES
20:00
MY NAME IS DEKAN
Ala Hoshyar Tayyeb
Producer: Westga News C.D.O
IRAN
21:34
SON OF VULTURES Son of Vultures
Tuhin Saha
Producer: OM SuriaNarayan Associates
INDIA
20:00
LONELINESS
Azar Faramarzi
Producer: Azar Faramarzi
IRAN
56:47
InCONTROtempo
Manuel Amicucci
Producer: I Santi di Diso, L’impronta Nur
ITALY
13:11
CONTRA SPEM SPERO
Mykhaylo Ozerov
Producer: Mikhail Ozerov
UKRAINE
11:57
THIS WORLD IS WONDERFUL
Ahmoud Faris
Producer: Hmoud Faris
KUWAIT
12:34
THE LAST KNIGHT
Olexander Onufriev
Producer: The Marten
UKRAINE
12:11

AT THE ROOTS OF CONFLICT 

WAR vs PEACE
Aydya
Producer: Boiled Beans Pictures
INDIA
18:18
WALL OF SHAME
Michalis Katsouris
Producer: Michalis Katsouris, Natasa Papanikolaou
GREECE
30:00
FLOTANDO
Valentina Bifulco
Producer: Entulas Intercultura Associated Producers
ITALY
35:54
THE RANT MOVIE
Hadi Al Darwesh
Producer: Aldarwesh Production
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
22:45
MIRACLE IN HEAVEN
Golam Rabbani
Producer: Swapnajaal Films
BANGLADESH
25:25
I THOUGHT YOU WERE NOT WAITING FOR ME
Franco Acosta Rome
Producer: Lab//Kinoroom//2019
MEXICO
11:45
YUKTHI
Varadha Rasan
Producer: VJ Production
INDIA
40:15
JASMIM
Marcelo Zambelli
Producer: SKY Pictures
BRAZIL
11:45
DESCENDING INTO HEAVEN
Denis Kazantsev
Producer: AparTTeatr & ITVISURL
RUSSIA
20:00

WHO PULLS THE STRINGS

MIGRATION ROUTE TURKEY – BIELARUS – POLAND
Patryk Szczepaniak, Anna Borkowska-Minko, Piotr Czaban
Producer: TVN
POLAND
23:15
FALSE KING
Alex Bakhov
Producer: Hochenschule Macromedia, Studiengangs Film und Fernsehen
GERMANY
23:20
INITIATION
Dimitris Andjus
Producer: Creative Icon Films
GREECE
15:00
AZIZAM
Alci Rengifo
Producer: Santa Monica College & Enhanced Media
UNITED STATES
21:00
ONES AND ZEROS
Maksim Pinchuk
Producer: Maksim Pinchuk
RUSSIA
11:23
THE RIGHTOUS ONE
Maksym Tuzov
Producer: Kyiv National Theatre Cinema and Television University
UKRAINE
21:16
A MARTYR OF THE PEN
Alan Hamwan
Producer: K 88 Films
UNITED KINGDOM
10:00

LET THE PICTURES SPEAK

EXECUTION OF MEMORY
Gabi Bania
Producer: Gabi Bania
UNITED KINGDOM
10:00
LULLABY
Dilshat Rakhmatullin
Producer: Dala Animation
KAZAHSTAN
13:05
WHERE THE WINDS DIE
Pejman Alipour
Producer: Documentary and Experimental Film Center
IRAN
12:54
SEAGULL
Manne
Producer: YSITC
ARMENIA
20:00
THE ART & THE WAY
Tatiany Furuse
Producer: Tatiany Furuse
BRAZIL
15:52