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Stilll Shot by Paweł Chorzępa

Short documentary directed by Agnieszka Elbanowska, co-produced by Impakt Film and Studio Munka.

The director of the Cultural Center of Aleksandrów Kujawski decides to organize a patriotic contest of regional “patriotic attitude.” The first step consists of selecting the jury which will be composed of representatives of different circles of the local community. The members of the comittee will include: the local mayor, a priest, a poetress, a apainter and a war veteran. There will be no formal constraints and the contestants will have to show creativity in chosing the form through which they feel their patriotsm transpires best. Together with the members of the committe we follow the selection process, the official opening and behind-the-scenes debates.

Aleksandrów Kujawski is a small town in Northern Poland. In XIX century, the times of the partition of Poland, it was the border town between two empires: Prussia and Russia with an ethnicly diversified community. Nowdays the city is entirely Polish with almost no minorities. If we were to definine what words “patriotic” and “Polish” mean this is where we need to start our adventure.


The film was awarded with jury’s special mention for Short Documentary at 35. Koszalin Debut Film Festival „Youth and Camera”. „Polonaise” qualified to Polish Short Films Competition at 16. MFF T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw and was selected to Best Shorts from Poland 2016 during 32. Warsaw Film Festival. Also the film qualified to Documentary Shorts Competition 2016 at 24. Camerimage International Film Festival, Bydgoszcz. „Polonaise” took part in two short film contests in February 2017: Zoom-Zbliżenia International Film Festival, Jelenia Góra and Festival Prowincjonalia, Września. Film took part in the International Competition at 47. Tampere Film Festival, Finland. „Polonaise” won 3rd award at 9. Short Waves Festival in Poznań, in short documentaries contest. „Polonaise” had an international premiere during the True/False Film Fest, Colombia. Also took part in Short Competition at Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer and took part in National Anthem Shorts Competition at 19. Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival in Israel. Lately „Polonaise” was awarded with a Special Mention by the International Jury of the 22nd It’s All True International Documentary Film Festival in Brazil! „Polonais” will take part in International Shorts Competition at 19. Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival

Winning award
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Agnieszka Elbanowska
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Paweł Chorzępa