Announcement of the Jury
of the 20th International Catholic Film and Multimedia Festival “Niepokalanów 2005”
The 20th International Catholic Film and Multimedia Festival “Niepokalanów 2005” was held from 23rd to 29th May 2005 in Niepokalanów under the auspices of both His Eminence Cardinal Józef Glemp, the Primate of Poland, and the Honorary Committee. As it has been to date, the festival was also thought as a form of a retreat for both the authors of the presented programmes and the participants of the Niepokalanów meeting.
Apart from the films of home Polish production, this year’s festival also hosted films made in 20 other countries, namely in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, the Czech Republic, France, Ireland, India, Indonesia, Canada, Lithuania, Mexico, Madagascar, Russia, Slovakia, the United States, Thailand, Ukraine, Hungary and Italy.
Fifty-nine films were nominated for projection within the contest.
The Jury of the Festival membered the following persons:
Jan Szafraniec – the head of the Jury
Maria Jędrzejewska – the Jury secretary, art historian, theologian
Father Aleksandr Amialchenia (Belarus) – media expert, representative
of SIGNIS International
Eugeniusz Jachym – film director
Iwona Romanowska – radio editor
Wanda Różycka-Zborowska – film director
Antoni Zięba – journalist
Natalia Kandudina (Russia) – film director
Jerzy Ridan – film director
awarded the following prizes in the film categories:
4122 Moje życie dla niego
My life for him
directed by Ewa Świecińska, Cezary Grzesiuk
produced by TV Promotion Fortele, Warszawa, Poland; TVP S.A. Program I, Warszawa, Poland, 2004.
Always faithful. Always at His side. We all know the person of the Pope’s photographer Arturo Mari, whose photographs, decoratively framed, remind us of our encounters with Pope John Paul II. The film is a successful and truly interesting portrait of Arturo Mari – not only a great professional, but also a genuine catholic.
The First Prize – ex equo
4038 Portret damy – Karolina Lanckorońska
A portrait of a lady – Karolina Lanckorońska
directed by Paweł Woldan
produced by TVP S.A., Program I, Warsaw, Poland, 2004
for presenting a great Pole and a great lady, whose life was a constant streak of steadfast patriotism, love for her homeland, enormous courage and trust in God during the tragic years our Nation experienced.
and 4086 Śmierć na życzenie
Death by request
directed by Maciej Bodasiński, Grzegorz Górny
produced by Akwinata, Warsaw, Poland: Telewizja POLSAT, Warsaw, Poland, 2004
Every fifth death in Holland is caused by euthanasia, and 10% of them are executed without the patient’s knowledge and consent. The absurd motivation allowing for killing instead of eliminating suffering. “Death by request” is a shaking picture of the terminally ill who receive death instead of help.
Second Prize – ex equo
4082 Sudba Anny Ivanovny Abrikosovej
Anna Ivanovna Abrikosova
directed by Joao Cristo
produced by Studia “Otchij Dom”, Moscow, Russia, 2004
A Dominican nun Anna Ivanovna Abrikosova is an example of a person who does not allow the prosecution to break her, but just the opposite way – makes it a way for her heart to grow more stout thanks to the force coming from her unshaken faith.
and 4091 Fr. Justin Figas Beyond the Airwaves
directed by Joseph Wood
produced by Yes! Pictures, Mundelein; Father Justin Rosary Hour, Athol Springs, USA, 2004.
The life of father Justin is an example of the situation where own suffering effects in the great involvement in work for the others sake.
Third Prize – ex equo
4089 Swiatoj Serafim
directed by Tina De Egito
produced by Studio “Otchij Dom”, Moscow, Russia, 2004
A story of a saint person called “an earthly angel” and “a heavenly person”, whose life can easily serve an example for our contemporaries to follow and identify with.
and 4016 Anjeli
directed by Marek Polacek
produced by Lux Comunication, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2004
South Africa. St. John’s Mission, a Slovakian nun and African children suffering from AIDS. A shaking picture of the death of those tiny and innocent, and sister Franciszka among them carrying the gift of hope.
4076 Marie et Jean-Paul II
Mary and John Paul II
directed by Francois Le Roux
produced by Comite Francois de Radio Television, Paris, France, 2004
A film picturing the Pope’s banner “Totus Tuus” – the sign of special trust in the Saviour’s Mother.
4015 Kasih Sang Ibu di Perbukitan Menoreh
Love of the Mother in Menoreh Hills
directed by Isti Purwi Tyas Utami
produced by Studio Audio Visual Puskat, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2004
The people inhabiting the area of Menoreh Hills witnessed the revelation of Heavenly Mother, which made their town an oasis of faith for the pilgrims on their way to Jesus Christ.
Third Prize – ex equo
4102 My, Wy, Oni – Św. Joanna Beretta Molla
We, You, They – St. Gianna Beretta Molla
4103 My, Wy, Oni – Cud narodzin
We, You, They – The Miracle of Birth
directed by Urszula Sujka, Elżbieta Ruman
produced by TVP S.A. Agencja Produkcji Audycji Telewizyjnych, Warsaw, Poland, 2004
“We, You, They” is a story of pregnant women (lead by Saint Gianna Beretta Molla) who do not agree to destroy the lives of the children they carry in spite of the fact that by doing this they could save their own lives.
4075 Marthe Robin – La vie cachee
directed by Veronich Beaulieu – Mathivet
produced by Comite Francais de Radio Television, Paris, France 2004
A shaking portrait of a contemporary 20th century mystic whose great love for the Eucharist makes her a perfect example to follow by the contemporary Catholics who wish their lives be faithful to Christ.
4008 The Call to Fatima
directed by Thomas McCormack
produced by Euro Finance Group, Dublin 6, Ireland, 2004
The film covers the interesting narration and deep contents of the Fatima call which remains actual for the present and future generations.
4005 Anjeli, ktori zvestovali dobru spravu
Angels who brought the good news
directed by Peter Kubela
produced by TV Markiza, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2003
An interesting picture of angels who accompany every stage of human life as presented in art.
4047 Pavel, dobrodruh viry
Pavel, Adventurer of Faith
directed by Pavel Kubant
produced by Imago, Praga 2, the Czech Republic
An interesting example of the life story and reformation of Saint Paul presented in a cartoon. A counterproposal for popular cartoons – a one that does not destroy but builds up.
4031 Nad Jeziorem Malawi
By Malawi Lake
directed by Father Stanisław Rafałko
produced by Salezjański Ośrodek Misyjny (Salesian Mission Centre), Warsaw, Poland, 2004
A successful and optimistic illustration of the general sense of missions, which is the birth of good.
Nuestra Senora del Pueblito, un milagro de fe
Our Lady of El Pueblito, a miracle of faith
directed by Fernando Perez Valdez Godina
produced by Fernando Perez Valdez Godina, Mexico, Mexico 2004
The image of the Beautiful Lady, our Lady of El Publito appears among the pre-Columbian pyramids in Mexico and strengthens the Mexican people with faith, hope and love.
Third Prize – ex equo
4117 Każdy dzień w “Miłosierdziu Bożym”
Each day in God’s Mercy
directed by Magdalena Bromboszcz, Jacek Puto
produced by Magdalena Bromboszcz, Mikołów, Poland, 2004
“God’s Mercy” is the name of a disabled centre operated by the Katowice archdiocese Caritas. Here the disabled find the joy and sense of life.
4051 Franciszkanie w Śremie
The Franciscans in Srem
directed by Małgorzata Jurgowiak
produced by Program Katolicki “Pielgrzym”, Śrem, Poland, 2004
For an interesting and truly successful presentation of the history of post-Franciscan church in Śrem.
directed by Father Marian Szablewski CR
produced by Ottoway Theatrical Ensemble, Adelaide, Australia, 2005
For an interesting and full presentation of Christ’s Resurrection with realistic set design and bright costumes, all reflecting the dramatic atmosphere and lead the audience through the story of Resurrection.
4041 Powstanie Warszawskie – 60 lat później
Warsaw Uprising – 60 years later
directed by Andrzej Sapija
produced by Fundacja Filmowa Armii Krajowej (Home Army Film Foundation), Warsaw, Agencja Produkcji Filmowej, Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych, Warsaw, Poland, 2004
The Warsaw Uprising and its dramatic course as assessed by Polish and foreign historians. A good study detailing the dramas and problems of the generation fighting for Poland’s independence to the contemporary people.
4094 Masakra w klasztorze
A massacre in the monastery
directed by Krzysztof Żurowski
produced by TVP S.A. Red. Programów Katolickich, Warsaw, Poland 2004
The drama of the Jesuits sentenced to death by the Hitler soldiers. The collision of good and evil and a shaking “memento” for the contemporary.
4115 Magazyn “Raj” – Full Power Spirit
Paradise Magazine – Full Power Spirit
directed by Anna Płażewska
produced by Fokus Producers Co Ltd Warsaw, Poland, 2003
Young people seeking a relationship with God through break-dance and hip-hop music.
4040 Ukrywałem Żydów
I was hiding Jews
directed by Małgorzata Pabis
produced by Polskie Stowarzyszenie Nauczycieli i Wychowawców (Polish Teachers and Counsellors Association), Kraków, Poland, 2004
A flowing story denying the opinion that the Poles are anti-Semite, testified by the life of bishop Albin Małysiak.
SIGNIS International Prize
4029 The Cashbook
directed by Praveen Fenn, Nigel Vincent, Marina Patrao
produced by Whitelight Aproxm 8, India
A feature film showing how love and friendship triumph over the temptation to live easily and wealthily but with the help of magic. Young authors direct the message of the story to their peers. The film is produced with new technologies so it can be presented in the internet and on VCDs.
SIGNIS International Honourable Mention
4062 Cena życia
The price of life
directed by Father Andrzej Baczyński
produced by TVP S.A. Kraków Division, Program 3, Warsaw, Poland, 2004
Ordinary, but still unordinary. The Ulms, a family of 6 from Markowa are all killed by the Hitler soldiers for hiding 8 Jews. Special appreciation for the authors of the film for their effort to preserve the truth about those difficult years of war.
SIGNIS Belarus Prize
4034 Czerwony Kościół
A red church
directed by Krzysztof Kubiak
produced by TVP S.A. Telewizja Polonia, Warsaw, Poland
For touching the topic of Belarus. A closer view on what Polish and Belarusian history have in common on and the problems of the Catholic church in Belarus.
The Prize of the Franciscan Monastery in Niepokalanów
and the National Association “Knigts of Immaculata”
4138 Gwałtownik wiary – rzecz o ks. Franciszku Blachnickim
The man of faith – the life of Father Frannis Blachnicki
directed by Adam Kraśnicki
produced by Księgarnia św. Jacka, Katowice, Polan, TVP S.A. Katowice Division, Poland, 2005
The man of faith...is a film portrait of a person and his work – a portrait of Father Franciszek Blachnicki, a truly interesting and charismatic personality of Polish contemporary church, the founder of “Light – Life” Movement.
Special Prize of Bishop Adam Lepa
4067 Droga, prawda, życie
The Way, the Truth and the Life
directed by Lech A. Kujawski
produced by M.K. Production – Marcin Kunicki, Gdynia, Poland 2004
The film covers a very actual problem of manipulation in the media and can serve as an instruction for the young generation how to identify the way facts get misrepresented in mass media.
Special Prize of the Polish Association of Human Life Defenders
4135 Szansa na życie – Hospicja
A chance for life – Hospices
directed by Monika Jargot-Kędzierska
produced by Wytwórnia Filmowa “Dydakta”, Warsaw, Poland, 2004
For presenting one of the forms of building the civilisation of life, namely the work of hospices, where terminally sick patients receive medical and psychological assistance, and for supplying a positive alternative for euthanasia.