By decision of jury composed of: Thomas Renoldner (chairman), Svietlana Filippova, Teresa Glad, Cecilia Traslaviña, A Blue Room was awarded with Silver Jabberwocky - the second award in animation category at the 22. IFF ETIUDA&ANIMA (Krakow, Poland).
The film was awarded because it offers a strong reflection how memories work in a traumatic situation - as stated in the jury comment.
The winner of the Anima competition was Erlking directed by Georges Schwizgebel (Switzerland).
Here is a link to a list of all awardes films.
Posted December 11, 2015 10:19
Blue Room won a Silver Hobby-Horse (for the best polish animation) at the 55th Krakow Film Festival.
The jury chairman was Piotr Dumała. The film was awarded for finding exceptionally accurate visual means to express the metaphysical value of the human existence.
Posted June 10, 2015 11:39
I just came back from the Hong Kong IFF where "Blue Room" received a JURY PRIZE in a short film category. The jury consisted of: FUJIOKA Asako, Heinz HERMANNS and CHAN Chui Hing, Nose.
Jury’s comment: A single fatal moment extended in the life of the protagonist. This hand-drawn animation film transforms a simple four-walled room into a multitude of vehicles for memory travel using unexpected visual and audio aesthetics, assuredly expressing the depth of human trauma and personal experience.
Also recently my film was awarded in Bezons (France) at the Ciné Poème Film Festival where it received PRIX DE LA JEUNESSE. The jury members were Nathalie Guen (Winner of Laurent Terzieff 2014) and 7 youth.
Posted April 7, 2015 15:41
A Blue Room was awarded the French Television Award (Prix France Télévisions) equally with La maison de poussière by Jean-Claude Rozec. The award was presented at the Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand. Part of the award is a commitment of France 3 to buy my next short film. This is very good news for me.
Posted March 11, 2015 13:48
I recently returned from NEXT STEP workshop where, together with the other participants we have developed our feature film projects.
The workshop was organized by the Semaine de la Critique and Torino Film Lab. The participants were all the directors of short films that were presented at Cannes Film Festival in Cannes Critics' Week section.
My main consultants were: Julien Lilti co-scriptwriter of HIPPOCRATES, Fabio Grassadonia - co-scriptwriter and co-director of SALVO, Ewa Puszczyńska - producer of Pawel Pawlikowski’s IDA and Fabien Gaffez - Short Film Coordinator at La Semaine de la Critique. The workshops ware grat and very fruitfull for me. Big thanks to all the organisers and consultants!
My film, which I am currently working on is called Diamond, Whale and the Ornamet life. The film will be about the relationship between a father and a daughter in a context of a fairy tale about the nature of time.
Here's the poster.
HERE you can find an official catalogue issued for this occasion
And HERE is a link to the Semaine de la Critique website.
Posted January 4, 2015 17:08
"A Blue Room" received a Special Mention from the jury member Tess Martin at Aniamteka 11th Animated Film Festival in Ljubljana - Slovenia.
From the statement:
Dreams are notoriously hard to capture accurately in art. But this film depicts a strange, unnerving and surreal environment that convinces us we are in a dream, or a nightmare. But why the nightmare? The story unfolds so that we are given clues to the protagonist's plight without giving too much away, and yet by the end we are given a resolution that explains a lot of what has come before, making it a satisfying, if unsettling experience. Because of its ambitious and challenging storytelling choices, my special mention goes to A Blue Room by Tomasz Siwinski.
HERE you can find a list of all awarded films. The Grand Prix went to Ewa Borysewicz for To Thy Heart.
On the right I am publishing an interview done with me on the occasion of the festival.
Posted January 4, 2015 16:21
"A Blue Room" received an award for the best narrative short film at CutOut Fest in Mexico. It is the second award in Mexico after the special mention at the Guanajuato IFF.
Posted November 18, 2014 21:08
Blue Room has won the 2nd Award in Polish Short Films Competition at the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław (Poland).
The jury consisted of: Claudette Godfrey, Johan Oettinger and Olaf Möller.
From the jury verdict:
A walk through an interior landscape that can be seen as a pure flight of fantasy as well as a psychological study of a mind/soul in turmoil. An admirably crafted animation that makes it complex, multilevelled narrative move by means only this particular cinematic idiom knows. Which is to say: A prime example of harmony between form/technique and content.
Posted August 5, 2014 15:22
Blue room won the Prize for the Best Animation at 22nd Curtas Vila do Conde Film Festival in Portugal!
The Jury for Portuguese and International Competitions was composed by FABIEN GAFFEZ, VANJA KALUDJERCIC, JOSÉ MANUEL LÓPEZ, JOÃO RUI GUERRA DA MATA and PAUL NEGOESCU.
This is the Jury declaration: We welcome a universe of great artistic coherence. Only the animation cinema is able to give us this kind of visual emotion. But it transgresses the techniques of animation to deliver us cinema in a pure form.
Here you can find list of other awarded films.
And here you can find an interview with me done by Zofia Ścisłowska from polishshorts website.
Posted July 25, 2014 21:46
I am happy to announce that "A Blue Room" will have it's premiere on the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. The film will be presented on the Critics' Week (La Semaine de la Critique) section.
The selection committee for short film is composed by the French film critics: Fabien Gaffez (Coordinator), Pierre-Simon Gutman and Iris Brey. As part of La Semaine de la Critique’s competition, the film will compete for two Prizes: the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize and the Canal+ Award.
La Semaine de la Critique will organise also reruns in some cities in France and abroad.
Along with the text you can find the official film trailer and an interview done in Cannes.
Posted April 25, 2014 15:29
We have finished work on my new short film. The title of the film is "A Blue Room" and it tells the story of a man who wakes up in a room from which he can't escape. It is entirely animated in painting technique. The film is a French-Polish co-production - produced by Sacrebleu Productions and Se-ma-for. I would like to thank all the people who have made a contribution to the process of creating the film.
The premiere is announced for 2014. I'll keep you informed when this happens.
Posted February 3, 2014 19:41