3964 films from 123 countries, thousands of images and 55 nominated films! 

 

Fascination with the short films; independent and niche filmmaking goes back to the beginning of the cinematography. Enthusiasts appreciate the direct message and artistic qualities encapculated in this important type of the film industry; full of unconventional ideas and sensitiv to everything that surrounds us. Independent cinema is not based on the commercial rules and does not succumb to the pressures from mass audience. It does not require large financial resources or a team of professional specialists. The most important is the passion and the initial, often crazy idea.

 

Cultural peculiarities, breathtaking landscapes and pictures, the music and the world seen in its all diversity that mixes up in an international and cultural melting pot is what for years the Grand OFF Best Independent Short Films festival has attracted. Undoubtadely, the festival has become one of the largest initiatives to promote the independent cinema. 

This year, for the 12th time filmmakers have been awarded in 11 categories. The official announcement of the nominations of the latest edition of the Grand OFF Festival and the awarding of prestigious statuettes took place on December 1, 2018 at the Syrena Theater.

The award ceremony was a feast for the enthusiasts of the independent cinema, as well as an opportunity to watch films from the farthest reaches of the world. The main event was preceded by film screenings in the hall of the Academy of Fine Arts located on Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie Street in Warsaw.

 

The festival committee, rewards not only movies but also people for their contribution to the cinema industry.

 

This year three great personalities of the World and Polish cinema have been rewarded for their life achievements: Andrzej Seweryn and Andriej Zwiagincew.

 

The festival director, Witold Kon, praised cinemas and community centres that participated in a competition for the best organisers of movie screenings.

 

The winners were Monika and Piotr Kogut, the founders of the Book Quiet House and Andrzej Klucha for the Biłgoraj Center for Culture.

 

Among the many guests present at the ceremony, were the members of the 80-strong international festival committee, the filmmakers and special guests from the world of culture, representatives of embassies and the delegates from the City of Warsaw Council.

The Grand OFF festival was hosted by funny and capable Karolina Nowakowska and Tomasz Gęsikowski, supported by resilient Olivia who helped hand the statuettes to the winners.

The beautiful setting of the event kept the audience mesmerrised. Agnieszka Flis with an unusual arrangement of playing the violin and MultiVisual with a spectacular laser show accompanied her performances during the entire award ceremony.

We would also like to mention that the President of the City or Warsaw Council, Hanna Gronkiewicz Waltz, took the honorary patronage over the Festival. We would also like say special thank you to the Capital City of Warsaw, Ministry of Culture and Science, Mazowsze Marshal's Office of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship in Warsaw and the Polish Film School Institute for helping us to enjoy the festical for the 12th time. The main partner of the Festival was Telewizja Kino Polska and Filmoteka Narodowa, Network of Studio and Local Cinemas, Syrena Theater, Mercure Hotels, Vinstone, Third Age University of Warsaw University of Technology, Jaguarec, Legal Culture, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. 

 

The media support was provided by KINO, Polish Radio RDC, Ignaś TV and Superstacja. 

 

The winning films from the Grand OFF festival will be shown in nearly 100 cinemas scattered throughout Poland over the first few months of 2019.

Information about the shows will be posted in the "News" tab and the Grand OFF fanpage. On behalf of the filmmakers, festival director Witold Kon, the Cinema Art Foundation and the entire Grand OFF team we would like to invite everybody to join us during the exciting screenning events over the next few months.

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