Equation, Charon, and Tropical Island go to Gdynia - Film academy Poland - Cinematography, filmmaking courses in Poland

Equation by Mara Tamkovich, Tropical Island by Philip Hillesland and Charon by Paweł Hejbudzki have been selected to compete in the Young Cinema competition at the Gdynia Film Festival. 

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Gdynia Film Festival is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the country. Each year, the festival presents Golden Lions to the most celebrated Polish productions of the year (including the Oscar® winner Ida in 2013). The Young Cinema competition highlight the best productions from emerging directors.

Equation, dir Mara Tamkovich
Maria, strongly religious woman teaches math at the middle school. Her life is perfectly arranged, everything has it’s time and place, every action has appropriate way to be done and every misdeed has a punishment assigned to it. She used to follow the same rules 25 years ago, when she found out her beloved was divorced and had a son from the first marriage.
Poland, 2015 / running time 12' 6"

written and directed by Mara Tamkovich
cinematography Paweł Kucharczyk
editor Mara Tamkovich, Dominik Greinert
cast Aleksandra Padzikowska, Maria Kowalik, Jan Wojtyński, Eryk Pratsko, Maks Piasecki


Tropical Island, dir Filip Hillesland
A dramedy about social alienation and finding a sense of belonging. The main character Whitey – a teen albino – wants to get away from the large scale estate and escape to a place called Tropical Island. But escapes aren't usually easy, and the safe harbour might not be where we thought.

Poland, 2015 / running time 13' 20"

written and directed by Filip Hillesland
photography Jakub Burakiewicz
editing Malwina Wodzicka
cast Paweł Dobek, Mike Lipiński, Maksymilian Michasiow, Rafał Rosiak, Wafic Abon-Khadra, Oliwia Korzec, Wiktoria Korzec


Charon, dir Paweł Hejbudzki
An unlikely friendship develops between a disabled hospital worker and a patient awaiting abortion procedure. Charon is a film about choices and how much of what we do is really up to us.

Poland 2015 / running time 40'

written and directed by Paweł Hejbudzki
photography Wojciech Węgrzyn
editing Paweł Hejbudzki, Maciej Ślesicki
cast Adam Bobik, Ewa Ziętek, Edyta Bełza, Mariusz Jakus, Bartłomiej Morawski