ISFFO 2019

The Final Gala of the 11th International Short Film Festival.

It is worth keeping Saturday evening June 15 free to visit the Polish House in Dublin. At 7 pm the IFFSO 2019 Final Gala will begin. This is a unique festival that has been connecting fans of short films for eleven years.

I wonder why this festival is so special?
Why is it worthwhile to be at the Final Gala of the International Short Film Festival ODDALENIA 2019?

There are several reasons. First of all, the festival's repertoire consists of films that have been sent from various parts of the world. Films from Spain, India, Ireland and Poland will be presented this year. Both professionals and amateurs are fighting for the Grand Prix because it is open to every director. The selection committee chose the best movies. The final ten will be presented at the festival.

The international jury, chaired by Cóilín Ó Scolaí, will award and give prizes. Prizes are also allocated by the public through a voting system. This is a very important moment for many directors. For young filmmakers, this is a great incentive to start a new career path. However, for directors who have been making films for many years, it is often a confirmation that they have made good choices in their lives. And above all, it is a very pleasant experience. Even audience members get prizes at this festival. An Honorary member of the jury is Consul Katarzyna Kasperkiewicz.

The final gala is divided into three parts: film screening, artistic performance and distribution of prizes. This year, we focused on young or little-known artists. The Grand Prix statuette according to its own design was prepared by Wiola Rat, a second-year student at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Kacper Jaroszyński will participate on two different levels on the night. He will present a bodhrán made by himself and play a mini-concert on this instrument. In addition, he will be the official photographer of the festival. The walls of the Polish House have been decorated with the exhibition of Katarzyna Wołkowycka, a painter, animator of culture and an art therapist.

The festival connects film people, art lovers, but above all people of good will. Last year during the festival, we collected money for the renovation of the Polish House. This year, we are collecting money for the rehabilitation of Wioletta Szyłejko. In 2017, this young woman had a car accident. She was pregnant at the time. Despite the fact that she was in a coma, the doctors did a wonderful job in caring for her and little Natalia was born. After a long time, Wioletta also awakes from the coma. She is still in the hospital and a long rehabilitation is required. We, as the creators of this festival, want the hearts of our viewers to connect. During the festival, a special stand will be prepared, where you can buy books and drawings or simply make a donation.

The project is co-financed from the Polonia funds of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
Time and place:
Polish House, 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin2.
Saturday, 15 June 2019, at 7 pm
Entry fee: 5 Euro

ISFF "ODDALENIA" - "DISTANCES" 2019 - call for entries

International Short Film Festival "Oddalenia"

June 15, 2019

Submissions now open …

We are looking for studies, documentaries, reports, impressions, animations, music films...

Any form or subject is welcome. Duration of the film up to 15 min.

There will be prizes for the best work.

Entries by April 30, 2019

Polish Social and Cultural Association Dublin 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2, Ireland


The 10th International Short Film Festival ODDALENIA 2018

The 10th International Short Film Festival ODDALENIA 2018

The International Short Film Festival ODDALENIA has become firmly established in the cultural calendar of Dublin. For the past ten years, the ‘Polish House’ located at 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2, has been a place where one can see the latest short films from different parts of the world. The final gala of the Festival will begin on Saturday June 16th at 20.00
The International Short Film Festival ODDALENIA is the work of several people who have been organising this event with growing enthusiasm for many years. For the most part they are members of the Board of The Polish Social and Cultural Association in Dublin and people who empathize with both the film genre and the Polish House. The list would be long, but first, it is worth mentioning the names of the Organizing Commitee members. These include Barbara Bugalska, Aneta Dina Keder, Justyna Zidar, Gabriel Gargus and Tomasz Rydzek. Their creative energy and enthusiasm results in the festival being run every year with ever greater results. The initial creator and now coordinator of the project is Samanta Stochla.
The festival has two main goals. The first one is to promote Polish filmmakers and Polish film productions, in particular short film productions in the English-speaking environment. The second and much more important goal is to integrate the film environment regardless of state borders. This year we have received films from such countries as India, USA, Spain, Ireland, France, Poland and Germany. The audience will see 10 out of 21 submitted productions.
During the Final Gala of ISSF ODDALENIA 2018 there will be almost a two-hour screening of films, refreshments and a piano concert organised by Alastair Boles. On the evening two main prizes will be awarded: the Grand Prix of the Festival for the best film and the Audience Award. The jury, chaired by Eamonn James Norris, consists of international members. The Grand Prix statuette is an original creation designed and made by Samanta Stochla.
In addition, the International Short Film Festival ODDALENIA is run in conjunction with other festivals in Ireland. Films awarded prizes at our festival will also be screened at the Richard Harris International Film Festival in Limerick.
The project is also financed with funds from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and this year it is part of the PolskaÉire Festival.

Date, time and venue:

Polish House, 20 Fitzwilliam Place
Saturday, 16th June 2018

ENTRY Fee: 5 Euro

ISFF ODDALENIA 2018 Programme

  • 20.00 Opening
  • 20.15 Screening of the films
  • 21.45 Break time
  • 22.00 Piano Concert, Alastair Boles
  • 22.30 Announcement of the Jury's verdict and the audience vote
  • 23.00 Conclusion of Festival


  1. Lost Memories, Eamonn Murphy (Ireland)
  2. A good example, Leonardo Pérez (Spain)
  3. Maski/Masks, Wojciech Walkiewicz (Poland)
  4. Panic Attack, Eileen O'Meara (USA)
  5. A Very Irish Family, Emmet Kelly (Irleland)
  6. Bush Lizard, Laura Rembrault (France)
  7. EUSEBIO80, Jesus Martinez, Ivan Molina (Spain)
  8. The Lollipop Man, Danilo Zambrano (Ireland)
  9. Upir, Laura Rembrault (France)
  10. The Tragedy of Mr Chu, Teresa Bieger (Spain)
plakat festiwalu oddalenia 2018