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.