The authors of the winning films were announced during the Closing Ceremony of the 16th edition of the Tofifest IFF. “Girl” by Lukas Dhont turned out to be a true hit of the festival and a winner of double awards.
The “Energy of Film Music” concert added splendour to the ceremony that ended the 16th edition of the Tofifest International Film Festival. The hall was vibrant with the film music classics from 1930s and 1940s, as well as songs taken from contemporary films, but repacked in new and often quite surprising arrangements. The whole music event was managed creatively by Bartek Staszkiewicz
GG, i.e. “Good Game”, is an acronym used to express appreciation among fans of computer games, after finishing a game. This phrase is also important to Alex “Koss”, title gamer from the film by Oleg Sentsov. On Friday, after the screening of the film in the Rebels section, the audience had an opportunity to meet with Olga Zhurzenko, a co-producer of the film.
With Tofifest being a rebellious festival, Wojciech Smarzowski is certainly one of those filmmakers, who simply must be included in it. In 2016, he won a Golden Angel for Artistic Insolence, and not long ago made “Clergy,” one of the most controversial Polish films in recent years. He came to Tofifest in the company of screenwriter Wojciech Rzehak.
The Opening Ceremony of the TOFIFEST Festival is always the moment of awarding Golden Angels, the awards given for artistic insolence. This year, the winners of this award included not only Arkadiusz Jakubik, Marian Dziedziel, or musician Wojciech Waglewski, but also Jafar Panahi, a film director from Iran. His daughter, Solmaz, came to Torun to accept the statuette on his behalf.
The 16th edition of the Tofifest International Film Festival has started. The following artists received special Golden Angel Awards, during the Opening Ceremony: Marian Dziedziel, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Wojciech Waglewski, and Jafar Panahi. The ceremony was accompanied by a concert performed by Steve Nash & Film Orchestra
Crowds of people gathered in the small hall at the Cultural and Congress Centre Jordanki, in the first evening of the festival, to attend a meeting with one of our special guests. Arkadiusz Jakubik, this year’s winner of a Golden Angel for Artistic Insolence, was eager to answer questions from journalists and the audience. Not all of them were about “Clergy” by Wojtek Smarzowski, mind you.
This kind of a surprise was impossible to keep, one would think. Nevertheless, TOFIFEST, a festival that cannot exist without rebellious artists, did that. Wojtek Waglewski was genuinely surprised, when walking up the stage to receive an award for artistic insolence. There are but few, who have the courage to find balance between the stage and a film set.
The Tofifest IFF is a celebration of the cinema that gets under your skin, irritates, sometimes hurts, but above all leaves a mark and stays in your head for long. These are the types of films that I invite to Torun. Some of them are still with me, although I saw those even months ago. I am certain that they are going to stay with the audience for more than just a moment, too, says Kafka Jaworska, who has personally selected seven films she considers to be the toughest competitors.
On 10th October, a press conference dedicated to the 16th edition of the Tofifest IFF took place at the Kubrick Club, during which the highlights of the programme became public knowledge. We have revealed the 12 films to compete in the On Air main competition of the festival, all members of the juries, as well as the guests who are going to come to Torun this year.
The Energy of Film Music concert will close this year's edition of the Tofifest International Film Festival. Gaba Kulka, Ten Typ Mes, Justyna Swies, and Buslav will perform on stage, presenting re-interpretations of the evergreens which Polish filmmakers have always been so fond of, under the creative direction of Bartek Staszkiewicz, who has rearranged the songs for this particular occasion.
The very first Polish screening of “My Brilliant Friend” series released by HBO, on the big screen, is certainly going to be one of the highlights of the 16th edition of the Tofifest IFF. You can see it on 26th October, in Torun. The series will be released on HBO and HBO GO on 19th November.
Great masters of cinema and talented novices, intimate dramas and epic films spanning long periods of time, winners of prestigious film festivals, and ferreted out discoveries – this is the From Poland competition of the 16th edition of Tofifest, in a nutshell.
Magdalena Lazarkiewicz, Michalina Olszanska, Anna Zamecka, Marcin Bortkiewicz, and Marcin Sauter are going to sit on a jury for the Shortcut Competition at Tofifest. They will select the best films out of the thirty candidates qualified for this competition. Thirteen of them will have their Polish premières during the festival.
For many long years, TOFIFEST IFF has reacted to the problems that torment cinema. So far, filmmakers from such war zones as Syria or Ukraine have presented their film work, and we have seen films from the turbulent country of Armenia. This year, Tofifest is going to show solidarity with film directors, who are paying a high price for the rebellious nature of their work, i.e. Oleg Sentsov, Kirill Serebrennikov, and Jafar Panahi.
It will already be the third year in a row that the Tofifest IFF starts with a film music concert. Coming to Torun to add splendour to this event will be Wojciech Waglewski, an icon of modern Polish music, Anna Rusowicz, a singer experimenting with all kinds of vocal arrangements, and Tulia - a phenomenon of 2018, which stormed the Internet with their adaptations of songs by Depeche Mode and Dawid Podsiadlo translated into folk music. The entire event will be directed by Steve Nash
IFF Tofifest opens call for submission of films for the 16th International Film Festival Tofifest. You can win Golden Angel Awards in two main international competitions. Deadline passes on August, the 31st. The 16th edition of IFF Tofifest will take place from the 20th to the 28th of October in Toruń, Poland.