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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.