Hollywood, CA, October 12th, 2016—Today, the Polish Film Festival Los Angeles named Milosz Sakowski’s directorial effort GRANDMA’S DAY to be the winner of Bridging the Borders Award. The runner up, WHAT I WANT by Damian Kocur, took home the Cinema Without Borders Special Jury Award.
GRANDMA’S DAY is a funny heartfelt story that tells the tale of two desperate souls, one a young tough schemer looking for a quick couple of bucks to pay off a debt and the other a lonely bitter grandmother who faces eviction from her house. These two use and abuse each other to get what they want only to have their plans backfire on them. Soon they realize the real thing they needed all along was each other’s empathy and company.
This year’s competition was packed with memorable nominees’ each with their own unique talent and vision to share. The nominees for the Bridging the Borders Award were TENDERNESS by Emilia Zielonka, THE DOG CATCHER by Daria Woszek, LA ETIUDA by Martin Rath, THE GOODS by Joshua Crone, GRANDMA’S DAY by Milosz Sakowski, INKA by Monika Majorek, FIRST by Monika Majorek, LUNA by Filip Gieldon, EVIL DEEDS by Piotr Domalewski, A WORRIED MAN by Maciej Buchwald, BREATHE by Paul Kowalski, POST MORTEM by Jakub Wojcik, TOAST by Filip Hillesland, GREAT NEWS by Kuba Gryzewski, WHAT I WANT by Damian Kocur.
The Opening Gala and Presentation of the awards took place at the historic Egyptian Theater. Other notable award winners of the night include: Loretta Swit, who took home the Artist of Polish Heritage Achievement Award, Marta Nieradkiewicz and Agnieszka Zulewska, who won the Piotr Lazarkiewicz Award for young talent, Alicja Jasina, who won the Hollywood Eagle Animation Award for ONCE UPON A LINE, Marek Pawlowski won the Hollywood Eagle Documentary Award for TOUCH OF AN ANGEL, and last but certainly not least Marcin Bortkiewicz was awarded the Hollywood Eagle Award for his black and white feature WALPURGIS NIGHT.
Another Award handed out tonight was to our very own Editor in Chief, Bijan Tehrani, who was announced to be one of the winners of the Polish Film Society Friend of Festival Award.
Polish Film Festival LA continues on this week with screenings across the greater Los Angeles area. For more information on the upcoming screenings of these award winning films, please visit http://www.polishfilmla.org/wocms.php?siteID=9