1. As one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world we condemn the killing of George Floyd, a black citizen of the United States of America. 2. The death of George Floyd is not an isolated issue—it is the result of years of oppression: from slavery through Jim Crow to the institutional racism of today.
Docs Against Isolation, an online event commenced on Friday, May 8, and held by the crew of the Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, ended on Sunday, May 17. The event attracted a whopping 16,500 participants and followers, sparking enthusiasm among the viewers—both MDAG regulars and brand-new fans. Our audience could watch movies from past editions of the festival, attend meetings with creators and experts, participate in workshops, listen to concerts, DJ sets, and lectures, as well as enter contests—all of it online.
“The Wall of Shadows” (“Ściana cieni”) – Eliza Kubarska and Monika Braid’s latest film – will compete for the main prize at the biggest documentary film festival in North America – the Hot Docs in Toronto! The film was selected for the main competition (International Spectrum) as one of ten titles out over three thousand submissions.
Millennium Docs Against Gravity is a festival which always places its viewers at the helm. Thus, we feel the urge to be both responsible and reasonable. Each year, we are visited by guests from around the world, we discuss with our spectators about documentary cinema and we broaden the horizons of our knowledge about the reality surrounding us. We cannot be mere bystanders watching as this reality unravels. It would be highly irresponsible in the light of governmental recommendations and the dynamics of the pandemic if we were to endanger our audience and guests by exposing them to a possible contact with the coronavirus. With regards to the abovementioned, after a period of intense consultations and meticulous analysis of the situation, we have decided to postpone the 17th edition of the Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival from May to September. The festival will be held from the 4th to the 13th of September 2020 in Warsaw, Wroclaw, Katowice, Poznan and Bydgoszcz. We will announce the festival dates in Gdynia as soon as possibile.
The Festival is going to reach yet another city and we already know the first hits of the Poznań edition of MDAG! The opening night film will be Boris Benjamin Bertram’s Photographer of War: its protagonist, acclaimed war photojournalist Jan Grarup, will meet with the Poznań audience on the opening night!
May is particularly important for us because that is when we get to meet you during our festival screenings. However we continue to work throughout the year, organizing film cycles to promote education and important social issues. They appear in various cities, giving a wide audience the opportunity to see festival (and not just festival) hits.
Over 92 000 people in six Polish cities – Warsaw, Wrocław, Gdynia, Katowice, Bydgoszcz, and Lublin – have attended documentary film screenings and associated festival events. Join us at the next biggest celebration of documentary filmmaking in Poland! the 17th Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival will take place on May 8-22, 2020.
The audience of the Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival have picked their favorite film and given it the people’s choice award known as the Documentary Warsaw Award. It is accompanied by a prize of EUR 2000, funded by the City of Warsaw. All the films screened during the Festival were eligible to win. Every viewer was able to vote and thus become a juror of the Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival!
The jury of the Main Competition of the 16th Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival in Bydgoszcz consisting of: Justyna Mazur, Emilia Walczak, and Mateusz Buława, having familiarized themselves with 13 competition entries, decided to give the Bydgoszcz ART.DOC Award of the 16th Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival and its accompanying EUR 1500 to… Tamara Kotevska and Lyubomir Stefanov for the film “Honeyland”! The film had earlier received the Silesian Grand Prix – the Award of the Marshall of the Silesian Voivodeship, and the festival’s top honor – the Bank Millennium Award.
We have learned the winners of the Katowice edition of the 16th Millennium Docs Against Gravity festival! The jury gave the Award of the Marshall of the Silesian Voivodeship and its accompanying EUR 3000 prize to “Honeyland” by Lyubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska. The film had earlier claimed the festival’s top honor – the Bank Millennium Award.
On 16 May, at Teatr Studio in Warsaw, the 16th Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival awards ceremony took place. But it did not mark the end of the 16th edition of the biggest celebration of documentary cinema in Poland – we still have a weekend filled with exciting films and events to look forward to in Warsaw, Wrocław, Katowice, Bydgoszcz, and Lublin. In Gdynia, the festival ends on 24 May.