On June 6, 2011 in Gdynia started the largest Film Festival of Polish movies. This year's festival will be held in the 36th time and will become a kind of summing up in the Polish cinema during the past decade. Program of the current film festival includes 12 films.
Art director of the current festival is the Polish critic Michal Czasinski, the chairman of the jury is Pawel Pawlikowski. The main prize of the Film Festival in Gdynia is the "Golden Lions". It is given to producers and directors in the nomination “Best Picture”. At the festival are awarded prizes for the best debut, as well as filmmakers, who made significant contribution to the development of cinema in Poland.
Last year's winner of the festival was the film "Rose" directed by Jan Kidava-Blonsky. It is a love story in the communist Poland in 1967, when the communists persecuted representatives of the "fifth column" - the Jews and the Poles, who were accused of anti-government conspiracy.
One of the most anticipated events of the festival in Gdynia should have been visit of the famous film director Roman Polanski. In Gdynia organizers had planned to give Polanski a prize for his lifetime achievement at the closing ceremony. However, in the last minute the master canceled his visit.
Festival in Gdynia will last from 6 to 11 June 2011. Its press center will be located on the territory of the Musical Theatre of Gdynia. Ticket price for the festival is about 19 zloty and multiple tickets for all films of the festival will cost 150 zloty.
Gdynia is a resort on the Polish Baltic Sea, which forms the famous Polish agglomeration "Trojmiasto" along with Gdansk and Sopot. All three cities are cultural centers of Poland and regularly host large-scale festivals. In addition to the festival, one of the most famous festivals in Gdynia is Heineken Open'er music festival, which will be held this year from June 30 to July 3.
During the festival portal privet-polsha.ru offers accommodation in Gdynia for individual holidays.