Spotlight on Women Filmmakers at Toronto’s 10th Polish Film Festival


Spotlight on Women Filmmakers at Toronto’s 10th Polish Film Festival

The abundance of talented women filmmakers at this year’s 10th Toronto Polish Film Festival is no accident by programming.  This year’s selection of impeccable and current Polish film just so happens to be dominated by top class women directors.

Olga Chajdas will start off the fest as the first woman directed Polish film on the bill, November 5th, with her LGBT story about a contemporary love triangle, NINA.  915pm at Isabel Bader Theatre, Co-Presented by Inside Out LGTB Festival.

Thursday, Nov 8th at 630pm, we will be screening the Cannes nominated and 43rd Polish Film Festival winning psychological-thriller Fugue by director Agnieszka Smoczynska. Co-Presented by Bechdel Tested.

Following Fugue, on Thursday at 9pm will be a double woman filmmaker review with the short film The Lake by director Catherine Kasima Kanda and then the art-house feature My Friend the Polish Girl by Ewa Banaszkiewicz and her partner Mateusz Dymek.

Friday, November 9th, presents a block of short films, which includes films by Local Canadian-Polish talent, Sofia Bohdanowicz (Trilogy of “A Prayer”, “An Evening” & “AnotherPrayer”) and Gaby Henderson (writer and main actress in “How to Fall”).  Followed by Polish young director Hanka Brulinska (“Running Toward Thou”).


NINA dir. Olga Chajdas

Fugue dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska

Fugue dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska


Polish-Canadian director Sofia Bohdanowicz

Friday at 830pm we are screening Malgorzata Szmowska’s latest Mug. Mug won the Silver Bear at this year’s Berlinale.

On Saturday Nov 10th, we have our annual High Park Library Screening of Shorts which include filmmakers Emi Buchwald (“Heimat”) and another local talent Monika Kalicki with You Are What You Eat.

Saturday includes Award Nominated Actress Bozena Stachura coming all the way from Poland to answer questions in a Q&A to discuss her performance in A Cat with a Dog (dir. Janusz Kondratiuk).

November 10th is also a big day as we are screening Back Home by Magdalena Lazarkiewicz, a very important film which discusses the issue of human trafficking. This film is Co-Presented by The Human Rights Film Festival & JAYU.

The Human Rights Film Festival JAYU are also Co-Presenting Pardon which will be opened by the short film Deer Boy by director Katarzyna Gondek. Award Winning Costume Designer of both Pardon & Deer Boy, Monika Onoszko,will be in presentation after the screenings for a Q&A with the audience.  

Mississauga screenings include: Plan B by director Kinga Dębska, a double screening with short film The Leader directed by Katia Priwieziencew and a second screening of Agnieszka Smoczynska’s Fugue


Actress Bozena Stachura


Back Home dir. Magdalena Lazarkiewicz


Plan B dir. Kinga Debska

Leader Dir. Katia Priwieziencew

Leader dir. Katia Priwieziencew

For more INFORMATION on Toronto’s 10th Polish Film Festival see the Schedule HERE.