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The Lodz Culture Center, Cinema – entrance free, Łódź, 18 Traugutta Street


WEDNESDAY 7.06.2017

1st competition viewing 10:00-12:05

Im Zauber der Wildnis: Island's Vatnajökull National Park

dir. Besnd Reufels
photo Tiemo Fenner
sound Hardy Hergt, Stefan Horst
prod. ZDF Mainz

In Iceland`s Vatnajökull National Park, a film crew accompanied a ranger, explorers and adventurers “behind the scenes” for a year. Iceland`s largest national park lures with fire and ice. It is a young park of superlatives: The Dettifoss is one of the largest waterfalls on the continent. The glacier ice is piling up about 900 meters over most active volcanoes. Hot lava and thick ice meet each other directly. The landscape at Vatnajökull is constantly changing. Founded in 2008, it is one of the youngest national parks of our Earth and one  of the most fascinating.

dir. Constance Joliff, Daphne Durocher, Fanny Lhotellier
photo Mathias Rozpendowski
sound Victoire Joliff, Olivier Michelot
Prod. Ecole Georges Méliès

A small bee, allergic to pollen, discovers an extraordinary product that will dramatically impact the life of the hive…

dir. Andrzej Mielczarek, Jarosław Samsel
photo Andrzej Mielczarek, Jarosław Samsel
sound Andrzej Mielczarek, Jarosław Samsel

The film displays the role of forest and wetland areas in the water circulation process and in the preservation of biodiversity. Pomeranian marshes are the refuge for many endangered species of animals and plants. Their fate depends on the survival of those refuges in as unaltered form as it is possible. In Pomerania, as well as in other parts of the country, we need more and more active forms of nature protection in order to protect those regions from the ongoing climate changes and the anthropopressure process.

dir. Lubomir Viluda - Ivan Krsiak
photo Lubomir Viluda
sound Ivan Krsiakprod. PASTIERSKY FILM

Mysterious hooks, rocky monuments – mighty remnants of ancient volcanic activity, forests and ancient woodlands, upland hay meadows and pastures and man-calluses. Sweat, but also sincere joy and above all the pride of those who live on this charming piece of land. All that is Polana! In spite of its fame, it has retained its intimate character for centuries. Documentary film about Polana Biosphere Reserve shows a place which can serve as an example of sustainable life, acceptable balance and a mutually beneficial relationship between man and the natural environment


2nd competition viewing 12:15-14.30

dir. Szabolcs Mosonyi
photo Szabolcs Mosonyi
sound Attila Mátyás Merkaba
prod. Erika Bagladi


The migration of plants and animals. Their spread is a natural phenomenon that has always existed. These days, this process is accelerated and living creatures can come from one continent to another in almost no time. Many species arrive. Most of them will disappear without a trace. However, some of them will start reproducing…
The non-native animals are hiding – in the canopy, in the soil, in the water – for decades without being noticed. Unlike them, the representatives of flora conquer in plain sight. Widely spread plants appear mainly in disturbed areas such as abandoned fields, ditches, coasts and on the sites of clear cut areas. From there they spread to the surrounding natural grasslands, forests and groves. Some of them got here accidentally, while others were brought on purpose.
Invasive species occupy the habitat, demand food and carry diseases.
The native wildlife is facing major challenges 

dir. Krzysztof Kubik
photo Krzysztof Kubik
sound Krzysztof Kubik
prod. Karolina Mazur

The film tells the story of the dipper, whose survival is interlined with the constant change of seasons. The hero of our story, whose natural habitat is the forest and the river, shares his environment with other bird species, such as the robin, the blackbird or the kingfisher. Surrounded by the sounds of the river, the dipper and his neighbors follow the rhythms of nature – they mate, they nest, they feed. However, the nature is not always that calm and idle. Amongst the shadows, the threat is always present.

dir. Tadeusz Baraniecki
photo Tadeusz Baraniecki
sound Dawid Moroz
prod. Tadeusz Baraniecki

This short movie introduces one of the largest forest inspectorates in the country – The Elbląg Forest District. The film is focused mainly on the life vibrating in the forests of the Elbląg Upland and the Wisła Sand Spit. It also shows the man – the tourist, the forester, fulfilling the goals of the balanced forest economy.

dir Jan van IJken
photo Jan van IJken
sound Jan van IJken
prod. Jan van IJken

Short film about „murmurations” – the mysterious flights of the Common Starling. It is still unknown how the thousands of birds are able to fly in such dense swarms without colliding. Every night the starlings gather at dusk to perform their stunning air show. 

Because of the relatively warm winter of 2014/2015, the starlings stayed in the Netherlands instead of migrating southwards. This gave the filmmaker Jan van IJken the opportunity to film one of the most spectacular and amazing phenomena on Earth. 

dir  Piotr Socha, współpraca: Katarzyna Kotula, Paulina Ibek
photo Maciej Dźwigaj, Maciej Mroziewski, Michał Cich
sound Jakub Gawryl, Przemysław Gawryl
prod. BM Production, koprodukcja: Podkarpacka Komisja Filmowa

The main character of the movie is habilited doctor professor Luke Łuczaj – polish ethnobotanist, popularizer of Polish nature, known for his many publictions on the topic of wild edible plants.

He works as lecturer for the Institute of Biotechnology of the University of Rzeszów and builds his Wild Garden in Pietrusza Wola – town located in Dynawskie Foothills. In the 17-hectare garden, he grows dozens of species of wild plants, mushrooms and herbs.

dir. Maciej Pawlenia
photo Maciej Pawlenia
dźwięk/sound Emilian Proro
prod. Wytwórnia Materiałów Filmowych Magdalena Pawlenia

Over the years the way we perceive forests has changed – in the past, the forests just were there and we took whatever we needed from them without considering the future consequences. In time, a new approach has been developed – forest economy, which concerns matters such as the proper usage of wood. Even though we live in an era of glass, aluminum and modern technologies, we still need wood. Surprisingly, the more modern is the technology, the more wood it requires. Poland is the leader in the subject of renewal of forest areas and proper management of forest resources.


3rd Competition Viewing 15:15-17.35

dir. Zbigniew Bączyński, Monika Zawadzka
photo Józef Romasz
sound Katarzyna Szczerba
prod. Wytwórnia Filmów Oświatowych Sp. z o.o.

The headline Caddis, related to butterflies, seems to be common. Meanwhile, it is an evolutionary phenomenon, one of the most extraordinary creatures on Earth - exceptional through its genetic code to broaden its organism by building a case. It lives in the river, backwaters and streams. It is a natural water purity sensor. Sensitive camera gradually uncovers usually unnoticeable, fragile beauty of the world of the Caddies. This film is a journey into the nature, towards the mystery of life.

dir. Roman Wasiluk                            
photo Roman Wasiluk
sound Roman Wasiluk
prod. East Film Roman Wasiluk

Due to an unexpected crash, moonshiner Arek loses his product – sugar and water. The water spills across a forest road, forming a puddle. The ground doesn`t let the water sink in, so the puddle does not dry for a long time and continues to bring joy to the forest birds.

dir. Marek W. Kozłowski
photo Marek W. Kozłowski, Tomasz Michałowski
sound muzyka: Michał Lorenc, zgranie: Dominika Kotarba
prod. Ośrodek Rozwojowo-Wdrożeniowy Lasów Państwowych w Bedoniu

The original movie of Marek W. Kozłowski shows the the beetles of the Polish forests in the full majesty of their primal beauty. It also includes rare species of beetles that have been awarded the Nature 2000 status.

THURSDAY 8.06.2017

4th competition viewing 10:00-11:00

(screening for children)

dir. Regina Sawicka
photo Marcin Kustra
sound Marcin Matysiak
prod. Multimedia Bank

„Bilberry the Dwarf travels to see the world” is the next chapter of the adventures of domestic dwarf Borówka. In the previous series, “The travels of Bilberry the Dwarf”, the dwarf introduced various ecosystems to the youngest viewers. 

In the second part – “Bilberry the Dwarf travels to see the world” – he explains the definitions and importance of National Parks, Landscape Parks and Nature Reserves. The dwarf also talks about the variety of Polish nature and explains the role of forests and the need to protect them. In three films we will get to know the Białowieża National Park, the Iława Landscape Park and the Dębina Nature Reserve.

dir. Regina Sawicka
photo Karol Skierski, Marcin Kustra
sound Marcin Matysiak
prod. Multimedia Bank

„The troubles of the Weather Spirits” is a series of 10 films for the youngest viewers. It explains the problem of the climate change. The films show and explain the main reasons of climate change and the methods to reduce the negative impact of men and civilization on the climate. Additionally, the films explain the great role of forests, peat bogs and plants – even household plants – in the climate protection.

Weather spirits are four little ghosts: Cloudy, Warmy, Frosty and Windy (animated characters). They get help from professor Variable.


5th competition viewing 11:15-12:45

dir. Ryszard Ferenc
photo Ryszard Ferenc
sound Ryszard Ferenc
prod. Ryszard Ferenc

„End of sleeping” is a film impression which approaches the subject of intimate relations between various insects living together in a jasmine bush. The film was produced in outdoor conditions, without altering the natural habitat of the insects.

dir. Dariusz Siwierski
photo Dariusz Siwierski
sound Dariusz Siwierski
prod. Dariusz Siwierski

The movie introduces a small part of the vast variety of nature forms of Ponidzie of Świętokrzyski Region between the towns Chęciny and Wiślica.
Wild enclosures hide many species of animals and plants. Some of those species are well-known, others – not so much. Each year, the number of those species falls. What makes this unique environment worthy of the special protection? 

dir. Alicja Grzechowiak
photo Roman Wasiluk
sound Piotr Dzienis
prod. Telewizja Polska Oddz. w Białymstoku

„Witch” is a documentary which portrays Agnieszka Zach – the barefoot guide of the Biebrza National Park. Agnieszka has an unique contact with nature and knows probably all there is to know about it. Tourists call her the Biebrza Witch. Without fear or concern, you can follow her into the Biebrza marshes. She is welcome both in the middle of the forest and in the houses of Podlasie. She can take you to the places where moose search for food and to places where cranes argue over their territory. 


5Ith competition viewing 12:55-14:45

dir. Erik Baláž
photo Jozef Fiala, Adam Baštek, Karol Kaliský
sound Michal Novinski, Lukáš Kobela, L’uboš Bernáth
prod.  Erik Baláž – Arolla Film s.r.o.

Like in the Noah`s Ark floating in time, the chamois – along with other arctic inhabitants - have been present in the Tatra Mountains for over ten thousand year. In this alpine environment a man is still just an occasional guest. Thanks to this, the Tatra Mountains are still a very unique island of wildlife.

The headline life in the clouds is full of contradictions. Fragile young chamois look like they do not belong to this harsh environment, but they are, in fact, perfectly adapted. During the summer, the area is also visited by bears and deer, whose fates are unexpectedly intertwined during the deer rut.
The biggest challenge in the life of a chamois is the winter, which lasts here for over half of the year. Deep snow, storms, avalanches, starvation and predators hunting for weakened animals make their lives significantly harder. The winter kingdom of the chamois is also visited by one of the most mysterious mountain creatures – the lynx. 

dir. Maciej Raczyński
photo Maciej Raczyński
sound Maciej Dolacki
prod. Maciej Raczyński

If there was a film genre such as nature thriller, „The Carrion” would certainly be a part of it. A crime scene and four suspects: a sparrow-hawk, a raven, a buzzard and a goshawk. 

dir. Dr. Birgit Hermes 
photo Joachim Giel, Rozle Bregar, Frank Liedtke, Michael Garrett, Goran Safarek
sound Michael Hofmann-von-Kap-herr, Dirk Hans, Robert Meißner
prod. ZDF Mainz

Untouched and wild. River landscapes – in many places they are things of the past, but not in the Balkans. In these days, hydropower stations are threatening to destroy this natural treasure. More and more people refuse to accept it any longer. They are fighting to preserve the last untouched river landscapes. 

dir. Bogusław Sępioł
photo Bogusław Sępioł
sound Bogusław Sępioł
prod. Bogusław Sępioł

The movie presents The Swine Mountain Forest Strict Protection Reserve. The wilderness of the Swine Mountain has been preserved in the heart of the largest group of Suchedniowsko-Biżyńskie Forests in Świętokrzyski Region. The uniqueness of this place is a rare example of glorious, peaceful functioning of a natural forest. The film presents the vast variety of organisms present in the Reserve – from small insects to wolves. 


7th competition viewing 15:00-17:30

dir. Erik Baláž
photo Jozef Fiala, Adam Baštek, Karol Kaliský
sound Michal Novinski, Lukáš Kobela, L’uboš Bernáth
prod.  Erik Baláž – Arolla Film s.r.o.

Over the last thousands of years, the European landscape changed more than you can imagine. We have dried the wetlands, regulated the rivers, cut down or altered the forests and wiped out the large animals.

Yet, there is one place that has hardly changed. From the rocky ground under the Krivan Peak in the Tatra Mountains grows the immortal forest.

dir. Piotr Topiński
photo Piotr Topiński, Zuzanna Kaczyńska
sound wykorzystano nagrania archiwalne Orchestra Filharmonica di Roma, RCA z 1960 r.
prod. Piotr Topiński

The film was produced as a presentation to a lecture on the subject of water retention in mountain forests. It was produced in the summer of 2016 and extended in February 2017, after another lecture and for the purposes of the competition. The participants of the lecture were the students of high schools as well as the managers of regional companies. The author of the movie tries to persuade the managers to undertake actions that may influence the local climate.

The movie is a part of a larger series, titled “Water in the Mountains”. The series show the amount of lost water, the lack of knowledge and presence of many misunderstandings, the results of negligence and the peculiarity of mountain areas in terms of water management.

dir. Damian Nowak, Agnieszka Nowak
photo Agnieszka Nowak, Damian Nowak
sound Przemysław Grzelak, Wiesław Grzelak
prod. Magurski Park Narodowy

Carpathian Mountains are one of the last places in Europe where rare animals still have their refuges. However, the growing network of roads is a large problem for the wild animals. Broad refuges lose their integrity and animals die on the roads. A group of scientists is trying to locate places, where animals` paths cross the roads. The project concerning migration corridors aims for better planning of the regional development, with respect to the natural heritage. 

dir. Olga Guse
photo Olga Guse
sound Olga Guse
prod. Svetlana Guseva

Global Warming, environment disasters, wars – all the inhabitants of Earth are potential refugees. To survive, they require tolerance and mutual assistance. 

dir. Sławomir Lewandowski
photo Sławomir Lewandowski, Dariusz Płąchocki
sound Jan Lewandowski
prod. Partner Tivi

Beautiful, majestic, astonishing, but also to be respected – the Vistula river is a prominent symbol of Toruń, Kujawy Region and Pomerania, but – above all – the symbol of our country, Poland. There is a reason why Vistula is called the queen of Polish rivers.

Nowadays, we have made ourselves so independent from the river, that we forget how much do we really owe the Vistula. The Year of the Vistula River aims to remind everyone of the great value of the Vistula river to the whole society. 

dir. Vladimir Perović
photo Milan Stanić
sound Dora Filipović
prod. Vladimir Perović & „Dogma studio“ Podgorica
Czarnogóra / Montenegro

In a timeless rocky mountain landscape somewhere in Montenegro, evoking the time of Creation, a Shepherd communicates with his goats and sheep – in their language! Twenty or so different cries, screams, chirps, babbles, mumbles, whispers and other sounds are uttered. To an untrained ear, they might seem to be merely an incomprehensible cacophony. But for the herd they represent a sign of agreement, a system, a language, a rhythmic sermon and a melody that they look forward to, understand and obey…

A perfect harmony between man, animals and nature… 

FRIDAY 9.06.2017

8th competition viewing 9:30-12:10

dir. Krystian Matysek
photo Krystian Matysek
sound Wojciech Mielimąka
Prod. Dorota Roszkowska

The film tells the story of the rebirth of traditional bee-keeping methods, the secrets of bee-keeping in cities and the fascinating life of bees. “Honey Hunters” is a film about the life of bees as well as the life of humans. A swarm of bees has to keep moving in order to stay alive. To explore and expose the secrets of the life of bees to the viewer, the camera enters the modern beehive and the traditional beehive – carved inside an old tree. The camera wanders through fields, wild forests, mountains and… the big cities of Europe and Asia. 

dir. Franz Hafner
photo Dietrich Heller/ Oliver Indra
sound Thomas Kathriner
prod. Interspot Film GmbH, Dr. Heinrich Mayer-Moroni

The Oetscher massif, called „The Gentle Giant” lies at the outer edge of the Alps. It is an ancient, inaccessible landscape – a region of extremes. It contains the last great primeval forest of the Alps. In the Rothwald, Austria`s oldest trees can be found – over 1000 years old yews. The mountain also provides a habitat for some impressive animals – Ural owls, otters, goshawks, wolves and lynxes – all have reappeared in the region. The documentary “Gentle Giant” presents all these stunning faces of nature – and even more. 

dir. Bogusław Sępioł
photo Bogusław Sępioł
sound Bogusław Sępioł
prod. Bogusław Sępioł

The movie shows three species of birds. They distinguish themselves from the local avifauna with their nesting methods. The sand martin, the European bee-eater and the kingfisher nest underground. Their offspring hatch in nests dug by the parents. Kingfishers and bee-eaters are amazingly brightly colored, but their biology is just as fascinating. The film shows us the unusual character of this magical bird world. 


9th competition viewing 12:20-14:10

dir. Zdeno Vlach
photo Zdeno Vlach
prod. Štátna ochrana prírody SR

Dobročský Prales is one of the oldest nature reserves of Europe. In 1998 it received the Diploma of the European Council. For over 100 years no human activity takes place here. Old and extremely big trees grow in the forest. The fir, which was broken in 1964, was 450 years old. Nowadays, the tallest fir of Europe grows here. The movie shows this nature cathedral at all times of the year. We can watch the inhabitants of the forest: various species of owls and woodpeckers, black storks, bears, wolves, lynxes, wildcats, wild boars, deer. 

dir. Krzysztof Sarapata, Tomasz Kotaś 
photo Krzysztof Sarapata, Tomasz Kotaś
sound Marek Kubik
prod. Krzysztof Sarapata, Tomasz Kotaś

Imagine a beautiful land, filled with life, where every spring everything explodes in full glory of the various shades of green and remains bright until autumn comes. A space, where countless animal species found their safe place. Their home. Imagine the Life.

And now watch all of this disappear under the cold water. See it die under its surface, fade away to become only a memory.

dir. Grzegorz Szczepaniak
photo Daniel Wawrzyniak, Marek Kozakiewicz
sound Paulina Bocheńska
prod. Wajda Studio

The French are outraged! Every second snail on their tables is from Poland. The snail industry is blooming, and polish snail breeders export their snails not only to France or Italy, but to China and Japan. On the wave on the "golden" snail business, two friends – Andrew and Konrad – decide to start their own snail farm and make a lot of money. Grzegorz Skolimowski, known as the “Snail King”, shows them the secrets of the snail world


10th competition viewing 14:30-16:40

dir. Rita Schlamberger
photo Jiri Petr, Michael Schlamberger
prod. Michael Schlamberger, Science Vision Filmproduction

Forests are far more complex than previously imagined. This film travels deep into the remote forests of the Kalkalpen National Park in Austria – the largest area of wilderness in the Alps. Abandoned and unmanaged by man for close to a quarter of a century, the forest`s dramatic cycle of growth and decay now rules the landscape. What appears at first to be devastation and destruction is in fact a part of the fundamental process of the forest`s regeneration and transformation back to its natural, primeval state, luring even the lynx to return “home” after 115 years of absence. 

dir. Tomasz Ogrodowczyk, Michał Ogrodowczyk, Sławomir Skupiński,
photo Michał Ogrodowczyk, Sławomir Skupiński, Tomasz Ogrodowczyk, Rafał Siek, Bartosz Klamra
sound Tomasz Ogrodowczyk
prod. Ośrodek Rozwojowo-Wdrożeniowy Lasów Państwowych w Bedoniu

People rarely arrive at the centers of the marshy forests. They have no opportunity to see even the most common marsh animals at close range. The camera shoots show what is hardest to access and most unique in those marshy refuges. Wading birds, moose of the Biebrza Marshes, great grey owls, European pond turtles, beavers and wolves appear in the camera shoots. 

The beautiful, yet hard to access landscapes of the marshy forest along with their inhabitants create the unique character of the movie.

dir. Dr. Birgit Hermes
photo Michael Habermehl, Alexander Sommer, Andreas Buhrow, Ralph Zeilinger
sound Lasse Brünjes
prod. ZDF Mainz

11th competition viewing 16:50-18:30

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dir. Tomasz Ogrodowczyk, Michał Ogrodowczyk
photo Michał Ogrodowczyk, Tomasz Ogrodowczyk, Sławomir Skupiński
sound Tomasz Ogrodowczyk
prod. Ośrodek Rozwojowo-Wdrożeniowy Lasów Państwowych w Bedoniu

The film was produced in the so-called North Polder in the Ujście Wisły National Park – nearly 5000 hectares of meadows, included in the European Nature 2000 Network. In the past, those were some of the least accessible and wildest wetlands in Europe. The terrain has been meliorated nearly 3 centuries ago. Nowadays it is being restored to the environment and the people. Why? Because wetlands are dying in plain sight. Wetlands are very valuable to the nature, filled with unique and rare species on flora and fauna. They store and purify great amounts of water and balance the climate. Because wetlands simply work wonders! 

dir. Zoltan Török
photo Jan Henriksson, Zoltan Török
sound Ola Eliasson
prod. Simon Riedel, Zoltan Török, Jörn Röver
Szwecja, Niemcy, Węgry/ Sweden,Germany, Hungary

They are small. They are angry. And every four years or so they appear in masses seemingly from nowhere. Meet the Norway Lemming, perhaps the most misunderstood and mysterious animal of the Scandinavian mountains. The film follows the unfolding ecological thriller of the exploding lemming population that creates a domino effect in the entire Nordic nature. Finally, it inevitably leads to a dramatic climax with the crash of the lemming population and then a sudden lack of prey for the predators…