Thirty-One Films and Talent from All Over the World in the Finale of the Papaya Young Directors Competition. The international jury selected thirty-one winning scripts out of the 1 656 ideas that were submitted for consideration.
The record number of productions slated for this year’s competition will be directed by young and aspiring filmmakers from eight countries — Poland, Spain, Italy, Slovakia, Czechia, the UK, Belarus, and the United States. The proportion of male and female filmmakers among this year’s submissions was almost even, and the ranks of the selectees even included people with different, non-binary gender identities.
All of the productions planned for the competition will seek to minimize their adverse environmental impact, primarily by reducing transportation, using rented equipment, along with recycled sets and props. To offset the carbon footprint of the films, 930 square meters of the biodiverse forest will be planted. All planned environmentally-friendly solutions have been drawn up in collaboration with AdGreen and the Las Na Zawsze Foundation. The organizers will also be providing psychological and mental support, including educational tools and the opportunity to bring any and all concerns to the production team at Papaya Films, in an effort to eliminate discriminatory behavior at every stage of production.
Meet the finalists:
Daniele Rossi & Mario Rebussi
Ewa Borowska & Dominika Struzik
Hubert Grupiński & Jakub Woźniak
Kateřina Hroníková & Kristína Žilinčárová
Kateryna Pavlyuk & Liane Aviram
Łukasz Kołakowski & Patrycja Krekora
Mateusz Miszczyński & Jakub Słabek
Mieszko Hajkowski & Gabriela Baran
Mikołaj Piszczan & Miłosz Sawicki
Nadia Szymańska & Karolina Fronik
Ola Hulbój & Michał Toczek
Zuzia Sorówka & Paweł Grabarek