14 films will take part in the Main Competition competing for Bank Millennium’s Main Award during the 14th Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival. One of this year’s innovations will be VR (virtual reality)

A press conference was held in the National Audiovisual Institute, which revealed selected hits in the programme of the upcoming 14th edition of Millennium Docs Against Gravity, the biggest documentary films festival in Poland. This year the Festival will take place in five cities in Poland: Warsaw (Kinoteka, Luna and Iluzjon), Wrocław (Dolnośląskie Centrum Filmowe), Gdynia (Gdyńskie Centrum Filmowe), Bydgoszcz (Kino Orzeł) and for the first time in Lublin (Centrum Spotkania Kultur).

14. Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival will take place on 12-21 May in Warsaw and Wroclaw; in Lublin on 11–21 May while in Gdynia on 17-26 May. A local edition of the Festival will also be arranged in Bydgoszcz on 16–21 May.

- The Millennium Docs Against Gravity audience growing year-in year-out is proof of recognition of the need and trust in our festival concept. (…) We show the best in world documentaries. Curator’s selection of the films, cooperation with tens of media organisations and titles, an internationally unique festival taking place in five cities in parallel plus the factor that binds all these aspects – respect for the audience. Our demanding audiences will also have the opportunity to attend debates, workshops and concerts connected with the subject matter of the films – Artur Liebhart, Director of the Festival emphasised.

14 films will compete in the Main Competition for Bank Millennium’s Main Award

14 films will compete for the Bank Millennium Award. The jury: Mariusz Grzegorzek, Jan P. Matuszyński and Agnieszka Traczewska shall be choosing from the latest most notable documentaries. The Main Competition includes such prominent titles as:

  • Oscar® nominee I Am Not Your Negro directed by Raoul Peck,
  • Sergei Loznitsa’s latest film Austerlitz,
  • Michael Glawogger’s last film Untitled,
  • Safari by Ulrich Seidl,
  • Beuys by Andres Veiel,
  • The Good Postman directed by Tonislav Hristov,
  • this year’s award winner at the Sundance festival – the film Machines, directed by Rahul Jain,
  • Last Men in Aleppo by Feras Fayyad and Søren Steen Jespersen (Sundance 2017 best documentary film),
  • Amateurs in Space, directed by Max Kestner,
  • Burning Out, directed by Jerome Le Maire,
  • …when you look away, directed by Phi Ambo,
  • How to meet a Mermaid, directed by Coco Schrijber,
  • Burma Storybook, directed by Pert Lom,
  • Dawson City: Frozen Time, directed by Bill Morrison.

Bank Millennium with the Festival and VR cinema

This year’s innovation at the Festival will be VR cinema. The audience will be able to enjoy incredible experiences in Warsaw, Wrocław and Lublin, watching films shown in virtual reality.

Bank Millennium is one of the most innovative banks in Poland. New technologies are a pillar of our activity. This is why we are particularly excited about the introduction into the Festival’s programme of films in virtual reality. We see the world changing around us and want to support this evolution also by investing in innovations for purposes of art and culture — Iwona Jarzębska, Public Relations Director of Bank Millennium said. The Bank has been involved with the Festival and sponsors the Bank Millennium Main Award since 2006.