On Sunday 17 May the Docs Against Isolation online event, which started on 8 May, came to an end. It attracted no less than 16,500 people participating and following it, stimulating great enthusiasm among the audience - not only Millennium Docs Against Gravity regulars but also new fans. Internet users could watch films from previous editions of the festival, take part in meetings with authors and experts, attend workshops, listen to concerts, DJ sets and lectures.
How was Docs Against Isolation conceived? The organisers decided that although Millennium Docs Against Gravity will be taking place exceptionally in September this year, not in May, as it had been traditionally since 17 years, but they could not abandon their loyal viewers in this time. And this is why Docs Against Isolation happened on the originally planned date of the festival – a Millennium Docs Against Gravity teaser, which viewers enjoyed and felt a sense of belonging to the community in this difficult time.
Docs Against Isolation was often spoken and written about by leading media, such as “Gazeta Wyborcza”, “Rzeczpospolita”, Onet, Noizz, Filmweb, Spider’s Web, vogue.pl, Polityka, wprost.pl, TOK FM, Polish Radio (Channel One, Two, Three, Four and RDC), Meloradio as well as other titles.
Docs Against Isolation is further proof that Millennium Docs Against Gravity lasts a full-year – it is not just a single event, which takes a specified short period of time. The Festival is in a manner of speaking a creator and promoter of faster and faster spreading trend for top notch documentary cinema, from foreign as well as Polish filmmakers alike.
For 15 years now the annual activities of Millennium Docs Against Gravity have been sponsored by Bank Millennium. - Thanks to the sponsorship of Bank Millennium our Festival has been increasing its audience every year as well as the number of its activities, not only the Festival itself - Artur Liebhart, Director of Millennium Docs Against Gravity, said.
During Docs Against Isolation in total almost 50 titles were shown, half of them available free of charge. During Docs Against Isolation interesting meetings were held with award-winning authors, such as: Paweł Pawlikowski (who will chair the Jury of the Bank Millennium Main Award during the 17th edition of the Festival in September), Bing Liu (“Minding the Gap”), Mads Brügger (“Cold Case Hammarskjöld”), Yann Arthus-Bertrand (“Human”), Katarzyna Kozyra (“Looking for Jesus”), Barbara Miller (“#Female Pleasure”), Paweł Łoziński (“Guess How Much I Love You”), Erik Gandini (“The Swedish Theory of Love ”), Eliza Kubarska and Piotr Rosołowski (“Waling Under Water”) or Michał Sulima (“Piano to Zanskar”). The viewers could also listen to concerts by Princess Shaw (author of the song “Give It Up”, which is the music in the festival trailer) and Pani Jeziora (the pseudonym of one of the Millennium Docs Against Gravity team). There were also DJ sets, meetings with experts and lectures.
The 17th Millennium Docs Against Gravity Festival will take place this year on 4-13 September in Warsaw, Wrocław, Gdynia, Poznań and Bydgoszcz.
Bank Millennium has been a partner of Millennium Docs Against Gravity for 15 years and sponsor of the Main Bank Millennium Award for Best Film. In 2016 it became the festival’s naming rights sponsor. In 2019 during the 16th edition a record was set in audience size. More than 92,000 viewers in six cities in Poland: Warsaw, Wrocław, Gdynia, Katowice, Bydgoszcz and Lublin came to see documentary film shows and events accompanying the Festival.
Millennium Docs Against Gravity was put on the list of 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World according to the MovieMaker Magazine. The main criterion, which guided the eight panellists brought together by MovieMaker Magazine, was the relaxed atmosphere and the “seemingly-effortless showcase” perceived during the festivals, which were excellently prepared and provided the viewers with innovative cinematic experiences of the highest quality. MovieMaker Magazine is a leading US source of information about the film industry and the most popular magazine about independent cinema worldwide.