DOC LAB POLAND – the biggest Polish pitching and consultation program for professional documentary filmmakers. The program is divided into two parts: DOC LAB START, for projects in development or at initial shooting stage, and DOC LAB GO, for projects at the editing stage and with first cuts ready. DLP is created by The Władysław Ślesicki Film Foundation, in association with the Krakow Film Festival and in cooperation with DOK Leipzig and European Documentary Network – representatives of these institutions participate in both parts, evaluating the submitted projects and providing consulting for the selected ones. The program is aimed at Polish filmmakers who wish to consult their projects or edit versions with the support of other artists and consultants (renown filmmakers from Poland and abroad) in the search for new solutions and want to present their films to an international group of producers, distributors, representatives of institutions supporting film production, film co financing institutions, major film festival selectors, TV commissioning editors, and others.


The key events of DOC LAB POLAND are DOCS TO START and DOCS TO GO! pitching sessions held at the Krakow Film Festival. DOCS TO START is a presentation of Polish projects in development stage followed by co-production forum: one to one meetings with international decision-makers, and producers who are open to cooperation with Poland. DOCS TO GO! initiated and co organized by Polish Film Institute since 2012 is a presentation of Polish documentary rough cuts followed by meetings with buyers and programmers.


Projects admitted to DOC LAB START:



dir. Barłtomiej Żmuda, prod. Marta Pielasz, Paweł Jóźwiak Rodan; Projekcja Identyfikacja

Rodan – the most famous Polish atheist, decided to prove that miraculous healings do not exist.



dir. and prod. Aneta Nowicka

Film talks about rituals of daily life of Anna and few other women who, working physically in

polish coal – mines, sacrificed their femininity and themselves.



dir. Jan Szewczyk and Katarzyna Hertz, prod. Jan Szewczyk

The autistic teenage boy named Dan, who lives in the heart of the last primeval forest in Europe, learns how to express himself through the language of film to tell the story of his exceptional bond with the wild nature.


ID. Faces of Agata.
dir. Małgorzata Kozera, prod. Małgorzata Kozera; DocIT

In a life of a young girl lethal disease turns out to be a redeem and fulfills her dreams. A film about struggle, survival and art.



dir. Michał Helwak, prod. Paweł Pluciński; Fundacja Przasnyska

A progressive democrat with Polish roots searches for her successor as the mayor among the Muslims dominating in the once Polish community of an American town.



dir. Rafał Łysak, prod. Wonder Woman Production Natalia Bednarska

Paweł, an unusual street musician, is looking for the reincarnation of his mother. What are his real motivations? Does he want to tell her something else, prove or make sure he did not lose her forever?



dir. Marcin Koszałka, prod. Marta Szarzyńska; Szarobiuro

The world first learned of Aneta from a 2016 Grand Press Photo of her, a 33-year-old journalist, bald, naked, with a cigarette dangling from her vibrant red mouth. Who was this striking, sick girl? During a Newsweek interview, she was blunt: “I have a very rare type of cancer, incurable, very much advanced. I’m dying.”



dir. Aneta Ptak, prod. Małgorzata Staroń; Staron-Film

After the sudden death of cinematographer Krzysztof Ptak, his daughter runs conversations with family and filmmakers, with whom he has been friends over the years, in search of traces of her father’s life.



dir. and prod. Tomek Wysokiński

In South Africa every hour a child gets lost. ‚I will try’ is a story of Jerry, insurgent and one of the most unlikely young heroes of apartheid who is looking for a baby stolen from slums of Kliptown in Soweto.


dir. Bartosz Paduch, prod. Maciek Ostatek, Kacper Jaroszyński; The W To Mi Graj Foundation

In 1998, a couple of friend from the same block recorded an album. It achieved a cult status and the guys became icons of Polish rap. Today they perform solo. Will they be able to unite again to play a concert on the twentieth anniversary of the recording of the album?



dir. Marta Kasztelan, prod. Marta Kasztelan; TURREN

Young Cambodians search for the fathers who abandoned them, and in the process discover the ugly secret behind one of the biggest peacekeeping missions in UN history. Their country is no longer at war, but can they find peace for themselves?


dir. Tomer Slutzky, co-dir. Justyna Gawełko, prod. Shlomo Slutzky; Slutzky Productions

Film deals with a small group of people in Krnov, Czechia, that are trying unsuccessfully to convert to Judaism for the last 8 years. Surprisingly, the path is finished by what is perceived by Jewish authorities as a “black Beit Din” (Rabbinical Court). Consequences are about to come.


Projects admitted to DOC LAB GO:



dir. Aleksander Zalewski, prod. Małgorzata Matuszewska; Aksamit

Born in Polish – Syrian family Aida, who is going through her teenage rebellion when facing the outburst of  the civil war in Syria, joins the expedition with her father to transport humanitarian aid to the struck by war country. Will the journey help Aida to develop her identity?


dir. Konrad Szołajski, prod. Małgorzata Prociak; ZK Studio

Two women from two sides of the ideological split. And one question: will their fatherland, Poland, remain democratic, or will it succumb to a populist dictatorship?



dir. Clara Kleininger, prod. Magda Borowiec; SQUARE film studio

Three trainers of animals from a Romanian circus lose their jobs as a result of a tragic accident. They must fight for survival in the new world. Nothing will be like it used to be …



dir. Karol Starnawski, prod. Dariusz Sidor; Studio Filmowe „Kadr”

Empire” is a movie triptych, consisting of the stories of three characters – Arcah, Timur and Aleksiej. Each of them lives in one of the post-soviet republics: Armenia (Nagorno-Karabakh), Georgia and Ukraine. Faith connected each of them in a rather extraordinary way, as they all experienced war and emigration in their lives. Aleksiej is a retired soldier. A Lithuanian, living in Georgia, who almost at the end of his life finds his long forgotten family from Kaliningrad. Will he manage to rebuild his relation with his only sister? He may be a veteran of three wars, but his real struggle just begins.


dir. Ewa Kochanska, prod. Magda Borowiec; SQUARE film studio

The history of the Ukrainian family, who come to Poland in search of better prospects for their children. They sacrifice everything to enable them a good start in life and give them a chance to make a career. Where do the limits of such sacrifice reach …?



dir. Małgorzata Goliszewska, Kasia Mateja, prod.Anna Stylińska; Fundacja Widok

Dear Husband, I sacrificed the best years of my life for you. I raised six children, you were never. You made me only suffer. I’ve had enough! Now this little part of life ahead belongs to me. I will dance, sing and you leave me alone!”



dir. Monika Krupa, prod. Dorota Mandziara; Trzyfilm Paweł Kwiatkowski

An archaeologist has been searching for a royal tomb in Egypt for over thirty years. While others despaired and gave up, he continues his quest. The story of a man who pursues his goals regardless of the opinion of skeptics or the mockery of disbelievers.



dir. Joanna Janikowska, prod. Anna Gawlita and Karolina Błażejczak; KIJORA Film

Simone is 29 and he believes that communism is the way to change Italy and the rest of the world. Is it?




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