Millennium Docs Against Gravity

The Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival is the biggest film festival in Poland. 2020 saw its first hybrid edition (September 4-18 in cinemas, September 19—October 30 online), which attracted a total of 170 700 attendees. We screened 160 movies, each one exploring and liberating the thing that matters the most in film as well as in real life: emotions, in accordance with the festival motto— “Out of tenderness for the world”. MDAG is Europe’s only film festival that takes place in seven cities at once.

About

In January 2021 Artur Liebhart, the founder and director of the Festival, became the first recipient of Polityka magazine’s Paszport Polityki—Special Prize for Remote Culture award. This amazing award perfectly underscores the landmark status of the 2020 edition; the description of the Remote Culture award specifies it had been granted for “speedily adapting the film festival to new conditions in challenging times. For success in not just maintaining, but expanding the reach of the event, for the creation of a digital film distribution platform, and for being a splendid example to others. Despite the potentially gloomy future, the motto of the 2020 Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival was “Out of tenderness for the world” and the opening film of the event was Małgorzata Goliszewska and Kasia Mateja’s “Lessons of Love”, which follows a woman over 70 who decided to leave an abusive marriage and start a new life. We really needed hope and the belief that everything can be changed for the better—and we still do.”

12 years ago our festival was the first in Poland to launch the best feature-length documentary competition (The Millennium Bank Award). In 2009 we received the prestigious Polish Film Institute award for “the most important international film event” in Poland. In 2013 Millennium Docs Against Gravity received its second nomination to this award.

Millennium Docs Against Gravity made watching documentaries fashionable in Poland. The methodically developed, appealing programming of the festival attracts growing numbers of attendees.

We have great hopes about the future! In addition to the hybrid formula, retained for the 2021 Festival, in December 2020 we launched a permanent VOD platform: VOD.MDAG.PL, which hosts the best documentaries from the previous editions of Millennium Docs Against Gravity as well as art-house features. Thus, the Festival became a year-round event, constantly carrying out its key goals: popularizing film culture, educating about documentary filmmaking, and—most importantly—reaching the widest possible audience with interesting, moving, and wise stories.

Submissions

For the competition sections we accept films which would have their Polish premiere at the festival and are over 45 minutes long.

The deadline for submissions is: 15th of  February, 2021.

Submission fee for one film: 15 euros.

Programme

Bank Millennium Award – Grand Prix for Best Documentary Feature

Amnesty International Poland Award for Best Film on Human Rights

Chopin’s Nose Award for Best Flm on Music and Art

“Co Jest Grane 24” Big Screen Doc Award

Green Warsaw Award for Best Ecology-Theme Film

“Zwierciadło” Magazine’s Award for Best Film on Psychology

First Appearance Award

Award for Best Cinematography

Best Polish Film Award

Smakjam Award for Best Production in a Polish Film

Warsaw Audience Award

Lower Silesia Grand Prix

Mayor of Gdynia Award

Silesian Voivodeship Audience Award

Bydgoszcz Art.doc Award

City of Poznań Freedom Award

“Focus” Magazine Award for the Biggest Personality of the Festival