On 2nd of December KINOFILM Manchester International Short Film Festival came to an end. Two Polish productions were awarded during the event.

This year 300 short films were included in the festival's programme. Jury awarded over a dozen films and among them were two from Poland.

"The Sisters" by Michał Hytroś took the second place in the student film competition. The documentary shows the life behind a mighty eighteenth-century wall of the oldest enclosed convent in Poland - Benedictine convent in Staniatki, near Krakow. The life of twelve nuns in their 70s goes on. Despite their age and the world of rapid change outside, each day they try to comply with the ‘ORA et LABORA’ rule set over ten centuries ago. Our protagonists – nuns Anuncjata and Benedykta (40 years in convent) – introduce us to the world behind the wall telling us about their lives and decisions in a specific way. They show us the world of convent in true colours, without stereotypes, often touching and amusing at the same time. This is the film about silence said aloud.

The other awarded film is "Ticket to the Cinema" by Agnieszka Wanicka. The short film won the festival special acknowledgement award for best newcomer. "Ticket to the Cinema" is a film about love of (not only) cinema, which takes place in a picturesque scenery of Krakow's Podgorze district.

The full list of the awarded films is available here.