The SISTERS won the 1st CILECT PRIZE 2019!
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31. 08. 2019. Department

Student short documentary THE SISTERS, directed by Michal Hytros, won the 1st CILECT PRIZE 2019.

directed by Michal Hytros
cinematography by Janusz Szymanski
edited by Marcin Wojciechowski
sound by Bogdan Klat
production management: Karolina Misiorowska
artistic supervisors: Grazyna Kedzielawska, Dorota Wardeszkiewicz, Jacek Blawut

"Behind the 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, they try to comply with the rule set over ten centuries ago ORA et LABORA each day. 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 International Association of Film and Television Schools (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision – CILECT) was founded in Cannes, France, in 1954 at the proposal of Marcel L’Herbier (IDHEC President) and Rémy Tessonneau (IDHEC General Director) who gathered together for the first time higher education film school representatives from France, Italy, Poland, Spain, UK, USA and USSR.
By 2018 CILECTincludes over 180 audio-visual educational institutions from 65 countries on 6 continents with more than 10 000 teachers andstaff that annually train more than 60 000 students and communicate with an alumni network of more than 1 600 000..

CILECT believes in the inherent inter-connectivity of humankind and fully supports creativity, diversity, cross-cultural thinking and sustainable development as fundamental prerequisites to human existence and progress. CILECT is committed to developing and promoting the highest standards of education, research and training for film, television and related media through establishing and organizing global and regional forums for the exchange of artistic, pedagogical, methodological and managerial best practices for all its members.

THE CILECT PRIZE is the first ever award bestowed to a student film not by whatever number of jury members but by the whole community of CILECT Full Member Schools which year 2018 includes 180 institutions from 65 countries. In most cases schools choose to include in the voting panels students, professors and staff accounting to hundreds of members in each panel.

THE CILECT PRIZE was founded in 2005 at the proposal of the (then) Vice-President Conferences and Festivals Prof. Dr. Stanislav Semerdjiev, Rector of the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA), Sofia, Bulgaria. In the beginning THE CILECT PRIZE Entry Rules did not make a distinction between fiction, documentary or animation and the award given was only one. The introduction of genre awards (fiction, documentary and animation) started in 2010. The formal ceremony of presenting the award is usually held at the annual Conferences of CILECT. The first such ceremony took place at ECAM, Madrid, Spain (21 November 2006) and honored the outstanding student film achievements of the 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 school years.

The WINNERS in each category will be screened and their authors will be awarded at the CILECT Congress special ceremony - VGIK, Moscow, Russia (7-11 October 2019).