Platinum Lions for Filip Bajon
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05. 09. 2022. Department

This year at the 47th Gdynia Polish Feature Film Festival, the Life Achievement Award will be presented to Filip Bajon, director, screenwriter and lecturer at the Film and TV Directing Dept.

Our professor, friend, artistic supervisor and master.

The Platinum Lions are awarded annually by the Organizing Committee of the Polish Feature Film Festival to honour the achievements of outstanding Polish cinema artists. So far, the Award has been presented to: Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Antczak, Sylwester Chęciński, Tadeusz Chmielewski, Tadeusz Konwicki, Janusz Majewski, Roman Polański, Witold Sobociński, Jerzy Wójcik, Jerzy Gruza, Jerzy Skolimowski, Krzysztof Zanussi and Agnieszka Holland.
This year, Filip Bajon's candidacy was supported by the Polish Filmmakers Association and the Festival's Programme Council.

Details and source:

Filip Bajon was born in Poznań on 25, August, 1947. First, he graduated from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, where he studied law, and then the Film School in Łódź (PWSFTviT), where he studied film direction.

His output includes nearly 40 feature films and documentaries, plays and TV series awarded at festivals and by prestigious film groups. Many of his feature films received awards at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, including ARIA FOR AN ATHLETE, 1901.CHILDREN ON STRIKE, SHILLY-SHALLY, THE MAGNATE, POZNAŃ ‘56, THE BUTLER.

He repeatedly undertook the adaptation of classic works of Polish literature – THE SPRING TO COME and MAIDEN VOWS - both films achieved significant attendance success. His last film, awarded with Silver Lions, THE BUTLER (2018), shows the complicated relationships of three nations living in the former Polish-German borderland in northern Kashubia, where the border delineated after World War I divided not only land, but also society.

For several years he was the head of the "Dom" Film Studio, and from 2015 to 2019 - the director of the "Kadr" Film Studio. From 2008-2016, he was Dean of the Film and TV Directing Department of the Film School in Łódź. He sat on the board of the Polish Filmmakers Association many times.

In 2002, he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, and in 2014, the Gold Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis.
The Platinum Lions statuette will be presented during the final gala of the 47th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.

And on September 16 (Friday) at 12:00 there will be a screening of ARIA FOR AN ATHLETE and a Masterclass entitled “Filip Bajon's Alphabet”, hosted by film critic Kaja Klimek.

Congratulations, Professor!