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26. 02. 2024.

Zuza Banasińska’s film produced at the Educational Film Studio in Łódź & developed at the Visual Narratives Lab, won the Best Short Film award in the TEDDY AWARD competition at the 74th Berlinale IFF

This is the greatest honour in years for WFO, a film studio from Łódź, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

The film essay produced at WFO was presented at the Expanded Forum as part of Berinale 2024. A few weeks earlier, the same film was presented at another prestigious festival, i.e., the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), where it was very well received.

The film is the result of cooperation between the Lodz Film School - the vnLAB project and the Educational Films Studio (WFO).

The Educational Films Studio in Łódź is a company belonging to the Łódź Voivodeship. It is an experienced, renowned producer of valuable films combining many years of tradition and modernity. It has been performing its mission continuously since the late 1940s, always at the same address at 210, Kilińskiego Street in Łódź. The studio's achievements include 4,500 films covering various thematic areas, made by several generations of Polish filmmakers. Many titles are now considered Polish film classics - films produced at the Studio have won over 1,200 awards at domestic and foreign film festivals. Outstanding Polish filmmakers, including: Wojciech Jerzy Has, Janusz Nasfeter, Krzysztof Zanussi, Zbigniew Rybczyński, Krzysztof Ptak, Jerzy Zieliński, Juliusz Machulski, Jacek Bławut, Marek Koterski and Maciej Drygas (winner of the FELIX European Film Award for the film "Hear My Cry" - produced at WFO), began their film career at the WFO, and often continued their cooperation with the studio over the years. The music for the films created at the Studio was composed by, among others: Krzysztof Komeda, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wojciech Kilar, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.

The TEDDY AWARD has been presented at the Berlin International Film Festival for 38 years. It is the oldest and most important queer film award in the world, recognizing films and individuals that communicate issues of social diversity and contribute to greater tolerance, acceptance, solidarity and equality in society. The TEDDY AWARD has a high reputation and credibility and has become an established international platform for communication and discussion on diversity in societies and cultures around the world.

Production: Educational Films Studio in Łódź
Project developed at vnLab.

The classic Slavic witch figure, Baba Yaga, was reimagined as a prehistoric goddess from the time of matriarchy. This transformation provokes multi-layered reflections on kinship and identity as the child navigates binary gender roles. Women in the family find a home in the archive, engaging in a process of creating themselves and a world which transforms often sexist and anthropocentric images into tools of freedom and resistance.

Info on the film on Teddy Award website: