Wojciech Szczudło

Wojciech Szczudło is a producer of many famous documentary films made at Documentary State Studio in Warsaw, such as: “Katyń Forest” directed by Marcel Łoziński in cooperation with Andrzej Wajda,“Mgr Półchłopek” by Marek Piwowski, “Wół” by Józef Cyrus, “Nadzieja” by Tadeusz Pałka. In 1988 he established one of the first independent film studios in Poland - KALEJDOSKOP together with three other producers: Zbigniew Domagalski, Janusz Skałkowski, Piotr Śliwiński. The team have produced over 200 films, specializing in documentaries, mainly for Polish public TV. The film titled “89 mm from Europe” directed by Marcel Łoziński is one of their most famous production. The film has received several awards at international film festivals. It also received an Oscar nomination in 1994. In 1995 the film was awarded a prize for the best short documentary by the International Documentary Association in Los Angeles. In 1995-1996 Szczudło produced “Anything can happen” directed by Marcel Łoziński. It gained much acclaim on numerous film festivals, such as: International Short Film Festivals in Oberhausen, Bornholm, Cracow, Golden Gate Award ’96 in San Francisco, Montreal, Sydney, INPUT ’96, Mexico, World TV Festival Tokyo ’97 and many others. One of his most important productions, ”Daddy, I love you”, was realized in September 1997 in Poland and in May, 1998 in St. Louis. The plot of the film is focused on the adoption of five Polish children by Robert and Rita Yurotich from Missouri; directed by Piotr Morawski prized in INPUT 2000, in Halifax in Canada. In 1998 the production of “So, it doesn’t hurt” was completed with film director Marcel Łoziński. In 1999-2000, Szczudło and film director, Ryszard Kaczyński, realized two documentary films for TVP2. The film “Hope on the track” received the third place in Moscow Festival and “Helwet in lake Black Hańcza”. Szczudło has produced a couple of his films in co-operation with France, Germany and ARTE TV for example “Poland after victory 1990-95” directed by Marcel Łoziński and, most recently, “Children of Revolution”/2002/ directed by Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, which touches upon the subject of former opposition in Poland, Hungary, Czech, and Germany. In October 2003 I made film “Joy of Saturday” about Archive of Ringelblum/Uprising in Warsaw Ghetto/ (dir. Ryszard Kaczynski). After 2003 he has produced several documentary films such as: "Home at the Mississippi”, director P. Morawski, ”Youth at the time of Holocaust”, ”Childhood of the shadow of death director M. Imielska, “Tallinn” director A. Krauze, “. “Tell me why”-2006, director M. Imielska, film about love during Shoah time. It received award in Warsaw Jews festival in Huston Film festival and Shanghai TV Festival as best historical-documentary film and in 2007 during film festivals in Canton/China/ and Sichuan /China/ was special mentioned. In 2008 the film “If it happens” by Marcel Łozinski was on the “Short list” for Oscar nominees.

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