We announce the line-up of the Documentary Shorts Competition "IMAGE OF THE WORLD - WORLD IN IMAGES" of the 23rd edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE.
The aim of the competition is to recognize the art of documentary filmmaking as creative interpretation of reality. Putting emphasis on the visual and aesthetic aspects of the selected nonfiction entries, the jury awards the best cinematographers in the competition.
The prestige of Documentary Shorts Competition "IMAGE OF THE WORLD - WORLD IN IMAGES" was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which has chosen Camerimage Festival as the ACADEMY AWARD® qualifying festival in the Documentary Short Subject category. This means that the Golden Frog award winners in  Documentary Shorts Competition at Camerimage will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided that the given film complies with the other Academy rules.


If we knew what we could experience in the future, would we use this knowledge? Would the advice given to us by more experienced people be our guidelines? Marta Jurkiewicz gives nine boys and men a chance to find out. Each one of them listens to a recording of a person who is ten years older. The documentary experiment of the young director is a deep reflection on the elusiveness of time and the chances we are given by our lives.
Original title: 10
Director: Marta Jurkiewicz
Cinematographer: Ben Geraerts
Produced by: Doc.Eye Film
Netherlands, 2014

Conversation, The

Valentin Stepanovich spends most of his days by the window, holding a phone and waiting. He misses his wife Klavdia. Again and again he tries to reach her over the phone, which has become his only connection with the outside world.
The character’s life is the life of a recluse. He’s got no heating, electricity, or water supply. Nonetheless, he finds meaning and joy in his existence: he’s waiting for his beloved.
The film observes the character’s life with immense attention to detail. The mosaic of images that captures pieces of his world creates a contemplation on the nature of the human soul.
Original title: Razgovor
Director: Anastasia Novikova
Cinematographer: Pavel Skvortsov
Produced by: SNAT LLC
Russia, 2015


The protagonist of Papuziński’s film is Michał Batory, born in Łódź and educated at the Łódź Academy of Fine Arts and who has been working in France since the 1980s. He has achieved the status of a renowned and well-respected artist in the field of artistic posters. The usual subjects of his designs are theatrical productions, film, ballet, the visual arts, and various kinds of musical events. Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the Louvre showcased a large exhibition of his in spring 2011. Michał Batory and his art in the field of posters and graphic design are the subject of a film that is the latest attempt to create a film portrait of an artist working in the field of the visual arts.
Original title: Kontrapunkt
Director: Andrzej Papuziński
Cinematographer: Stanisław Śliskowski
Produced by: Film Studio Everest
Poland, 2014

Hotel 22

Every night in Silicon Valley a public bus transforms into an unofficial shelter for the homeless. Hotel 22 captures a single, dramatic night on the Line 22 route.
Original title: Hotel 22
Director: Elizabeth Lo
Cinematographer: Elizabeth Lo
Produced by: Stanford University
USA, 2014

I'll Fly Higher

Two young brothers wander around in a big empty world without a clear destination. As society rages around them, separated by only a few yards, it couldn’t seem farther away. Together they try to escape reality, but how do you relate to an undeniable world that you don’t seem to be part of?
Original title: Volando Voy
Director: Isabel Lamberti
Cinematographer: Jeroen Kiers
Produced by: Nederlandse Filmacademie - Netherlands Film Academy (AHK)
Netherlands, 2015

In the Shadow











Documentary impression of the Polish DoP Ryszard Lenczewski.

Original title: W cieniu
Directors: Magda Budzyń, Magdalena Szydłowska
Cinematographer: Magdalena Szydłowska
Produced by: Szkoła Filmowa w Łodzi
Poland, 2014

Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano, The

Photographer Phil Toledano, known for capturing his own life in pictures, is obsessed with his own demise. Filmmaker Joshua Seftel follows Phil as he documents all the dark paths that his future could take. Meanwhile, his wife and daughter sit on the sidelines, worrying that this project will leave Phil unable to envision a positive future.
Original title: The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano
Director: Joshua Seftel
Cinematographer: Naiti Gámez 
Produced by: Seftel Productions
USA, 2015

Nothing Left Unsaid

Eighteen years ago Wim suffered a cerebral infarction. Since then he suffers from what is called ‘locked-in syndrome’, which means that he is not able to talk or move. For the last couple of years he has been living at home, being taken care of by his wife. To allow their mother a weekend off, the three sons, Will, Edwin, and Bram, take on their father’s care by themselves. For the first time the four men are totally reliant on each other for a number of days.
Original title: Alles is gezegd
Director: Anne-Marieke Graafmans
Cinematographers: Simone Galavazi, Joost Van Herwijnen
Produced by: Een van de jongens
Netherlands, 2014

Plus Minus or Fly`s Trip to the East

After 25 years of silence as an artist, Bogdan Dziworski makes a comeback with an extremely personal picture which is a journal of his journey to Georgia. Plus Minus or Fly’s Trips to the East is a phantasmagorical story about the personality cult of Josef Stalin, a figure of special importance in the artist’s childhood. ‘A long time has passed since I decided to visit the leader’s homeland,’ comments the character and the author off-screen.
Original title: Plus minus, czyli podróże muchy na Wschód
Director: Bogdan Dziworski
Cinematographer: Paweł Dyllus
Produced by: Paisa Films Sp. z o. o.
Poland, 2015

Tale of Love, Madness and Death, A

My uncle is schizophrenic and my grandmother suffers from a terminal illness. My grandfather, who is unable to take care of both of them, must decide between his wife or his son.
Original title: Un Cuento de Amor, Locura y Muerte
Director: Mijael Bustos
Cinematographer: Alvaro Anguita
Produced by: Luminaria
Chile, Germany, 2015

Time and Place, a Talk with My Mom

The mother of the filmmaker talks about how her life went when she first came to live in a poorly maintained canal house in Amsterdam fifty years ago. The rapid career of the father, their dramatic separation, the four children she raised alone - she tries to remember the whole story. But she doesn’t want her face in the picture and there are only a few photos. Her story is, however, told in a visual manner using unorthodox reconstruction techniques. In the end, not everything will be as “real” as expected.

Original title: Tijd en plaats, een gesprek met mijn moeder
Director: Martijn Veldhoen
Cinematographer: Martijn Veldhoen
Produced by: Pieter van Huystee Film
Netherlands, 2014

To My Father

The feature documentary To My Father is a reconstruction of the tragic story of Adam Bandrowski, a man living in the Polish borderlands, seen through the eyes of his three‑year‑old daughter, Alina. Settled in the memory of the child are poetic images of her family’s life, which was suddenly interrupted with scenes of the arrest, interrogation, and execution of her father during Stalin’s ‘Great Terror’. The film pays homage to all the victims of the Vinnytsia Massacre.
Original title: Ojcu
Director: Liliana Komorowska
Cinematographer: Jan Belina-Brzozowski
Produced by: Queen Art Films
Canada, 2015

Wear of Agony, The

This is the re-interpretation of a truth. It is a visual waltz through the spaces, people, and objects that the working class of Mexico is built upon — where the reality and dreams of these people dance and enter dialogue.
Original title: El Sudor de la Agonía
Director: Mariano Rentería Garnica
Cinematographer: Mariano Rentería Garnica
Produced by: El Relicario
Mexico, 2014

White Death

White Death is the impressionist portrait of a landscape marked by tragedy. A ghostly stroll among the vestiges of a story where forty-four young soldiers and one sergeant were pushed to their deaths in the mountainous region of Antuco.
Original title: Muerte blanca
Polish title: Biała śmierć
Director: Roberto Collío
Cinematographer: Matías Illanes
Produced by: Araucaria Cine
Chile, 2014

Working to Beat the Devil

Images of all past actions incessantly passing through the brain…
An ageing scientist, troubled and confused by remembrances from his past, toils night and day to (re-)discover the secrets to the creation of life. The creature, struggling for existence in the natural world, journeys unceasingly to find its creator.
Composed using fictional, archival, and documentary material, the film interweaves semi‑biographical elements from the hermetic life of Guy Shewring (the scientist) with an imagined world of his past and a future in which science becomes fiction. The film instils a quiet yet powerful sense of wonder in rediscovering the wild shapes of nature.
Original title: Working to Beat the Devil
Director: Adam Gutch, Chu-Li Shewring
Cinematographer: Adam Gutch, Chu-Li Shewring
Produced by: Adam Gutch, Chu-Li Shewring
UK, 2014