On October 8th in Rzeszów begins Multimedia Happy End - Optimistic Film Festival. This is the only film festival in Poland with a focus on such a positive theme . This year the festival celebrates its 10th birthday and will last six days. On this occasion the organisers - County Culture Centre and Rzeszów City Council prepared a very special programme which will certainly, as in every year, attract thousands of viewers.
Multimedia Happy End Optimistic Film Festival in Rzeszów primarily promotes an independent and alternative (OFF) cinema, where we can see an increasing number of renowned actors. Participation of popular Polish artists is an additional source of publicity for the films presented at the festival . Every year the organisers of Multimedia Happy End award with Golden Fish filmmakers, thanks to whom Polish independent cinema is becoming increasingly popular.
The programme of film events in Rzeszów includes films, which were awareded with the main prize in previous years. Audiences in Podkarpackie County will once again have an opportunity to watch such films as: "Paradise Too Far" (Raj za daleko) by Radosław Markiewicz, "Now And Forever" (Teraz i zawsze) by Artur Pilarczyk, "The Simple Story About Love" (Prosta historia o miłości) by Arkadiusz Jakubik and "Wrong number" by Bartosz Brzeskot.
This year's competition enlisted 28 films. These will be both feature films and documentaries as well as student etudes. The main criterion for qualifying film to the competition is of course its optimistic character, thus the following films were shortlisted among others: “Frozen Stories” (Opowieści z chłodni) directed by Grzegorz Jaroszuk,"The Whistle" (Gwizdek) by Grzegorz Zariczny,"Fear of Falling" by Bartosz Konopka and ‘Spoken for, stuck up for’ (Zaręczony, wyręczony )" by Piotr Matwiejczyk. Among special screenings audience in Rzeszów will find the best independent film at this year’s Gdynia Film Festival -"The Room" (Pokój) directed by Maciej Bochniak as well as "Defence Mechanism" (Mechanizm obronny) by Dominic Matwiejczyk.
As every year, the programme of Multimedia Happy End Festival will appeal also to the youngest viewers. On Saturday 13th of October a special screening of animated films will take place - "Happy End For Kids". An additional attraction will be a happening on Rzeszów market square during which journalists, sponsors and festival’s partners will be painting fish - the symbol of the festival. In addition, some extremely interesting exhibitions and free film workshops will take place. The latter will be led this year by Piotr Matwiejczyk with a presence of a special guest, Piotr Małecki. The participants of 4-day workshops will jointly make a short film, learning about the secrets of work on script writing, photography and editing. The film will have its premiere at the conclusion of the festival.