solidarity shorts
international film contest 2014
Win a trip to Poland to participate in the Gdynia Film Festival and meet Lech Walesa!




Laureates of Solidarity Shorts receive their diplomas during the Gdynia Film Festival


It is a great pleasure to announce that the laureates of this year’s edition of Solidarity Shorts – International Film Contest 2014 have their diplomas, certifying their victory in each respectable contest category, during the Film Festival in Gdynia. The Diplomas were bestowed upon them by the Director of the Gdynia Film Festival Leszek Kopeć during the “Little Gala” at the Musical Theatre in Gdynia. We remind you that this year’s winners of the contest were:

Julia Proskurina of Ukraine in the category of animation for the film Fri “76/49″, Nelson Algomeda Centeno of Venezuela in the feature film category for the video Fri “A simple answer” and Migue Roth from Argentina for document Fri “A secret to share.” Internet users in the vote won film “Beyond The Hills” by Nishandh from India.

The awards in this year’s edition of Solidarity Shorts included: a two-way ticket to Poland from any location in the world (from the country of residence of the winner), participation in the Gdynia Film Festival and a meeting with the legendary leader of Solidarność (Solidarity) movement Lech Wałęsa. The meeting with Lech Wałęsa will take place today at his office in Gdansk.

We invite you to follow the next edition of the Solidarity Shorts through our social profiles on Facebook (, Twiter ( and on our official website

Shorts Solidarity is an international film contest aimed at amateur filmmakers from all over the world. The goal of the contest is to encourage individuals to take a deep look at the relations that take place between people and cultures in our world, expressed in the form of a short film which will reflect their vision of the idea of solidarity in the XXI century.

The competition is organized by the Lech Walesa Institute and the Gdynia Film School with support from Culture.PL and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland.

The winners of Solidarity Shorts 2014 are…


The meeting of the Solidarity Shorts Jury has been adjured, the votes have been counted and verdict is here! The best short films of Solidarity Shorts – International Film Contest 2014 are:

Feature Film: “A simple answer” by Nelson Algomeda Centeno from Venezuela

Documentary: “A secret to share” by Migue Roth from Argentina

Animation: “76-49″ by Julija Proskurina from Ukraine

The Jury summarized its proceedings with the following statement:
“The authors of three selected films best responded to the question posed by the organizers of the competition.”

Congratulations to the authors of the winning films! We will get in touch with you in a couple of days to arrange your flight details to Poland.

The organizers of Solidarity Shorts – International Film Contest 2014 would like to thank everyone who took part in this year’s edition, the authors of films submitted to our contest, the people who voted in the Online Viewers’ Choice Contest and our partners and sponsors! Stay tuned as we will be posting info about the Gdynia Film Festival and our laureates’ stay in Poland!

The winner of the Online Viewers’ Choice Contest is…


The winner of the Online Viewers’ Choice Contest is “Beyond The Hills” by Nishandh from India! Congratulations to Nishandh who will be flown to Poland this September to attend the Gdynia Film Festival and meet Lech Wałęsa. Stay tuned tomorrow at 4:00 PM when we will announce the three winners of the main part of Solidarity Shorts chosen by our distinguished Jury!

What is Solidarity?

Definition: Solidarity [noun]
Pronunciation: /ˌsɒlɪˈdarɪti/

1 [mass noun] unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group:factory workers voiced solidarity with the striking students
2 (Solidarity) an independent trade union movement in Poland which developed into a mass campaign for political change and inspired popular opposition to Communist regimes across eastern Europe. Formed in 1980 under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa, it was banned in 1981 following the imposition of martial law. Legalized again in 1989, it won a majority in the elections of that year. [translating Polish Solidarność]

Definition by Oxford Dictionary (

The year 1989 saw the bloodless overthrow of the Communist government and the resulting semi-free democratic election in Poland. This year is regarded as a breakthrough moment in the history of the 20th century, and changes in Poland contributed significantly to the end of the Cold War period and the fall of the Iron Curtain. The beginning of the collapse of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe dates back to the transformations that occurred in Poland during the 1980s stimulated by the “Solidarity” social movement.

The term “solidarity” derives from the social sciences and refers to the idea of striving for the common interests of the entire community. It means that the interest of the community is higher in the hierarchy of values than the benefits of the individual but, at the same time, it carries the assumption that long-term results will bring benefits to individuals, too.

After Poland and other Warsaw Pact countries (countries which were signatories to the Warsaw Pact within the Soviet sphere of influence) were contained behind the Iron Curtain after World War II, their societies repeatedly tried to break away from Soviet hegemony. In Poland, many independence movements and organisations were already active from the 1950s on, laying the foundations for the huge social movement that was to become “Solidarność”

The history of “Solidarity” began in 1980, when a strike broke out in the Gdańsk Shipyard against the policies of the Communist government. Lech Wałęsa became the leader of the Gdańsk Shipyard strike. Within a short time, many industrial plants in Poland joined a nationwide protest, and workers’ activities were supported by numerous opposition organisations and intellectual circles.

The Communist government relented in the face of such strong social pressure and proposed an agreement to address the strikers’ demands, including the partial removal of censorship and the establishment of the independent self-governing Trade Union “Solidarity” again with Lech Wałęsa as its leader. However, a year later, the government broke these arrangements, declared “Solidarity” illegal, and introduced martial law in Poland. Nevertheless, the trade union survived underground and demonstrated its power in 1988. It was the year of another wave of strikes, which led to the Round Table talks, the first semi-free election to the Seym, and the fully free election to the Senate.

To find out more about Solidarity download our Solidarity Booklet.

About the contest

The second edition of “Solidarity Shorts” – International Film Contest is addressed to amateur filmmakers from across the world who wish to demonstrate what the idea Solidarity means to them today. The mission of Solidarity Shorts is to encourage amateur filmmakers to reflect upon the contemporary world and the intercultural and interpersonal relations that take place every day. The goal of Solidarity Shorts is to give these filmmakers a unique opportunity to express their personal views on the idea of solidarity in today’s world.

Each film may be shot using any filming tool or method (an amateur or professional video camera, a photo camera or a mobile phone) and edited with any widely accessible software. Each short film is to be used as a medium of a social message and has to fall into one of the following three film genres:

Feature Film

The theme of the second edition of Solidarity Shorts is:
“Today, solidarity means to me…”

Please refer to the „Rules” section of this website for detailed information on the rules and requirements of the contest.

The Solidarity Shorts Jury will select the best three short films submitted to the contest. There will be one winning film from each of the three categories: Feature Film, Documentary and Animation. An additional 4th winner will be revealed through an Online Viewers’ Choice Contest on the Solidarity Shorts website.

The Online Viewers’ Choice Contest is the “interactive” part of Solidarity Shorts – International Film Contest. All submitted videos will take part in the Online Viewers’ Choice Contest. Voting is open to all Internet users who have a Facebook account. Each voter must go to the gallery section of the Solidarity Shorts website and choose the film she or he wishes to vote for. The voting is done by clicking the Facebook “like” button below each short film. Voters may choose to vote(“like) for as many movies as they wish. The film which receives the most “likes” will be the 4th and final winner of Solidarity Shorts. In case of a situation where the film which receives the most “likes” is selected by the Jury in the main part of the contest, then the film first in line with the most “likes” which has not been selected by the Jury will win the Online Viewers’ Choice Contest. The Online Viewers’ Choice Contest ends on August 15th at 12:00 CET.

Remember that the only “likes” that will be counted in the in the Online Viewers’ Choice Contest are the Facebook “likes” given to a film in the Solidarity Shorts gallery. Any other “likes” will not count in the contest.

Four winners will receive:

  • 1. A two-way ticket to Poland from any location in the world (from the country of residence of the winner)
  • 2. Accommodation in Poland
  • 3. Admission to the Gdynia Film Festival, one of the most important film festivals in Poland
  • 4. Opportunity to meet Lech Wałęsa and Zbigniew Bujak, historic leaders of the Solidarity movement in Poland, and numerous esteemed Polish filmmakers
  • 5. Diplomas certifying the winning of Solidarity Shorts 2014

13 June, 2014
The official opening of Solidarity Shorts – International Film Contest 2014
Begin shooting your films and submitting your entries via
Online Viewers’ Choice Contest begins – vote for and share your favourite movie on the Solidarity Shorts website via the Facebook “like” button! Only the “likes” on the official Solidarity Shorts website will be considered in the Online Viewer’s Choice Contest.

31 July, 2014 at 12:00 pm CET (Central European Time)
Deadline for submissions
The Jury starts reviewing your movies. Three best films, one from each of the three categories (Feature film, Documentary and Animation) will be chosen and their authors will win a trip to Poland to attend the Gdynia Film Festival. Remember to “like” your favourite movie as the Winner of the Online Viewer’s Choice Contest will be also flown to Poland.

15 August, 2014 at 12.00 pm CET
Online viewers’ choice contest ends and the names of three winners of Solidarity Shorts are announced at along with the winner of the Online Viewer’s Choice Contest.

16 August through 10 September, 2014
Winners of Solidarity Shorts are contacted and flight and accommodation arrangements are made for their trip to Poland
Make sure that you are available to come to Poland in September, 2014

14 September, 2014
Winners are flown to Poland

15-20 September, 2014
Contest winners participate in film workshops at the Gdynia Film School and participate in the Gdynia Film Festival

19 September, 2014
Official Solidarity Shorts Ceremony, during the Gdynia Film Festival at the Gdynia Musical Theatre

The President of the Solidarity Shorts Jury
Director of the Gdynia Film School. Graduate of Polish philology on the University of Gdańsk. Producer, entrepreneur and publisher. Director of Polish Film Festival and CEO of Pomeranian Film Foundation in Gdynia.
Between 1973-1979 the co-founder and editor ofstudent literary magazine ‘Litteraria’. Businessman, publisher, author of the novel ‘Kredowe koło’ published in 1989 and stories and reviews published in Polish periodicals. Between1995-2002 worked with ‘Megaron’ – a magazine about book publications. Since 1999 Director of Neptune Film and then Director of Polish Film Festival. Between 2005-2010 Director of the Cultural Centre in Gdynia.

Was an electrician and foreman in 1980 at the Ursus tractor factory (Poland). He became engaged with trade union activists, and during the strike action, he organized strike committees at the Ursus factory. He became chairman of the Warsaw Solidarity branch in September 1980 and was one the few Solidarity leaders who escaped arrest in 1981 after martial law in Poland was declared to break Solidarity. He became one of the leaders of the underground Solidarity’s movement, organizing underground committees including underground press and radio. He was finally arrested in 1984 after evading the secret police for nearly three and a half years, becoming the last Solidarity’s leader to be captured. Soon afterwards he was released in general amnesty, and participated in Polish Round Table Talks with the government in 1989. He was elected to the Polish parliament in the 1989 elections. After many years in the politics in Poland, in the 2000s, he stopped participating actively in it.

Deputy Director of the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, a diplomat. From 2009-2013, Head of the Department of Political and Economic Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Zagreb, in 2009, founder and director of the Operational Centre at the Polish MFA, 2008-2009 Director of Information Systems Department of the MFA. In the 90s, editor of the Polish Radio Information Agency. He has graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of the Foreign Ministry and from the Department of Political Science (specialization in international relations) of the Warsaw University.

He is a graduate of Journalism and Public Communication at Warsaw University. He works at Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw promoting polish cinematography abroad. Especially in United States as a member of the “Poland US Campus Arts Project” team. In the past he was involved in the classical music projects as well as coordinating polish cultural events in United Kingdom one of which was promoting and co-organising the Polish Film Festival “Kinoteka” in London.

President of the Executive Board of the Lech Walesa Institute. Bachelor of arts in political sciences, international relations and NGO management specialist. During his studies at Warsaw University, a member of student associations, one of the founders and President of Academic Section of Euro-Atlantic Association, in 1996 -1997 Personal Assistant of Prof. Władysław Bartoszewski, co-worker of Polish Foundation of Robert Shuman, since 1997 in the Lech Wałęsa lnstitute, first as an lnternational Cooperation Coordinator, from 2000 President of the Executive Board, from 2006 member of lnternational Secretariat of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Summit in Rome, from 2007 member of the Board of Directors of Latin-American lnstitute in Respekt lnstitute in Prague. In 2010 he was appointed by the President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski to Advisory and Consultation Team of National Security Strategic Review.

A Venezuelan lawyer, PhD candidate in Administrative Law as well as Design, Project Management and Planning in Venezuela (Simon Bolivar University, Caracas), Her main research area in Social Sciences is on Political Culture, e-Government and virtual transformations in State and Democracy. She served for 10 years as Head of Research and Publications Department at School of International Studies at the University of Santa Maria (Caracas), as well as Community Service Coordinator. Professor of International Public Administration courses, International Humanitarian Law, International Refugee Law and Bioethics in Law and was founder of the International Peace Cathedra at the Santa Maria University. Currently she is a visiting professor at the Jagiellonian University and expert for Latin American Program at Lech Walesa Institute.

An art historian, co-organizer of classical music concerts of Ignacy Paderewski Festival. Editor of Polish Scientific Publishers PWN, where she used to managing both book as well as tv projects. With cinematography linked since 1999, when she began working as a spokesman for the Committee for Cinematography. Later in the Department of Film and Audiovisual Media Ministry of Culture has she worked on projects in the framework of the Media
Culture and Promotion of Reading Department. She’s been working in the Polish Film Institute since 2006, dealing with documentary and animated movies. She reads and gives opinions regarding the screenplays submitted for production and cooperates with experts from the Polish Film Institute.

Solidarity Shorts – International Film Contest is organized by the Lech Walesa Institute and the Gdynia Film School in Poland with support from and The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The contest is organized as a part of the Gdynia Film Festival.


Please read the rules carefully and make sure that you meet all the requirements of the contest.

  • 1. The theme of this year’s contest is: “Today, solidarity means to me…”
  • 2. Each contestant must be over 18 years old and must speak, at least, basic English
  • 3. Films must fall into one of the three categories: Feature Film, Documentary or Animation
  • 4. Films must be over one minute long but not longer than three minutes (including credits)
  • 5. Each contestant must receive permission from anyone involved in the creation of the film
  • 6. The contestant must upload her or his film via the Solidarity Shorts website, through the “submit your film” button
  • 7. Each contestant may submit only one film
  • 8. Each submitted film can only be represented by ONE contestant – a team of directors may participate, but only ONE person can be flown to Poland and participate in the Film Workshops
  • 9. The film and all its elements must be original
  • 10. You may submit previously made films which participated in other film competitions – but not previous editions of Solidarity Shorts – as long as they meet the criteria of our contest
  • 11. The size of the submited film file may not exceed 500Mb
  • 12. Acceptable file formats: mov, mpg, mp4 or avi
  • 13. Each short must begin with the “Solidarity Shorts Logo” exposed for three seconds before the film begins. The downloadable logo package can be found on the Solidarity Shorts website, under the “about the contest” menu
  • 14.In case of being one of the winners of Solidarity Shorts, please be advised that we cannot cover your travel insurance in Poland as well as the cost of your visa to come to Poland.

Contest Regulations
Solidarity Shorts – Regulations

Submit your FILM

to this year’s edition of Solidarity Shorts


Last Year's Winning Videos - Solidarity Shorts 2013

“A world of inclusion” by Rafael David Álvarez Bermúdez from Venezuela
“Black Chocolate” by Catalin Palavescu from Romania
“Rebelión de Crayones” by David Escolona Carillo from Cuba
“Monks” by Min Min Hein from Burma
“Light following” by Kateryna Gornostai from Ukraine
“Life” by Armine Tovmasyan and Lucine Nazarian from Armenia
“Let’s equally share our poverty” by Navat Gasanova from Ukraine
“I don’t speak Russian” by Yana Latypova from Russia

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Solidarity Shorts
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Patrycja Satora and Jerzy Brodzikowski

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