Filmets Badalona, one of the most important Spanish film festivals, came to an end just a few days ago. The most significant awards went to Polish artists.

The first edition of Filmets Badalona was held in 1969. This international festival is dedicated to short films – documentaries, animations, and fictions. Its organisers are open to productions from around the globe, debuts, student films – both by debutants and recognised creators.

Damian Kocur is the biggest winner this year. His Beyond Is The Day stole the hearts of the jury, which named it the best film of this year's edition.

Black-and-white cinematography, amateur actors in main roles, and the small realism of Polish more remote regions. Paweł is a lonely man who works on a small river ferry. Day after day, he goes through the motions doing the same activities until he stumbles upon Mohammad, an illegal immigrant. Paweł decides to help him. Finally, there is someone to talk to.

In turn, the title of best animated film of the festival went to Airborne by Andrzej Jobczyk. 

Airborne is a surreal animated film that combines the world of flying machine with the animal and plant kingdom. A fighter pilot loses track of his target and crashes. The plane crashes into a tree crown. It's a tragedy that seems to be the end but instead opens a new chapter of the story. New life awakens at the crash site destined to uncover the mystery of its origin. Airborne is a story about passion, its roots, and what we have to lose in order to be born again.

More information about the festival and a list of this year's winners can be found here.