Our Ambassadors are highly accomplished artistic professionals, whose experience and vast knowledge of the film industry will be of great support to the 2019 Festival. We are honoured to have them as part of our team and are looking forward to working with them in celebrating Polish films. Most importantly, we are proud to have them as vocal promoters of Polish cinema to the many audiences here in Australia. We are looking forward to seeing our Ambassadors at some of the Polish Film Festival events but, in the meantime, here is a glimpse into their backgrounds.
We’re delighted to announce the Ambassadors for 2019 Polish Film Festival in Melbourne: Cezary Skubiszewski and Annika Glac.
Cezary Skubiszewski is a Polish-born Australian film and television composer whose work is well known to international audiences. He has received international acclaim for his music, winning many awards during his career.
Cezary Skubiszewski’s debut film score was for Lilian’s Story, directed by Jerzy Domaradzki. Since then, he has worked on many films with both Australian and international directors. Some of these are Two Hands, Black and White, La Spagnola, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, The Brush-Off, Bootmen, The Book of Revelation, Death Defying Acts, Love, Lust and Lies, Bran Nue Dae, Beneath Hill 60, Red Dog, The Sapphires, The Broken Shore and Monsieur Mayonnaise.
Cezary Skubiszewski’s career is extensive and his sought-after talent has brought us music we are familiar with today through film. His work has received much acclaim and many awards including three from AFI/ACTA, as well as awards from the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA), Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC), and Film Critics of Australia.
Cezary Skubiszewski has also enjoyed recognition for his score for Lilian’s Story, winning the award for Best Film Music at the Asia Pacific Film Festival, and his score for Night received a nomination from the International Film Music Critics Association.
Adding to his list of musical accomplishments and success, Skubiszewski has composed music for various television films and programs, as well as popular advertisements, such as for the Sydney Olympic Games, AFL Finals and Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Shining the spotlight back to 2010, Skubiszewski’s music can be heard in the advertising campaign for Carlton Draught Big Ad and he recorded the VB Stubby Symphony, iconic music that has been shared with audiences in Australia and worldwide.
Skubiszewski also lends a hand to popular music, contributing to recordings of Jebediah, Killing Heidi, The Cat Empire, Things of Stone and Wood, The Rocky Horror Show and various other projects.
In recognition of Skubiszewski’s enormous talent and contribution to cinema and music, he received the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society and Australian Film Production, and in 2010, a FCCA Award in recognition of his contribution to Australian cinema.
Annika Glac, a talented classical pianist and theatre director, received her formal training at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. After completing her study, she turned her attention to cinema, where she has grown and developed from strength to strength with each accomplishment and film.
Her feature film debut, Belladonna (2009), was an Australian/Polish co-production, which Annika Glac wrote, directed and co-produced. The film attracted international audiences. Annika Glac’s second feature film, Bunny (2014), was shot in Warsaw and explores the themes of isolation and connection that are woven through much of her work.
In 2014, the film Bunny received a jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival Cinephile section. Glac is currently in pre-production with her period biopic Radiant, which when complete will be Annika Glac’s third feature film as writer/director.
Adding to her long list of accomplishments to date, Annika Glac, together with Marcus Struzina, owns a Melbourne-based boutique film production company, Glass Kingdom Films.
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