Message Film is founded in 1999 and run by three producers: Izabela Wojcik, Violetta Kaminska and Dariusz Jablonski. The team makes all productions together, jointly deciding about choosing the projects and the way of financing of the film and executing the production. The producers have vast experience in international co-productions, after having produced over 30 features, the same amount of full lenght documentaries and successful drama series, getting over 300 international and national awards. They co-produced films and series with almost all European countries, from Sweden to Israel and from UK to Russia, and also with US and Canada. They also produced, with UK partners, two international drama series successfully sold by BBC Worldwide: SPIES OF WARSAW and THE PASSING BELLS, produced for BBC, BBC America, ARTE and TVP. Their last series, THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE, is the first ever high-end international co-production drama series originated and shot in Eastern Europe, in co-production with CANAL+ (Poland), Czech Television and Star Media (Ukraine).
Message Film productions are awarded and appreciated by critics and viewers.
DOVLATOV directed by Alexey German jr. Russian-Polish-Serbian co-production with the support of Eurimages. The DoP of the film is Polish Oscar-nominated Lukasz Zal (“Ida” by Pawel Pawlikowski). The film was awarded with Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at Berlinale 2018 and from the first moment after premiere it gathers enthusiastic reviews in international press and was sold to 50 territories, distributed by Netflix in USA, Canada, UK, Ireland and Scandinavia; shown in France, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Brazil, China and Baltic countries.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: "The film’s merit is to make the viewer understand that despite all the nonsense and repression, there was something uniquely, irreplaceably creative about those years. Elena Okopnaya’s stylish sets with vertical interest create a sophisticated world out of time, echoed in Lukasz Zal’s bright, snow-themed lensing dominated by whites and cream colours." (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/dovlatov-review-1085823)
SCREEN INTERNATIONAL: "This stylistically distinctive film, artistically soft-spoken as it is, nevertheless figures as a cri de coeur for our own era, in Russia and elsewhere: if art and the belief in art diminish, we all lose unimaginably." (https://www.screendaily.com/reviews/dovlatov-berlin-review/5126748.article)
VARIETY: "Working for the first time with “Ida” cinematographer Lukasz Zal, the director once again delivers enthralling choreographed tracking shots that add a Fellini-esque overlay to straightforward depictions of reality, making the film a visual treat." (http://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/dovlatov-review-berlinale-2018-1202703263/
Debut WHEN THE TREES FALL directed by Marysia Nikitiuk. This Ukrainian-Polish-Macedonian coproduction, was also selected to Berlinale 2018, to the section Panorama. Already in the script phase it aroused interest of the international film community, winning the 10th Krzysztof Kieślowski ScripTeast Award for the best screenplay of Eastern Europe, presented during the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.
THE TRIAL. STATE OF RUSSIA VS. OLEG SENTSOV directed by Askold Kurov. Estonian-Polish full lenght documentary had its World Premiere in 2017, also at Berlin FF, in the section Berlinale Special.