Kuba Czekaj

director | screenwriter

SHORT BIO

Kuba graduated in directing from the University of Silesia’s Krzysztof Kieslowski Faculty of Radio and Television in 2010 and went on to write and directed the award-winning short films Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark Room and Twist & Blood.

His screenplay for his debut full-length feature, Baby Bump, was one of the three winners of the 2014-2015 edition of the Biennale College – Cinema programme. The film itself received a Special Mention in the Queer Lion competition at the 72nd International Film Festival in Venice (2015) and won Kuba the Artistic Vision Award at the 2016 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival.

His next full-length feature, The Erlprince, won the Young Jury Award at the 2016 Gdynia Film Festival. It received its American premiere at the 2017 Slamdance Festival and its first European screening at the Berlin International Film Festival the same year.

The 2017 Berlinale also saw Kuba win the Baumi Script Development Award, which commemorates producer Karl ‘Baumi’ Baumgartner, for the screenplay for his next film, Sorry, Poland. Then, at the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival, Sorry, Poland won the Krzysztof Kieślowski ScripTeast Award for the Best Script from Central and Eastern Europe.

Kuba has received numerous other awards and special mentions at Polish and international film events.

REEL

The Erlprince - trailer | feature film | dir. Kuba Czekaj | PL | 2016
Baby Bump - trailer | feature film | dir. Kuba Czekaj | PL | 2015
Jaskółka uwięziona - Legendy Polskie | music video | dir. Kuba Czekaj | PL | 2016