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August 15, 2017 - Sundance Screenwriting Lab


Paul's psychological thriller script, "Another I", advanced to the Second Round of the 2018 Screenwriting Lab at the Sundance Institute.


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August 6, 2017 - Moviemaker Interview


Paul was recently interviewed by Moviemaker Magainze about his work on BREATHE, along with his background and other work. Watch the full interview here.


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April 27, 2017 - CINE Golden Eagle Awards


Paul recently served as a judge for the 2017 CINE Golden Eagle Awards, for which he was nominated last year. The awards were announced on April 27, 2017 - with an upcoming ceremony planned in Hollywood.


  

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DEC 1, 2016 - Korovilas Fashion Film


Paul has just completed RESTLESS, the new fashion film for LA brand, Korovilas. The film was shot in the Lake Hollywood area, and features Korovilas' Autumn / Winter campaign.


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NOV 22, 2016 - Fort Lauderdale Film Festival - Award


BREATHE was awarded Best College Film (Long Narrative) at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, that ran from November 4 - 20 in South Florida.


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NOV 7, 2016 - Norwich Film Festival


This Sunday, BREATHE will screen at The Forum in Norwich as part of the UK's 6th Annual Norwich Film Festival.


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NOV 5, 2016 - Malibu International Film Festival


BREATHE screened today at the Malibu Civic Theater as part of the Malibu International Film Festival.


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NOV 4, 2016 - Aesthetica Short Film Festival - Nomination


This weekend BREATHE will be screening several times in York, England, as part of the BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), where it is nominated in the Best Drama category.


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NOV 3, 2016 - Underexposed Film Festival yc - Nomination


BREATHE has been nominated for Best Collegiate Student Film at the Underexposed Film Festival yc in Rock Hill, South Carolina - and screens November 4th at 7PM. Read about the festival in the Rock City Herald.


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NOV 2, 2016 - Cine Golden Eagle Finalist


Paul was on hand at the LA Film School in Hollywood last night, where BREATHE was awarded a Finalist plaque at CINE's 59th Golden Eagle Awards.


  

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OCT 29, 2016 - American Film Festival - Polish Premiere


BREATHE had its Polish premiere today in Wroclaw, Poland at the American Film Festival. The film will also screen this Sunday at the Kino Nowe Horyzonty at 3PM.


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OCT 23, 2016 - ISFVF Beijing Film Academy Festival - Audience Award


BREATHE has won an Audience Award at the 15th Annual International Student Film and Video Festival of the Beijing Film Academy. Paul was present in Beijing for the festival, as part of a week-long cultural exchange.


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OCT 18, 2016 - Blowup Film Fest - Finalist


BREATHE has been announced as a finalist at the Blowup Film Fest in Chicago, where it is competing for the VGIK Award.


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OCT 17, 2016 - Southamption International Film Festival - Nomination


On October 19th, BREATHE will screen at the Southampton International Film Festival in the UK. The film is also nominated for several awards in the short film section: Best Short, Screenplay, Leading Actor (Kristof Konrad), Cinematography (Simu Feng) and Score (Lucas Lechowski).


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OCT 12, 2016 - Polish Film Festival


Paul attended the opening of the Polish Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. BREATHE will screen Saturday, October 15th at Laemmle's NoHo 7 in North Hollywood, and is nominated for the Cinema Without Borders Best Short Film Award.


  

Photos by Iga Supernak

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SEP 28, 2016 - Catalina Film Festival


BREATHE will screen this Friday, September 30th at 1030AM at City Hall on Catalina Island as part of the Catalina Film Festival.


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SEP 21, 2016 - Breckenridge Film Festival Awards


Paul was recently in person in Breckenridge, Colorado representing BREATHE as it was awarded Best Student Film and Best Editing at the 36th Annual Breckenridge Film Festival.



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SEP 1, 2016 - Woods Hole Film Festival Award


BREATHE recently picked up a festival award for Best Short Drama at the 25th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.



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JULY 16, 2016 - Long Island International Film Expo


BREATHE will screen today in Bellmore, New York, as part of the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE), where it is nominated for Best Short Film.



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JULY 13, 2016 - Visioni Corte Festival


The Visioni Corte Festival in Minturo, Italy has named BREATHE as a finalist in the International Short Film Category. The film screens tomorrow, July 14th, at the Piazza Zambarelli.


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JULY 11, 2016 - Videomaker Magazine Article


Videomaker Magazine has published a featured article that Paul wrote about the place of mystery and instinct in filmmaking, related through the prism of his films. The piece also includes a behind-the-scenes video chronicling the making of BREATHE.


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JUNE 3, 2016 - Variety Magazine


VARIETY has mentioned Paul and BREATHE, as it published the winners of the 2016 Big Island Film Festival, where the film took home the Best Student Short award.


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MAY 30, 2016 - Big Island Film Festival Win


BREATHE was announced as the winner of the Best Student Short at Big Island Film Festival in Hawaii.


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MAY 19, 2016 - 4KHub Interview


Paul and cinematographer, Simu Feng, were recently interviewed by 4KHUB (Production Hub) about how they made BREATHE. Read the article here.


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MAY 15, 2016 - Cinema at the Edge


BREATHE will screen this Saturday in Santa Monica as part of Cinema at the Edge (CATE).


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MAY 11, 2016 - Derby Film Festival Win


BREATHE has just won Best Short Film at the Derby Film Festival in the UK. The award was decided by an audience vote at the end of the festival.


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MAY 6, 2016 - Cine Gear Expo


BREATHE continues its competitive run by being made a finalist in the Cine Gear Expo Film Series. The event, which screens all finalists on the Paramount lot in Hollywood on June 2nd, is one of the premier events for the technology, entertainment and media industries, visited by over 16,000 professionals from 60 countries.


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May 4, 2016 - Sunscreen Film Festival Win


BREATHE has taken home Best Short film honors at the Academy-sponsored, 11th annual 2016 Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida.


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MAY 3, 2016 - Derby Film Festival


BREATHE makes its UK premiere this Sunday at the Derby Film Festival in the UK.


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MAY 2, 2016 - USA Film Festival Award


BREATHE has been awarded an Honorable Mention at the 46th Annual USA Film Festival in Dallas, Texas.


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APRIL 27, 2016 - ARRI Feature "Breathe"


ARRI have featured Paul and BREATHE across their social media - Instagram, Facebook, Twitter - as a result of the film's creative use of the ARRI Alexa camera.



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APRIL 26, 2016 - NewFilmmakers LA / BritWeek


BREATHE will screen in downtown LA on April 30th as part of the NewFilmmakers LA forum. The event is co-sponsored by BritWeek, which aims to highlight the best of contemporary British filmmaking.




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APRIL 21, 2016 - Julien Dubuque International Film Festival


BREATHE will play as an Official Selection at the 2016 Julien Dubuque International Film Festival this weekend. The prestigious Iowa festival was voted as "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" by Moviemaker Magazine in 2016.

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APRIL 20, 2016 - British Weekly Interview

The British Weekly, California's premiere British newspaper, have published an in-depth interview with Paul in this week's issue.


  

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APRIL 12, 2016 - Union Jack Newspaper Article


The Union Jack newspaper has written an article about Paul as a British filmmaker working in Los Angeles, featuring the upcoming NewFilmmakers/BritWeek screening of "Breathe" in Downtown LA on April 30th.


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APRIL 11, 2016 - Hollywood Reporter Winner Announcement


Paul is listed in The Hollywood Reporter, as it announced the winners of the 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival.


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APRIL 10, 2016 - Beverly Hills Film Festival Award


"Breathe" won the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film at the Beverly Hills Film Festival last night. The award was presented at the closing festival gala held at the Sofitel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills.


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APRIL 9, 2016 - "Breathe" Reviewed on Starpulse


"Breathe" was recently reviewed by Jason Coleman from starpulse.com:

"Sensational storytelling abilities going on here from Director Paul Kowalski who paints an affecting portrait of a man pushed to the brink of despair. Told with a stylistic dramatic look and played out in an equally effective non-linear way, it’s a short that definitely announces a director to watch for."

Read the full review.

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APRIL 7, 2016 - Beverly Hills Film Festival Opening


Paul attended the opening of the Beverly Hills Film Festival at the TLC Chinese Theater in Hollywood, where BREATHE is nominated for Best Short. He was joined by lead actors, Kristof Konrad and Alicja Bachleda, and producer, Christina Dow.




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MARCH 22, 2016 - North Hollywood CineFest

Paul recently attended the NoHo CineFest awards ceremony, where SHADOWS was nominated in the Best Drama Short category. See Paul's interview with Benjamin Oberman, CEO of Film Festival Flix, below.


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MARCH 17, 2016 - Beverly Hills Film Festival

BREATHE has been accepted to screen in competition at the 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival on April 8th. It will be the film's world premiere.

FEBRUARY 24, 2016 - Best Drama Nomination

SHADOWS has been nominated for Best Drama Short with three other films, at the North Hollywood CineFest. The award ceremony is on March 22nd.

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JANUARY 20, 2016 - North Hollywood CineFest

SHADOWS has been accepted to screen at the 2016 North Hollywood CineFest in March.

NOVEMBER 14, 2015 - AFI Premiere of "Breathe"

The premiere of BREATHE, a limited public screening to industry, friends and family, took place at the American Film Institute on November 14th.

  

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OCTOBER 13, 2015 - Polish Film Festival Opening

Paul attended the opening of the 16th Annual Polish Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA, opened by Andy Garcia.



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OCTOBER 9, 2015 - Press Conference

Paul was invited to participate at a Press Conference at Laemmle's Royal Theatre for the opening of the 2015 Polish Film Festival in Los Angles, alongside Polish actor, Tomasz Kot.



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SEPTEMBER 27, 2015 - "Breathe" Completed, Trailer Available

Post-production on Paul's AFI thesis short, BREATHE, has been completed. The film is now being submitted to festivals worldwide. See the official trailer below for a sneak preview.



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AUGUST 25, 2015 - "Shadows" to Screen at Raindance Film Festival

Paul's short, SHADOWS, starring Karolina Wydra, has been selected for the 23rd Raindance Film Festival in London. The film will screen in late September, with details to follow shortly.

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AUGUST 3, 2015 - "Shadows" to Screen at the Polish Film Festival

Paul's short, SHADOWS, starring Karolina Wydra, has been selected for the 16th Annual Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles. The film will screen in mid-October.

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APRIL 1, 2015 - "Breathe" Wrap

Paul's AFI thesis film, "=BREATHE, starring Kristof Konrad ("House of Cards") and Alicja Bachleda ("Trade", "Ondine"), has wrapped after 7 days of photography in Los Angeles. The film is now in post-production, and will be delivered in August.

 

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 - "Shadows"

Paul has just wrapped on his next film, SHADOWS, starring Karolina Wydra ("True Blood", "Europa Report"). The short is about a young woman who hides out in a house under construction to battle her innermost demons. The film is currently in post-production.

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JUNE 5, 2014 - BAFTA

Paul has been accepted as a participant into the BAFTA Los Angeles Newcomers Program, which mentors young British filmmakers.


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APRIL 29, 2014 - Wrap on "PRIMEVAL"

Paul's third AFI short, PRIMEVAL, has wrapped. Below are some production stills from the 3-day shoot in Alta Dena.

  

  

  


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APRIL 13, 2014 - "PRIMEVAL" Sketches / Scouting

Following a location scout in the hills of Alta Dena, AFI Production Designer of "PRIMEVAL", Daniel Frank, drew some preliminary sketches for our key set at the Zorthian Ranch.


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MARCH 20, 2014 - First Screening of "Under the Night that Covers"

UNDER THE NIGHT THAT COVERS had its premiere screening at the American Film Institute today, proceeded by a Narrative Workshop conducted by producer/director, Pieter Jan Brugge.

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DECEMBER 6, 2013 - First Screening of "Augury"

AUGURY had its premiere screening at the American Film Institute today, proceeded by a Narrative Workshop conducted by producer/director, Pieter Jan Brugge. A screening for cast and crew followed.

  

  

  

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NOVEMBER 14, 2013 - Production Wrap for "Augury"

Paul has just wrapped on a 4-day shoot of his first short produced at AFI, entitled AUGURY. The film follows a high school girl who experiences unsettling visions that question the nature of her reality.

  

  

  

  

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JUNE 12, 2013 - "Cut It Short" Festival Finalist

Paul's new short, PO PROSTU TAK JUZ MAM, took 2nd prize in the audience vote of London's "Cut It Short" film festival. Films were screened at POSK in West London. Details.


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MAY 22, 2013 - "Cain" Music Video

A video Paul made in Warsaw for a song he wrote, CAIN, is now online. The song was performed and shot in the rehearsal rooms of the Uniwersytet Muzyczyny Fryderyka Chopina (The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music). Dobrawa Czocher plays cello.


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MAY 11, 2013 - New Short Film Shot in Warsaw

While in Warsaw, Paul shot his next short, PO PROSTU TAK JUZ MAM, starring Marysia Patykiewicz and Jacek Ryś. Editing is finished, and the film is now being submitted to short film festivals.


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APRIL 4, 2013 - The American Film Institute

Paul has been accepted as a Directing Fellow into the MFA program of the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles.

A select list of Fellows from previous classes, include: David Lynch (THE ELEPHANT MAN), Janusz Kamiński (SCHINDLER'S LIST), Darren Aronofsky (REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, BLACK SWAN), Steve Golin (BABEL, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH), Steven Rosenblum (BRAVEHEART), Terrence Malick (THE THIN RED LINE), Paul Schrader (TAXI DRIVER), Wally Pfister (MEMENTO), Matthew Libatique (PI, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM), Robert Elswit (THERE WILL BE BLOOD), Robert Richardson (THE DOORS, JFK), Caleb Deschanel (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST) and Marshall Herskovitz (TRAFFIC, THE LAST SAMURAI).


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NOVEMBER 15, 2012 - Interview with Raindance Short Film Show

Raindance have interviewed Paul regarding his inspiration and process in making BATTERSEA, and his experience at this year's film festival.

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 - "Battersea" Screens to Sell Out Crowd

BATTERSEA played at Raindance to a sell-out crowd at the Apollo Piccadilly on Regent Street. In attendance on the day were Jeremy Irons and Alan Rickman.

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 - Guardian Reviews "Battersea"

The Wandsworth Guardian have written about BATTERSEA ahead of its Raindance screening. Journalist, Harry Alsop, covers Paul's background, and cinematic and personal inspiration for making the film.

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SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 - Raindance Screening Announced

Raindance have posted details of BATTERSEA online. The film will screen on September 27th at 6:15PM as part of Shorts Program 13: The Chronicles. The film will play at the Apollo Piccadilly on Regent Street.


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AUGUST 20, 2012 - Raindance Film Festival 2012 Announcement

BATTERSEA has been made an Official Selection of the 2012 Raindance Film Festival. The film will make its London premiere at the festival, with times and location announced soon. The festival goes on throughout London from September 26th to October 7th.