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DirectorGrzegorz Szczepaniak
ProducerAdam Slesicki, Zuzanna Krol, Grzegorz Szczepaniak, Piotr Gochnio – Wajda Studio
WriterGrzegorz Szczepaniak
EditorWojciech Janas
CameraDaniel Wawrzyniak, Marek Kozakiewicz
SoundPaulina Bochenska
Screening26 October 2017 | 18:00 hours | Het Nutshuis
4 November 2017 | 16:00 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
5 November 2017 | 15:30 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Original TitleSLIMAKI
Length30 min

Highly amusing and multi-awarded documentary of two Polish friends who decide to open a snail farm that could bring them millions.


The French are outraged! Every other snail on their table comes from Poland. The snail industry is growing and Polish breeders are exporting their snails not only to France or Italy, they are also conquering China and Japan. The “snail coin” popularity convinces two friends, Andrzej and Konrad, to start their own farm that will bring them millions. Their guide into the snail world secrets is Mr Grzegorz Skalmowski, a long-time expert also known as the “Snail King”. The film won the Silver Eye Award at Jihlava IDFF, the Audience Award at GoShort and a Special Mention at Traverse City FF in USA.

Director’s bio

Grzegorz Szczepaniak was born in 1984 in Lublin. He is a guitarist by education, a graduate of the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and a film editor, a graduate of the Film School in Lodz. Snails, his documentary debut, was made during the DOK PRO course organised by the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw. The film was developed under the artistic supervision of Jacek Blawut, Marcel Lozinski and Vita Zelakeviciute.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, 2015 – Silver Eye Award | GoShort, Nijmegen 2016 – Audience Award | Etiuda&Anima IFF, Poland 2015 – Special Mention DOK.Leipzig 2015 – Official selection | AFI Docs, USA 2016 – Audience Award | Traverse City Film Festival, USA 2016 – Special Mention | Annapolis Film Festival, 2017 – Jury Award and Audience Award for Best Short Documentary