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“Hedgehog’s dilemma” by Mateusz Rybiński wins the main prize at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia

The film “Hedgehog’s dilemma” directed by Mateusz Rybiński, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, won the main prize at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA), held in Tokyo's Harajuku/Omotesando district, where it was presented in the section of International Program 7.

“Hedgehog’s dilemma” is a short drama told entirely in sign language. The film is set in a rehabilitation center for deaf youth struggling with addictions. The main character, a new patient, begins to form a bond with the long-term resident of the facility, which becomes a challenge in the difficult process of recovery.

The film, starring Maciej Kosiacki, Joanna Mizgier and Danuta Lewandowska, lasts 16 minutes and had its world premiere at the 39. Warsaw International Film Festival in 2023, where it won the Jury Special Mention in the Short Film Competition. In 2024, the film was also presented and awarded at Polish festivals: 29. Prowincjonalia National Film Festival and the 21. Węgiel Film Festival.

 Film director: Mateusz Rybiński

Mateusz Rybinski, born in 1999, is a third-year student of directing at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice. “Hedgehog’s dilemma” is his debut feature film. He is currently working on two documentary etudes and is completing the post-production of the second-year feature film.