Cannes Docs


Original title: Ptaszek

Directed by: Aneta Ptak

Produced by: Małgorzata Staroń (Staron-Film, Poland)

Country of production: Poland

Runtime: 71'

Expected release: May, 2025

Production stage: Shooting, Editing

Budget: €260 000 (40% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Festivals, Sales Agents, Pre-sale, Gap Financing


Birdie is a self exploratory visual journey of woman emancipation through the medium of her camera. An unexpected series of events throws Aneta off guard and in one sudden blast sweeps away from her life two most important men – her father and her husband. The unwanted breakup of her marriage triggered by the unforeseen death of her dad forced her to search for consolation in filming process

Director’s profile:

Aneta Ptak graduated from the Faculty of Multimedia Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland in 2010. She exhibited her short films, video art installations, performances in museums and galleries across Europe including Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland (2009), Platform Gallery, Vaasa, Finland (2009), Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland (2010). Her experimental short films have been screened on international festivals in Poland and other European countries. In 2010 she received a grant from The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. Currently she is a Phd student in National Film School in Lodz, Poland. Since 2017 she has been working as a movie post production specialist. Previous films: “Emma”, 2019, Poland, fiction, 15′ 28” (2019), “Under the surface”, 2019, Poland, documentary, 11′ 09” (2019)

Producer’s profile:

Małgorzata Staroń is a Polish producer whose principal aim is to produce author driven, ambitious fiction films and creative documentaries, sometimes in difficult shooting conditions. Besides international co-productions, she focuses on discovering new emerging directors in Poland and abroad. She produces real, contemporary stories, touching deep human needs and fascinations – in a poetic way. The most important for her is the artistic level of her productions and their international presence.
Last films:
2022 Apolonia Apolonia 116’ (L.Glob) documentary – Oscar Shortlist, IDFA Grand Prix
2022 Autobiography 116’ (M.Mubarak) fiction – Venice Orizzonti/Critics’ Week 2022 2022 January 116’ (V.Kairiss) fiction – Tribeca 2022 Winner