All Souls’ Day


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Directed by Aleksandra Terpińska
Poland | 18 minutes | 2012 | Polish

On her eighteenth birthday, Lena is trying to bond with her family. All Souls’ Day, a time for contacting the dead and getting together to return to one’s roots, puts our protagonist in a special mood and changes her outlook on her own problems. Everything that happens throughout the day will revolutionise Lena’s view of her family. It is a story of the search for one’s identity and roots, of life and death, of the co-existence of parallel worlds that come together through the power of love.


Director: Aleksandra Terpińska
Screenwriter: Aleksandra Terpińska
Cinematography: Bartosz Bieniek
Editor: Daniel Gąsiorowski
Producer: Krystyna Doktorowicz

  • Aleksandra Terpińska
    Aleksandra Terpińska

Festival & Awards
Festiwal Dwa Brzegi
New Horizons International Film Festival
Short Waves
Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles


Aleksandra Terpińska

Polish filmmaker based in Warsaw. Director and screenwriter of short films, commercials and music videos. Studied Directing at the University of Silesia in Katowice, and Psychology at the University of Wroclaw. She has made several short films – CHICKEN, ALL SOULS’ DAY, AMERICA, THE BEST FIREWORKS EVER– and a documentary – CZECH SWAN.

Her film AMERICA (2015) recived 16 awards including Golden Horseman of the Youth Jury at Filmfest Dresden, Best Short Film at Sehsuchte International Student Film Festival in Potsdam, Golden Tadpole at Camerimage IFF, Early Bird Grand Award in Bulgaria and The Flaming Faun at Shnit International Shortfilm Festival. Her previous film All Souls’ Day was selected on over 100 film festivals among them San Sebastian, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Edinburgh, Clermont-Ferrand. It received 16 awards, including Grand Prix at Short Film Festival in Drama, Best Short Film at Cottbus Film Festival and PFI and Mastershot Award at Camerimage IFF.

2021 Other People, feature in production
2017 The Best Fireworks Ever, short
2015 America, short
2015 Czech Swan, documentary
2013 Chicken, short
2012 All Souls’ Day, short