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Short Docs Media is a boutique Polish production firm lead by documentary filmmaker Piotr Malecki. We specialize in films in which a strong personal story line is essential.
We started with the shorts, but now Short Docs Media produces also medium and full length documentaries as well as series. Our films have been appreciated at the international festivals, in television, vod, educational institutions and in-flight entertainment. Our latest film is co-produced with Canal Plus, two projects are co-financed by Polish Film Institute.

Joanna Tatko producer

Piotr Malecki director, cinematographer and producer

Documentary Showreel
Trailer: Our Little El Dorado (Nasze Małe Eldorado) doc, 59min | 2024
The commune is struggling with huge debts. The mayor, the main culprit, experienced a personal tragedy. Did this affect his overly ambitious actions? Colorful everyday life is going on in the background. A warm and humorous observation of the life of a village near Krakow.
Trailer: Personal Portrait (Portret Osobisty) doc mini series - 4 episodes | 2022 (trailer of the first episode)
A mini documentary series about work, thoughts and dreams of the top Polish photographers.
Trailer: "Out of the Blue" (Budzik) doc, 30min | 2016
Cyprian, Filip, Ola and Kuba – four out of fifteen young patients of the Budzik clinic near Warsaw. They have been in a coma for a long time. Their parents are determined to help them come back to life. The film tells an extraordinary story of people who, in the face of personal tragedy, do not give up, are full of hope, and fight for the lives and health of their children.
Trailer: George and George on the Lake (Jerzy i Jerzy na Jeziorach) doc, 29min | 2018
George and George are both 83. Every summer they sail together on the Mazury lakes in Northeast Poland, happy with the simplicity of life. This might be the last such summer together.
The Commuters: Life in Warsaw (Multimedia short) | 2011
Story about a group of friends, who commute together to work in Warsaw. About 500 thousand people commute every day to Polish capital.
Part of a series about life in Warsaw.
Wika: Life in Warsaw  (Multimedia short) | 2011
Wika Szmit is 74 years old and a pensioner. Three times a week she runs discos at the Bolek club in Warsaw. Part of a series about life in Warsaw.
Jodie: Life in Warsaw  (Multimedia short) | 2012
Warsaw seen with the eyes of a foreigner. An American woman lives on the socialist-era housing estate and figures out the way to be happy in Poland.
Part of a series about life in Warsaw.
Call Centre:  Life in Warsaw (Multimedia short) | 2011
The best call centre consultants are like doctors - they look beneath the skin of client to determine the best way to sell him a product. Over 200 thousand Poles work in 1500 call centres in Poland.
Part of a series about life in Warsaw.
Recycling of Souls: Life in Warsaw (Multimedia short) | 2010
Ekon Association in Warsaw is a recycling plant that provides jobs for people with learning difficulties or mental health issues; who would otherwise find it difficult to get work. When you're often excluded from society work is 'A pleasure'. Part of a series about life in Warsaw.
Photographer Karolina Jonderko. "Selfportrait with my mother" | 2012
Napo Images photographer Karolina Jonderko talks about one of her images.
Filip Cwik. "12 faces" | 2012
Photographer Filip Cwik talks about his photo from "12 faces" series
Photographer Adam Lach:  "Jumping dog" | 2012
Napo Images photographer Adam Lach talks about his picture, the Wrzesnia Collection and about his love of photography.

City Horses  / Miejskie Konie (Multimedia short) | 2010
Since the beginning of financial crisis, between 10 and 20 thousand horses in Ireland have become homeless or gone in the hands of the youths in urban areas.
Where Meat Means Money (Multimedia short) | 2010
In America, meat is big business. The meat and poultry industry is the largest sector of US agriculture. Three huge meatpacking plants in Kansas kill and process 1500 cattle a day.
The lift to heaven: Life in Warsaw (Multimedia short) | 2012
Short documentary about disco polo, a type of dance music which originated in rural areas of Poland. Though considered tacky by many people, it is becoming incredibly popular. To learn more and see more films, visit project's site:

Potatoes (Multimedia short) | 2009
I shot this story in two huge farms financed by the state, inspired by the news from the visit of Belorussian president Aleksandr Lukashenko in one of them. The president is going to make Belarus a giant of potato production, making this vegetable the main export of this cash starved country.
Lampedusa (Multimedia short) | 2009
Short film about the first large wave of migrants arriving on the Lampedusa island.

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