Horse Riders


A pagan custom takes place alongside the traditional Easter Sunday celebrations in the Polish village of Sternalice. Rough-looking men set aside their work tools, saddle wild horses, and set off on a pilgrimage, filled with humility before God. The documentary’s visual and aural cacophony captures the ancient tradition, creating a stunning visual myth.


Written and directed: Anna Gawlita
Director of photography and editor – Tomasz Wolski
Sound – Marcin Lenarczyk, Anna Gawlita
Music – Michał Górczyński
Production manager: Anna Gawlita
Producer: Anna Gawlita
Cofinanced: Polish Film Institute


Awarded as best producer at Era New Horizons International Film Festival (2008) and Krakow Film Festival (2017). She is dedicated to make documentaries and fiction movies with strong author’s vision. Participant Berlinale Talents, Emerging Producers Programme at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, EKRAN + at Wajda School. Producer and production manager for films among others of Tomasz Wolski, Jakub Radej, Piotr Stasik, and Aleksandra Maciuszek which were awarded at Jihlava FF, Krakow FF, Palms Springs FF, Margaret Mead in NY, Camerimage, Planete Doc Review and many others.In 2018 she had finished her director’s documentary debut – „Horse Riders” which got two Oscar Selected Awards – The Golden Frog at 26th Camerimage International Film Festival and Grand Prix at Cork Film Festival.


– GOLDEN FROG (Oscar selected award) – Camerimage International Film Festival, Poland, 2018
– GRAND PRIX – Cork Film Festival, Ireland, 2019
– JURY AWARD – Busan International Short Film Festival, Korea, 2019
– BEST DOCUMENTARY – Fano International Film Festival, Italy, 2019
– THE BEST FILM – Szczecin Film Festival, Poland, 2019
– SILVER CASTLE – International Documentary Film Festival OFF CINEMA, Poland, 2019
– SPECIAL MENTION – Opolskie Lamy Film Festival, Poland, 2018
– SPECIAL MENTION – Media Festival „Man in Danger”, Poland, 2018