By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Ziggy Kozlowski Receives 2015 Polish Film Festival in America Golden Ciupaga Award

I can hardly imagine more hardworking and humble behind-the-stage PR professional than Ziggy Kozlowski who makes such a colossal difference in introducing foreign language films, including the ones made by Polish directors. His enthusiasm and expertise are simply priceless…

Christopher Kamyszew
PFFA Founder & Society for Arts/Society Films CEO

Ziggy Kozlowski is a partner at the public relations firm Block-Korenbrot Public Relations where he has worked for the past twenty years. In his role as publicist, he has worked on the release and award campaigns of some of most significant independent and foreign films of the past two decades, among them CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, the BLUE WHITE RED trilogy, HOOP DREAMS, LEAVING LAS VEGAS, AMOUR and the Oscar-winning CRASH. His client roster includes Sony Pictures Classics, HBO, Fox TV, Lionsgate Releasing, and New Line Cinema. Personal clients include Paul Haggis, director, writer, producer, CRASH. Ziggy is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

Ziggy Kozlowski was born in 1956 in Inowroclaw, Poland, but has spent most of his life in the United States. He began his professional career at the Chicago firm John Iltis Associates after graduating from Chicago’s DePaul University in 1979.  He worked at JIA from 1979-1987 and moved to Los Angeles in April, 1987  He has worked on national campaigns, field campaigns, special projects and personal publicity at a variety of LA-based entertainment concerns including TNT, and 20th Century Fox.

Over the years, Ziggy has worked with a wide roster of European filmmakers including many Polish film directors on their Oscar campaigns and projects. He successfully worked on films by Andrzej Wajda (Lifetime Achievement Award; WALESA), Krzysztof Kieslowski (BLUE, WHITE, RED; DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE), Agnieszka Holland (the Academy-nominated IN DARKNESS; THIRD MIRACLE, TOTAL ECLIPSE; OLIVER, OLIVER), Roman Polanski (DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, CARNAGE, BITTER MOON), Krzysztof Zanussi, Jerzy Hoffman and many others. His generous assistance and expertise contributed to many international successes of Polish films.

Mr. Kozlowski will receive his award in person during the Closing Night ceremony on Sunday, November 22 at 5:00 PM. in Muvico 18, 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont. The Golden Ciupaga (a tomahawk of Polish Highlanders) Award was created and executed by Polish artist Tomasz Krzpiet.

One Response to “Ziggy Kozlowski Receives 2015 Polish Film Festival in America Golden Ciupaga Award”

  1. I have been acquainted with Ziggy for many years now. I met him as a little nobody with a drive to see a specific film he was promoting. I was treated so well by him that I have stayed in touch all these years. He was professional, friendly and never made me feel like just a “groupie” or some small insignificant person. He absolutely deserves this award for his professionalism to the film community both large and small.

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