Scene from the film Urban Cowboys
Scene from the film Urban Cowboys

Urban Cowboys

  • Poland
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Can a horse save a life? In Clondalkin (Dublin) that’s exactly the case. In a district where there is a lot of problems and not a lot of prospects, young people face drugs, prison and the path of crime. But some of them manage to escape into an unusual hobby. They tame wild horses and become…urban cowboys. When 14-year-old Dylan hits a dark patch in his life, he finds comfort in Shelly, a white mare that quickly becomes his whole world. Even though taming of wild horses is illegal in Ireland and Shelly’s hooves are not used to the concrete streets, their unlikely friendship grows stronger.


  • Original title
    Miejscy kowboje
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Paweł Ziemilski
  • DOP
    Maciej Twardowski
  • Editing
    Przemysław Chruścielewski
  • Music
    Guy Sigsworth
  • Sound
    Katarzyna Szczerba
  • Duration
    29 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Poland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Edinburgh International FF, UK, 2017
    • Flahertiana - IDFF, Russia, 2019
    • Alcine 46 - Festival de Cine de Alcala de Henares, Spain, 2016
    • 23rd International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima, Poland, 2016
    • Go Short - International Short FF Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2017
    • Hot Docs, Canada, 2017
    • 47th Alcine - Alcalá de Henares Film Festival, Spain, 2017
    • Astra Film Festival, Romania, 2017
    • FIDÉ - International Student Documentary FF, Brazil, 2017
    • Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017, The United Kingdom, 2017
    • Verzio Film Festival 2017, Hungary, 2017
    • Bogotá Short Film Festival BOGOshorts, Colombia, 2017
    • 20th Mecal Pro IS Film and Animation Festival, Spain, 2018
  • Awards
    • Astra Film Festival, Romania, 2017 - Best Direction in the Docschool Competition
    • Verzio Film Festival 2017, Hungary, 2017 - Best Student Film is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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