The Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival prides itself in noticing excellence in both the short film and documentary categories, annually giving awards to non-feature films:
Ewa Pięta – was a very talented Polish director and screenwriter of the new generation, whose films were presented at more than 100 festivals, winning 20 awards, mostly abroad. She believed that films have the power to make the world a better place. Her documentary Like a Butterfly was the first film to receive an award at our festival. Ewa Pięta was a guest of the Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival in 2005. She died a year later at the age of 38, having just finished her last documentary about the Burning Man Festival in Nevada.