POLISH FILMS AWARDED AT 59TH KRAKOW FILM FESTIVAL
On Saturday, June 1, in the Kijów.Center, in a room that was filled to the brim, the international jury awarded prizes to the best documentary, short and animated films that competed for the praise of experts and audience in Krakow cinemas throughout the whole festival week. Among them, there were Polish films.
– The evening that we have before us will be full of joy, emotions and surprises – said Patrycja Wanat, who is the host of the closing gala of the 59th Krakow Film Festival while launching the evening. The award ceremony was attended by representatives of the film industry and cinema lovers from around the world. The evening was graced with a recital by Mikołaj Trzaska, who was also a member of the jury of the DocFilmMusic competition.
The winner of the oldest festival competition – International Short Film Competition – was Izabela Plucińska for the film “Portrait of Suzanne” (Poland, Germany, France). The jury, led by Polish director Xawery Żuławski, awarded the director with the Golden Dragon award for mastery in shaping matter and a brilliant balancing between surrealistic vision and reality. According to the jury, this work is complete and delightful.
Silver Dragons are prizes awarded to the best short films representing all film genres of the competition. The Silver Dragon for the best documentary was awarded to Aleksandra Maciejczyk for the production of “Connected” (Poland).
For both films it is the opportunity to apply for an Oscar nomination.
The Golden Hobby-Horse in the Polish Competition was awarded to Grzegorz Paprzycki’s “My Country So Beautiful”. The jury, under the leadership of Maciej Karpiński, awarded the prize for taking up the current topic, following the tradition of the Polish documentary film participating in public life.
The best Polish animated film was “Acid Rain” by Tomasz Popakul. This is the second Silver Hobby-Horse in the artist’s career – the first one he received for the film “Ziegenort” in 2013. This time, the jury appreciated the director for proving that the visually attractive animation language can be a tool for understanding important phenomena of the present day.
The Silver Hobby-Horse for the director of the best documentary film went to Andrea Kutsila for the film “Summa“, which according to the jury has a humanistic message, expressed in a mature, harmonious form.
The third Silver Hobby-Horse, for the best feature film, went to Helena Oborska for the film “Bitten” for a different approach to interpersonal relationships and for the search for the original language in film.
INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Having watched all the competition films, the International Short Film Jury consisting of: Xawery Żuławski – chairman (Poland), Zbigniew Czapla (Poland), Mohammad Fahimi (Iran), Alexei Medvedev (Russia), Sari Volanen (Finland), has decided to award the following prizes:
GOLDEN DRAGON for the director of the best film – Izabela Plucińska for Portrait of Suzanne(Poland, Germany, France)
– For mastery in shaping the matter and brilliant balancing between surrealistic vision and reality. A complete and delightful work.
SILVER DRAGON for the director of the best documentary film – Aleksandra Maciejczyk for Connected(Poland)
The Jury of the Polish Competition at the 59th Krakow Film Festival faced the difficult task of selecting the best out of 46 competition films, representing various genres and a varied, not always satisfying, artistic level.
Having watched all the competition films, the National Competition Jury consisting of: Maciej Karpiński – chairman, Weronika Bilska, Damian Nenow, Marta Prus, Tomasz Raczek has decided to award the following prizes:
GOLDEN HOBBY-HORSE for the director of the best film funded by the President of the Polish Filmmakers Association – Grzegorz Paprzycki for My Country So Beautiful(Poland)
– For taking up the current topic in accordance with the tradition of Polish documentary film participating in public life.
Mrs. Weronika Bilska did not take part in the notification by submitting a vote of separatum
SILVER HOBBY-HORSE for the director of the best documentary film – Andrei Kutsila for Summa (Poland)
– For a valuable humanistic message, expressed in a mature, harmonious form.
SILVER HOBBY-HORSE for the director of the best animated film – Tomek Popakul for Acid Rain (Poland)
– For proving that a visually attractive animation language can be a tool for understanding important phenomena of the present day.
SILVER HOBBY-HORSE forthe director of the best fiction film– Helena Oborska for Bitten (Poland)
– For a different approach to interpersonal relationships and for the search for the original language of film.
The Award of the Polish Filmmakers Association for the best film editing – Szymon Kuczyński for Strawberry Boys
Maciej Szumowski Award for remarkable social awarenessfunded by the National Broadcasting Council – Diana Kadłubowska and Krzysztof Kadłubowski for Today, Tomorrow… Yesterday(Poland)
The Award for the best short and documentary films producer in Poland funded by the Polish Producers Alliance (KIPA) – Piotr Szczepanowicz and Grzegorz Wacławek (Animoon) for the films Acid Rain and The Hunt(Poland)
Best Cinematography Award under the patronage of The Polish Society of Cinematographers funded by Coloroffon Film and Naima Film – Tomasz Wierzbicki for the film Bitten (Poland)
KFF INDUSTRY AND DOC LAB POLAND AWARDS
ANIMATED IN POLAND
Audiovisual Technology Center Special Mention – project of the film LOVE, dir. Michał and Jakub Socha, prod. Jakub Karwowski, Piotr Szczepanowicz /Letko
Sound Mind Award – project of the film LOVE IN THE TIME OF COAL-BASED ECONOMY, dir. Tomasz Siwiński, prod.Jakub Karwowski, Piotr Szczepanowicz /Letko
DOCS TO START
Władysław Ślesicki Film Foundation Special Mentions:
project of the film MISS OF POLAND, dir. Jana Shostak, Jakub Jasiukiewicz, prod. Katarzyna Drapała /WFDiF
project of the film MY BIG BIBA, dir. Judyta Fibiger, prod. Robert Rhodin/ White Shark Studios
project of the film BROTHERHOOD, dir. Hanna Maciąg, prod. Maria Wachowiak, Anna Waligórska / No Prob Production House
DOK Leipzig Special Mention – project of the film TOGETHER, dir. Marek Kozakiewicz, prod. Agnieszka Skalska / Koi Studio
Uchostudio Award – project of the film WHEN THE WIND BECOMES SILENT, reż. Mateusz Gołębiewski, prod. Małgorzata Domin, Dominika Mandla, Kinga Mielnik / Domino Film
ColorOffOn Award – project of the film I WANT IT ALL, dir. Katarzyna Wiśniowska, prod. Tomasz Morawski / Haka Films
HBO Award – project of the film LILI, dir. Sylwia Rosak, produkcja: Tomasz Morawski / Haka Films
DOCS TO GO!
Institute of Documentary Film Special Mention – project of the film THE PAWNSHOP, dir. Łukasz Kowalski, prod. Łukasz Kowalski, Anna Mazerant / 4.30 Studio
ColorOffOn Award – project of the film NO HERO AT ALL, dir. Michał Kawecki, prod. Maria Siniarska / Unlimited Film Operations