Krakow Film Festival
Krakow Film Festival is dedicated to documentary, animated and short fiction films and is one of the oldest film event in Europe
During 7 festival days viewers have an opportunity to watch about 250 films from Poland and abroad. Films are presented in competitions and in special sections like retrospectives, thematic cycles, archive screenings. Festival is accompanied by exhibitions, concerts, open air screenings and meetings with the filmmakers. Every year Krakow Film Festival hosts about 500 Polish and international guests: directors, producers, film festival programmers and numerous audience from Krakow.
Wawel Castle, inside and out, will be the venue for a series of screenings of movies about music - including the documentary Klezmatics: On Holy Ground, about internationally-renowned klezmer band that often plays Krakow, particularly at the annual festival of Jewish Culture. This series is also where you can discover the Corsican connection to the UK rock band The Police. The 30th anniversary of the death of Wojciech Wiszniewski, a winner at Krakow in 1981, will be marked by a retrospective of his films, while personal tales will be told in the ‘Somewhere in Europe’ programme.
Short Film, documentary & animation
In order to simplify the operation of the Festival as well as the overly complex numbering, we have decided to inaugurate in 2001 both competitions under a common name: Krakow Film Festival. The Krakow Short Film Festival is among Europe's oldest events dedicated to documentary, animation and other short film forms. In the course of decades the Festival has become well-established among similar world events, vying for primacy with the Oberhausen festival in the 1960's and 1970's. It was in Krakow that the outstanding Polish documentary makers such as Krzysztof Kieslowski, Wojciech Wiszniewski, Andrzej Fidyk and Marcel Lozinski began their career. It was also here that the famous directors of animated films, including Ryszard Czekala, Jerzy Kucia, Julian Antoniszczak, Piotr DumaĹ‚a and Zbigniew Rybczynski, winner of the Academy Award for the film Tango, made there debut.
Yet, such renowned documentary and animated filmmakers were not the only ones to participate and win prizes in Krakow, for the international festival laureates included also numerous artists who made their names as feature film directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Werner Herzog, Zoltan Huszarik, Jaromil Jires, Claude Lelouch, Patrice Leconte, Mike Leigh and the recent Oscar laureate, Jan Sverak.
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