Rules and regulations of the 61st KFF

RULES AND REGULATIONS
OF THE 61st KRAKOW FILM FESTIVAL

The 61st Krakow Film Festival (61st KFF) shall be held between 30 May and 6 June 2021. The festival aims to review and promote documentary films, short animations and fiction films. The films are screened in both competitive and non-competitive sections. The 61st  KFF is a hybrid festival offering screenings in cinemas as well as online. Online screenings are available on the festival’s streaming platform within the territory of Poland only.

 

REQUIREMENTS 

1. COMPETITIVE SECTIONS

  • The following films may take part in competitions:

foreign films made in 2020 and 2021 that were not screened publicly before 1 June 2020,

Polish films made in 2020 and 2021.

Polish producers submit films to the national competition only. Out of the films submitted, the selection committee chooses those which will take part in international competitions (they have to meet the requirements set for individual competitions).

  • Competitions:

– International Documentary Film Competition: documentary films with a running time exceeding 50 minutes,

– International Short Film Competition: documentary, animated and fiction films with a running time not exceeding 30 minutes,

National Competition: Polish films only

    • documentary films with an unlimited time,
    • animated and fiction films with a running time not exceeding 30 minutes.

2. NON-COMPETITIVE SECTIONS

Out of the films submitted for selection, the organisers may choose films to be screened in non-competitive sections.

3. PREMIERE REQUIREMENTS

  • To be eligible for international competitions, the film must be a Polish premiere and a world premiere is preferred. The film cannot be presented at any film festival, theatrically released, broadcasted on TV, streamed on VOD platform or any other online media in Poland prior to the festival dates.
  • To be eligible for national competition, the film must be a Polish premiere. The film cannot be presented at any film festival, theatrically released, broadcasted on TV, streamed on VOD platform or any other online media in Poland prior to the festival dates.
  • A Polish premiere is preferred in non-competitive section.

4. LANGUAGE VERSIONS

Preview and screening copies must have English subtitles (not applicable to films where English is the original language).

 

SELECTION

1. ENTRY FEE

  • The festival shall charge the following entry fees:

– for films not exceeding 30 minutes: EUR 10,
– for films exceeding 30 minutes: EUR 20.

NOTE: an entry fee must be paid no later than 7 days after the online registration of the film. Otherwise the submission will be deleted.

  • A submission fee shall not apply to Polish films. In addition, films produced in the countries mentioned below may be exempted from entry fees (not applicable to films co-produced with countries not listed below):
    Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Dem. Rep., Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Camboia, Cameroon, Kenya, Comoros, Cuba, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Papua New Guinea, South Sudan, Burundi, Kiribati, Central African Republic, Vanuatu, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Solomon Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

2. DEADLINES FOR SUBMISSIONS

  • International Competitions:

30 November 2020: for films made prior to 31 October 2020,
31 January 2021: for films made after 31 October 2020.

  • National Competition:

30 November 2020: for films made prior to 31 October 2020,
15 February 2021: for films made after 31 October 2020.

3. SUBMISSIONS

  • Films should be submitted for selection in the following way:

– by completing an online entry form available at krakowfilmfestival.pl,
– by sending a public or private link to the film, with or without a password, with unlimited access, not restricted by time or territory (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube, etc.) or by uploading an MP4 or MOV file to the festival server. During the process of selection, the passwords cannot be changed.

  • The links which require downloading a file such as WeTransfer, MyAirBridge, etc., will not be accepted.
  • Technical details related to the file or a link sent shall be provided in the online entry form.
  • PLEASE NOTE: the film must be delivered not later than 7 days after its online registration.

4. RESULTS

  • Applicants shall be informed whether the film was admitted to or rejected from the programme by email at least 30 days before the start of the festival.
  • The list of films selected for competitions and non-competitive sections shall be placed at www.krakowfilmfestival.pl  as soon as the selection process is completed.
  • After receiving information about the qualification of the film for the festival programme the applicant shall provide materials about the film (including stills from the film, the director’s picture and biography, the dialogue list in the original language and in English, technical information and the trailer).
  • Any additional information can be obtained from the festival office: KRAKOW FILM FESTIVAL, ul. Basztowa 15/8a, 31-143 Kraków, Poland tel.: +48 12 2946945, [email protected]

 

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

1. SCREENINGS

  • After receiving information about the qualification of the film for festival screenings and its approval by the right holder, the applicant shall not withdraw the film from the festival.
  • Film screenings may be held both in cinemas and online. Online screenings will be scheduled on top of theatrical (or physical) screenings and may be proposed to right holders after the film selection by the Krakow Film Festival. The details of online screenings will be determined individually with right holders.
  • Films chosen for the online programme are available within the territory of Poland only at www.krakowfilmfestival.pl during the festival’s dates.
  • The festival may organise no more than 5 screenings of one film (in cinemas and online). Any additional screenings outside the festival programme require an additional consent of the right holders.
  • The films qualified for competitions shall automatically be placed in the online KFF Video Library and made available to the accredited participants of the KFF Industry organised during the festival (unless the right holder refuses consent in writing).

2. SCREENING COPIES

  • Only DCP format is accepted for the festival screenings.
  • Screening copies shall be uploaded to the festival server by 10 May 2021 or delivered to the following address: KRAKOW FILM FESTIVAL, ul. Basztowa 15/8a, 31-143 Kraków, Poland, tel.: +48 12 294 69 45, [email protected].

 

AWARDS

1. INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

  • Golden Horn for the director of the best film
  • Silver Horn for the director of the film of outstanding artistic value
  • Silver Horn for the director of the film focusing on social issues

2. INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION

  • Golden Dragon for the director of the best film
  • Silver Dragon for the director of the best documentary film
  • Silver Dragon for the director of the best animated film
  • Silver Dragon for the director of the best fiction film

3. NATIONAL COMPETITION

  • Golden Hobby Horse for the director of the best film
  • Silver Hobby Horse for the director of the best documentary film with a running time exceeding 30 minutes
  • Silver Hobby Horse for the director of the best documentary film with a running time not exceeding 30 minutes
  • Silver Hobby Horse for the director of the best animated film
  • Silver Hobby Horse for the director of the best fiction film

4. OTHER AWARDS

  • Audience Award for the best competition film selected in a survey among the audience.
  • Dragon of Dragons Special Award for extraordinary achievement in the documentary and animated film genre presented by the Programme Council of the Krakow Film Foundation.
  • Other awards approved by organisers and funded by associations, partners or institutions.

 

PROMOTION

  • The applicant approves of publishing information about the film on the festival website, in its official publications and press materials.
  • For promotional reasons, the materials about the film (including stills, the film trailer or clips) sent by the right holders may be made available to the media, television stations or partner Internet portals.
  • The festival organisers may distribute selected films on the conditions arranged with the right holders.

 

DELIVERY, RETURN AND INSURANCE OF FILM COPIES

1. DELIVERY

  • The transport costs of screening copies as well as all shipping charges shall be covered by the applicant.
  • The costs related to online transfer shall be covered by the applicant.
  • The applicant shall pay all customs duties outside the territory of Poland. The festival does not pay customs duties outside the territory of Poland.The applicant shall observe customs regulations related to film transport.
  • Parcels with foreign films from outside the European Union shall be accompanied by a pro forma invoice specifying the parcel value, which should not be greater than EUR 15, with the following note: ’No commercial value. For cultural purposes only’.

2. RETURN OF COPIES

  • Film copies shall be returned within two weeks after the festival closing date, at the organiser’s cost, to the address submitted by the applicant. The festival shall be notified of any changes of this address not later than one week before the festival starting date.
  • Film files will be removed from the servers within two weeks after the festival’s end.

3. INSURANCE AND PROTECTION

  • Film copies shall be insured against damage, theft and civil liability for the duration when they remain in the organiser’s possession.
  • Films chosen for an online programme are available for registered users only and are geo-blocked using CDN protection. They are encrypted and protected with multi-DRM tools, and a visible watermark is placed over the streamed video.

 

FINAL PROVISIONS

  • The films qualified for competitions shall be made available to the festival organisers free of charge.
  • The Festival Director determines whether the film submitted to the festival shall be included in festival screenings.
  • There is no option of appeal against the decision of the Festival Director.
  • The films submitted for selection in the previous editions of the festival shall not be considered.
  • The organisers may withdraw from the requirements provided in the Rules and Regulations for films of exceptional artistic value.
  • All matters not included in these Rules and Regulations shall be determined by the organisers represented by the Festival Director.
  • Submitting a film to the Krakow Film Festival is equivalent to accepting the provisions of these Rules and Regulations.
  • The Rules and Regulations of the Festival are in conformity with the International Rules and Regulations issued by FIAPF. 
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