Competitions and Non-competing series

Competitions

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

It collects the most moving and shocking stories that concern current social and political problems around the world, but they are also not indifferent to the fate of the individual. The competition presents about 20 films (medium and full-length), which are longer than 30 minutes. The Golden Horn, the main award in the international documentary competition, is an award qualifying for an Oscar nomination in the category of full-length documentary film.
Details

  • “Acasa, My Home”, dir. Radu Ciorniciuc, 85’, Romania, Finland, Germany
  • “The Self Portrait”, dir. Margreth Olin, Katja Hogset, Espen Wallin, 70’, Norway
  • “Sunless Shadows”, dir. Mehrdad Oskouei, 74’, Iran, Norway
  • “Kunashir”, dir. Vladimir Kozlov, 71’, France
  • “Bitter Love”, dir. Jerzy Śladkowski, 86’, Sweden/Finland/Poland
  • “I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die”, dir. Eva Marie Rødbro, 76’, Denmark
  • “Altered States Of Consciousness”, dir. Piotr Stasik, Poland
  • “El Father Plays Himself”, dir. Mo Scarpelli, 108′, Venezuela/United Kingdom/Italy/USA
  • „The Champion of the World”, dir. Federico Borgia, Guillermo Madeiro 78′, Uruguay
  • “Punta Sacra”, dir. Francesca Mazzoleni, 98′, Italy
  • “Higher Love”, dir. Hasan Oswald, 78’, USA
  • “The Whale from Lorino”, dir. Maciej Cuske, Poland
  • “The Foundation Pit”, dir. Andrey Gryazev, 70’, Russia
  • “An Ordinary Country”, dir. Tomasz Wolski, 53’, Poland

INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION

It presents short documentaries, feature films and animations (up to 30 min) of artists from the farthest corners of the world, which makes it the most diverse and intriguing competition section of the festival. The awards granted in this competition shorten the path of applying for an Oscar nomination, and the award for the best European film gives the opportunity to apply for a nomination for the European Film Award.

Details

Documentary short films:

  • “Dad You’ve Never Had”, dir. Dominika Łapka, 29’, Poland, 2020
  • “A Second Family”, dir. Ramón Sánchez Orense, Susanne Krauss, 8’, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2019
  • “A Friendly Man”, dir. Łukasz Konopa, 22’, Israel, 2019
  • “Epitaph”, dir. Victor Asliuk, 28’, Belarus, 2020
  • “The Fantastic”, dir. Maija Blåfield, 29’, Finland, 2020
  • “The Butler”, dir. Daniel Dencik, 25’, Denmark, 2019
  • “Overdue”, dir. Tessa Louise Pope, 24’, The Netherlands, 2019
  • “keep shiftin’”, dir. Verena Wagner, 21’, Germany, 2019
  • “I Need the Handshakes”, dir. Andrej Kuciła, 19’, Poland, 2020
  • “There’s No Shooting in Kyiv”, dir. Jakub Šedý, 30, Czech Republic, 2019
  • “Depot Asmara”, dir. Beatrice Möller, 25’, Germany, 2019
  • “The Golden Buttons”, dir. Alex Evstigneev, 19’, Russia, 2020
  • “Just a Guy”, dir. Shoko Hara, 15’, Germany, 2020

Live action short films:

  • “Alice and the Frog”, dir. Olga Bołądź, 28’, Poland, 2020
  • “White Eye”, dir. Tomer Shushan, 21’, Israel, 2019
  • “Adults”, dir. Zhenya Kryukova, 26’, Russia, 2019
  • “Los Bengalas”, dir. David Valero Simón, 21’, Spain, 2019
  • “My Name Is Sonila”, dir. Suela Bako, 20’, France, 2019
  • “Innocence”, dir. Ben Reid, 20’, United Kingdom, 2019
  • “Nina”, dir. Hristo Simeonov, 20’, Bulgaria, 2019
  • “The Father”, dir. Gleb Osatinski, 9’, USA, 2019
  • “Problem”, dir. Tomasz Wolski, 15’, Poland, 2020
  • “Chubby”, dir. Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli, 22’, Canada, 2019
  • “Majority”, dir. Tessa Hoffe, 15’, United Kingdom, 2019
  • “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”, dir. Mads Koudal, 19’, Denmark, 2019
  • “The Verdict in the Case of K.”, dir. Özgür Anil, 30’, Austria, 2020

Animated short films:

  • “backstage.episodes”, dir. Marcin Wojciechowski, Poland, 2020
  • “Wade”, dir. Upamanyu Bhattacharyya, Kalp Sanghvi, 11’, India, 2019
  • “Wood Child and Hidden Forest Mother”, dir. Stephen Irwin, 10’, United Kingdom, 2020
  • “How My Grandmother Became a Chair”, dir. Nicolas Fattouh, 10’, Lebanon, Germany, Qatar 2020
  • “Beyond Noh”, dir. Patrick Smith, 4’ USA, Japan, 2020
  • “Average Happiness”, dir. Maja Gehrig, 7’, Switzerland, 2019
  • “Little Miss Fate”, dir. Joder von Rotz, 8’, Switzerland, 2020
  • “Ghost Eye”, dir. Wouter Sel, Thijs De Cloedt, 19’, Belgium, 2020’
  • “He Can’t Live Without Cosmos”, dir. Konstantin Bronzit, 16’, Russia, 2019
  • “Plantarium”, dir. Tomek Ducki, dir. Poland, Hungary, 7’, 2020
  • “Coming Home”, dir. Benjamin Swiczinsky, 4’, Austria, 2019
  • “Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves”, dir. Chintis Lundgren, 18’, Estonia, Croatia, France, 2019
  • “All Her Dying Lovers”, dir. Anna Benner, Eluned Zoe Aiano, 6’, Germany, Czech Republic, 2020

INTERNATIONAL DOCFILMMUSIC COMPETITION

The youngest festival competition, in which approximately 10 full-length musical documents from around the world compete with each other. DocFilmMusic proves that the genre of a musical documentary is not only biographies of artists or bands, but also unconventional fun forms, an interesting approach to the subject and travels in yet unfathomable musical stories.

Details

  • “Africa Mia”, dir. Richard Minier, Edouard Salier, 81’, France
  • “The Changin’ Times of Ike White”, dir. Daniel Vernon, 77’, United Kingdom
  • “Once Were Brothers”, dir. Daniel Roher, 102’, Canada
  • “Tomorrow’s Gone”, dir.. Boaz Goldberg, 70’, Israel
  • “Nocturne”, dir. Gwanjo Jeong, 97’, South Korea
  • “Pearl of the Desert”, dir. Pushpendra Singh, 82’, India, South Korea
  • “Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band”, dir. Tod Lending, 80’, USA
  • “Coal-Country Song. Gundermann”, dir. Grit Lemke, 98’, Germany
  • “White Riot”, dir. Rubika Shah, 81’, United Kingdom

NATIONAL COMPETITION

The oldest competition, which has aroused great emotions from the very beginning. Films that compete in it include Polish documentary films (short, medium and full-length), animated and feature films (up to 30 minutes). The competitors are both recognized creators and promising debutants. Preference is given to productions that have not been distributed in Polish cinemas so far and have not been presented at any festival.

Details

Documentary films:

  • “Dad You’ve Never Had”, dir. Dominika Łapka, 29’, 2020
  • “The Butterfly’s Dream”, dir. Jarosław Szmidt’ 91, 2020
  • “Fortunata”, dir. Paweł Banasiak, 80’, 2020
  • “Guczo. Notes on Life”, dir. Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, 76’, 2020
  • “In Case of An Emergency”, dir. Jakub A. Kozieł, 26’, 2019
  • “Kites”, reż. Franciszek Dźwierżyński, Łukasz Stryjewski, 5’, 2020
  • “Between Us”, dir. Dorota Proba, 53’, 2020
  • “Altered States of Consciousness”, dir. Piotr Stasik, 55’, 2020
  • “Last Knights of The Right Sight”, dir. Michał Edelman, 67’, 2020
  • “Papa”, dir. Maryia Yakimovich, 29’, 2020
  • “Pilgrims of Divine Mercy”, dir. Przemysław Jan Chrobak, 83’, 2020
  • “Pollywood”, dir. Paweł Ferdek, 85’, 2020
  • “Tell Me More”, dir. Martyna Peszko, 29’, 2020
  • “Sonny”, dir. Paweł Chorzępa, 40’, 2019
  • “Glass Negatives”, dir. Jan Borowiec, 39’, Polska, 2019
  • “Tigress of Menopause”, dir. Henryk Dederko, 50’, 2020
  • “I Need the Handshakes”, dir. Andrej Kuciła, 19’, 2020
  • “We Have One Heart”, dir. Katarzyna Warzecha, 11’, 2020
  • “The Fear”, dir. Pawlina Carlucci Sforza, 28’, 2020
  • “The Whale From Lorino, dir. Maciej Cuske, 59’, 2019
  • “xABo: Father Boniecki”, dir. Aleksandra Potoczek, 73’, 2020
  • “An Ordinary Country”, dir. Tomasz Wolski, 53’, 2020

Animated films:

  • “backstage.episodes”, dir. Marcin Wojciechowski, 11’, 2020
  • “Lushfulness”, dir. Weronika Szyma, 6’, 2020
  • “I’m Here”, dir. Julia Orlik, 15’, 2020
  • “Millenium” dir. Daria Godyń, 8’, 2020
  • “Paper House”, dir. Martyna Hołda, 6’, 2020
  • “Plantarium”, dir. Tomek Ducki, 7’, 2020
  • “Portrait of a Woman”, dir. Natalia Durszewicz, 5’, 2020
  • “Co-ognition”, dir. Przemysław Świda, 6’, 2020
  • “Reason”, dir. Szymon Ruczyński, 8’, 2020
  • “Now Listen”, dir. Kasia Kijek, Przemek Adamski, 4, 2020
  • “Your Own Bullshit”, dir. Daria Kopiec, 6’, 2020

Live action short films:

  • “Alice and the Frog”, dir. Olga Bołądź, 28’, 2020
  • “Go and Tell Her”, dir. Aleksandra Maciejczyk, 18’, 2019
  • “Beyond Is the Day”, dir. Damian Kocur, 26’, 2020
  • “The Stone”, dir. Bartosz Kozera, 25’, 2020
  • “Maria Is Not Alive”, dir. Martyna Majewska, 29’, 2020
  • “Noamia”, dir. Antonio Galdamez, 29’, 2020
  • “Last Days of Summer”, dir. Klaudia Kęska, 26’, 2020
  • “Problem”, dir. Tomasz Wolski, 15’, 2020
  • “The Dress”, dir. Tadeusz Łysiak, 30’ 2020
  • “Submission”, dir. Michał Ciechomski, 30’, 2020

Non-competing series:

SOMEWHERE IN EUROPE

This section presents films produced on our continent, but showcasing the less known and explored faces of Europe. The documentaries present a whole spectrum of problems that plague our neighbors and their microworld located far from the neon lights and the metropolitan movement of modern European capitals.
Somewhere in Europe. Boys Do Cry Details

  • Our Motherland”, dir. Shamira Raphaela, 73’, Holland, 2019
  • Teach”, dir. Alex Brendea, 82’,Romania, 2019
  • The Happiest Man in the World”, dir. Joonas Berghall, 85’, Finland, 2020
  • Where Are You, Adam?”, dir. Oleksandr Zaporoshchenko, 80’, Ukraine, 2019

WORLD STORIES

In this series we are moving into a variety of less and more known corners of our globe, following interesting stories, expressive characters and still current themes, told by great directors but also by debutants.
World Stories. World of Women  Details

  • “Glitter & Dust”, reż. Anna Koch, Julia Lemke, 91’, Niemcy, 2020
  • “Kosher Beach”, reż. Karin Kainer, 62’, Izrael, 2019
  • “Lili”, reż. Peter Hegedus 75’, Australia, Węgry, 2019
  • “Ninosca”, reż. Peter Torbiörnsson, 104’, Szwecja, 2020
  • “The Unseen”, reż. Behzad Nalbandi, 61’, Iran, 2019

DRAGON OF DRAGONS RETROSPECTIVE

A section presenting the achievements of the Dragon of Dargons Award recipient, awarded to documentary and animated filmmakers for their unique contribution to the development of world cinematography. The award, which is granted by the Program Council of the Krakow Film Foundation, is given during a special ceremony taking place during the festival.

Details

  • „The Danube Exodus”, dir. Péter Forgács, Holandia, 1998, 60’
  • “Meanwhile Somewhere 1940-1943”, dir. Péter Forgács, Węgry, 1994, 52’
  • “Hunky Blues – The American Dream”,  dir. Péter Forgács, Węgry, 2009, 100’
  • “Picturesque Epochs”,  dir. Péter Forgács, Węgry, 2016, 133’
  • “Miss Universe 1929. Lisl Goldarbeiter. A Queen in Wien”,  dir. Péter Forgács, Austria, Holandia, Węgry,  2006, 70’
  • “Kadar’s Kiss – Private Hungary 12”,  dir. Péter Forgács, Węgry, 1997, 46’
  • “Free Fall – Private Hungary 10”,  dir. Péter Forgács, Węgry, 1996, 75’
  • “Wittgenstein Tractatus”,  dir. Péter Forgács, Węgry, 1992, 32’
  • “The Maelstrom: A Family Chronicle”, dir. Péter Forgács, Holandia, 1997, 60’

PANORAMA OF THE POLISH DOCUMENTARY FILM

A careful selection of the most interesting Polish documentaries that have already noted their first significant successes and those for whom the premiere at the festival may be a pass to an international career.

Details

  • ”House of Writers”, dir. Marek Gajczak, 61’, 2019
  • “How to swim and not to drown”, dir. Anna Pawluczuk, 22’, 2019
  • “My sleepless night”, dir. Ryszard Lenczewski, 8’, 2019
  • “On the Top Tyrryry”, dir. Renata Kijowska, 60’, 2019
  • “The Midwife”, dir. Maria Stachurska, 54’, 2020
  • “Just don’t sing“, dir. Jędrzej Michalak, 25’ ,2019
  • “In harmony”, dir. Dorota Bator, 14’, 2019
  • “Broken head”, dir. Maciej Jankowski, 42’, 2019

DOCS+SCIENCE

Docs+Science is one of the youngest sections of the Krakow Film Festival. Each year it follows film expressions focusing on fascinating natural phenomena and the biggest scientific discoveries, follows the greatest minds of the era, and takes a closer look at complicated relations between people and technology and nature. In this year’s series filmmakers will try to answer great questions using various film forms and techniques; apart from documentary films we will see animations and pictures that could not be described with traditional genres.

Details

List of Docs+Science. No man’s land films:
  • “Baikonur. Earth”, dir. Andrea Sorini, 76’, Italy, 2019
  • “That Which Is to Come Is Just a Promise”, dir. Anna Maria Martena, Roberto Taroni, 22’, Netherlands, Itlay, New Zealand, 2019
  • “Fat Kathy”, dir. Julia Pełka,14’ Poland, 2019
  • “Are You There”, dir. Maartje Nevejan, 89’, Netherlands, 2019
  • “Kiruna – A Brand New World”, dir. Greta Stocklassa, 87’,  Czech Republic, 2019
  • “Kodak”, dir. Andrew Norman Wilson, 33’, USA, 2019
  • “The Night Side”, dir. Alexandra Navratil, 5’, Netherlands, 2019 
  • “Re-sculpted in Time: Sanatorium Zonnestraal”, dir. Michiel van Bakel, 10’ Netherlands, 2020
  • “Almost Human”, dir. Jeppe Rønde, 47’, Denmark, Great Britain, 2020
  • “The Sasha”, dir. María Molina Peiró, 20’, Netherlands, 2019
  • “Solar Walk”, dir. Réka Bucsi, 21’ Denmark, 2017  
  • “Carlotta’s Face”, dir. Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld, 5’, Germany 2019   

KIDS&YOUTH 

During the festival, we also planned a space for the youngest audience. Kids & Youth is a film program initiated in 2005 for children and youth prepared jointly with foreign partners. The series includes shows for primary school, junior high and high school students as well as family film screenings for individual viewers.

SHORTS MATTER!

A review of short films nominated for the European Film Awards prepared by the European Film Academy and presented at film festivals and retrospectives throughout Europe and abroad.

FOCUS ON… 

The main protagonist of this retrospective is the cinematography from a chosen country. A trade conference with filmmakers and representatives of film institutions is also organized in addition to presenting the latest film achievements. The first invited country was Israel in 2010, followed by the Netherlands (2011), Italy (2012), Switzerland (2013), the United Kingdom (2014), Lithuania (2015), Sweden (2016), Germany (2017) and Estonia (2018) , Finland (2019), Dennmark (2020)

Details

  • “Photographer of War,” dir. Boris Benjamin Bertram, 78’, 2019
  • “Fat Front,” dir. Louise Detlefsen, Louise Unmack Kjeldsen, 87’, 2019
  • “Winter Journey,” dir. Anders Østergaard, 87’, 2019
  • “Q’s Barbershop,” dir. Emil Langballe, 60’, 2019
  • “A Modern Man,” dir. Eva Mulvad, 84’, 2017
  • “Dreams from The Outback,” dir. Jannik Splidsboel, 84’, 2019

Non-competition series, which we will see in 2021

SOUND OF MUSIC

The ever-popular screenings of open-air music films at the foot of Wawel Castel. The films showcased at the Cinema Pod Wawelem, are filled with rhythm and sounds that are the essence of life: musical classics, biographies of artists and bands, genre stories.

FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS 

The series includes films already appreciated and awarded at prestigious documentary and short film festivals around the world. It is a great opportunity to catch up and see the most recognized titles of the year.

STUDENT FILMS

Presentation of the achievements of film school students.