Awards of 59th Krakow Film Festival

DRAGON OF DRAGONS AWARD for the contribution into development of the world animated film – CAROLINE LEAF

KFF RECOMMENDATION to the European Film Award in a documentary category – ADVOCATE, dir. Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche (Israel, Canada, Switzerland)

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

Having watched all the competitive films the International Documentary Jury of the 59th Krakow Film Festival consisting of: Jacek Petrycki – chairman (Poland), Talal Derki (Germany), Marja Pallassalo (Finland), Shane Smith (Canada), Ágnes Sós (Hungary) has decided to award the following prizes:

THE GOLDEN HORN for the director of the best film – Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche for Advocate (Israel, Canada, Switzerland)

Passionate filmmaking about a passionate subject. With precision, insight and humour, this film not only shows us a heroic woman fighting a battle against the odds, but who inspires us with her unwavering belief that justice can, and ultimately will, prevail.

THE SILVER HORN for the director of the best medium-length documentary film – David Ofek and Tal Michael for Around the Bed of a Dying Collaborator (Israel)

Bringing to light a subject that most of us had never known about, this patient, sensitive film is a complex portrait that helps us to understand how a father’s actions can challenge his family and compromise the future of his sons.

THE SILVER HORN for the director of the best feature-length documentary film – Àlex Lora and Adán Aliaga for The Fourth Kingdom (Spain, USA, Mexico)

A triumph of observational cinema. With great empathy, skill and nuance, the filmmakers reveal small moments of interaction and comraderie that gradually become profound statements on the human condition.

The FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Jury consisting of: Irena Kotelovich (Belarus), Nino Kovačić (Croatia), Nachum Mochiach (Israel) has decided to award the International Film CriticsPrize to Àlex Lora and Adán Aliaga for The Fourth Kingdom (Spain, USA, Mexico)

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)

For a real documentary thriller told with humour and understanding of family dynamics.

SILVER DRAGONfor the director of the best animated film – Bruno Tondeur for Under the Rib Cage (France, Belgium)

For portraying our contemporary obsessions and fears in very innovative, funny and accessible way.

SILVER DRAGON for the director of the best short fiction film – Dekel Berenson for Ashmina (United Kingdom, Nepal)

Sharp analysis of a contemporary social contrasts. For its unique simple, but professional cinematography. A short story told with a great sensibility and heart creating a moving authentic film. 

SPECIAL MENTION for Ahmed’s Song directed by Foued Mansour (France)

The jury decided to distinguish the film, which probably the most amused and moved the viewers of the festival. This distinction goes to a mature film with well-thought-out dialogues and excellent actor performance.

SPECIAL MENTION for Bror directed by Sara Hjort Ditlevsen (Denmark)

The jury decided to distinguish the director’s debut for the brave story, the natural style and great conducting of the actor.

Jury Award for the Best European Film (Krakow Candidate to the European Film Award 2019 in the short film category) – Vuk Mitevski (Macedonia) for One of Many

The International Federation of Film Societies (FICC) Jury consisting of: Anita Moe (Norway), Grzegorz Pieńkowski (Poland), Michael Schäfer (Germany) has decided to grant the Don Quixote Award to the film Dandelion Mum directed by Barbora Hollan (Norway)

The film tells the story about an extraordinary woman, who never gives up and struggle for her life, both against the cancer and by criticizing a health system which still takes decisions based on money instead of ethics and humanity. She is fighting with the same undestroyable positive energy as the Spanish character Don Quixote! The woman’s struggling and the film can make a difference in the future, also for people without her capacity, intellect, knowledge, and science perspective.

and the Special Mentionto the film: Ahmed’s Song directed by Foued Mansour (France)

It is a sweet story, well filmed, charming characters and it tells us an immigrant`s story through the eyes of an immigrant. Well done!

INTERNATIONAL DocFilmMusic COMPETITION

Having watched all the competition films, the International DocFilmMusic Jury, consisting of: Brett Morgen – chairman (USA), Adam Thorsmark (Denmark), Mikołaj Trzaska (Poland), has decided to award the following prize:

GOLDEN HEYNAL for the director of the best film – Stian Servoss and Benjamin Langeland for Once Aurora (Norway)

The Jury has decided to award the Golden Heynal to Once Aurora for artistic achievement and for elevating the musical documentary genre to new heights. The filmmakers mastery over the medium was awe inspiring and we look forward to seeing what they do next with their careers.

NATIONAL COMPETITION

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 awareness funded 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)

THE AUDIENCE AWARD

The men’s room” directed by Petter Sommer i Jo Vemud Svendsen (Norway)

THE AWARD OF THE STUDENT JURY

Having watched all the competitive films, the Student Jury consisting of Dominika Dąbek, Agata Grudzień, Natalia Klejdysz, Jędrzej Kościński, Małgorzata Mączko, Marta Pęcak, Maja Sanders, Viiktoria Semenska, Bartek Tesarz, Wojciech Tutaj, Iga Wójtowicz, Małgorzata Zagórska, Dorota Żak has decided to award film Once Aurora (Norway) directed by Stian Servoss and Benjamin Langeland

The student jury decided to award the prize to the film, which creates an intimate portrait of a young artist struggling with herself and the surrounding world for her own identity in the rhythm of synthpop in an original way.

ANIMATED IN POLAND AWARDS

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 AWARDS

Władysław Ślesicki Film Foundation Special Mentions:
project of the film “Miss 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 “Togheter”, dir. Marek Kozakiewicz, prod. Agnieszka Skalska / Koi Studio
Uchostudio Award – project of the film “When the wind becomes silnet”, 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! AWARDS

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