Industry Gala 2024 – awards and Special Mentions

On Friday evening, 31st of June, in Akademia Sztuk Pięknych we learned the recipients of the industry awards presented during the Krakow Film Festival under the KFF Industry program. We still eagerly anticipate the Festival Awards gala, set to take place on Saturday at the Kijów Cinema

KFF Industry comprises industry events aimed at film professionals attending the Krakow Film Festival. For several days, creators and producers of documentaries, animated and short films met with experts, programmers from international film festivals, foreign sales agents, distributors, representatives of film funds, TV stations, online and VOD platforms, and other decision-makers in the international film industry.

DOC LAB POLAND is Poland’s largest and most comprehensive program directed towards documentary filmmakers, focusing on the supporting of auteur, creative documentary cinema while emphasising a producer-oriented approach. It encompasses a comprehensive film project development program that involves workshops, individual consultations and panel discussions, along with workshops leading to a presentation (pitch) aimed at initiating co-productions by projects participating in the programme or supporting the promotion and distribution of the films currently being made.

As every year at KFF Industry, there were three pitch sessions – presentations of film projects at various stages of completion: ANIMATED IN POLAND for Polish animated projects in production; and – co-organised with DOC LAB POLAND – DOCS TO START and DOCS TO GO for Polish documentary projects in development and post-production. The winners of the best projects were announced during yesterday’s industry award ceremony.

ceremony.

The evening was hosted by Katarzyna Wilk and Marta Świętek from the Krakow Film Foundation, as well as Adam Ślesicki from the Władysław Ślesicki Film Foundation.

ANIMATED IN POLAND AWARDS

SOUND MIND STUDIO Award – a coupon for 10 days of sound post-production for the project The Beetle dir. Kacper Bukartyk, Zuzanna Fluder prod. Krzysztof Kuźnicki / STOWARZYSZENIE KAMERA

FIXAFILM Award – a coupon for image post‑production services worth 10 000 PLN for the project Love Strike dir. Klaudia Prabucka prod. Paulina Ratajczak / FUNDACJA LAS SZTUKI, MUNK STUDIO – POLISH FILMMAKERS ASSOCIATION

WFF – Wrocław Feature Film Studio Special Mention – an in-kind contribution: lending equipment and infrastructure and performing selected services worth 30 000 PLN for the project The Beetle dir. Kacper Bukartyk, Zuzanna Fluder prod. Krzysztof Kuźnicki / STOWARZYSZENIE KAMERA

CREW UNITED Special Mention — a 3‑years’ Premium membership to Crew United platform for the director and producer of the awarded project for the project The Pearl Against Sun dir. Karolina Walas prod. Robert Sowa / JAN MATEJKO ACADEMY OF FINE ART IN KRAKÓW 

DOC LAB POLAND

  • FOR PROJECTS PRESENTED AT DOCS TO GO

Institute of Documentary Film Special Mention for the project Isabella dir. Joanna Janikowska prod. by Anna Gawlita, Marta Szymanowska / KIJORA FILM

Polish Docs Pro Special Mention – support of international promotion and invitation to one
of the key world documentary industry event for the project The World is Not (A) Mine dir. Natalia Koniarz, prod. Maciej Kubicki / TELEMARK

  • FOR PROJECTS PRESENTED AT DOCS TO START

CANAL+ Award — 12 000 PLN in cash for the project Theory of Survival dir. Paweł Chorzępa prod. by Joanna Chorzępa / BEES FILM HOUSE 

FINA Award — in-kind: archival materials worth of 50 000 PLN for the project Theory of Survival dir. Paweł Chorzępa prod. by Joanna Chorzępa/ BEES FILM HOUSE

Special Mention WFF – WROCLAW FEATURE FILM STUDIO Award for the project How I Became a Hijacker dir. Andrew Carter prod. by Aleksandra Szczęsna / HASKO FILM

FIXAFILM Award — image post-production services worth of 15 000 PLN

for the project Theory of Survival dir. Paweł Chorzępa prod. by Joanna Chorzępa / BEES FILM HOUSE

MX35 Award — film equipment rental services worth of 10 000 PLN for the project How I Became a Hijacker dir. Andrew Carter prod. by Aleksandra Szczęsna / HASKO FILM

Multilab / Krakow Technology Park Award for the project En Garde dir. Mateusz Wajda prod. by Paweł Ziemilski / MX35

DOK LEIPZIG Special Mention — invitation to Co pro Meetings in Leipzig

for the project Entr’actes dir. Yuriy Shylov and prod. by Olha Tuharinova / ALARM PRODUCTIONS

FIPADOC Special Mentions — invitation as a guest project to FIPADOC Industry

for the projects In the Circle dir. Michał Bielawski prod. by Maciej Kubicki /TELEMARK and for the project Waltz from the Well dir. Tymon Nogalski prod. by Sławomir Richert, Katarzyna Tymusz /WARSAW PRODUCTION TEAM

IDFA Special Mention — invitation as a guest project to IDFA Forum for the project My Dear Vira dir. Maryna Brodovska and Olga Chernykh and prod. by Olga Chernykh and Nataliia Sukach / COSMOS AGENCY

All the winners of the Krakow Film Festival and the winners of the main festival awards will be announced on Saturday, June 1, at a gala ceremony at the Kijów Cinema.

The in-person edition of the 64rd Krakow Film Festival will conclude on Sunday, 2nd of June. Festival films will still be available online on the KFF VOD platform until 16th of June.

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