Short film competition – selected films

38 titles selected for the short film comeptition.

Following the qualification results to the national and music documentary competition, the organizers of the Krakow Film Festival announced the selection results of the short film competition. 38 films, including seven Polish productions, will compete.

The international short film competition is the core of the Krakow Film Festival, taking place continually since 1961. Only films under 30 minutes long can participate in the competition. This year, 11 documentaries, 12 feature films and 15 animations will compete. It is worth mentioning that starting this year all four prizes awarded in the short film competition, the Golden Dragon and three Silver Dragons, make the struggle for the Oscar’s nomination in the Best Short Film category significantly easier.

Among the qualified animated films, there are four Asian productions – two Japanese films and two co-productions: Chinese-Russian and Korean-American. The films are balancing between the description of everyday matters and experiences, the philosophical reflection and a surprising form, like “Columbos” by the Kawai+Okamura duet. The film is a variation on the world’s second most famous, after Sherlock Holmes, detective – Lieutenant Colombo. The Polish representatives in the short film competition are three films: the long awaited animation by professor Jerzy Kucia, “Fugue for Cello, Trumpet and Landscape”; “Toto” by Zbigniew Czapla, and “To Thy Heart” by Ewa Borysewicz.

As many as four feature films come from Great Britain. Among them there is the mesmerizing “Shallow” about a politician who, in dramatic circumstances, has to test the ideals he propagates, and the set totalitarian science-fiction climate “Unorginal”, which as its starting point chooses a situation when all the original stories have already been told and writers locked in an industrial underworld are fruitlessly trying to create something fresh.

Taking place in India, “Allah is Great” in a good way exploits the motive of collision of the Western culture always in a hurry with the local belief that nothing happens without a reason. Based on the facts, the German “Great” is a story of a Serbian oppositionist who in 1942 in occupied Yugoslavia decided to show the Natzis… Charlie Chaplin’s „The Great Dictator”. The are also two Polish feature films: “Killing Auntie” directed by Mateusz Głowacki, a story based on an unfinished novel of Andrzej Bursa from 1957, and the inventively produced “The Big Leap” by Kristoffer Rus.

In the documentarian part of the competition, there are films exploring contemporary political subjects, like “Things I Heard on Wednesday” directed by Abu Bakr Shawk, a history of today’s Egypt shown through family photos, or the picture of America still filled with trauma ten years after 9/11 in “American Dreamer” directed by Thomas Haley. On the opposite pole, there are: the Romanian “Maria” whose protagonist, an old lady who lived her life to the fullest, is saying her goodbyes to her family, or the German “Mr. Siebzehnruebl” whose 81-year-old protagonist with a passion for the Tenth Muse keeps running an age-old cinema and screening… pornographic films. Other authors also managed to escape far from the hustle and bustle of the cosmopolitan life: Siergiej Łoźnica paying a visit with his camera to a Russian asylum located awaz from civilization (“Letter”) and two Kyrgyzstani authors, Artykpai Suiundukov and Moldoseit Mambetakunov, who in their documentary, “Nomadic”, follow the dying world of nomads. Polish short documentaries are: “Mother 24/7” directed by Marcin Krawczyk about a painting of Black Madonna of Częstochowa travelling from one family to another and “When I Am A Bird” by Monika Pawluczuk, a film telling a story about an older woman from a Burmese tribe, who only now put around her neck metal ‘rings’ to earn her living as a tourist attraction in Thailand, where she ran away with her sons and husband, while her daughter remained in Burma oppressed by troops of the junta. 



  1. Allah is Great, Andrea Iannetta, India, 25’
  2. Belinda Beautiful, Marianne Blicher, Denmark, 24’
  3. Great, Andreas Henn, Germany, 23’
  4. Room 606, Peter Volkart, Switzerland,15’
  5. Shallow, Will Bridges, UK, 17’
  6. Stammering Love, Jan Czarlewski, Switzerland, 20’
  7. The Big Leap, Kristoffer Rus, Poland, 17’
  8. The Guest, Daniel Montanarini, UK, 11’
  9. The Mass of Men, Gabriel Gauchet, UK, 17’
  10. Tired of Being Handsome, Léo Marchand, Anne-Laure Daffis, France, 30’
  11. Unoriginal, David Jackson, UK, 15’
  12. Zabicie ciotki (Killing Auntie), Mateusz Głowacki, Poland, 30’ 


  1. A Little Pond by the Great Wall, Dmitry Geller, Russia/China, 6’
  2. Achill, Gudrun Krebitz, Germany, 9’
  3. Bite of Tail, Song E Kim, USA/South Korea, 9’
  4. Columbos, Kawai + Okamura, Japan, 9’
  5. Darling, Izabela Plucińska, Germany/Poland, 7’
  6. Deux iles, Éric Lambé, France, 6’
  7. Do serca Twego (To Thy Heart), Ewa Borysewicz, Poland, 10’
  8. Edmond Was a Donkey, Franck Dion, Canada/France, 15’
  9. Fuga na wiolonczelę, trąbkę i pejzaż (Fugue for Cello, Trumpet and Landscape), Jerzy Kucia, Poland, 17’
  10. Futon, Yoriko Mizushiri, Japan, 6’
  11. Look, Justine Klaiber, Jane Mumford, Switzerland, 5’
  12. Plug&Play, Michael Frei, Switzerland, 6’
  13. The End, Ülo Pikkov, Estonia,  6’
  14. The Maggot Feeder, Priit Tender, Estonia, 15’
  15. Toto, Zbigniew Czapla, Poland, 12’
  1. American Dreamer, Thomas Haley, France, 32’
  2. Kiedy będę ptakiem (When I Am A Bird), Monika Pawluczuk, Poland, 30’
  3. Letter, Sergei Loznitsa, Russia, 20’
  4. Maria, Claudiu Mitcu, Romania, 17’
  5. Matka 24h (Mother 24/7), Marcin Janos Krawczyk, Poland, 30’
  6. Mr. Siebzehnruebl, Tuna Kaptan, Germany, 19’
  7. Nomadic, Artykpai Suiundukov, Moldoseit Mambetakunov, Kirgistan, 26’
  8. Previous Scenes, Aleksandra Maciuszek, Cuba, 29’
  9. Saint & Whore, Anne Zohra Berrached, Germany, 28’
  10. Spare Time, Myriam Rachmuth, Switzerland, 22’
  11. Things I Heard on Wednesdays, Abu Bakr Shawky, Egypt,  9’