Krakow Film Festival
Address: Krasińskiego 34
Entry Fee: passes from 50 PLN
Start Date: 2017-05-28
End Date: 2017-06-04
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You can’t throw a box of popcorn in Krakow without hitting a film festival, movie retrospective or documentary season, but the Krakow Film Festival is the big brother of them all. The oldest festival of its kind in Poland, founded in 1961, the Krakow Film Festival now ranks among the most important competitive movie events in the world.
The festival’s competitions are recognised by the European Film Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, so winners are automatically eligible for the European Film Awards and the Oscars in their short film categories.
Held at the end of May every year, the festival lasts for seven days and features about 250 individual films, many of which are shown several times at different times and in different venues. One of the delights of the KFF is that screenings take place in many of the city’s independent movie houses – no need to go anywhere near a multiplex.
The meat of the KFF is provided by the main competitions. These include the International Documentary Competition, the International Short Film competition (documentary, fiction and animation), and the National Competition for Polish filmmakers (documentary, fiction and animation). The competitions are judged by juries made up of prominent international names in filmmaking, who award cash prizes and the coveted Dragon trophies. Each year the Dragon of Dragons award is also presented to an outstanding figure in documentary or animation filmmaking.
A slew of other events accompany the main competitions, including retrospectives, non-competitive student films, movie workshops and business events, and a Kids’ Fest.
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