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Fly away with film to the world of science

Immortality, moon landing, space race or Zeno quantum effect – this year’s edition of the Docs + Science section will showcase the history of great technological achievements and will also take viewers to the fascinating world of undiscovered scientific phenomena. The shows will take place in the Paradox cinema.

– The motto of this year’s Docs + Science section is the Take Off – understood literally as a journey into space or symbolizing an unfulfilled desire to escape; “Take Off” as a metaphor – when it refers to the state of mind associated with communing with a great and incomprehensible – or even a metaphor when it talks about searching for new forms of scientific communication – says Karol Jałochowski, curator of the Docs + Science section, journalist, filmmaker and  physicist.

July 21, 1969 Neil Armstrong, was the first man to stand on the moon. Two months before the 50th anniversary of this event at the Krakow Film Festival will present documentaries devoted to the conquest of space.

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Ticket to the Moon dir. Veronika Janatková

Music at the 59th Krakow Film Festival

The Rolling Stones, Kate Nash and Kurt Cobain on the big screen, Bester Quartet, Mikołaj Trzaska, Voo Voo and Maciej Maleńczuk on stage. Although the Krakow Film Festival is a celebration of cinema, there is no lack of music thanks to screenings in the open air, concerts and a show with live music.

Outdoor screenings of the “Sounds of Music” section / KFF in concert / Screening of a documentary about The Rolling Stones – “Crossfire Hurricane” / Silent cinema with live music / Night of video clips /  DocFilmMusic competition... and much more.

Listen to the festival: TIDAL playlist / Spotify playlist

Kurt cobain

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck dir. Brett Morgen

World Stories and Somewhere in Europe at the 59th Krakow Film Festival

From our neighboring countries to the farthest corners of the globe – documentary films in the sections “Somewhere in Europe” and “World Stories” invite viewers everywhere where unusual stories take place. The program includes nighttime ambulance drives through Mexico, a visit to a hard-to-reach village in Papua New Guinea or discovering the phenomenon of Satan’s worship in the USA.

Family in Transition, reż. Ofir Trainin

Family in Transition, dir. Ofir Trainin

Somewhere in Europe

– The Somewhere in Europe section is primarily documentary portraits, sometimes very controversial ones. The protagonists of the films are both well-known people: politicians like Anatoly Sobchak or artists like Mania Akbari or Peter Kalmus, as well as anonymous figures with their equally fascinating biographies – says Patrycja Czarny, coordinator of the “Somewhere in Europe” section.

World Stories

Films in this section will take the viewers to the furthest corners of the globe. The director of the documentary “The Polish Missionaries” travels by kayak into the village of Papua New Guinea, where sister Davida and priest Jan have been working as missionaries for years. Although the heroes of the film are struggling with many problems, faith and good humor help them to survive the most difficult moments.

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The 59th Krakow Film Festival will take place on May 26 – June 2, 2019

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FNE congratulates Lithuania on winning the Golden Lion at the 58th Biennale for Sun & Sea by Lina Lapelyte, Vaiva Grainyte and Rugile Barzdziukaite.

ZLIN: The children's film My Grandpa is an Alien by Drazen Zarkovic and Marina Andree Skop is one of two films competing for the grand prize in the section of films for children at the 59th Zlin IFF for Children and Youth (24 May – 1 June 2019).

PRAGUE: The Czech Minister of Culture Antonin Stanek announced on 15 May 2019 that he will resign after less than one year in his post. His resignation will be effective at the end of the month.

Dear colleagues, 

we have some new information for you regarding the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
At our official website, www.kviff.com, you will find a new section featuring video interviews with the festival guests. The high-resolution videos will be published over the course of the festival  and can be downloaded in the Press section here: https://www.kviff.com/en/press/videogallery/ . 
You can already find there interviews from the 53rd KVIFF.
Also this year, KVIFF will be organizing press conferences  for accredited journalists with significant festival guests. The press conferences schedule will be published online in the second half of June.
In response to your requests, we have decided that instead of the traditional press conference format for films in competition, we will expand the number of available individual interviews with filmmakers in the competition and non-competition sections. Based on your requests made through our press department, we will try to arrange a meeting with the filmmaker of your choice. We thus ask you to please file your request for an interview in a timely manner. If an interview is possible, our press department will inform you of the time and place of the interview. 


Kindest regards,
PR and Press Department of Karlovy Vary IFF

The ninth edition of New Horizons Studio+ took place July 27 – 30 during the 18th New Horizons International Film Festival (July 26 – August 5).

Organized by the New Horizons Association and Creative Europe Desk Poland, it consisted of workshops and lectures on various aspects related to the project promotion and development.

New Horizons Studio+ selects European director-producer pairs who are developing their first or second feature film. 10 emerging talents from Poland and 10 from Denmark, Austria, Ukraine, Romania and the United Kingdom took part in the programme under the supervision of the following experts: David Pope (London Film Academy); Alya Belgaroui (EAVE), representing sales agent Wild Bunch; Aranka Matits (EAVE), representing Featurette and Raquel Cabrera from The Film Agency.

The New Horizons Studio+ program was completed with a meeting with the special guest Ewa Puszyńska - the producer of Cold War by Paweł Palikowski, which was a part of Creativity Talks organized by the British Council.

The participants took part in the pitching contest. The jury selecting the best project and pitch (composed of Aranka MatitsRaquel Cabrera, David Pope as well as Creative Europe Desk Poland, New Horizons Association, Ale kino+ television channel representatives and a special guest Matthieu Darras – TorinoFilmLab’s Artistic Director) decided to give two main awards and a special mention.

The Floor is Lava (directed by Kateryna Gornostai and produced by Viktoria Khomenko) received the New Horizons Association & London Film Academy Main Award. The award is project consultation sponsored  by London Film Academy.

Even If You Fall Asleep (directed by Aniela Gabryel and produced by Agnieszka Dziedzic)  received Ale kino+ Television Channel Award, which is the Letter of Intent for TV distribution.

If the Light Takes Us (directed by Anna Maria Helgadottir and produced by Per Damgaard Hansen) received a Special Mention.

Congratulations to the winners and thank to all the participants and partners: EAVE, London Film Academy, Ale kino+, British Council, Embassy of the Netherlands, Romanian Institute of Culture, French Institute, Austrian Cultural Forum, Cervantes Institute and Danish Cultural Institute, as well as media partners: Film & TV Kamera, Film Pro and Film New Europe.

The 42nd edition of Annecy International Animated Film Festival that will take place on the shores of Lac d’Annecy from June 11th till June 16th, is especially exciting for the Czech animation. This year, the Czech Republic will be represented vastly by first-class animators participating at MIFA (Marché International du Film d‘Animation), the largest animated film market worldwide. In total, the unprecedented number of 17 Czech creators and producers from 11 animation studios alongside TV, institutions (including Animation Film Association (ASAF) or Czech Film Fund/Czech Film Center), film schools and other film professionals will be representing our region in Annecy.

This year, three animated films from the Czech Republic are announced as part of the official programme. Jan Švankmajer’s Insect that premiered in January at Rotterdam IFF will be a part of the out of competition section Screening Events. The film was supported by the Czech Film Fund with the amount of €411,765. A short film After will be screened in the section Graduation Films in Competition. The movie was directed by Matouš Valchář, a Faculty of Art and Design student from the University of West Bohemia.

A Czech-Slovak co-production, short film The End (dir. David Stumpf, Michaela Mihalyiova) will be presented to film professionals and potential partners alongside 36 other projects at the world-class pitching section MIFA Pitches. The film is being produced by BFILM (SK) and FAMU and was supported by the Czech Film Fund with €22,353.

The 42nd edition of Annecy IAFF marks the second participation of the Czech Republic at the film festival and market. Czech Film Center exhibited at the market already in 2014, when a project Even Mice Belong in Heaven was presented within MIFA Pitches. Both directors, Denisa Grimmová and Jan Bubeníček together with the producer of the film Vladimír Lhoták (FreshFilms) are among the filmmakers coming to Annecy this year.

Czech animation will be represented together with other Central and Eastern European countries within the CEE Hub at the Creative Europe MEDIA umbrella stand. The participation is possible in co-operation with Animated Film Association (ASAF), Czech Film Fund, animation studios, and partners from Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and other countries.

"We are very happy to welcome the Central and East European Animation Industry to our stand – it is a first time for us to have a stand at MIFA and a first time for them both to be at MIFA collectively and to work with us in this way. We look forward to further similar collaboration in future,” – Soon-Mi Peten, Head of Sector Promotion, Training and Festivals (EACEA, Creative Europe – MEDIA).

In 2017, the Czech Film Fund supported 23 animated projects in total with the amount of €1,780,627, in various sectors (development, production, minority co-production). The supported projects include Michaela Pavlátová’s feature My Sunny Maad, produced by Petr Oukropec (Negativ), Kristýna Dufková’s Living Large, produced by Veronika Sabová (Barletta), or Rosa, Dara and Their Great Summer Adventure, directed by Martin Duda, produced by Bionaut.