21-06-2020

Spectacular success of the 60th Krakow Film Festival

On Sunday, June 7th, the 60th Krakow Film Festival finished with the screenings of the awarded films; it’s the first film festival in Poland that happened entirely online and ended in the Kino Pod Baranami cinema in Krakow! During the 8 festival days we organised 230 screenings and showed 172 latest documentary, animated and short films from all over the world, which were watched by the audience of over 40 000 people! 

Awards of the 60th Krakow Film Festival

Decision to organise the festival online was not easy, but thanks to the support of our unfailing partners, filmmakers’ trust, and the favourable feedback from our loyal audience we soon understood that it was the best one we could make. And we were right! In the difficult times of the pandemic the festival attracted twice the usual audience who was craving for a film feast of the best quality – emphasizes Krzysztof Gierat, director of the Krakow Film Festival.

The films screenings that took place during the festival week gathered over 40 000 film buffs! We can estimate that the audience across Poland was actually much bigger since houses were turning into mini cinema theatres! The initial analysis suggests that a considerable number of the festival participants took part in it for the first time! After the screenings the festival hosted 65 Q&As with filmmakers which during the festival were viewed over 27 000 times. Live broadcast of the meeting with father Adam Boniecki recorded a record-breaking attendance – it was followed in real time by over 500 people. Official ceremonies which were broadcast in social media also broke the attendance records – there were seen over 17 500 times.

Among the 172 films presented at this year’s festival 50 had here their world premieres, 16 international premieres and 79 Polish premieres. 107 of them were documentaries, 31 animations and 34 short live action films. 230 film screenings took place in 6 virtual cinema rooms and in 4 rooms of the Kino Pod Baranamia cinema in Krakow.  

Details

The 61st Krakow Film Festival will take place from May 30th to June 6th, 2021.

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