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Krakow Film Festival Announces Award Winners of 57th Festival Edition

08.06.2017

The lineup of award winners of the 57th Krakow Film Festival (KFF) has been announced at the Cinema Kijów Centrum in Krakow on 3 June during the official award ceremony of this year's festival edition.

Still from Woman and the Glacier by filmmaker
and Lisbon Docs tutor Audrius Stonys

The top-prize of the international documentary competition of the 57th KFF (Golden Horn for the Director of the Best Film) went to Pero Kvesić for his title Dum Spiro Spero. The jury was impressed by Kvesić's approach of showing both the beauty of life and love and how to find the courage to deal with one’s own mortality in a humorous and dignified way.

Two Silver Horn awards (for best medium and feature length documentary) were given to Audrius Stonys' Woman and the Glacier (Lithuania, Estonia) and Chilenean Director Lissette Orozco's Adriana's Pact. Audrius Stonys, who received the silver horn award for a unique and poetic approach to documentary filmmaking, regularly contributes as a tutor to the EDN pitching forum and workshop Lisbon Docs.

The industry part of the festival, DOCLAB Poland, featured its own awards for projects in development. The Wind – A Documentary Thriller by Michał Bielawski and EDN Member Maciej Kubicki (Telemark Sp.z o.o. | Poland) took part as a project in Lisbon Docs 2016 and won the Krakow Technology Park Award. The Krakow Film Cluster Award was given to Maciej Cuske's The Whale from Lorino, a title that participated as a project in Below Zero, an annual pitching forum co-organized by EDN in collaboration with Nordic partners.

A special mention by EDN went to the project Transfer by Joanna Rożen. EDN Director Paul Pauwels, who took part as a tutor in the DOCLAB pitch training workshop (and who selected Transfer for the special mention), said: "The line-up of projects was very strong and the choice was difficult. Transfer has, among other strengths, a co-production potential that is suitable for different markets and capable of raising interest in different regions. But I would like to express my high esteem to all the participants of DOCLAB Poland for the great work they have done over the past days". The EDN prize includes a participation of the director and producer of Transfer as an observer in Lisbon Docs 2017.



The award winners of the 57th Krakow Film Festival are:


INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION —

Golden Horn for the Director of the Best Film
Dum Spiro Spero | Pero Kvesić (Croatia)

Silver Horn for the Director of the Best Medium-length Documentary
Woman and the Glacier | Audrius Stonys (Lithuania/Estonia)

Silver Horn for the Director of the Best Feature-length Documentary
Adriana's Pact | Lissette Orozco (Chile)

Special Mentions
The Beksińskis. A Sound and Picture Album – Marcin Borchardt (Poland)
Opera About Poland | Piotr Stasik (Poland)

FIPRESCI Prize
Woman and the Glacier | Audrius Stonys

KFF Recommendation to the European Film Award
The Beksińskis. A Sound and Picture Album | Marcin Borchardt



INTERNATIONAL DOCFILMMUSIC COMPETITION —

Golden Heynal for the Director of the Best Film
When God Sleeps | Till Schauder (USA/Germany)



NATIONAL COMPETITION —

Golden Hobby Horse for the Director of the Best Film
The Ugliest Car | Grzegorz Szczepaniak

Silver Hobby Horse for the Director of the Best Documentary Film
Stranger on My Couch | Grzegorz Brzozowski

Silver Hobby Horse for the Director of the Best Animated Film
Strange Case | Zbigniew Czapla

Special Mention
Dust | Jakub Radej

Award of the Polish Filmmakers Association for the Best Film Editing
Ziemowit Jaworski, Michał Marczak, Katarzyna Orzechowska, for Zhalanash (dir. Marcin Sauter)

Maciej Szumowski Award for Remarkable Social Awareness
By Stanley for Stanley | Monika Meleń

Award for the Best Short and Documentary Film Producer in Poland
Anna Gawlita (of Kijora Film), for Opera About Poland (dir. Piotr Stasik) and Festival (dirs. Tomasz Wolski, Anna Gawlita)

Best Cinematography Award
Festival | Tomasz Wolski

Audience Award
Rebel Surgeon | Erik Gandini

Award of the Student Jury
The Ugliest Car | Grzegorz Szczepaniak

Animated in Poland Award
Last Stop Is the Moon | Birute Sodeikaite



DOCLAB POLAND AWARDS – DOCS TO START —

HBO Award
Lesson of Love | Małgorzata Goliszewska

Krakow Film Cluster Award
The Whale from Lorino | Maciej Cuske

Dok Leipzig Special Mention
The Graduate | Adrian Apanel

European Documentary Network Special Mention
Transfer | Joanna Rożen



DOCLAB POLAND AWARDS – DOCS TO GO —

Krakow Technology Park Award
The Wind – A Documentary Thriller | Michał Bielawski

Institute of Documentary Film Special Mention
Wei®dy | Paweł Dyllus

Doc Lab Poland Award for the Biggest Progress During Workshops
Today, Tomorrow… Yesterday | Diana Kadłubowska, Krzysztof Kadłubowski



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