Nearly 2,500 films submitted to the 61st Krakow Film Festival

    As is the case every year, in mid-February passed the deadline for submitting films to the Krakow Film Festival. In spite of the pandemic, the film-makers managed to finish their works on time and to send nearly 2,500 documentary, short and animated films from all over the world to Krakow. The director, Krzysztof Gierat, with a team of selectors, will choose the best of them, which will be shown at the cinemas in Krakow and online during this year’s Festival from the 30th of May to the 6th of June.

    Documentary films, which are what I mostly watch at the moment, are not really affected by the pandemic, and if they are, it is only to a small extent. And that is good, because we have the pandemic every day, says Krzysztof Gierat, the Director of the Krakow Film Festival. Timeless themes dominate: returning to intriguing historical events, extremely complex situation in the Arab world, the changing position of women and naturally, intra-family relations. As always, we focus on charismatic protagonists and well-told stories with undeniable artistic value.

    By mid-April, the team of selectors will select titles that will be presented in three competitions of equal rank – two international ones: documentary film and short film competition, and in the Polish competition. Fascinating stories from all over the world will also go to the special film sections. One of them will be “Focus on Norway,” the review of the latest cinematography of Norway, co-organized by the Norwegian Film Institute and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Warsaw. As every year, the best science documentary films will be included in the Docs + Science series prepared by Karol Jałochowski — the journalist of the weekly Polityka, physicist and director of documentary films.

    The Krakow Film Festival is accredited by FIAPF and included on the prestigious list of film events qualifying for the Academy Awards in the short film competition (feature film, animated film, documentary film) and feature-length documentary film, and also recommends the films to the European Film Awards in the same categories.


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

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