FNE at Krakow Film Festival 2019: Prize Winners

    Winners of the Documentary Competition Winners of the Documentary Competition

    KRAKOW: The 59th Krakow Film Festival of documentary, short and animated film held 26 May - 2 June 2019 awarded its top prize in the International Documentary Competition to Advocate (Israel, Canada, Switzerland)  directed by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche about Leah Tsemel, an Israeli activist for human rights, who has been a defender of the Palestinians. The film becomes the KFF recommendation to the European Film Awards in the documentary category. In the Short Film Competition the Golden Dragon for Best Film went to Portrait of Suzanne (Poland, Germany, France) directed by Izabela Plucińska.

    As always one of the highlights of the event was the annual forum of documentary and animated film organised by the Polish Filmmakers Association (SFP), where Polish film professionals and representatives of the Polish television (TVP) met to discuss the latest developments and challenges in the industry.

    The Dragon of Dragons Award for the contribution into development of the world animated film went to Canadian-American animated filmmaker Caroline Leaf.
    The festival also included an impressive industry programme with panels, conferences and a coproduction market.

    International Documentary Competition

    Golden Horn for Best Film
    Advocate (Israel, Canada, Switzerland)
    Directed Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche

    Silver Horn for Best Medium-length Documentary
    Around the Bed of a Dying Collaborator (Israel)
    Directed by David Ofek and Tal Michaelfor

    Silver Horn for Best Feature-length Documentary
    The Fourth Kingdom (Spain, USA, Mexico)
    Directed by Àlex Lora and Adán Aliaga

    FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Prize
    The Fourth Kingdom (Spain, USA, Mexico)
    Directed by Àlex Lora and Adán Aliaga

    International Short Film Competition

    Golden Dragon for Best Film
    Portrait of Suzanne (Poland, Germany, France)
    Directed by Izabela Plucińska

    Silver Dragon for Best Documentary
    Connected (Poland)
    Aleksandra Maciejczyk

    Silver Dragon for Best Animated Film
    Under the Rib Cage (France, Belgium)
    Directed by Bruno Tondeur

    Silver Dragon for Best Short Fiction Film
    Ashmina (United Kingdom, Nepal)
    Directed by Dekel Berenson

    Special Mention
    Ahmed’s Song (France)
    Directed by Foued Mansour

    Special Mention
    Bror (Denmark)
    Directed by Sara Hjort Ditlevsen

    Jury Award for the Best European Film (Krakow Candidate to the European Film Award 2019 in the short film category)
    One of Many (Macedonia)
    Directed by Vuk Mitevski

    The International Federation of Film Societies (FICC)  Don Quixote Award
    Dandelion Mum (Norway)
    Directed by Barbora Hollan

    Special Mention
    Ahmed’s Song (France)
    Directed by Foued Mansour

    International DocFilmMusic Competition

    Golden Heynal Best Film
    Once Aurora (Norway)
    Directed by Stian Servoss and Benjamin Langeland

    Polish National Competition

    Golden Hobby-Horse for Best Film
    My Country So Beautiful (Poland)
    Directed by Grzegorz Paprzycki

    Silver Hobby-Horse Best Documentary Film
    Summa (Poland)
    Directed by Andrei Kutsila

    Silver Hobby-Horse Best Animated Film
    Acid Rain (Poland)
    Directed by Tomek Popakul

    Silver Hobby-Horse for Best Fiction Film
    Bitten (Poland)
    Directed by Helena Oborska

    The Award of the Polish Filmmakers Association for the best film editing
    Szymon Kuczyński for Strawberry Boys

    Maciej Szumowski Award for remarkable social awareness funded by the National Broadcasting Council
    Diana Kadłubowska and Krzysztof Kadłubowski for Today, Tomorrow… Yesterday (Poland)

    The Award for the best short and documentary films producer in Poland funded by the Polish Producers Alliance (KIPA)
    Piotr Szczepanowicz and Grzegorz Wacławek (Animoon)
    for the films Acid Rain and The Hunt (Poland)

    Best Cinematography Award under the patronage of The Polish Society of Cinematographers funded by Coloroffon Film and Naima Film
    Tomasz Wierzbicki for the film Bitten (Poland)

    Audience Award
    The Men’s Room (Norway)
    Directed by Petter Sommer i Jo Vemud Svendsen

    Student Jury Award
    Once Aurora (Norway)
    Directed by Stian Servoss and Benjamin Langeland

    KFF Industry and Doc Lab Poland Awards
    Animated in Poland

    Audiovisual Technology Center Special Mention
    Project Love
    Director Michał and Jakub Socha
    Producer. Jakub Karwowski, Piotr Szczepanowicz

    Sound Mind Award
    Project Love in the Time of Coal-Based Economy
    Director Tomasz Siwiński
    Producer Jakub Karwowski, Piotr Szczepanowicz

    Docs to Start
    Władysław Ślesicki Film Foundation

    Special Mentions

    Project of the film Miss Poland
    Directors Jana Shostak, Jakub Jasiukiewicz
    Producer Katarzyna Drapała / WFDiF

    Project My Big Biba
    Director Judyta Fibiger
    Producer Robert Rhodin/ White Shark Studios

    Project Brotherhood
    Director Hanna Maciąg
    Producer Maria Wachowiak, Anna Waligórska / No Prob Production House

    DOK Leipzig Special Mention
    Project Together
    Director. Marek Kozakiewicz
    Producer Agnieszka Skalska / Koi Studio

    Uchostudio Award
    Project When the Wind Becomes Silent
    Director Mateusz Gołębiewski
    Producer Małgorzata Domin, Dominika Mandla, Kinga Mielnik / Domino Film

    ColorOffOn Award
    Project I Want It All
    Director Katarzyna Wiśniowska
    Producer Tomasz Morawski / Haka Films

    HBO Award
    Project of the film Lili
    Director Sylwia Rosak
    Producer Tomasz Morawski / Haka Films

    Docs To Go !
    Institute of Documentary Film

    Special Mention
    Project The Pawnship
    Director Łukasz Kowalski
    Producer Łukasz Kowalski, Anna Mazerant / 4.30 Studio

    ColorOffOn Award
    Project No Hero At All
    Director Michał Kawecki
    Producer Maria Siniarska / Unlimited Film Operations