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47. Krakowski Festiwal Filmowy/ 47th Kraków Film Festival report by Maciej Gil

Poland, Kraków, 31.05-5.06.2007
Wedding video wins the competition!

I’ve been to the Kraków Film Festival for at least 7 years. I usually watch films in the international competition and I have to admit that this year’s level was really high. And it’s not comfortable for a jury member... The festival was also very well organized. I spent some really nice time there!
Traditionally there were two competitions of short films: international and national. This year the third was added: competition of feature-long documentaries. Why? More and more great long docs are being produced in the world and they’re truly worth watching. But the length is still one of biggest problems of the short competition, because many films are produced by TV so they must fit in the program schedule and last 50 or 52 minutes. They’re still “short” but definitely too long – you can feel the unreal drawing out. It’s about documentaries. Hopefully we have those short and strong at the same time, usually funny animations! There were also some short features, not many and less interesting in my opinion.
I always have the same problem on Kraków Film Festival – how to compare nearly-1-hour-long documentaries, 30-minutes-long features and 5-minutes-long animations? What method should I use to grade them? Different kinds of movies, different movie language, different means but one common thing – they are all short... (At least the organizers say so:)
But finally it wasn’t hard to choose the ONE. FICC Jury consisting of John Gault (Ireland), Maciej Gil (Poland) and Hans-Christian Grimm (Germany) decided not to discuss films before the end of competition. So after watching all 50 films we all surprisingly had only one favorite. The winner is a 10-minutes-long animation “Dreams&Desires – Family Ties” directed by Joanna Quinn (Great Britain). The Don Quixote Award was unanimously given for the full of humor combination of film classics, amateur wedding video and professional animation. We also stated in the verdict that the FICC Jury would like to emphasize particulary high level of all film presented in the competition. Nothing to add.
Many thanks for John and Hans-Christian for nice cooperation and for the whole festival office for hosting us well.
It was a really good festival and I’m waiting impatiently for the next edition!