Krakow Film Festival, Krakow (27/05/18 – 03/06/18)
If you believe the legends, Krakow was founded on the defeat of a dragon, and it’s truly mythical atmosphere permeates its striking streets and squares. The Royal Castle on Wawel Hill is a major attraction, whilst the Old Town contains soaring churches, impressive museums and the vast Rynek Glowny, Europe’s largest market square. In the former Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, the remnants of synagogues reflect the tragedy of the 20th century, just as its lively squares and backstreets are a sign of the renewal of the 21st. Here and throughout the Old Town there are hundreds of restaurants, bars and clubs. However, there’s more to the former royal capital than its history and nightlife. As visitors walk through the Old Town, they will find themselves overwhelmed by the harmony of the hushed alleyways, the “just so” nature of the architecture and the surrounding atmosphere. It’s at times like these that Krakow reveals its harmonious blend of past and present and is an essential component of any visit to Poland. The Krakow Film Festival is one of the oldest events in Europe devoted to documentary, animated and short films. At its core are four contests, for documentary, short and Polish films and also for a musical documentary, under the heading DocFilmMusic. During the eight days of the festival, visitors have the opportunity to watch more than 250 films from both Poland and other parts of the world, within their competition sections. The festival is accompanied by exhibitions, concerts, outdoor shows and meetings with artists. Each year, the festival attracts around 700 Polish and international guests including directors, producers and festival organisers. Over the years, not only the format of the event, but also the venue of the festival itself has changed. Currently, the status of the Krakow Film Festival is defined by the fact that it is an honorary member of those festivals accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers (FIAPF), the European Film Academy (EFA) and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), thanks to which the winners at the festival have a shortcut to the Oscar nominations in the category of short films. The Krakow Film Festival is also in the prestigious group of festivals recommending short films and full-length documentary films to the European Film Awards.