The Competition is a platform for the presentation of bold artistic cinema that seeks new forms of expression extending far beyond the boundaries of conventional film.
It is a place for cinematic visionaries and uncompromising artists who have the courage to follow their own path in defiance of popular trends and to talk about significant issues using their own unique language. The Competition includes innovative feature films, creative documentaries, and experimental and animated films.
The Competition is open to films that:
are more than 60 minutes in length;
were made after 1 January 2016,
have not already been shown at any public screenings in Poland, with the understanding that the Organizer prefers world, international, and European premieres.
Prizes awarded in the Competition*:
The Grand Prix and EUR 20,000 awarded by an international jury will go to the director of the highest-rated film.
The Audience Award for best film as judged by audiences.
A FIPRESCI Award from the International Federation of Film Critics.
The Organizer stipulates that none of the above prizes may be awarded to joint winners; only one winner may be chosen by the jury.
This year's New Horizons International Film Competition will premiere 12 films that stand out for their search of new forms of expression, uncompromising nature and the courage to talk about important topics. Among them are three Polish films. One is a portrait of one of the most original couples of the Polish art scene, Wojtek Bąkowski and Zuza Bartoszek - the Heart of Love by Lukasz Ronduda. There is the epic clash of art and science in the form of an experimental lecture in Norman Leto's Photon. The Birds Are Singing in Kigali by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze (best actor awards for Jowita Budnik and Eliane Umuhire at the Karlovy Vary Festival) is a transgressive journey through traumas and mourning. The competition also includes films from Mexico (Strange But True by Michel Lipkes, Everything Else by Natalia Almada), France (Makala by Emmanuel Gras), USA (the first film since the war filmed in the Brooklyn Hasidic community, Menashe by Joshua Z. Weinstein), Germany (Western by Valeska Grisebach), Denmark (Winter Brothers by Hlynur Pálmason), Serbia (All the Cities of the North by Dane Komliden) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (3Women by Sergio Flores Thoriji). Last year's festival Grand Prix winner, Tamer El Said, Israeli director Hadas Ben Aroya, Polish actress Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Argentine director Gaston Solnicki (who will have a retrospective in Wrocław), and the Brazilian producer and festival programmer Gustavo Beck will take part in jury and award this year's festival Grand Prix. As each year, the audience will also select their favorite film for the Audience Award.