The tenth edition of Netia Off Camera marks a change in the visual identity to a more modern and minimalist one. The poster recalls the iconic Festival statuette – film projection. The many symbolic ‘screen’ stand both for the many Festival screenings (over 200) and for many places and points of view – cinema on the riverside, on the barge, on the rooftops and in city squares, those are just some of the upcoming attractions. What else is in store for cinema lovers?
The 10th edition brings two new special section. “Till Death Do Us Apart” sets out to prove that is possible to creatively reinvent melodrama, and that we all long for romance stories. “The Future Starts Now” is an invitation to contemplate the future, which, as in the famous The Doors Song, is sooner and closer than we all think. The films in “The Strong Sex” touch upon everything that moves, fascinates, entertains, bothers, and frustrates modern women. What’s important to them, what they fight for, what they need to overcome? The last new section is “Are People Fiction?”, forcing a new point of view on human condition around the world and all the things we used to look at as deviant. The section’s name comes from a popular Facebook page ridiculing the overwrought post-humanist academic theories. The filmmakers in this section approach issues and dilemmas in ways that are satirical and sarcastic, scary and foreboding, or completely serious. Netia Off Camera will also present its traditional sections, like “American Indies,” “Discoveries,” “Best of Fest”, or “Catching Up.”
The Polish Feature Film Competition
Ten films in the Polish Feature Film Competition competes for the PLN 300 000 Kulczyk Foundation Award. The winning film will be announced on May 6th during the Closing Gala. On the same night we will also learn who wins the main prize – USD 100 000 and the Krakow Film Award in the Main Competition ‘Making Way.’
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The Script Pro 2017 screenwriting competition is a continuation of the well known Hartley-Merrill competition. It’s organized by the Andrzej Wajda School and the Off Camera Foundation. The main partner is the Polish Film Institute, with Canal+ as the Special Prize partner. Script Pro is the most important Polish competition for screenwriters et the beginning of their professional careers – the contestants should have had no more than two feature-length screenplays produced according to their own script. For young screenwriters, Script Pro is an amazing opportunity, and for producers – a guarantee that the screenplays selected meticulously by the jury from hundreds of propositions are worth their while.
An integral part of Script Pro is the development of the final texts and further work on them at the Andrzej Wajda School under the guidance of Poland’s top filmmakers, screenwriters and consultants. The finalists will also compete for one of the four prizes: PLN 15,000 (Canal+ Special Prize), PLN 12,000 and PLN 8,000 (the second and third prize, funded by the Polish Film Institute). All the finalist will also have the opportunity to individually consult with the masters at the Andrzej Wajda School. The award ceremony will take place in May 2017, during the special gala at the 10th edition of the Netia Off Camera festival in Krakow. The media partners are: film magazines “Film Pro,” “Film&Tv Kamera” and “Kino.” The winning screenplays from previous editions of the competition have been made into movies. Among them are Łukasz Pałkowski’s Bogowie [Gods], based on the script by Krzysztof Rak, Córki Dancingu [The Lure] directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska based on Robert Bolesta’s script, Bartosz M. Kowalski’s Plac zabaw [Playground], which had Stanisław Warwas as script coauthor, and Jesteś Bogiem [You’re a God] by Leszek Dawid (Maciek Pisuk’s screenplay). All in all, 21 films were made basing on scripts awarded in the competition, with a another 7 in production or awaiting premiere.
Concerts and meetings
Off Stage is also returning in the 10th edition. Complementing the film festival with concerts is like setting score to a film. Seven Festival evenings mark seven unique musical meetings. On May the 1st we start with Dillon.
The Festival audience can meet filmmakers and stars at the numerous Q&As and in the Cinema Village build on Szczepański Square.
See you in Krakow, 28th April to 7th May.
Photo © Anna Karahan