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Roman Polański and Ryszard Horowitz in "Polański, Horowitz. Hometown" dir.ected by Mateusza Kudła, Anna Kokoszka-Romer
Roman Polański and Ryszard Horowitz in “Polański, Horowitz. Hometown” directed by Mateusza Kudła, Anna Kokoszka-Romer

At the awards ceremony of the 61st Krakow Film Festival, the audience award went to Anna Kokoszka-Romer and Mateusz Kudła’s film “Polański, Horowitz. Hometown”.

Tomasz Wysokiński’s “Walk with Angels” received the highest award – the Golden Hobby-Horse. The documentary was also recognized for its music by Paweł Mykietyn, for its production – the Polish Producers Alliance Award for Piotr Kobus and Agnieszka Drewno (Mañana) – and received the Krakow Film Festival’s recommendation for the European Film Award.

The Silver Hobby-Horses in the national competition went to Tomasz Wolski for the feature-length documentary “1970”, Andrzej Cichocki for the short documentary “A Little Bit of Paradise” (also winning the Polish Society of Cinematographers award for best cinematography), Michalina Musialik, author of the animated film “Dog’s Field”, and Nastazja Gonera for the short film “First Last Summer”.

The award of the President of the Polish Filmmakers Association for best film editing went to Zbigniew Czapla for “On Time”.

The documentary film “Far Eastern Golgotha” (dir. Yulia Sergina) won the International Documentary Competition, now becoming eligible to compete for an Oscar nomination. The jury “unanimously loved the vitality of this film and the mature talent of its young director. The film shows us a socially desperate but charismatic man using disobedience to fight for democracy.”

The Silver Horn for the director of the best film on social issues went to Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh for “Writing with Fire”; and the Silver Horn for the director of the film with high artistic values was awarded to Oan Kim and Brigitte Bouillot for “The Man Who Paints Water Drops”.

The winners of the oldest festival competition – the International Short Film Competition – were Michelle and Uri Kranot for the film “The Hangman at Home” (Denmark, France, Canada).

Silver Dragons are prizes awarded to the best short films representing all film genres of the competition. The Silver Dragon for the best documentary went to Raluca Lupascu for “God Was Here!” (Romania). The Italian “Bad Mood” (dir. Loris Giuseppe Nese) was named best animated film, and the Silver Dragon for the best short live action film went to Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson for “Rough” (Ireland).

Krakow’s candidate for the European Film Award in the short film category is “Hide” by Daniel Gray (Hungary, France, Canada).

The Maciej Szumowski Award for Remarkable Social Awareness funded by Medicine went to Marek Gajczak for “Nature is My Homeland”; the Award of the Student Jury was given to “Inside the Red Brick Wall” (dir. Hong Kong Documentary Filmmaker) and Gorki Glaser-Müller received the International Federation of Film Critics Award for the film “Children of the Enemy” (Sweden, Denmark).

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