Competitions and awards
Main Dramatic Competition “Making Way”
Main Dramatic Competition “Making Way” The international competition for the Andrzej Wajda Krakow Film Award is one of the two main competitions of the Mastercard OFF CAMERA Festival. As every year, festival audiences will be the first in Poland to see the debuts and second films of the most talked-about artists from around the world. These are the films that delighted audiences at the biggest film events, including festivals in Toronto, Locarno, Rotterdam and Sundance. The Award value is no less than USD 25,000.
The winner of the 16th edition of Mastercard OFF CAMERA: Do You Love Me?, dir. Tonya Noyabrova
Polish Feature Film Competition
The Polish Feature Film Competition is dedicated to those Polish titles that opened throughout the past year and stroke us as most interesting, original and universal. In each edition of the biggest celebration of independent cinema in this part of Europe ten feature films compete for the Dominika Kulczyk & dFlights Award in the Polish Feature Film competition: PLN 100,000. The award will be granted by an international jury.
The winner of the 16th edition of Mastercard OFF CAMERA: Dad, dir. Anna Maliszewska
The Female Voice Award
The Female Voice Award is presented to outstandingly talented women actively involved in the Polish film industry. They are ambitious, creative, and efficient. The award aims to support women in pursuing their artistic projects and professional plans in the heavily masculinized world of cinema. Five female filmmakers are nominated each year, and the winner is selected by the Jury of the Polish Feature Film Competition. The Female Voice Award was presented for the first time in 2023. Its value is no less than PLN 50,000.
The winner of the 16th edition of Mastercard OFF CAMERA: Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska, producer, The Silent Twins
Best Actress in the Polish Feature Film Competition
Best Actress in films nominated in the Polish Feature Film Competition (PLN 10,000)
The winner of the 16th edition of Mastercard OFF CAMERA: Dorota Pomykała for her role in the film Woman on the Roof
Best Actor in the Polish Feature Film Competition
Best Actor in films nominated in the Polish Feature Film Competition (PLN 10,000)
The winner of the 16th edition of Mastercard OFF CAMERA: Eryk Lubos for his role in the film Dad
Mastercard Rising Star
Mastercard Rising Star – best acting debut in full-length film (PLN 10,000)
The winner of the 16th edition of Mastercard OFF CAMERA: Sonia Szyc for her role in the film You Were Not Supposed to Be Here
The Audience Award
Directors of films that take part in the Main Competition “Making Way” and the Polish Feature Film Competition compete for the Audience Award of PLN 10,000. The winner will be selected by the most demanding jurors – audience members. Before the screenings of competition films, each audience member receives a voting card that they may put into a ballot box after the screening.
The winner of the 16th edition of Mastercard OFF CAMERA: Woman on the Roof, dir. Anna Jadowska
The prize is awarded by FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) – an organization associating film critics from over 50 countries around the world and awarding prizes at the best film festivals.
The winner of the 16th edition of Mastercard OFF CAMERA: Bread and Salt, dir. Damian Kocur
The KIPA Award for best debuting producer was initiated by the KIPA Young Producers Section in 2014. The award is open to producers of full-length feature, documentary and animated films. A condition is that the producer’s debut film premieres, either in cinemas or at the festival. The KIPA award winner receives PLN 16,000.
The winner of the 16th edition of Mastercard OFF CAMERA:Jakub Mróz for the production of the feature film Elephant, SPECIAL MENTION: Anna Mazerant and Łukasz Kowalski for the production of the documentary film The Pawnshop
The #63seconds film competition is meant for young people between the ages of 15 and 22, who want to tell how they see their future in the world of social, political, technological and economic revolutions. The competitors can create their film work with any technique. It can be a feature film, animation, or artwork. Each submitted material will be judged in terms of the artistic merits incorporated in the 63-second formula. The main organizer of the competition is the Warsaw Rising Museum. Financial awards: 1st place – PLN 10,000, 2nd place – PLN 2,000, 3rd place – PLN 1,000
1st place: Wiosna (Spring), author: Magdalena Guzek
2nd place: Poczekam na siebie (I will wait for myself), author: Ulyana Farynko
3rd place: Plan na przyszłość (Plan for the future), author: Michał Maciejewski
Special mention: Lodz Film School (PWSFTviT) Przypadki (Coincidences), author: Jakub Borowski