Over the years, two competitions have remained the core of the Festival program: the Main Dramatic Competition “Making Way” and the Polish Feature Film Competition. The first of the two sections is a showcase of ten directing debuts and second films from all over the world competing for the Andrzej Wajda Krakow Film Award of USD 25,000. In the Polish Feature Film Competition ten most interesting Polish titles have a chance to win the Dominika Kulczyk & dFlights Award of PLN 100,000. Other awards include those for Best Actress, Best Actor and Mastercard Rising Star for acting debut. The winners are selected by members of two juries comprised of outstanding international filmmakers and experts.
In 2023, during the upcoming 16th edition of the Festival, the Mastercard OFF CAMERA audiences will see films screened in regular, well-known and popular sections: American Indies – dedicated to daring, uncompromising and fascinating American cinema and Best of Fests – showcasing interesting productions awarded at international film festivals, that the Polish audience will have an opportunity to see on the silver screen, often for the first time.
You can also expect a multitude of amazing novelties: with four completely fresh film sections, the Festival audience will go on an unforgettable journey through film genres, conventions, phenomena and trends. On top of that, join us for numerous meetings with guests, film directors, special screenings, workshops, discussions and accompanying events.
Contests and sections
Storytellers by Storytel
Once more we invite you to take part in a TV series focused event, held during the Mastercard OFF CAMERA Festival. Storytellers will take place in Krakow, on 29th of April – 2nd of May. It is an annual event dedicated to serialized narratives of all shapes and forms. It is a celebration of engaging stories, paying attention to the quality of storytelling, not only to the commercial potential of certain titles. It is a chance to present original, revolutionary episodic narratives, both adapted and original; an opportunity to encounter writers, producers, actors and actresses taking part in creating a nuanced, mutifaceted story and characters. Storytellers also allows us to speak of film franchises, narrative video games, episodic audiobooks, and any popular popcultural universes using different forms of storytelling. It provides a great space for workshops, and can be used for creating ellaborate stories, which will in return help inspire Polish creative industry, as well as help TV series fans to look deeper into the narrative world.
Storytellers is free to all attendees. All events included in the programme are held in MOS and Plac Szczepański in Kraków, as well as online – via MASTERCARD Off Camera social media profiles and Interia.pl