International Festival
of Independent Cinema

26.04 – 05.05.2024, Kraków

Winners of the 16th edition of the Mastercard OFF CAMERA Festival of Independent Cinema 2023 Competition Awards

MAIN DRAMATIC COMPETITION “MAKING WAY”

Andrzej Wajda Krakow Film Award amounting to USD 25,000

Partner: Polish Film Institute

WINNER: Do You Love Me?, dir. Tonya Noyabrova

NOMINEES:

  • Storm, dir. Erika Calmeyer
  • Delegation, dir. Asaf Saban
  • Banger, dir. Adam Sedlák
  • Medusa Deluxe, dir. Thomas Hardiman
  • Motherhood, dir. Pilar Palomero
  • The Great Silence, dir. Katrine Brocks
  • Bread and Salt, dir. Damian Kocur
  • Spare Keys, dir. Jeanne Aslan and Paul Saintillan
  • A Room of My Own, dir. Ioseb “Soso” Bliadze

Justification of the jury in the composition of Ewa Puszczyńska, Michael Seresin, Aidan Gillen: For a powerful, exceptionally mature portrait of extremely difficult times, which makes us want to see more and more adventures of the, beautifully performed, protagonist. The winner of the Main Competition “Making Way” is Tonya Noyabrova for the film Do You Love Me?.

POLISH FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

Dominika Kulczyk &dFlights Award amounting to PLN 100,000

Partner: dFlights

WINNER: Dad, dir. Anna Maliszewska

NOMINEES:

  • The Breach, dir. Bartosz Konopka
  • Hela, dir. Anna Kasperska
  • Dangerous Men, dir. Maciej Kawalski
  • You Were Not Supposed To Be Here, dir. Jakub Michalczuk
  • Woman on the Roof, dir. Anna Jadowska
  • Apokawixa, dir. Xawer Żuławski
  • Shreds, dir. Beata Dzianowicz
  • The Silent Twins, dir. Agnieszka Smoczyńska
  • Norwegian Dream, dir. Leiv Devold

Justification of the jury in the composition of Debbie McWilliams, Marianne Blicher, Bernd Buder: After a lengthy and not easy discussion, the jury selected the winner. This film lets us enter the world we do not know much about, taking us, at the same time, on an emotional journey. Original and perfectly balanced between drama and humor. The winner of the Polish Feature Film Competition is Dad directed by Anna Maliszewska and produced by Marcin Wierzchosławski.

FEMALE VOICE AWARD

Award amounting to PL 50,000 founded by Bank BNP Paribas and Mastercard

WINNER: Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska, producer of The SilentTwins

NOMINEES:

  • Anna Jadowska, director and screenwriter, Woman on the Roof
  • Agnieszka Dziedzic, producer, Dangerous Men
  • Katarzyna Sarnowska, screenwriter and producer, You Were Not Supposed to Be Here
  • Ita Zbroniec-Zajt, cinematographer, Woman on the Roof

Justification: For perfection and outstanding work on an extraordinary film, impeccable in every aspect, but most of all, for courage and boldness to achieve the vision of the strange world depicted in the film. Winnter of the Female Voice is Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska for The Silent Twins.

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.

BEST ACTRESS IN THE POLISH FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

The partner of the award: Albert Riele and the Polish Film Institute

WINNER: Dorota Pomykała for her role in the film Woman on the Roof

NOMINEES:

  • Marta Stalmierska, for her role in Hela, Apokawixa, Wyrwa
  • Karolina Gruszka, for her role in Wyrwa
  • Sonia Szyc, for her role in You Were Not Supposed to Be Here
  • Matylda Damięcka, for her role in Apokawixa

Justification: For altruistic and controlled performance, which is internalized but at the same time clearly shows all the emotions experienced by the protagonist. For courage and honesty, the winner of the Best Actress award is Dorota Pomykała for her role in the film Woman on the Roof.

BEST ACTOR IN THE POLISH FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

The partner of the award: Polish Film Institute

WINNER: Eryk Lubos for his role in the film Dad

Justification: For creating a character we believe in; a character which is unpleasant and not likeable at first, but who makes everyone love him in the end. For absolutely true and scrupulously honest creation. The winner of the Best Actor award is Eryk Lubos for his role in the film Dad.

NOMINEES:

  • Hubert Miłkowski, for his role in Norwegian Dream
  • Michał Żurawski, for his role in Shreds
  • Tomasz Kot, for his role in Wyrwa, Dangerous Men
  • Borys Szyc, for his role in You Were Not Supposed to Be Here

MASTERCARD RISING STAR

Best professional acting debut in a feature film

The partner of the award: Mastercard

WINNER: Sonia Szyc for her role in the film You Were Not Supposed to Be Here

NOMINEES:

  • Mikołaj Kubacki, for his role in Apokawixa
  • Klaudia Kurak, for her role in Dad

Justification: For natural talent and easiness of expressing complex emotions experienced by a character faced with serious personal dilemma in her young age. We believe this role is just a beginning of a long and brilliant career. The winner of the Mastercard Rising Star award is Sonia Szyc for her role in the film You Were Not Supposed to Be Here.

THE AUDIENCE AWARD

The partner of the award: Bank BNP Paribas and the Polish Film Institute

WINNER: Woman on the Roof, dir. Anna Jadowska

FIPRESCI PRIZE

WINNER: Bread and Salt, dir. Damian Kocur

Justification: For intriguing and subtle cinematography, constructive analysis of social problems and impressive performance, the FIPRESCI jury of the 16th edition of the Mastercard OFF CAMERA awarded the film Bread and Salt directed by Damian Kocur.

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.

KIPA AWARD

WINNER: 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

Award presented by the Polish Producers Alliance (KIPA) amounting to PLN 16,000, founded by DI Factory and KIPA. The winner receives additional awards from the Porwisz i Partnerzy law firm and the Crew United international platform.

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The organizers of the competition: the Warsaw Rising Museum and Mastercard OFF CAMERA

WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: Wiosna (Spring), author: Magdalena Guzek

Justification: For unpretentious and tender tone, proving that what is most personal is most universal.

SECOND PLACE: Poczekam na siebie (I will wait for myself), author: Ulyana Farynko

Justification: For freshness of form and authenticity of content, and also for the valuable thought that it is always worth waiting for oneself.

THIRD PLACE: Plan na przyszłość (Plan for the future), author: Michał Maciejewski

Justification: For an original story about the future of our common home that we irresponsibly destroy every day.

SPECIAL MENTION: Lodz Film School (PWSFTviT)

Przypadki (Coincidences), author: Jakub Borowski