Student Films And Films By First- And Second-Time Cinematographers At Camerimage

The lineup of two competition sections at the 25th Camerimage International Festival of the Art of Cinematography has been announced. Polish films will be screening in both the Student Film Competition and the Cinematographers’ Debut Competition. The Camerimage festival is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Student Etudes Competition 

“First held in 1997, the Student Etudes Competition supports the development of novice filmmakers and provides unique opportunity to confront cinematic achievements of students from various parts of the world. Each year, a growing number of film schools submit their best etudes for consideration of the Camerimage selection committee. The winners are chosen by an international jury of prominent filmmakers and industry professionals.

The author of the best cinematography wins the coveted Laszlo Kovacs Student Award – The Golden Tadpole. Silver and Bronze Tadpoles are awarded for the second and third place respectively. Additionally, Polish Filmmakers Association will award the winner of the Student Etudes Competition a cheque for PLN 10,000,” states the festival website. 

Among this year’s 22 competition films, including projects from Estonia, the United States, Switzerland and Mexico, are three films from Poland:

  • Heimat, directed by Emi Buchwald, cinematography by Tomasz Gajewski (Łódź Film School);
  • Koniec widzenia (Time to Go), directed by Grzegorz Mołda, cinematography by Maciej Miller (Gdynia Film School);
  • Sen o Warszawie (Dreaming of Warsaw), directed and cinematography by Mateusz Czuchnowski (Łódź Film School).

The Reconciliation in Cinematographers’ Debut Competition

“The Cinematographers’ Debuts Competition was initiated in 2010 [as a result of] to the Festival’s increasing openness to the noteworthy artists and the new film phenomena they create. The idea of creating an additional competition section was a natural consequence of our previous activities. For years we have been promoting innovative projects that combine intellectual freedom, remarkable insight into world affairs and a desire to inspire other artists of the screen.

The Cinematographers’ Debuts Competition brings new discoveries: great movies of high artistic value and great filmmakers whose new ventures surprise not only the Jury members but all audiences around the world as well,” states the festival website.

The lineup features eight competition films, including projects from Finland, Iran, and the UK. Polish cinema is represented by Zgoda (The Reconciliation), a film directed by Maciej Sobieszczański and with cinematography by Valentyn Vasyanovych. The film was produced by Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop.

The 25th edition of the Camerimage International Film Festival will run from November 11 through November 18, 2017 in Bydgoszcz.

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