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Independent Cinema Festival in Cracow
September 24, 2008   
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The first International Off Camera Festival of Independent Cinema will take place in Cracow Oct. 1-5. The festival is organized by Stowarzyszenie Sztuki Niezależnej i Nie Tylko (Association of Independent Art and More).

The festival is divided into five sections, the most important one being an international competition called Making the Way, in which 12 independent productions from around the world will compete for the Cracow Movie Prize of 100,000 euros. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges presided over by Zbigniew Preisner, a Polish composer of scores to movies such as The Decalogue and The Double Life of Veronique directed by Krzysztof Kie¶lowski. The other jury members are Hector Babenco (director; Pixote, Kiss of the Spider Woman), Michael Almereyda (film and TV director; Twister, Another Girl Another Planet), Petr Zelenka (Czech playwright, director and screenwriter; Buttoners, Loners), and Bahman Ghobadi (Iranian director, screenwriter, actor and movie producer; A Time for Drunken Horses).

The non-competition sections are called Breaking Ground, featuring the latest indie productions singled out for praise at international festivals; Catching Up, with trend-setting movies that were never released in Poland or shown at Polish film festivals; and Glancing Back, comprising several retrospectives, including of Andy Warhol, Michael Almereyda, Dan Sallitt, and American Film Theater movies. A special section called Inspirations will consist of 15 titles selected by the jury members (three movies each) as the ones which influenced them the most as people and filmmakers.

In total, the festival will comprise more than 100 movies shown in more than 300 screenings at small arthouse theaters, reviving the feel of the Discussion Movie Clubs that brought together movie buffs in the Poland of the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

The festival events will also include "Take and Roll," a competition for movies made with cell phones, open to all amateur filmmakers.

Alongside movies, Off Camera will abound in concerts, meetings and lectures on the history of cinema. Among special guests invited by the organizers will be Drag Queen Holly Woodlawn, the internationally famous muse of Andy Warhol.


First International Off Camera Festival of Independent Cinema
Cracow, Oct. 1-5
Tickets and multiple entry passes are available at www.bileteria.pl, specially marked Ruch stores, and a ticket stand inside the festival tent on the Main Market Square in Cracow. After Sept. 30, they will also be available at the Festival Center (pod Baranami Palace, 27 Main Market Square) and individual venues.
For more information go to www.offcamera.pl
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