It's the public's opinion which counts
by Dorota Hartwich
11/10/2005 - It was in the Warsaw International Film Festival, where, thanks to the public, the young Polish director Antal Nimrod, achieved his viewing success in Poland. His film Kontroll [trailer] (Youth Prize in Cannes 2004) was chosen as last festival's best film. Antal Nimrod is an example of how important the public's prize in Warsaw is for Polish distributors: after popular verdict Kino Świat quickly distributed Kontroll, which has achieved 90,000 viewers.
During the festival's 21st edition, the public must choose among 15 films that enter the competition. During this initial period, the viewers have been able to watch, among other films: Dallas Pashamende (Dallas Among Us) by Róbert Adrian Pejs (Hungary/Austria/Germany), Gypo by British director Jan Dunn, Perviyje na lune (First People on the Moon) by Russian Alexei Fedorchenko.
For the 1st time in the festival's history, besides the prizes of the public and the grand jury (headed by Paweł Pawlikowski), the jury's FIPRESCI prize will be awarded to the best Eastern and Central European film.
The Warsaw International Film Festival will also include the Nokia Mobile Movie Competition. Polish directors, already acclaimed by the public as well as by the critics, have been invited to take part in this competition for the best film shot with a mobile phone. Among the authors of these experimental films (must not exceed one minute in length) are: Wojtek Smarzowski, maker of Wesele (The Weddings), winner of the Special Prize and Polish Filmmakers Association Prize in the Gdynia Festival in 2004, and Piotr Szczepański, Generation C.K.O.D. - Grand Prize 2004 in the Cracow Documentary Festival. The winner for the Nokia competition will be chosen by the jury and the internet surfers.
(Translated from French)