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Last Days of Spring picks up the Krakow Film Award at the 14th Mastercard OFF Camera Film Festival

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- Dutch director Isabel Lamberti has triumphed in the International Dramatic Competition, while Iwona Siekierzyńska’s Amateurs topped the Polish Film category

Last Days of Spring picks up the Krakow Film Award at the 14th Mastercard OFF Camera Film Festival
Director Isabel Lamberti with her Krakow Film Award

Ever since it was founded, the Mastercard OFF Camera Film Festival, which wrapped its 14th edition on 12 September in Kraków, has celebrated independent cinema and filmmakers. This year’s winners exemplify that with their work – particularly their freedom of mind and spirit.

The Kraków Film Award, a cash prize of $25,000, was given to Dutch director Isabel Lamberti for her film Last Days of Spring [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Isabel Lamberti
film profile
]
. The Dominika Kulczyk Productions Award of 100,000 PLN (approximately €21,800) went to Amateurs by Iwona Siekierzyńska, a subtle dramedy that revolves around a theatre group consisting of actors with Down’s syndrome, who are preparing to stage a Shakespeare play.

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Agata Buzek and Jacek Braciak, who starred in Łukasz Grzegorzek’s My Wonderful Life, snagged the Best Actress and Best Actor nods, respectively. The FIPRESCI jury awarded Gaza Mon Amour [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Arab Nasser and Tarzan Nasser, while thesp Nicolas Przygoda was given the Mastercard Rising Star Prize.

The festival audience picked The Getaway King by Mateusz Rakowicz, revolving around a charming, Robin Hood-like crook in the 1980s, as their favourite film. Also, the Polish Producers Association (KIPA), together with post-production studio Chimney Poland, Coloroffon, DI Factory and Fixafilm, founded the KIPA Production Debut Award, which went to three different producers: Marta Habior for Dolce Fine Giornata [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jacek Borcuch
film profile
]
, Anna Wereda for Amateurs and Marcin Ostatek for Scandal [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
.

Apart from the two competitions, a number of non-competitive sections fleshed out the programme of the 14th Mastercard OFF Camera Film Festival: American Indies; Best of Fests; Camera on Andrzej Chyra – Parquet; Different Shades of Crisis; Freedom, Equality, Solidarity; Love on the Brain; Nordic Horizons; and Panorama. The event unspooled between 3 and 12 September 2021.

Here is the full list of award winners:

Kraków Film Award
Last Days of Spring [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Isabel Lamberti
film profile
]
- Isabel Lamberti (Netherlands/Spain)

Dominika Kulczyk Productions Award – Best Film in the Polish Competition
Amateurs – Iwona Siekierzyńska (Poland)

Best Actress
Agata Buzek - My Wonderful Life (Poland)

Best Actor
Jacek Braciak - My Wonderful Life

FIPRESCI Award
Gaza Mon Amour [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Arab Nasser and Tarzan Nasser (Palestine/France/Germany/Portugal/Qatar)

Mastercard Rising Star Prize
Actor Nicolas Przygoda

Audience Award
The Getaway King - Mateusz Rakowicz (Poland)

KIPA Award for Best Production Debut
Marta Habior – Dolce Fine Giornata [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jacek Borcuch
film profile
]
(Poland)
Anna Wereda – Amateurs
Marcin Ostatek – Scandal [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(Poland)

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