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New Horizons Film Festival

New Horizons Film Festival (previously: Era New Horizons; pl: Nowe Horyzonty) is an international film festival held annually in July in Wrocław, Poland. It has been organised since 2001. It is one of the biggest and most popular film festivals in Poland. Since 2008 it is accredited by FIAPF with an "avant-garde" specialised competitive status.

The event is organized by the Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty (New Horizons Association). The moving spirit and the director of the festival is Roman Gutek. T-Mobile mobile phone network operator is a current nominal sponsor of the event.

Festival presents mainly arthouse cinema. The most important from the several competitions held at the festival (including new Polish films, films-on-art and short films contests) is the "New horizons international competition". It aims to present bold, unconventional and uncompromising films that are searching for the new forms of expression - "the new horizons of cinema". Prizes in the competition are: the Grand Prix, special mentions, and Audience Award. Since 2010 also a FIPRESCI Award is awarded.

Another important sections of the event are: retrospectives of the greatest film authors, experimental filmmakers and national cinemas, panorama of the most important auteur films of the season, "Midnight madness", and thematic sections.

Festival history

After the first edition, organized in Sanok, the Festival was moved to Cieszyn, where it was held four times between 2002 and 2005. From 2006 the event takes place in Wrocław. Since then it has apparently spread and now it is frequented by number of cinephiles and hosts many important guests every year, including Theo Angelopoulos, Nick Cave, Dardenne brothers, Lav Diaz, Bruno Dumont, Terry Gilliam, Hal Hartley, Kim Ki-duk, Dušan Makavejev, Tsai Ming-liang, Agnès Varda, Andrzej Wajda, Vincent Ward, and Andrzej Żuławski.

New horizons international competition winners

At the beginning the festival's Grand Prix was an audience award, but since 2009 it is given by the International Jury. The first main prize selected that way was awarded to Steve McQueen's Hunger.

Year Title Director Country of origin
2002 Paradox Lake Przemysław Reut  United States /  Poland
2003 Dolls Takeshi Kitano  Japan
2004 A Common Thread (Brodeuses) Éléonore Faucher  France
2005 Tarnation Jonathan Caouette  United States
2006 The Sacred Family (La sagrada familia) Sebastián Campos  Chile
2007 Potosi, le temps du voyage Ron Havilio  France Israel
2008 Rain of the Children Vincent Ward  New Zealand
2009 Hunger Steve McQueen  United Kingdom Ireland
2010 Mundane History Anocha Suwichakornpong  Thailand
2011 Attenberg Athina Rachel Tsangari  Greece
2012 Thursday till Sunday Dominga Sotomayor Castillo  Chile /  Netherlands
2013 Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari Aleksei Fedorchenko  Russia

Festival programme 2009

  • Opening gala – Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon
  • Closing – Martin Provost's Séraphine
  • New horizons international competition
  • Films on art international competition
  • New Polish films competition
  • Polish short films competition
  • European short films competition
  • Panorama
  • Special screenings
  • Documentaries / Essays
  • Third eye
  • Midnight madness: ozploitation
  • Cinema of Canada
  • Cinema of Sweden
  • Golden era of Hungarian cinema
  • Retrospective: Tsai Ming-liang
  • Retrospective: Jennifer Reeves
  • Retrospective: Krzysztof Zanussi
  • Retrospective: Piotr Dumała
  • 60 years of WFDiF
  • From Polański to...
  • New horizons of film language: editing
  • Season 2008/2009
  • Films for children
  • Silent films with live music
  • Screenings at the market square
  • Concerts
  • Exhibitions

Festival programme 2010

  • Opening gala – Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men
  • Closing – Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro
  • New horizons international competition
  • Films on art international competition
  • New Polish films competition
  • Polish short films competition
  • European short debuts competition
  • Panorama
  • Special screenings
  • Documentaries / Essays
  • Third eye
  • Midnight madness: Philippe Mora; samurai cinema
  • Cinema of Turkey
  • Retrospective: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Retrospective: Brothers Quay
  • Retrospective: Klaus Maria Brandauer
  • Retrospective: Laura Mulvey
  • Retrospective: Wojciech Jerzy Has
  • Retrospective: Daniel Szczechura
  • New horizons of film language
  • Season 2009/2010
  • Screenings at the market square
  • Concerts
  • Exhibitions

Festival programme 2011

  • Opening gala – Asghar Farhadi's A Separation
  • Closing – Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In
  • New horizons international competition
  • Films on art international competition
  • New Polish films competition
  • Polish short films competition
  • European short debuts competition
  • Panorama
  • Documentaries / Essays
  • Third eye
  • Special screenings
  • 'Round midnight
  • Behind the pink curtain
  • Red westerns
  • Norway expanded
  • New horizons of film language: production design
  • Hommage: Anja Breien
  • Retrospective: Bruno Dumont
  • Retrospective: Werner Nekes
  • Retrospective: Jack Smith
  • Retrospective: Terry Gilliam
  • Retrospective: Andrzej Munk
  • Retrospective: Mariusz Wilczyński
  • Season 2010/2011
  • Films for children
  • Screenings at the market square
  • Concerts
  • Discussion panels, workshops
  • Exhibitions

Festival programme 2012

  • Opening gala – Michael Haneke's Amour
  • Closing – Walter Salles' On the Road
  • New horizons international competition
  • Films on art international competition
  • Polish short films competition
  • European short films competition
  • Panorama
  • Special screenings
  • Gdynia in Wrocław
  • Documentaries / Essays
  • Third eye: The Happy End. Images for the end of the world
  • Midnight madness: From stage to screen
  • Mockumentaries
  • New horizons of film language: sound
  • The Karol Irzykowski Film Studio
  • Films for children
  • The Cinema of Mexico
  • Retrospective: Carlos Reygadas
  • Retrospective: Ulrich Seidl
  • Retrospective: Dušan Makavejev
  • Retrospective: Peter Tscherkassky and Eve Heller
  • Retrospective: Witold Giersz
  • Season 2011/2012
  • Screenings at the market square
  • Concerts
  • Discussion panels, workshops
  • Exhibitions

See also

External links

  • New Horizons Film Festival Official website (en)
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