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OFF PLUS CAMERA is a major event devoted to Polish and international independent cinema organized by The Society for Independent and Other Arts OFF CAMERA and Krakow Festival Office since 2008. . Our key objective is to give support to the filmmakers at the beginning of their careers. The most important element of the festival is the international competition, in which 12 independent directors from all over the world compete for the Krakow Film Award of $100,000. The winner is selected by an international jury and the award is given by the President of Krakow. Each year, approximately 100 films are presented during more than 200 screenings. Our Festival aspires to show – besides the newest productions – the classics of underground cinema through retrospective and tribute sections.


Interview With Italian Composer Umberto Smerilli

  Pescara born Umberto Smerilli is one of Italy's emerging masterful film composers. A graduate of the Italian National School of Cinema at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Umberto is best known for his work on 'Scrambled' (2007), 'Il Torneo' (2008) and 'Worldly Girl' (2016). He is a multi talent who synergizes the old and new world with confidence, grace and Italian panache. My first encounter with Umberto was at the Off Camera Film Festival in K...

Interview with 'POP-AYE' Producer Weijie Lai

    Singapore native producer Weijie Lai's latest film 'Pop-Aye' (2017) by Singapore born director Kristen Tan has received international acclaim during its festival circuit, having garnered multiple awards including the Sundance Screenwriting Award, Rotterdam Big Screen Award and the FIPRESCI Jury Award at the Netia Off Camera International Film Festival in Krakow, Poland. A graduate from NYU Tisch Asia in Singapore, Lai worked on two commercial feature...

Interview With Writer/Director Amman Abbasi for 'DAYVEON' (2017)

Writer/director Amman Abbasi's debut film 'Dayveon' (2017) is a coming of age story about 13 year-old Dayveon as he navigates his way through the oppressing Arkansas summer heat and the relentless bullying of a local gang after having just lost his older brother. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and recently screened at Off Camera Festival in Krakow, Poland where it won an audience award for best cinematography by Dustin Lane. Amman has won Best New Direction ...

Krakow’s film celebration underway!

Today is the beginning of the 4th edition of Poland’s biggest independent film festival – OFF PLUS CAMERA. The program includes multiple meetings with the stars of cinema, workshops, discussion panels, new sections and contests.  Many movie personalities accepted our invitation: one of the most famous Hindu actors – Amitabh Bachchan, versatile Polish artist Lech Majewski, Australian director and screenwriter Peter Weir, Richard Jenkins, actor with an impressive filmography, as well as th...

Making Way

During the fourth festival OFF PLUS CAMERA twelve films from all over the world will compete for the Kraków Film Award. The head of the “Making Way” Jury will be Jerzy Skolimowski.   The Main Competition films are presented below! "Erratum" is a social drama by Marek Lechki telling the story of a man who doesn't even notice how much lost he is in his life. The film was appreciated at numerous festivals in Pusan, Chicago and Thessaloniki. ...

Jury of Polish Feature Film Competition!

We would like to introduce the members of the Jury of the first Polish Feature Film Competition.  The Jury will appraise ten nominated Polish productions made in 2010. Just a quick reminder that the winner takes the Polish Noble Award with 100.000PLN – to be divided between the director and the producer. Rose McGowan: actress known for such projects as “Scream”, “The Doom Generation” or the TV series “Charmed”. She attained international fame with her role in two episodes of th...

Polish Feature Film Competition - all titles revealed!

Polish Feature Film Competition is one of the novelties at this year's Off Plus Camera Film Festival. This will be a unique opportunity to promote our own productions.    Ten films that have qualified for the competition allow an overview of the most interesting phenomena and trends in the Polish cinematography that appeared in the last year.“For Love” is a psychological drama by Anna Jadowska telling a story of a young married couple, who for financial reasons, decide to make money...

All there is to DISCOVER!

Innovative directorial visions, forerunning scripts, unconventional ways of presenting reality and all-stars cast. In the DISCOVERIES section we will present the newest projects of widely known filmmakers as well as the unknown beginners in the cinema industry. We discover the titles of directors from France, US, UK and Chile.   “Stone”, dir.John Curran     The majority of the films in the section has been awarded and appreciated at film...

Gary Lucas and his “Spanish Dracula” in Krakow

“Spanish Dracula” by Gary Lucas is a project comprising solo guitar compositions as accompaniment to the famous Spanish film “Dracula” made in 1931. The project's premiere took place during the 31st Havana Film Festival, where it was named a spectacular hit. It was also presented during the London Jazz Festival at the Queen Elisabeth Hall and turned into a success, crowned with a 4-star review in “The Guardian”. The performance was also appreciated in other places in t...

Tim Roth – special guest at Off Plus Camera

Tim Roth, the star of “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction”, will receive in Kraków at the Off Plus Camera the “Against the Current” award. In the series of special screenings, you will be able to watch directed by him “The War Zone”. We have prepared much more on the occasion of the famous Brit's visit. Tim Roth, who gained international fame through Quentin Tarantino's productions (“Reservoir Dogs”, Pulp Fiction”, “Four Rooms”), will be a special guest at th...

Amitabh Bachchan finally to visit Kraków!

One of the brightest stars of the Indian cinema - Amitabh Bachchan – will be our guest during this year's Off Plus Camera film festival.  He was to come to Kraków last year, but was unable to arrive because of the Icelandic volcano which had paralysed the air traffic in 2010. Amitabh Bachchan accepted our invitation one more time and we do hope that this year he arrives without incidents at our festival!Amitabh Bachchan, mainly famous for his role in “Happiness & Tears", will...

Roof-olution – exceptional open-air screenings at the OFF Plus Camera festival!

This year's OFF PLUS CAMERA not only consists of theatre screenings but also in the open-air! The audience will be able to experience the unforgettable film screenings on the rooftops of Kraków buildings. For five days, the festival audience will be able to watch films on the rooftops of buildings at Szczepańska, Szeroka and Senacka streets. The programme includes the controversial Casey Affleck's and Joaquin Phoenix's “I'm Still Here” (Discoveries section). It is a story of Phoen...

American celebrities in Krakow - ROSE McGOWAN, RICHARD JENKINS, AMERICA FERRERA!

ROSE McGOWAN (president of the Jury of the Polish Dramatic Competition), RICHARD JENKINS (special guest) and AMERICA FERRERA (actress and producer of the film “The Dry Land” in the Sundance section). Rose McGowan is in possession of a very unique and characteristic looks recognisable in the cinema world. She is best known for her roles in TV series “Charmed” and “Nip/Tuck”, for her relationship with an eccentric musician Marilyn Manson and for her double role in Robert Rodriguez' a...

Roger Christian and Ellen Chenoweth will lead the workshops at OFF PLUS CAMERA!

During our festival, the world cinema stars will conduct the film workshops. Roger Christian, an FX expert in the most famous sci-fi productions will focus on the creative and technical aspects of the job of an art director. Ellen Chenoweth will advise on how to successfully carry out the castings.  Roger Christian is an Oscar winner for Best Art Direction - Set Decoration for George Lucas' “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope” (1977), where he was responsible for the Jedi lightsabers a...

JERZY SKOLIMOWSKI is president of the Jury in the Main Competition

World famous Polish filmmaker will be the president of the “Making Way” competition, with the main prize of $100.000. Jerzy Skolimowski, the recent victor at the Polish Film Academy Awards the Eagles 2011 for “Essential Killing” is the president of the Jury in the Main Competition “Making Way” of the International Festival of Independent Cinema.Since the beginnings of the Off Plus Camera film festival, our main goal was to make the president of the main Jury a Pole. Until now, the p...


Peter Weir, an unquestionable icon of the Australian cinema as well as a renowned Hollywood filmmaker will be our guest at the OFF PLUS CAMERA festival. The official Polish premiere of his newest film “The Way Back” starring Colin Farrel and Ed Harris will be held on April 8th in Kraków during the opening ceremony of this year's International Festival of Independent Cinema OFF PLUS CAMERA. Peter Weir is an Australian with successful experience in Hollywood. He will join the special guests...

All that you wanted to know about women and more – i.e. the new section at OFF PLUS CAMERA 2011

In the “Filming Women” section we will present the most interesting films made in the last few years. As the name of the section might suggest, these will be films touching upon the women's issues, not necessarily made by women though. The selected titles may serve as proof that contemporary cinema is full of genuine portraits of women far from the stereotypical perception of the representatives of the fair sex. The section “Filming Women” and its contents set questions about criteria o...

OFF PLUS CAMERA 2011 – the first titles revealed!

The programming novelties for this year's festival are: “Filming Women”, and a special section presenting new Irish, German and Asian cinema. Other sections include as usual the main competition “Making Way” (with $100k award), “Discoveries”, “From the Gut” and “Catching Up”.In the section “FILMING WOMEN”, we will present “On Tour” (“Tournée”) directed by a popular French actor Mathieu Amalric. The film got excellent reviews and was awarded with Palme d'Or for di...

Off Plus Camera will host the FIPRESCI award!

Off Plus Camera Film Festival is constantly expanding its horizons and working hard on many novelties. This 4th year of the festival, The International Federation of Film Critics will award its prestigious accolade - FIPRESCI.  The International Federation of Film Critics ( Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) is an association of professional film critics from all over the world. The Federation took shape in Paris on June 6th 1930. The main aim of the association is to...

Peter Weir's “The Way Back” will open the OFF PLUS CAMERA festival

 “The WayBack” - the newest film by Peter Weir starring Colin Farrel and Ed Harris willopen this year's International Festival of Independent Cinema OFF PLUS CAMERA.Theofficial Polish premiere of the film will be held on April 8th in Kraków duringthe opening ceremony  of the festival.The film will hit the screens in Poland on April 8th. Its distributor isMonolith Films ( Eight yearsafter his last film Peter Weir touches upon a topic close to the Polishaudiences' h...

OFF PLUS CAMERA at the European Film Market!

OFF PLUSCAMERA took part in the European Film Market held during the Berlin Film Festivalin February 10th – 18th.Our festival's stand was visited by a few hundredvisitors. TheEuropean Film Market is the most important industry event in Europe next toCannes. Every year the film industry companies and various institutions such asthe biggest distributors and film institutes such as Doha Film Institute orPolish Film Institute have their stands at the market. This year, for the firsttime, also Off ...

OFF PLUS CAMERA launches new web site!!

We are veryhappy to present our completely new and changed website.  You will find there even more informationabout independent cinema, video stories from film festivals from all around theworld, OFF PLUS CAMERA behind the scenes and much more!Don’t waitand visit!  ...

OFF PLUS CAMERA party AT Sundance ‘11

We are more than happy toannounce that we co-hosted a special Polish Filmmakers party, that was held atSundance on Monday night. The co-organizers of the event were Polish FilmInstitute and OFF PLUS CAMERA festival.Our festival, signed up a partnership agreement withSundance. Monday party was “a Sundance sanctioned event”, meaning it wasofficially included in the program of Sundance ’11. More than 700 people showedup at the party, among whom were: Lech Majewski, Rutger Hauer and SundancePr...

13 directors, one movie!

“13 incarnations of Tomasz M.” is a short movie created by internauts using mobile phones. It will be announced during 4thedition of international film festival Off Plus Camera.   During almost 3 months (from 5th January till 25th march 2011) at there will be a possibility to trace how a short movie is being developed, the author of which could be everyone. What you need to do is to record a simple shot, connected with th...

Polish Feature Film Competition Brand new section in program!

OFF PLUS CAMERA International Festival of Independent Cinema broadens its formula every year, offering new sections in its program. One of the innovations of the 4th edition of the festival will be Polish Feature Film Competition. All Polish feature films, produced in 2010 and 2011, could be applied for the competition. The main prize is 100, 000 PLN – to be shared by the winning movie producer and director.   Films qualified t...


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