60th Krakow Film Festival unveils industry programme

60th Krakow Film Festival unveils industry programme

Like the festival, Krakow Industry will be online in 2020, and offers up a wide range of opportunities to collaborate with the Polish doc industry.


DOC LAB POLAND is a series of workshops and consultations for directors and producers of Polish documentary films with experienced international tutors Adriek Van Nieuwenhuijzen (IDFA Forum), Tereza Šimíkova  (CPH Forum), Christian Popp (FIPADOC), Rada Sesic  (Sarajevo FF) and Leena Pasanen (Biografilm Festival).


The programme ends with two pitching sessions: DOCS TO GO! (June 3 2020) and  DOCS TO START (June 4 2020). DOCS TO START is a presentation of Polish projects at development stage, while  DOCS TO GO! is a presentation of Polish documentary films at editing or post-production stage. Both sessions culminate in meetings with decision-makers, experts, international producers, funds, commissioning editors, festival programmers and sales agents. This year 21 projects were chosen to be presented across the two sessions. 


The CEDOC (Central European Documentary) Market  is organized for producers looking for production partners, and comprises individual meetings and round tables with international decision makers from the film industry, as well as foreign producers who are open to co-operation with Poland and other countries. The market will be held online between 3 and 5 June 2020.


The “Focus on Denmark” programme includes screenings of latest Danish documentary, short and animated films. A core aspect is the June 2 Panel Discussion whose aim is to present the contemporary model of Danish Documentary cinema with a focus on co-production possibilities with Denmark. Guests of the panel are Danish producers and representatives of DR and Danish Film Institute. The conversation will be moderated by Tue Steen Muller. 

The DOCS TO BUY event offers sneak previews of Polish documentary films. After the screenings, there will be meetings between producers and distributors, buyers and representatives of VOD platforms, invited specially for this occasion. 


As usual, the KFF Industry Meetings session will be presented. These entail individual meetings with international film festival programmers, and are designed for filmmakers, producers and people working in film distribution. Confirmed attendees include programmers from Berlinale, Sundance FF, Venice FF, Hot Docs, Visions du Réel and IDFA.


One of the main events of KFF Industry is the KFF Market digital video library, in which, throughout the entire festival week, one can watch the latest films from around the world which are looking for cinema, festival and television distribution. This year’s catalogue includes approximately 250 documentary, short and animated films, including the festival’s competition films and sections prepared by the partners: Institute of Documentary Film, DOK Lepizig, Swiss Films, Visions du Réel, Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival, Festival dei Popoli and Finnish Film Foundation.

This year’s KFF Industry programme again embraces animated films. Within the frames of the section Animated in Poland, there will be a pitching of Polish short animated films in the final stage of production on Tuesday (June 3). The representatives of the selected projects will have a chance to show excerpts and talk about their films, before they are shown at Polish and foreign film festivals. The pitching will be followed by the one-on-one meetings with international festival  programmers and sales agents. The participants will be prepared for online presenting of their projects by tutor Wim Vanacker, one of the short film programmers of the  Cannes Film Festival.


Animated in Poland includes also two other events. Co-organized with SPPA Talent Market (1 June) is the place where producers meet new talents. Screenwriters, animators, directors and producers looking for a co-production will have the chance to meet with producers and owners of the animation studios based in Poland, who are looking for new ideas and projects. The legal panel “Director, producer – playing for one gaol”, co-organized with Krakow Animation Center, Krakow Film Klaster and Lassota Krawiec Law Firm, will be dedicated to happy co-operation between the director and the producer.