On Sunday, 7 June, the 60th Krakow Film Festival wrapped up its weeklong 2020 edition. As the first Polish festival to shift entirely online, it organised 230 screenings and showed 172 of the latest documentary (107 of them), animated and short films to a rousing success. Over 40,000 people in the country signed in to watch films that came from all over the world.
According to the festival, a considerable amount of its viewership came from first time “attendees” as households were transformed into virtual cinemas. In addition to the film viewings, 27,000 also tuned in for the 65 virtual Q&A filmmaker sessions with a record-breaking online attendance for the central protagonist of xABo: Father Boniecki. This event alone was viewed in realtime by the capacity of 500 people allowed. Official ceremonies accounted for a further 17,5000 virtual attendees, including the closing ceremony held at Krakow’s Kino Pod Baranami.
By the end of the Academy Award qualifying event, 33 awards were handed out totaling out to 225,000 PLN. In the documentary category Radu Ciorniciuc’s renowned Acasa, My Home took the Golden Horn for feature film while Shoko Hara’s Just a Gay grabbed the Golden Dragon for short film.
The 61st Krakow Film Festival will take place from May 30th to June 6th, 2021.