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New Horizons Film Festival

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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 was a nominal sponsor of the event until 2017.

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 historyEdit

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, Šarūnas Bartas, Leos Carax, Nick Cave, Dardenne brothers, Lav Diaz, Bruno Dumont, Asghar Farhadi, Terry Gilliam, Amos Gitai, Peter Greenaway, Hal Hartley, Agnieszka Holland, Naomi Kawase, Abdellatif Kechiche, Kim Ki-duk, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Sebastián Lelio, Lou Ye, Dušan Makavejev, Tsai Ming-liang, Nanni Moretti, Cristian Mungiu, Ulrike Ottinger, Carlos Saura, Béla Tarr, Peter Tscherkassky, Agnès Varda, Andrzej Wajda, Vincent Ward, and Andrzej Żuławski[1].

In 2016, when Wrocław was holding the title of European Capital of Culture, festival included events related to this occasion (i.e. a special section called Masters of European Cinema).

New horizons international competition winnersEdit

Grand PrixEdit

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 notes
2002 Paradox Lake Przemysław Reut   /   chosen by audience
2003 Dolls Takeshi Kitano   chosen by audience
2004 A Common Thread (Brodeuses) Éléonore Faucher   chosen by audience
2005 Tarnation Jonathan Caouette   chosen by audience
2006 The Sacred Family (La sagrada familia) Sebastián Lelio (as Sebastián Campos)   chosen by audience
2007 Potosi, le temps du voyage Ron Havilio   /   chosen by audience
2008 Rain of the Children Vincent Ward   chosen by audience
2009 Hunger Steve McQueen   /   the first Grand Prix chosen by International Jury
2010 Mundane History Anocha Suwichakornpong  
2011 Attenberg Athina Rachel Tsangari  
2012 Thursday till Sunday Dominga Sotomayor Castillo   /  
2013 Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari Aleksei Fedorchenko  
2014 White Shadow Noaz Deshe   /   /  
2015 Lucifer Gust Van den Berghe  
2016 In the Last Days of the City Tamer El Said   /   /   /  
2017 Western Valeska Grisebach   /   /  
2018 Holiday Isabella Eklöf   /   /  

Audience awardEdit

Since the main prize became jury-selected in 2009, the Audience Award is the second in importance. The last Grand Prix chosen by the audience was Rain of the Children in 2008. The only film to win both Grand Prix and Audience award was White Shadow in 2014.

Year Title Director Country of origin
2009 Oxygen Ivan Vyrypaev  
2010 Le quattro volte Michelangelo Frammartino  
2011 Brownian Movement Nanouk Leopold  
2012 Donoma Djinn Carrénard  
2013 Floating Skyscrapers Tomasz Wasilewski  
2014 White Shadow Noaz Deshe   /   /  
2015 Goodnight Mommy Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz  
2016 Wszystkie nieprzespane noce Michał Marczak  
2017 Photon Norman Leto  
2018 An Elephant Sitting Still Hu Bo  

Festival programme 2009Edit

  • 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 2010Edit

Festival programme 2011Edit

  • 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 2012Edit

  • 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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Festival's Portrait Gallery". Retrieved 2018-08-09.

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