Capturing Freedom Competition Winners Announced!
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Transatlantyk Festival announce the results of the Capturing Freedom Short Film Contest. 1100 films from 95 countries were submitted! The films address this year’s theme ‘The Power of Woman’.
Films from Argentina, Iran, Portugal, and the United Kingdom won awards at the international Capturing Freedom Short Film Contest, which this year focused on female ideals of freedom and independence. ‘The Power of Woman’ is also the theme of this year’s Transatlantyk Festival.
Submissions to the contest could be up to 10 minutes long and came in from young filmmakers all over the world. Students or graduates of film school, up to the age of 35, entered films that featured stories of women whose pursuit of freedom has influenced the world around them – both globally, in the context of countries and nations, and locally, focusing on their immediate surroundings.
1100 films from 95 countries were submitted to the contest. The winners were selected by a jury comprising:
- Bartek Konopka – Film director, Jury Chair
- Joanna Łapińska – Program Director at Transatlantyk Festival
- Grzegorz Skorupski – Film expert at the Adam Mickiewicz Institute
At their session on 19th June 2017, the jury decided to bestow three awards of equal ranking in the form of Hero5 Session GoPro video cameras and invitations to the Transatlantyk Festival. The awards ceremony will take place on 16th July during this year’s edition of Transatlantyk.
The winners are:
From Hasakah with Love
Directed by Mohammad Farahani, Iran
Justification: For conscious and professional use of cinematic techniques; for focusing on one character and observing the war through her eyes; for resisting the easy temptation of an action film; for humane and moving perspective on the issue of ISIS and Islamic extremism, so often filled with stereotypes in the public discourse.
The Two Halves
Directed by Gwenn Joyaux, Portugal
Justification: A worm cut in half writhes like a hurt person. The whole body is in pain. I have never encountered such a metaphor in the cinema before; for an exceptionally successful combination of the author’s sensitivity, personal tone, and scientific discoveries in the field of separation.
Spit It Out // A Sparkle Uprising
Directed by Eleonora Cristin, Great Britain
Justification: For spitting out a manifesto as colorful confetti; for expressing courage and edge in an aesthetically well-thought-out form.
The jury has also selected seven films which were submitted to the online contest via the Culture.pl Facebook profile. Internet users voted for Cubosoma, directed by Gaston Amat from Argentina, for the Audience Award, which also comes with a Hero5 Session GoPro video camera and invitation for the Transatlantyk Festival.
Most of the finalists can be seen on Culture.pl’s Facebook page under the ‘Videos’ tab in the playlist Capturing Freedom Audience Award 2017!
About the Transatlantyk Festival:
This year, the seventh edition of Transatlantyk – a festival of film and music – will be held between 14th and 21st July in Łódź. Over 100 feature films and documentaries from around the world will be screened during the festival – among them, the latest productions featured in Cannes and Berlin. Premieres – presented in two sections (Panorama and Docs) – will compete for a brand new prize: the Transatlantyk Distribution Award. A series of screenings and events devoted to this year’s theme – ‘The Power of Woman’ – will also take place during the festival. Additionally, attendees will have the chance to participate in Culinary Cinema, outdoor cinema, and Cinema in Bed – one of the most extraordinary cinemas in the world, according to BuzzFeed. The tickets for single screenings and promotional packages will be available for purchase starting 4th July.