All about OFF CAMERA, Poland's independent film festivalBy Justyna Czarna - OFF CAMERA 17-May-2018
International Festival of Independent Cinema OFF CAMERA takes place annually in Krakow. This year’s 11th edition was special, as the Guild of Music Supervisors visited the festival taking a panel of experts with us. Justyna Czarna from the festival gives us the lowdown on the event's background and goings on.
Music supervisors were also special guests of CANAL+ SERIALCON, which is a section of the Festival dedicated to TV shows and quality television. During the event, they shared with an audience many details about their job. Ian Neil, Nick Angel and Iain Cooke – the best ones in this profession – described the process of choosing the right music for a show or a movie. As an audience could guess from a panel discussion, organised with The Guild Of Music Supervisors, this is a very demanding career. In of the interviews, Iain Cooke (who worked on Night Manager and Luther) said that his main goal is to help a director of a motion picture to tell a story – in the best way possible. Moreover, music supervisor has to emphasize feelings and emotions that are important for the creator of a show.
Although Netia OFF CAMERA is a film festival, music is an important part of the event. Section OFF SCENA is a series of night concerts – during this year, they took place in post-industrial area of Dolne Młyny, in Zet Pe Te Club. It is the perfect occasion to present young musicians, waiting for their career to start, but also for well-known performers, to present new projects - in 2018 Jeremy Gara of Arcade Fire shared his new music with OFF SCENA’s audience.
11th Netia OFF CAMERA does not relate only to music and film scores. It is an occasion to broaden general knowledge about cinema and its technicalities. This is where the PRO INDUSTRY section comes in – a series of events and meetings dedicated to exchanging contacts, learning about film production and meeting famous representatives of Polish and international cinematography. MIASTECZKO FILMOWE shares similar role. It is a series of meetings with cinema and TV stars, held on Szczepański Square. Everyone can participate and ask their favourite artist a question about their work.
The Festival organises wide range of workshops, lectures, panel discussions and industry meetings, but cinema in a traditional form is always in the first place. Screenings are almost everywhere in the city. Cinema screens are not only in small studio cinemas but also in the fresh air. Szczepański Square, Vistulan Boulevards, industrial space of Dolne Młyny or even barge on Vistula River – those are only some of the places, where you can come and see a movie during OFF CAMERA. Films are carefully chosen and divided into sections, which helps the spectators to pick the most fascinating subject. The most important section is Main Competition “Making Way” in which ten first and second features from all over the world compete for the Kraków Film Award. The award amounts to one hundred thousand dollars and is granted by the international Jury.
It has to be stated, that during OFF CAMERA more than 100 films are presented and most of them have their Polish premieres here. These are not only most recent festival discoveries spotted during numerous international events, but also older films, which have never been released in Poland. OFF CAMERA is one of the biggest independent film festivals in Eastern Europe and it certainly helps to share greatness and value of autonomous art in this region.