26th May – 2nd June 2013



The 53rd Krakow Film Festival (KFF) will be held from 26th May to 2nd June 2013. The aim of the Festival is to present and review documentaries, animated and short feature films in three competition as well as in other festival sections.

The competitive sections:

  1. national competition open to films made in Poland with a running time of:
    documentary films - no time limit
    animated and feature films - 30 minutes or less

    Polish producers submit their films only to the national competition. The Selection Committee decide about Polish films which will participate in the international competitions (they have to fulfil conditions specified in each competition). Polish premiere is not required but preference is given to the films that have not been theatrically released or screened at any festival in Poland before the 53rd KFF.
  2. international short film competition open to documentary, animated and feature films with a running time of 30 minutes or less.
    Polish premiere is required.
  3. international documentary film competition open to documentaries with a running time exceeding 30 minutes (mid- and feature-length).
    Polish premiere is required.
  4. NEW! international music documentary competition open to music documentary films with a running time exceeding 30 minutes (mid- and feature-length).
    Polish premiere is required.

Only the films completed after 1 January 2012 are eligible for competitions.

The non-competitive sections:

Organisers reserve the right to select submitted films to the non-competitive sections of the Festival. This however applies only to films submitted to 53rd edition of the Festival.

The Festival Director shall decide whether the film has been admitted to the festival programme.
The films submitted for the previous editions of KFF that were not selected for screenings as well as those already screened will not be considered. The Applicants may not appeal against the Festival Director’s decision. The Organisers may withdraw from the requirements included in these Rules and Regulations for films of exceptional artistic value.


There is no fee for a film entry.

Films shall be submitted on DVDs or as MP4, MOV, MPEG2 (DVD compatible) files.

Selection deadlines:
30 November 2012
for films completed before 31st August 2012
8 February 2013 for films completed after 31st August 2012

In order to be considered for selection, film must be submitted using on-line entry form available at www.krakowfilmfestival.pl and a preview copy (DVD or MP4, MOV, MPEG2 files) must be delivered or uploaded as scheduled above but not later than 7 days after on-line registration.
The DVD shall be sent to the following address:

ul. Basztowa 15/8a
31-143 Kraków
tel./fax: +48 12 2946945
e-mail: selekcja@kff.com.pl

If the above deadlines are not observed or the on-line entry form is not duly completed, the Organisers have no obligation whatsoever to admit the film. DVDs with submitted films will not be returned.


The films selected for competitions shall be made available to the Organizers free of charge.
Applicants shall be notified of the film admission or rejection by e-mail, fax or post at least 30 days before the beginning of the Festival. The list of the films admitted to competitive and non-competitive sections shall be published on the Festival website www.krakowfilmfestival.pl as soon as the selection is completed.

If the film has been admitted to festival screenings, the Applicant is obliged to send the following materials:

The following formats are eligible for festival screenings: 35mm, BETA Digital PAL, HDCAM (PAL), ProRes files (prepared in accordance with instruction sent after film acceptance to the festival’s programme). Any other formats will not be accepted.

All copies must be subtitled in English (unless English is the original language of the film).

Screening copies shall be delivered by 10 May 2013 to the following address:
ul. Basztowa 15/8a
31-143 Kraków
tel./fax +48 12 294 69 45


National competition:

International short film competition:

International documentary film competition:

International music documentary film competition (NEW!):

The People's Choice Award is an audience award to the best film presented in the competition sections.

The Dragon of Dragons Award, a special lifetime achievement award, is granted by the Programme Council of the Krakow Film Foundation for the outstanding contribution to the development of documentary and animated film. In 2013 it will be bestowed upon an animated film director.


Each film may has no more than five screenings during the Festival. Any additional presentations outside the Festival programme shall require a separate prior consent expressed by the producer.

The films selected to the competitive sections become automatically available through the digital video library to the participants of the Krakow Film Market held during the Festival (except written request from the Producer).

The Applicant consents to the Organisers publishing information about the film on the festival website as well as in all printed festival (such as the catalogue, the programme, leaflets, etc.) and press materials.

For promotional purposes, media, television stations and partner Internet portals may be granted access to film materials (stills, information), trailers or film excerpts sent by film producer on the conditions specified in on-line entry form.

Applicants shall not withdraw their films from the Festival once the selection is confirmed by the Festival and approved by the producer.

The Organisers may engage distribution of selected award-winning films on the conditions agreed with the owners of rights.


The applicant shall bear all the transport costs of DVDs submitted for selection, festival copies as well as all the shipping charges. The applicant shall also pay all the customs duties outside Poland. The Festival does not bear any customs duties outside Poland. The Applicant must conform to the customs regulations concerning the transport of films. All shipments from outside the EU must be accompanied with a pro forma invoice of maximum EUR 15 and the following notice: 'No commercial value. For cultural purposes only'.

Film copies shall be returned by the Organisers at their own cost within two weeks after the closing of the Festival to the address indicated by the applicant. Any changes in the return address shall be notified to the Organisers not later than one week before the start of the Festival.
The films presented during the Festival shall be insured against damage, theft and third-party liability while they remain in the Organisers' possession.


Submitting a film to the Krakow Film Festival is equivalent to the acceptance of the conditions set out in these Rules and Regulations.
All decisions in the matters not covered by these Rules and Regulations shall be taken by the Organisers represented by the Festival Director. The KFF Rules and Regulations have been drawn up in accordance with the FIAPF International Regulations. Should there be any uncertainty the Polish version prevails.

The deadline for submitting films to the 52. Krakow Film Festival passed on 10th February 2013.
We would like to thank you for all the submissions made. The list of the films accepted to the competition will be announced at the Festival’s website after the selection committee finishes their work but not earlier than 1st April 2013. Thank you for your cooperation.