Verdicts of the jury
The jury of the main New Horizons International Competiton (Béla Tarr, Dominga Sotomayor-Castillo, Edgar Pêra, Joanna Kos-Krauze and Christoph Terhechte) awarded the Grand Prix and 20.000 EUR to Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari (Nebesnye zheny lugovykh mari, Russia 2012) by Alexey Fedorchenko.
"For the tenderness, empathy, respect for the human dignity with a great sense of humor and imagination. This film makes a hope for the freedom of arts and also features the most likeable zombie in film history."
The FIPRESCI jury (Neil Young, István Szathmáry and Błażej Hrapkowicz) awarded the Cannes competition title Stranger by the Lake (L’inconnu du lac, France 2013) by Alain Guiraudie.
"The winning film confidently and audaciously blends conventions of genre cinema and auteur filmmaking. Economically using limited means and resources, the film - taking as its muses Eros and Thanatos - subtly addresses a wide range of social, cultural and psychological themes."
In the Films on Art International Competition, the international jury (Sally Berger, Barbara Pichler, Amos Poe, Karol Radziszewski and Ben Russell) awarded the main prize of 10.000 EUR to Sick Bird Die Easy (USA 2013) by Nicholas Fackler – the film had its European premiere at the festival.
"In a varied and challenging competition that looks towards the subject of ART ON FILM for its essential selection criteria, we unanimously chose a work that vehemently argues for ART AS FILM. In an oft-hilarious hallucinatory reverie that is equal parts post-colonial road trip and bad acid drug trip. This film capably explodes the fiction / non-fiction divide with an alarming self-consciousness and an ever more surprising degree of sincerity. With a mad mix of compellingly fucked-up characters, an array of expertly wielded lo-fi and hi-fi video cameras and a dynamic approach to sound-in-cinema. The director has produced a totally pleasurable and radically complicated mess of a film one that convincingly and capably achieves its own thesis to create a piece of art drawn from tens of thousands of years of imagination. We can’t wait to do Iboga and we can’t wait to see what Nik Fackler make next. The jury prize goes to SICK BIRDS DIE EASY, dir. Nicholas Fackler."
In the Polish Short Films Competition, the best fiction film was Mother (Matka, 2013) by Łukasz Ostalski...
"The price goes to a disturbing portrait of a family with questionable morals. Script, mise en scène, and editing work together to create a suspenseful and meaningful tragedy."
... best animation was Ziegenort (2013) by Tomasz Popakul...
"With its simple and unique style, the film creates a disturbing mood and brings us a kafkaesque vision of teenage anxieties."
... and best documentary was Mother 24/7 (Matka 24h) by Marcin Janos Krawczyk.
"With its delicate yet critical approach of tradition and rituals, this documentary allows different points of view."
The jury included Fijona Jonuzi, Jukka-Pekka Laakso and Laurence Reymond.
In the European Short Films Competition the best documentary was The Day Has Conquered the Night (Le jour a vaincu la nuit, France 2013) by Jean-Gabriel Périot...
"For an evocative depiction of contemporary fears and desires in a prison."
... and the best experimental film was Dry Standpipe (Suchy pion, Poland 2012) by Wojciech Bąkowski.
"The main prize is awarded to this film for translating what is personal into the universal language of the synesthetic form."
The jury comprised of Ana Brzezińska, Norman Leto and Jakub Majmurek.