What do young filmmakers film? This year ETIUDA competition is a journey to the land of diverse cinema. The cinema that is not afraid of controversial subjects, the cinema that is constantly searching for new means of expression, the cinema that experiments with narration and style. The young and courageous cinema that changes simple and short stories into little (master)pieces of film art.
From Tuesday, November 24th, to Friday, November 27th, Krakow’s Rotunda will become a stage of fight. Although it will be school students who will fight, it won’t be a Bantamweight, by no means. 34 student films from around the world will compete for main prize of ETIUDA competition – a Golden Dinosaur and 2.500 euros.
Gallery of curiosities
ETIUDA competition is not only a contest, but also a space of unusual encounters. Does it often happen to see within 90 minutes screening Anna Dymna greeting with Marisa Paredes, snail farmer meeting with an army of zombies or a sad robot with a retro-spy? The scope of topics and problems is defined by young, absorbing-life characters and lonely and old people humbly awaiting the end. Between them stretches a landscape of extreme emotions and attitudes: anger and peace, rebellion and subordination, passion and indifference.
The encounters of unusual characters are accompanied by confrontations of film genres, styles and forms. The genre cinema will be represented as never before: the zombie horror from Israel, crime noir from Germany, and even science fiction from the US. There will also be dramas and romances or the contemplative cinema, and even among numerous experimental and classical documentaries a mockumentary will find its place.
34 faces of film
Are the first films a catalyst of unbridled energy, or on the contrary – testimony of rigor of form and pressure to improve the workshop? Young filmmakers make boldly mature shorts. Even if they allow themselves to “feature excesses” like zombie-apocalypse (Six hours), personified Hangover punishing drunkards (The Hangover) or snail king (Snails), they never lose sight of
the main purpose of the film art – comprehensibility. A film youth has its own rules: searches, wanders, experiments – it can be perfectly seen in some movies. The shorts selected for this year’s competition cannot be accused of “school-character”, conservativeness nor the inclination to stereotyped thinking. Screenings of student shorts on the festival is the procession of untamed film enthusiasm, frantic passion for creating and desire to express creatively, which is determined by the
Student shorts will compete for Golden, Silver and Bronze Dinosaur. The verdict will be announced on Saturday, 27th November. Like every year, there will also be an award for the best film school, from which at least three films were selected to the ETIUDA competition.