23rd INTERNATIONAL YOUNG AUDIENCE FILM FESTIVAL ALE KINO!
6-12 JUNE 2005
The idea of the International Young Audience Film Festival is to show the authentic world of young people and reveal the true face of the young generation.
The Festival shows and promotes worthy films for children and young people, facilitates the distribution of such film and offers a forum for meetings and discussions of filmmakers, critics and film scholars, producers, distributors, teachers and a young audience. Film showings and accompanying educational endeavours make the Festival a significant element in the programme of young viewer education.
The Festival's organizers are the Poznań Film Foundation, the Child Art Centre and Multikino Sp. z o.o.
of Culture, Minister of National Education and Sport, Mayor of Poznań and President of the Association of Polish Filmmakers.
The Festival Director is Mr. Jerzy Moszkowicz, Director of the Child Art Centre. The Festival Producer is Mr. Krzysztof Cieśliński, President of the Poznań Film Foundation. The organizing committee consists of Joanna Szalbierz (feature film competition), Joanna Walerczak (animated film competition), Katarzyna Rutkowska (publications, promotion), Anna Śliwińska (seminar), Dawid Wasielewski (spokesman), Tomasz Basiński (film copies), Marian Suchanecki (film workshops), and Katarzyna Bogdańska (audience organization).
The Festival is held in accordance with the rules and regulations drafted by its organizers. It is made up of competitions, special showings and accompanying events. The main prize is the Gold Billy Goats.
Festival film showings take place in the rooms of Multikino. The 23rd Festival will feature about 60 showings that will attract about 10,000 viewers. Methodologists and teachers - Festival consultants - will determine the age brackets to which specific pictures will be addressed.
Festival guests will include directors and producers of films shown at the Festival, and people of the cinema and audio-visual media from Poland and abroad. Special guests will be the artists that have made the Festival history and are counted among the most outstanding personalities of the Polish cinema for a young audience.
COMPETITIONS AND SPECIAL SHOWINGS
Films are selected by choosing the best pictures considering their artistic value while ensuring that various film cultures and languages are represented. Polish and foreign, feature and animated films made in 2003-2005 may be entered into the competitions. About 30 films will be admitted.
Films are judged by two international professional panels that award the main prizes in the competitions: Grand Prix -Gold Billy Goats for the best picture and the CIFEJ Award. The young audience will vote on their most favourite film.
Besides competition films, special showings will feature independent productions, documentaries and retrospective reviews presenting the history of children and young people's cinema. Special night screenings will feature new films or others hitherto unknown in Poland although designed for adults but touching on the problems of children and young people.
During the 23rd Festival, a special award for films made for a young audience, the Platinum Billy Goats, will be given already for the fourth time. The award is given each year by Festival organizers to an eminent Polish filmmaker. The award-giving ceremony will be accompanied by the showing of the laureate's films.
CONFERENCE OF EUROPEAN CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVALS
During the Festival a conference will be held organized by the European Association of Children's Films, Poznań Film Foundation and European Coordination of Film Festivals. Conference participants will include the directors and organizers of European festivals of children's films and festivals having children's section.
FESTIVAL PUBLICATIONS AND PROMOTION
The official publication of the Festival is a bilingual catalogue providing comprehensive information on all presented films and their makers. A methodological guidebook Ale Kino! At School will also be published giving the Festival programme and methodological guidelines for teachers and seminar participants.
The Festival will have its poster designed by Wiktor Sadowski. In the previous years festival posters were designed by such eminent artists as Grzegorz Marszałek, Wiesław Wałkuski, Rafał Olbiński, Ryszard Horowitz, Dariusz Miliński, Wiesław Grzegorczyk. A programme and postcards will be published as well.
Media patronage over the Festival will be provided by: national daily "Gazeta Wyborcza", national monthly "Film", "Kino", "Iks", national television Kino Polska TV, regional radio Radio Merkury and a national Internet portal Stopklatka. Comprehensive information on the Festival will be disseminated by the media patrons. The Festival has its web page, which is regularly updated: www.alekino.com.
The International Young Audience Film Festival is the only event of its kind in Poland. It has almost forty years of history as its beginnings go back to the local reviews of animated and children's films that were held in Poznań in the 1960s. Since 1969, a national festival had been held every other year. In 1994 it was considerably overhauled, given an international status and has been held every year since then. This has given Polish viewers an opportunity to watch unknown, worthy and interesting pictures from many countries of the world.
The laureates, jurors and guests of the Festival included Filip Bajon, Yurek Bogayevicz, Jacek Bromski, Krzesimir Dębski, Piotr Dumała, Waldemar Dziki, Katarzyna Figura, Małgorzata Foremniak, Leszek Gałysz, Witold Giersz, Robert Gliński, Krzysztof Gradowski, Roman Gutek, Stanisław Jędryka, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Maria Kaniewska, Andrzej Kołodyński, Zygmunt Konieczny, Aleksandra Korejwo, Krystyna Krupska-Wysocka, Jerzy Kucia, Stanisław Lenartowicz, Piotr Łazarkiewicz, Paweł Łoziński, Jan Machulski, Andrzej Maleszka, Wojciech Marczewski, Lechosław Marszałek, Janusz Nasfeter, Władysław Nehrebecki, Małgorzata Pieczyńska, Radosław Piwowarski, Jerzy Satanowski, Anna Sokołowska, Danuta Stenka, Waldemar Szarek, Daniel Szczechura, Stefan Szwakopf, Kazimierz Tarnas, Maciej Wojtyszko, Jarosław Żamojda.
The Festival has been visited by many foreign guests: makers of films shown at the Festival from almost every country of the world, representatives of film institutions and the directors of children's film festivals in Montreal, Mexico City, Chicago, Frankfurt, Bratislava, Oulu, Bellinzona, London and Berlin.
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