Similarly to the past editions, the most important part of the festival will be the New Horizons International Competition covering 18 films that have not yet been presented in Poland, and which are carefully selected from among hundreds of titles shown at international festivals and film markets.
Thinking about the form of the competition, the organisers adopted the following question as the starting point: is there place in the 21st century cinematography for directors going against the trends, for individualists pursuing their own styles, using a unique language that cannot be imitated?
The appreciation given each year to the proposals and the positive opinions of the general public convince us that the audience awaits such cinema. The films shown during the competition always arouse extreme emotions, admiration, or protests - they do not let themselves to be forgotten. They are the ones that are most talked about on our internet forum and the festival’s Hyde Park. The NEW HORIZONS film festival would simply not exist without them.
Every year one of the films participating in the competition receives a GRAND PRIX – the festival’s main prize awarded by the public. As one can see, our public is just as unpredictable as the films themselves. So far sublime pictures of renown directors (Dolls by Takeshi Kitano in 2003), as well as brilliant and rebellious débuts (La sagrada familia by Sebastian Campos in the last edition) have been winning so far; as well as private dramas (Brodeuses by Eléonore Faucher in 2004), as well as independent extravagancies (Tarnation by Jonathan Caouette in 2005). Which film will the audience pick this time? We will find out in July.