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27 Oct 13
"Short Term 12" and "Big Easy Express" win the 4th American Film Festival in Wrocław

Producer Christine Vachon received the Indie Star Award for helmers of independent American cinema.

The American Film Festival (AFF) in Wrocław, Poland - the first event in Eastern and Central Europe focused entirely on independent American cinema – closed on October, 27th with the Polish premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra.


The audience award for the Best Narrative Feature ($10,000) went to Destin Cretton for Short Term 12, while the audience award for the Best Documentary Feature ($5,000) went to Emmett Malloy for Big Easy Express. Both awards were endowed by the bank BNY Mellon.


This year, 80 films were screened at the Nowe Horyzonty cinema in Wrocław, the home of the festival. 52 films had their Polish premiere at the AFF. Three more were European premieres and there was one world premiere (Blue Highway by Kyle Smith). The number of admissions exceeded 17.000 for the second year in a row.

The festival attracted many high-profile Polish premieres, such as Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, As I Lay Dying by James Franco, Quentin Dupieux’s Wrong Cops, Touchy Feely by Lynn Shelton, At Any Price by Ramin Bahrani, Maladies by Carter and Don Jon by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It also held a retrospective of Shirley Clarke, a mini-retrospective of Christine Vachon’s productions and presented, among others, the works of James Benning, and 14 digitally re-mastered productions by the Warner Brothers Studio as part of the “Masterpieces of American cinema. 90 years of Warner Bros.” section.


Festival guests included Vincent Grashaw (Coldwater), Lance Edmands (Bluebird), Kyle Smith (Blue Highway), Alex Moors (Blue Caprice), Tom Gilroy (The Cold Lands), Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight), Mike Ott (Pearblossom Hwy). Stephen Silha (Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton), Nick Bentgen (Northern Light), Nicholas Wrathall (Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia), Daniel Patrick Carbone (Hide Your Smiling Faces), M. Blash (The Wait), Gabe Klinger (Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater) and Jozef van Wissem, who performed his soundtrack from Only Lovers Left Alive.

US in Progress Wrocław

At the 3rd US in Progress Wrocław - a works-in-progress event targeted at American independent filmmakers and European buyers - 6 films were presented to a group of over 50 professionals. Main awards consisting of post-production and promotional services worth $60,000 went to Sun Belt Express by Evan Wolf Buxbaum and Lake Los Angeles byMike Ott. Other presented films were: Summer of Blood by Onur Tukel, Wild Canaries byLawrence Michael Levine, Happy Baby by Stephen Elliott and Some Beasts by Cameron Nelson. This year’s participants included programmers from Rotterdam FF, Tribeca FF and Semaine de la Critique and buyers such as Match Factory, K5, The Works, Urban Distribution, Wide Management, Reel Suspects, Film Republic, New Europe Film Sales and Sophie Dulac Distribution.

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