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THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF 42nd GDYNIA FILM FESTIVAL

as approved by the Organizing Committee on 5th April 2017



§ 1.


1. Polish Feature Film Festival, hereinafter called “the Festival”, is held in Gdynia as an all-Poland event and it constitutes a review and competition of Polish cinema feature films.

2. The aim of the Festival is to popularize Polish film art in Poland and abroad and to award the best feature films and their makers.

3. The Festival is held every year on the dates established by the Organizing Committee.


§ 2.


1. The Organizing Committee of the Festival supervises the organization and preparation of the Festival.

2. The Organizing Committee includes:

a) the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage,
b) the Polish Film Institute,
c) the Polish Filmmakers Association,
d) the Municipality of the Pomerania Province,
e) the City of Gdynia,

hereinafter called “the Organizers”, and the Co-organizers, the Chairperson of the Organizing Committee in the past terms, the Chairperson of the Programme Committee and the Director of the Festival.

3. The Co-organizers of the Festival are:

a) Telewizja Polska SA,
b) HBO Polska,
c) Adam Mickiewicz Institute,
d) The Ministry of Development,
e) other partners of the Festival proposed by a member of the Organizing Committee, accepted by all Organizers.

4. Every Organizer delegates one representative each for the works of the Organizing Committee.

5. The works of the Organizing Committee are led by the Chairperson of the Organizing Committee of the Festival who is appointed for a 3-year term by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from among the members of the Organizing Committee.

6. The competencies of the Organizing Committee include in particular:

a) choosing the Director of the Festival and the Festival’s Programme Committee and its Chairperson,
b) approving the Festival programme, budget and media patrons,
c) approving the list of films selected for the Main Competition, the Visions Apart Competition and the Short Film Competition,
d) approving the composition of the Jury of the Main Competition, the Visions Apart Competition and the Short Film Cinema Competition,
e) making other decisions important for the regular course of the Festival.

7. The Organizing Committee makes decisions in the form of resolutions passed by a simple majority of votes.

8. In case of equal distribution of votes, the Chairperson of the Committee has the casting vote.

9. The Organizers invite to participate in the organization of the Festival other, domestic or foreign, state, community and private entities that wish to make material or financial contribution to the preparation and implementation of the Festival.

§ 3.


1. The Honorary Committee of the Festival includes:

a) the Minister of Culture and National Heritage – the Chairman of the Honorary Committee,
b) the Representative of the Festival’s Honorary Guest Country,
c) the Governor of the Pomerania Province,
d) the Mayor of the City of Gdynia,
e) the President of the Polish Filmmakers Association,
f) the representatives of the Co-organizers,
g) other eminent public figures.

2. The Chairperson of the Honorary Committee of the Festival applies to the high representatives of the State for the patronage over the Festival.

§ 4.

1. The producer of the Festival is the Pomeranian Film Foundation in Gdynia.

2. The works related to the preparation and the course of the Festival are coordinated by the Director of Gdynia Film Festival.

3. The Director of the Festival is appointed and dismissed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage on application by the Organizing Committee.

4. The Director of the Festival is appointed for a 3-year term.

5. The Organizing Committee applies to the Minister of Culture and National Heritage to appoint the Director by resolution by a simple majority of votes for a 3-year term or shorter. The resolution should include the justification for the choice of the candidate.

6. The method of remuneration of the Director of the Festival is determined by the Organizing Committee.

7. Every year, after the closing of the Festival, the Organizing Committee passes a vote of confidence for the Director of the Festival. In case of a negative decision, the Committee may put forward a motion to the Minister of Culture and National Heritage to dismiss the Director from their post.

§ 5.

1. The Organizing Committee appoints the Programme Committee of the Festival.

2. The Programme Committee is an advisory board of the Organizing Committee.

3. The Organizing Committee appoints as members of the Programme Committee filmmakers, taking into account their significant artistic output, awards granted in Poland and abroad (with particular focus on the awards granted at Polish Feature Film Festival in Gdynia), representing various film professions, film aesthetics and different generations as well as persons of outstanding merit for the Polish cinema art.

4. Candidates to the Programme Committee are put forward by members of the Organizing Committee.

5. The competencies of the Programme Committee include in particular:

a) suggesting artistic events to include in the Festival programme,
b) suggesting candidates for the career achievements award – Platinum Lions,
c) helping in Festival promotion and creating the external Festival image,
d) making applications and suggestions concerning the organization of the Festival to the Organizing Committee,
e) the right of its members to become appointed to the Selection Board.

6. The Selection Board consists of 3-5 people selected in the first half of each calendar year from all members of the Programme Committee of the Festival. The Programme Committee submits to the Organizing Committee for approval the list of members of the Selection Board no later than 7 days from the date of their appointment.

7. Members of the Selection Board cannot be engaged in any way in the production of films submitted to the Main Competition of the Festival. They also cannot be related as a family or be subordinate to people engaged in the production process of the films submitted to the Main Competition in the key creative or production positions.

8. The Selection Board is appointed for a 1-year term.

9. The Director of the Festival may supplement the composition of the Selection Board by one person from among the members of the Programme Committee.
 
§ 6.

1. The Festival Programme includes:

a) the Main Competition, in which awards for film and individual awards for filmmakers and co-makers are granted,
b) the Visions Apart Competition, in which the Golden Claw award for uncompromising form and content is granted,
c) the Young Cinema Competition,
d) the Short Film Competition, presenting short films and feature graduation films of film school students as well as feature short films,
e) other events and competition and non-competition secions proposed by the Director and approved by the Organizing Committee.

2. The Director, in agreement with the Chairperson of the Programme Committee and on condition of consent from the Organizing Committee, may change the programme of the Festival or establish additional competition categories and their rules and regulations.

3. The Director of the Festival, in agreement with the Programme Committee, invites interested people, associations, institutions to organize, as part of the Festival, meetings and seminars, screenings, exhibitions and other events supporting the development of film art and culture.

4. The Director of the Festival, in agreement with the Organizing Committee, makes decisions on the dates and forms of giving awards in individual competitions.

§ 7.

1. The Director presents a list of five films of his recommendation for the Main Competition. It is the so-called Director’s Pool. The Director, in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the Festival (Article 7 section 1, 2, 8 and 9), proposes, independently from the Selection Committee, 5 films to be considered by the Organizing Committee. In case of none of the films proposed by the Director being accepted by the Committee, he has the right to place one or max. two films in the Main Competition.

2. The Selection Board, after deliberations held without the participation of the Director, presents a list of max. twenty titles of their recommendation for the Main Competition. It is the so-called Selection Board Pool.

3. The Selection Board adds to the list of the recommended titles a list of persons of their recommendation for participation in the jury of the Main Competition.

4. The Director, in agreement with the Chairperson of the Programme Committee, suggests the list of films selected for the Visions Apart Competition and for the Short Film Competition.

5. The Director of the Festival may, with the consent of the Organizing Committee, appoint a Qualification Board which will perform the qualification of films for the Short Film Competition.

6. The Director, in agreement with the Chairperson of the Programme Committee, suggests the composition of the Jury of the Main Competition. The Jury may consist of Polish and foreign members.

7. The final decision on the composition of the jury of the Main Competition is made by the Organizing Committee by way of voting, based on lists submitted by the Selection Board and the Director.

8. The Director, in cooperation with the Chairperson of the Programme Committee, suggests the composition of the Jury of the Visions Apart Competition and the Jury of the Short Film Competition. Both Juries may consist of Polish and foreign members.

9. The final decision about the films selected for the Main Competition, the Visions Apart Competition and the Short Film Competition is made by the Organizing Committee. Decisions in those issues are made on the principle of consensus, and if that is impossible, by a majority of votes. Separate opinions are not reported in the protocol and the decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

10. The Organizing Committee makes the decision regarding the films qualified for the Main Competition, considering the films from the Director’s Pool and the Selection Board Pool.

11. The Director, members of the Selection Board and members of the Organizing Committee are obliged to preserve confidentiality of the deliberations and voting.

§ 8.

1. Films that may be submitted to the Main Competition in 2017 are to be feature films produced in Poland between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 that constitute a separate artistic whole, whose minimal running time is 70 minutes and which meet the technical and artistic requirements for cinema distribution. The films may be submitted as: DCP (preferred), 35 mm, ProRes files, DNxHD files.

2. No more than 16 films take part in the Main Competition.

3. The Organizing Committee at the request of the Director and the Selection Board may allow international co-productions to enter the competitions.

4. Films that may be submitted to the Visions Apart Competition in 2017 are to be feature films produced in Poland between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 that constitute a separate artistic whole, whose minimal running time is 70 minutes and which meet the technical and artistic requirements for cinema distribution. The films may be submitted as: DCP (preferred), ProRes files, DNxHD files.

5. Films that may be submitted to the Short Film Competition are to be films produced in Poland between 1st September 2016 and 31st August of 2017. The films may be submitted as: DCP (preferred), ProRes files, DNxHD files.

6. Only films submitted on time and according to the rules defined in the Rules and Regulations and in the Rules for submitting films to the Festival and the Technical Appendix thereto: the two documents approved annually by the Organizing Committee at the request of the Director of the Festival, will be considered. The Polish language screening copies of films submitted to the Competition must have subtitles in English. If the dialogue track includes languages other than Polish, the applicant shall cover the costs of the translation and screening of the subtitles into Polish and English.

7. An applicant cannot withdraw a film submitted and qualified for participation in the selected Festival section.

§ 9.

1. The awards in the Main Competition are granted by the Jury of the Main Competition.

2. The Director of the Festival participates in the deliberations of the Jury of the Main Competition without the right to vote.

3. The Jury of the Main Competition grants awards (the GRAND PRIX PFFF GOLDEN LIONS and the SILVER LIONS AWARD) taking into consideration the following criteria:

a) professional level of making the film,
b) artistic values of the film and its chances for international success at foreign film festivals,
c) originality of the film’s form or subject,
d) personal character of artistic expression.

4. The Jury of the Main Competition grants individual awards for filmmakers taking into consideration the following criteria:

a) the filmmaker’s outstanding achievements in the film,
b) the highest level of professionalism,
c) complexity and level of difficulty of the artistic assignment,
d) precision and force of the means of expression used.

5. The award in the Visions Apart Competition is granted by the Jury of the Visions Apart Competition.

6. The awards in the Short Film Competition are granted by the Jury of the Short Film Competition.

§ 10.

1. The following awards in the Main Competition have been established:

a) THE GRAND PRIX PFFF GOLDEN LIONS and PLN 100,000 granted to the film’s producer and director (PLN 60,000 for the director and PLN 40,000 for the producer). The producer and the director of the film who received the Golden Lions Award are entitled to an increased subsidy for their future film projects, according to the rules included in the Operational Programmes of the Polish Film Institute.
b) THE SILVER LIONS AWARD and PLN 50,000 granted to the film’s producer and director (PLN 30,000 for the director and PLN 20,000 for the producer). Apart from that, the producer and the director of the film who received the Silver Lions Award are entitled to an increased subsidy for their future film projects, according to the rules included in the Operational Programmes of the Polish Film Institute.

2. In the Main Competition, the following individual awards for filmmakers have been established for:

a) directing: PLN 20,000
b) screenplay: PLN 20,000
c) directing debut or second film: PLN 15,000
d) actress in a leading role: PLN 15,000
e) actor in a leading role: PLN 15,000
f) professional acting debut: PLN 15,000
g) cinematography: PLN 15,000
h) music: PLN 15,000
i) art direction: PLN 15,000
j) actress in a supporting role: PLN 12,000
k) actor in a supporting role: PLN 12,000
l) sound: PLN 12,000
m) film editing: PLN 12,000
n) costume design: PLN 12,000
o) make-up: PLN 12,000.

3. The individual awards in the Main Competition should, above all, reflect the professionalism and significance of the contribution of individual filmmakers to the final shape of the film. The award for directing should not double with: the Golden or Silver Lions award. The award for directing should not double with the award for a directing debut and second film.

4. The following award in the Visions Apart Competition has been established: the Golden Claw award for uncompromising form and content, in the amount of PLN 30,000 (PLN 18,000 for the director and PLN 12,000 for the producer).

5. The following awards in the Short Film Competition have been established:

a) for best film: PLN 12,000
b) special award: PLN 8,000
c) distinction: PLN 5,000

6. The Organizing Committee of the Festival may grant the honorary PLATINUM LIONS AWARD to a filmmaker for his or her career achievements. The winner of the award is proposed by the Programme Committee in agreement with Polish Filmmakers Association.

7. Considering the generic and thematic variety of the submitted films, the Jury may broaden the scope of award categories. However, this should not cause an increase in the overall amount for competition awards. In exceptional cases the Jury may refrain from granting an award in any of the above-mentioned categories, with the exception of those defined in § 10 section 1.

8. The Organizing Committee may decide to increase the sums of competition awards.

9. The Audience Award in the Main Competition, granted by the Festival audience voting, is PLN 15,000.

§ 11.


1. Films are submitted to the Festival Main Competition, the Visions Apart Competition and the Short Film Competition by their producers or the Polish Film Institute based in its Operational Programmes. The films for the Short Film Competition may also be submitted by film schools.

2. The films are submitted according to the Rules for submitting films to the Festival, announced annually by the Management of the Festival.

3. Applying for participation in the Festival means that the entrant accepts the Rules and Regulations and the Rules for submitting films to the Festival.