The 17th edition of the OFF CAMERA International Festival of Independent Cinema opened on Friday 26th April and runs until 5th May.

The festival showcases the best of International and Polish independent cinema, with an international jury awarding two main prizes.

The International films in the “Making Way” Competition will compete for the Andrzej Wajda Krakow Film Award, granted by an international jury with a rather impressive prize of  $25,000.

The Polish Feature Film Competition is dedicated to those Polish titles that opened throughout the past year.  Ten feature films will compete for the Dominika Kulczyk & dFlights Award in the Polish Feature Film Competition, granted by an international jury awarding a prize of 100,000zł.

The Festival ‘IDEA‘ in their own words: 
In 2023, during the upcoming 16th edition of the Festival, the Mastercard OFF CAMERA audiences will see films screened in regular, well-known and popular sections: American Indies – dedicated to daring, uncompromising and fascinating American cinema and Best of Fests – showcasing interesting productions awarded at international film festivals, that the Polish audience will have an opportunity to see on the silver screen, often for the first time.

You can also expect a multitude of amazing novelties: with four completely fresh film sections, the Festival audience will go on an unforgettable journey through film genres, conventions, phenomena and trends. On top of that, join us for numerous meetings with guests, film directors, special screenings, workshops, discussions and accompanying events.


Films are screened at the main festival cinemas, Kino Pod Baranami, Kino Kijow and MOS (Małopolski Ogród Sztuki), along with open air screenings at Galeria Krakowska (Jan Nowak-Jeziorański Square) and Plac Szczepański.

Following on from it’s popularity as a new venue in 2023, and sure to be one of the highlights will be film screenings at the Botanical Gardens.

In a change from the usual Film Town location of Plac Szczepański, this years Film Town is located at the square outside Galeria Krakowska, hosts the ‘Film Town‘.  The Festival Centre will be based in the beautiful Potocki Palace on Rynek. The festival club will be at Hevre in Kazimierz.

   ‘Film Town’ Programme Polish

OFF CAMERA participants, have selected over 60 unique OFF SPOTS – places that cannot be missed on the culinary map of Krakow!

If you have a ticket or accreditation for the Mastercard OFF Camera festival, visit Mastercard OFF SPOTS partner points from 26th April to 5th May, pay with Mastercard and benefit from a 15% discount.You can find out more at:-

  TICKETS (20% discount when paying by Mastercard) (details here)
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