Statute of the International Film Festival Cinematik Piešťany
1. FESTIVAL OBJECTIVE
Cinematik is an international film festival whose aim is to present artistically high quality, mainly European films. The long-term strategy of the festival is to focus on young audiences with an emphasis on developing their film literacy.
The main organisers of the festival are Cinematik, s.r.o. and IFF Piešťany, o.z. The main co-organisers are the City of Piešťany, the Lúčnica Art Ensemble – House of Arts Piešťany and the Municipal Cultural Centre of Piešt’any. Other co-organisers are foreign embassies, cultural institutes and other organisations and institutions.
3. COMPETITION CATEGORIES
Meeting Point Europe
In competition, the festival screens a selection of the 10 best European films of the past year (with copyright of the previous year or the year in which the festival is held), as voted by renowned European critics and festival organisers. Each critic sends the festival his/her ranking of the 5 best European films, the festival assigns them a score from 5 to 1 in order of ranking and screens the collection of films with the most points in competition. At IFF Cinematik has the copyright on the concept of the competition.
Competition of Slovak feature-length documentary films that premiered in Slovak cinemas between 15 September of the previous year and 15 September of the year in which the festival takes place. The films are judged by an international jury of film critics and filmmakers.
1. OBJECTIVE OF THE FESTIVAL
Cinematik is an international film festival with the objective of presenting artistically high-quality films, especially from Europe. The Festival’s long-term strategy is to focus on young audiences with an emphasis on development of their film literacy
Cinematik, s.r.o. and MFF Piešťany o.z. are the main organiser of the Festival. The main co-organisers are: the Town of Piešťany, Lúčnica Art Ensemble, House of Art Piešťany and the Town Cultural Centre of Piešťany. Foreign embassies, cultural institutions and other organisations and institutions represent other co-organisers.
3. COMPETITION CATEGORIES
Meeting Point Europe
Within the Festival competition, a selection of the ten best European films of the previous year (with copyright from the previous year or the year in which the Festival is held) is screened; this selection was made on the basis of votes cast by noted European critics. Each critic selects their top five European films for the Festival; the Festival awards these films 5 to 1 points based on their selections; the films receiving the most points are then screened in the competition. The IFF Cinematik holds the copyright to the competition concept.
Competition of Slovak full-length documentaries which received their première in Slovak cinemas from 15 September of the previous year up to 15 September of the year in which the Festival is held. The films are judged by an international jury consisting of film critics and filmmakers.
Meeting Point EuropeThe film that receives the highest score in the Meeting Point Europe competition wins the main prize of the Meeting Point Europe Award.
The jury awards the prize for the best directing of a Slovak documentary film based on the score. The award is conditional on the director’s permanent residence in Slovakia.
Prize of the Mayor of Piešťany
The film with the second highest number of points in the Cinematik.doc section wins the Mayor of Piešťany Award.
The Jury has the right, if it deems it appropriate, to award the Jury Prize.
The Festival also awards an Audience Award, based on a vote of the Festival audience.
The Festival also awards the Respect Prize, in particular to major European filmmakers for their outstanding artistic contribution to European and world cinema. The award is conditional on the personal participation of the filmmaker at the festival.
5. INFORMATIVE SECTIONS
The Festival organises various informative sessions:
A retrospective show dedicated to filmmakers of European and world importance and their works.
What the House Gave
The best of Slovak film.
Landscape under the magnifying glass
A comprehensive showcase of contemporary flicks from one of Europe’s lesser-known cinemas.
Paths of Glory
Films awarded at major world festivals.
Films of different genres and authors, the unifying element is a positive message.
Cult and Beyond
A thematically tuned film showcase, bringing a comprehensive look at phenomena of different genres and subgenres
Documentaries and experimental films with a unifying theme.
A showcase of contemporary films, screened in “site specific” spaces and other sections based on a concept modified for a specific edition.
6. UNACCEPTABLE PROGRAMMES
The festival does not screen films promoting violence, drugs, racism, pornographic works and other works that contravene European Union legal standards.
The Festival accepts preferably DCP and 35mm format (Dolby Digital), but also new distribution formats, especially digital.
8. SIDE EVENTS
The festival organises various side events, music concerts, especially by young Slovak bands of various genres, exhibitions and installations by young Slovak visual and other artists, sports tournaments, after parties and other events.
The festival is managed by Cinematik, s.r.o. and IFF Piešťany, o.z., which delegate the executive and artistic director of the festival. The Executive Director is responsible for the financial, material, technical and personnel support of the Festival. The artistic director is responsible for the fulfilment of the content concept of the festival, especially for the film and accompanying programme.