July 23 – August 2, 2015
What’s It All About?
The international film festival, earlier known as Era Horizon IFF, will be entering its 15th edition as The T-Mobile New Horizons IFF. This year, the festival will feature more than 340 films. It will also present 22 films from the official selection of this year’s Cannes IFF.
Watch Out For
Opening Night Film
Unlike other festivals, T-Mobile New Horizons IFF will host back-to-back screenings of three films for its opening night. The first film to feature at the gala is the provocative Belgian comedy about a resident of Brussels being God, titled The Brand New Testament, directed by Jaco Van Dormael. The film stars Benoît Poelvoorde, Yolande Moreau and Catherine Deneuve. It received recognition at this year’s Cannes Festival in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section.
This film will be followed by Asif Kapadia’s Amy, a documentary about the brilliant singer, compiled from previously unknown material. With the film, the festival will commemorate the fourth death anniversary of Amy Winehouse.
The gala will end with the screening of The Assassin directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. The feature film revolves around the story of legendary warriors. The film is set in the 9th century during the Tang Dynasty in China.
Awards and Competitions
The festival will divide its film screening into five sections, which will also be categories for the competition. New Horizons International Competition (NHIC), Films on Art International Competition (FAIC), the Polish Short Films Competition (PSFC), European Short Films Competition (ESFC) and Zoom Competiton. The winners from the NHIC and FAIC sections will receive a cash prize of €20,000 and €10,000 respectively. Winners from both sections will receive guaranteed distribution. While the winning film from the NHIC category will be shortlisted by audience selection, the best film from FAIC will be selected by the international jury.
The international jury will also shortlist three best films from the Polish Short Films Competition (PSFC) and European Short Films Competition (ESFC). The winners of PSFC will receive a cash prize of 10,000, 7,000 and 5,000 PLN, and the the winners of ESFC will be awarded €2,000, €1,500 and €1,000.
Films in New Horizons International Competition
The Project of the Century
Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes)
Films On Art International Competition
35 Cows and a Kalashnikov Actress
Fassbinder – To Love Without Demands
Twenty Eight Nights and a Poem
Other screenings include:
Another Trip to the Moon
Call Me Marianna
Cobain: Montage of Heck
Embrace of the Serpent
From What Is Before
Lambert & Stamp
Every night, the Festival Club in Arsenal will host special concerts and DJ sets. The festival will feature performances by Yasmine Hamdan, Pere Ub, Keith Moliné, Michele Temple, Robert Wheeler, Kormorany, Steve Mehlman, Zimowa, Stefan Wesołowski, Martyna Kubicz, Der Father, and Rysy and Pustki.