Out with the dictatorship of the jury! First news about AIF2016

Katowice’s Ars Independent festival surprises again. This year, the Black Horse will be awarded by the audience, who will judge the film, animation, video games and – newsflash! – music video competitions. The festival bids farewell to the traditional jury.

“Ars Independent is a festival of the audience. From the very beginning, we try to surprise our festivalgoers, not only with our programme or imagery. A jury of experts is a traditional convention, one we adopted when starting with Ars. However, recently we thought about its validity and we asked ourselves a single question: why? Let’s give a voice to viewers, listeners, players, we are all jurors”, comments Bartek Sołtysik, festival promotion guy.

Moreover, this year’s festival will mark its interdisciplinary character. Apart from the previously established international competitions: the Black Horse of Film, Animation and Video Games, a new one is born – the Black Horse of Music Videos, devoted to new, subversive music videos.

Ars Independent Festival 2016 will take place over 6 Fall days in Katowice – from September 27 to October 2.

It is worth mentioning that February 1 marks the beginning of the call for entries in the film, animation, video game and music video competitions. Entries will be accepted until May 31. The entry forms will soon be available on the Ars Independent website, alongside competition rules and regulations.

Ars Independent Festival is organized by the Culture Institution of Katowice – City of Gardens and the City of Katowice.