Magazine article Variety

Lens Fest Sets Sights on Event Center

Magazine article Variety

Lens Fest Sets Sights on Event Center

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Nov. 24-Dec. 1

Plus Camerimage, the world's leading festival of cinematography, turns 20 in late November. For an event where the d.p. is the star attraction and is praised for being both intimate and open, the past two decades have presented frequent creative and practical challenges.

Initially launched in Torun, the birthplace of Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, it eventually settled in Lodz, where ambitious plans to build a Frank Gehry-designed festival center and a creative arts space in collaboration with David Lynch looked to increase its international profile.

But political changes in Lodz's city council leadership three years ago ruptured a close relationship among the festival, the Art of the World Foundation it had set up and the city, prompting the move to the central Polish city of Bydgoszcz, where it has been staged since 2010.

Marek Zydowicz, festival head, signed a three-year extention with Bydgoszcz earlier this year, meaning the fest's home is secure until 2014. …

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