Polish film festivals
T-Mobile International Film Festival New Horizons
If you prefer the seven-hour Satanic Tango by Bela Tarra to the party with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, then New Horizons is the festival for you. His program lacks Hollywood superhits, large-scale remakes or sequels. Slow food reigns on the New Horizons: arthouse stars, experimenters, film revolutionaries, and seekers of new forms come here. It shows films by Bruno Dumont, paintings by famous Asian directors, great Cannes discoveries and completely unknown films from South America, Africa or Asia. “New Horizons” became one of the most important Polish film festivals and gathered a lot of loyal fans. This happened thanks to Roman Gutek, who over the past twenty years has shown in Poland paintings by masters of modern cinema: Almodovar, von Trier, Greenaway, Jarmusch, Wong Karvai and many others.
Festival of Polish feature films in Gdynia
Want to watch almost all Polish films made over the past year? In Gdynia, this can be done in a week. The most prestigious festival of Polish feature films is held here. The history of the festival in Gdynia totals almost forty years. During this time, the most prominent Polish directors showed their paintings here: from Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Zanussi to Malgozhata Shumovskaya, Wojciech Smazhovski and Tomasz Vasilewski. It is the show in Gdynia that modern Polish directors expect when they make the next films: For many years, the festival of Polish feature films has been considered the main event in the world of Polish cinema. Each year, the Golden Lions Award opens the door to commercial success for films, and to their creators, paves the way to the history of Polish cinema. The festival was first held in 1974. Since then, he changed the name and even the venue (initially it took place in Gdansk). Over time, his main idea also changed: from a simple Polish cinema show, he turned into an authorial, somewhat more elitist choice of the best adaptations. At the same time, Gdynia has always remained the main event for filmmakers and moviegoers: it was here that they could see the state of Polish cinema now and what it could tell about the world around us.
Do you have enough films alone? Do you like to stay on the discussion of paintings and be partners in the creative process? Then we suggest you get out on the Transatlantic. Oscar winner and one of the most famous contemporary composers Jan A.P. Kachmarek in 2011 founded a festival that is different from others. Transatlantic is more than just showing the best films from around the world. This is an interdisciplinary discussion on the state of culture and civilization. The festival is divided into thematic categories: “Culinary cinema”, “Third-age cinema”, “Eco-cinema”, as well as class “B” films or sports films. The creators of Transatlantic believe that cinema can contribute to the conversation about the main problems of our time. Transatlantic has another distinguishing feature: during the festival, two competitions for young composers take place. During the first, Film Music Competition, composers compose music for two short films, and in the second, Transatlantyk Instant Composition Contest, they create the soundtrack for one short film immediately after viewing, using only the piano, talent and imagination.
International cameraman festival “Camerimage”
For those who believe that cinema is primarily an art of image. At Camerimage, you will meet people with whom you can chat heart to heart. It is at this festival that cameraman lovers from around the world meet. Throughout its history, the festival, which is organized by Marek Zhydovic, moved from Torun to Lodz and Bydgoszcz, but always gathered the best cameramen from Polish and world cinema. It’s enough to recall the names of the guests who came to Poland to choose the best films and give master classes: Roger Dickins (“Old Men Can’t Take Place”), Vittorio Storaro (“Apocalypse Today”), Michael Chapman (“Raging Bull” participated in the festival ), Conrad Hall (American Beauty), Sven Nyquist (operator of more than twenty films by Ingmar Bergman) and dozens of other outstanding artists. Camerimage has earned a reputation as one of the most important camera festivals in the world. However, those who think that Camerimage is an event exclusively for professionals are mistaken. The festival program includes dozens of meetings, lectures, film screenings and much more.
Festival of Film and Art “Two Shores”
Do you like cinema forcing a dialogue with other art forms? Then your festival is Two Shores. You will also like it if you want to combine the joy of watching films with the contemplation of nature and the monuments of Baroque and Renaissance. Cinema fans consider Two Shores the most enjoyable film festival, highlighting its informal setting. There are no red carpets, high walls, and stellar splendor in Kazimierz Dolny and Yanovets. Actors and directors can be found in cafes or on the streets, and the festival itself is primarily an occasion to meet. Here intersect theater, cinema, music and literature. Films featured at major world festivals are shown along with classic masterpieces and new films by Polish directors. Retrospectives of actors and directors, outdoor film screenings, concerts and other entertainments, as well as the atmosphere of a beautiful Polish city – all this contributes to the fact that you want to come to the festival again and again.
Film Music Festival
If during a morning walk you listen to “Eye Of The Tiger” and feel Rocky Balboa, if you see Angelo Badalamenti’s guitar from “A Simple Story” playing in your head when you see an elderly lawn mower man, if you cry when you listen to a cello by Shigeru Umebayashi, then you worth a visit to the Film Music Festival. Over the ten years of the festival’s existence, it was visited by prominent composers from around the world: Howard Shore (“The Lord of the Rings”) and Jan A.P. Kachmarek (“The Magic Land”), Alberto Iglesias (“Everything About My Mother”) and Wojciech Kilar (“The Pianist”), Trevor Morris (“The Vikings”) and Abel Kozhenevsky (“The Lonely Man”), Gustavo Santaolaglia (“Brokeback Mountain” “), Hans Zimmer (” Gladiator “) and many others. Now the festival is considered one of the main world events in the field of film music.
International Independent Film Festival “Off Camera”
For those who love movies and the arthouse, and the mainstream, and also do not mind visiting a movie show on the roof of an old stone house. The International Independent Film Festival “Off Camera” is one of the youngest film festivals in Poland. His story began in 2008. The organizers of the Krakow festival immediately showed that they were organizing the event at a high level: among the jury and guests of the festival there were such outstanding masters as Andrey Zvyagintsev, Jane Campion, Peter Weir, Tim Roth, Udo Kir, Luc Besson, Volker Schlendorf and Peter Zelenka. What, apart from movie stars, can lure moviegoers to Krakow? Diversity. Off Camera offers a wide selection of films: from arthouse to popular cinema. If we add to this the show of the series “Canal + Con”, as well as dozens of outdoor events, we get a real movie festival.
Warsaw Film Festival
When it comes to cinema, can you be called omnivorous? You do not recognize genre restrictions, and in cinema do you most value diversity and artistic freshness? Then you should visit the Warsaw Film Festival. One of the most important Polish festivals and the only festival in Poland, which is included in the elite list of thirteen “international competition festivals” (together with competitions in Cannes, Berlin or Venice), was founded in 1985 by film fans participating in the Hybrid Hybrid Film Club. At first, the festival was called “Warsaw Film Week”, and only then found its modern name. The first director of the festival was Roman Gutek, and since 1995, this position has been occupied by Stefan Laudin. Thanks to him, over the past twenty years, the Warsaw Film Festival has become one of the most interesting events in the world of cinema in the region. Here you can see the best new films from around the world. Documentary films are shown along with feature films, and in the program of the festival, art experiments coexist with Hollywood thrillers. The main thing is that most of them are truly successful and fascinating paintings, among which each movie fan will find something different.
“Doc Against Gravity”
For those who love documentaries. For those who want to know how the modern world is changing. For those who are interested in other cultures, countries and peoples. And also for those who think that documentary films are boring: after “Doc Against Gravity” your opinion will definitely change. Doc Against Gravity is a festival that reflects the reality surrounding us. Here, without even leaving the cinema, you can find out the terrible truth about the genocide in Indonesia and the war in Syria, learn how economic and civilizational changes are changing culture in far corners of the world, as well as listen to personal stories of people who face big small problems . The festival would not have been born if it were not for Arthur Liebhart, a wonderful organizer, madly in love with cinema. Thanks to this man, Doc Against Gravity, which has been going on for 14 years, has become one of the largest and best in terms of organizing Polish film festivals.
“Youth and cinema.” Koszalin Film Debut Festival
Those who are young in spirit should go to the festival in Koszalin after going to the cinema and do not mind dancing on the beach, and in addition wants to know who will set the tone for Polish cinema in a few years. Koszalin and the coastal area of Mielno are turning into the capital of young Polish cinema for several days. The main award of the festival is fought by feature films and short films of Polish directors. On the screen you can also see the most interesting debuts of world cinema, and after the screenings you can visit a meeting with the filmmakers, a concert or a party. “Youth and Cinema” captivates the audience with its spontaneity, carefree atmosphere and artistic courage, which young directors can’t occupy.