Poland has a rich tradition of creative cinema and a flurry of festivals have sprung up over the last 20 years offering Polish cinema goers a range of ambitious and accomplished film festivals.
March. Bringing the leading lights of Polish Cinema to the UK, Kinoteka has an impressive and diverse selection of internationally acclaimed titles from first time filmmakers, seasoned auteurs, cult directors, innovative visual artists and musicians.
Kraków Film Festival
May. One of the oldest film events dedicated to documentary, animated and short fiction films in Europe. Kraków Film Festival website.
Tofifest International Film Festival, Torun
June. The Tofifest Film Festival for dreamers and independent thinkers. Held in Torun in central Poland, Tofifest is one of the fastest developing Polish film events presenting cinema by young directors from all over the world, as well as classics of cinematography. Lifastyle AKTIVIST monthly has called Tofifest “… a Polish Sundance”, and Poland’s biggest daily, Gazeta Wyborcza wrote: “… it is one of most-known and opinion-making festivals of independent cinema in Poland”.
Tofifest is the festival of insolent cinema, of young, rebellious free spirits. It is a review of pictures, which can be rarely seen on Polish screens – in 2007, 92 titles were shown as premieres.
Tofifest is also an internationalist festival, the 6th edition included films from 46 countries, including Serbia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Hungary, Norway, Turkey, South Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, India, Ukraine, Russia, Canada, Chile, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, USA, Croatia, the Canary Islands, Bulgaria, Romania, South Africa, Portugal, China and Poland.
Warsaw International Film Festival
October. The Warsaw Film Festival has a history going back over twenty years, starting from a modest though ambitious student event to a film festival on the Academy Award film festival list and with a programme of premieres.
November. The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Camerimage is a festival dedicated to the art of cinematography and its creators – cinematographers.
See a list of Polish film festivals at Wikipedia.
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