T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, Polish Short Film Festival Short Waves, Wajda School and Platige Image productions – no film festival in the world could be ahsamed with such respectable names. Without them, our festival would certainly not go ahead. Here are some key facts about these institutions.
Our important partner is T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, which runs every end of July in Wroclaw, Poland. Originated by Roman Gutek, the festival is run by ‘Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty’. The first festival took place in 2001 in Sanok and was subsequently moved to Cieszyn, then to Český Těšin and eventually to Wroclaw where it has continued since 2006. The main idea behind the festival is to promote the world’s best art cinema, unconventional and uncompromised. For now 12 years it is a celebration of cinema which proves there is still room for artists paddling against the mainstream. For those who favour individualistic and nonforfeitable language in their communication with the viewer. According to Roman Gutek: T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival is a festival of film visionaries, uncompromised artists, who have courage to follow their own path against trendy fashions and speak of most important things in their unique manner.
Our other partner is Fundacja Ad Arte – who organise Polish Short Film Festival Short Waves. Owing to them, Play Poland can screen short films in the form of a mobile film event called Short Waves Allround. Short Waves festival is focused on the promotion of Polish short films without perquisites for the filmmakers regarding genre. Thus, viewers in over 30 towns in Poland and several abroad can enjoy some of the most interesting Short Waves films, including narratives, animations, documentaries, music videos as well as experimental films.
Furthermore, Wajda School is also a partner of Play Poland. Established in 2001 by Andrzej Wajda and Wojciech Marczewski, the school is focused on teamwork and cooperation of generations. The main objective is to support original works of beginning (debuting) filmmakers. Both Polish and international directors of the younger generation have successfully produced as a result of the school programme. More than 50 documentaries and narratives as well as over 200 short films were presented and awarded on the in the biggest international film festivals. Wajda School is funded by the Polish Film Institute and Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and supported with the honorary patronage of the European Film Academy.
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