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Film festivals in Poland you don't want to miss

From Gdynia Film Festival  to the Jewish Culture Film Festival in Cracow – there is a crowd of film festivals in Poland you might want to attend. Promoting Polish commercial productions, independent cinema or animated movies, they all offer something film-lovers will enjoy. 

Krakow Film Festival

One of the oldest film festivals in Europe, dedicated to documentary, animated and short feature films. Krakow Film Festival  is accredited  by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), the European Film Academy (EFA) and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which gives the winning movie an opportunity to be nominated for the European Film Academy awards. It is accompanied by exhibitions, concerts, open-air shows and meetings with artists. 


The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE is unique in that it awards films according to their visual, aesthetic and technical values, and is thus an alternative for traditional film festivals. Organized annually in Bydgoszcz, it features a number of accompanying events such as art exhibitions, music performances, workshops and seminars. 

Splat! FilmFest

Polish International Horror Film Festival held in Lublin is a non-profit independent festival featuring both independent and commercial productions. It features horror movies, thrillers, dark animations, horror comedies, dark drama movies, science-fiction and gore.

Se-Ma-For Film Festival

Se-Ma-For festival is an international festival of puppet animation and other three-dimensional stop-motion animation techniques. It includes two types of screening: the competition screening for best international stop-motion animation, and special screening, including thematic, historical and monographic animation. It is accompanied by workshops, exhibitions, meetings with artists, seminar, concerts, performances.

GRAND OFF World Independent Film Awards

Organized in Poland since 2006, GRAND OFF  promotes the independent cinema, with the goal of giving the films and their makers the recognition they deserve. It grants awards for the screenplay, director, picture, editing, scenography, actress, actor, best plot, documentary, animation and the best Polish movie. There is also a separate honorary statuette for special guests, which has so far gone to several distinguished artists, such as Krzysztof Zanussi, Cezary Harasimowicz, , Agnieszka Holland, Janusz Gajos, Jerzy Hoffman or Daniel Olbrychski, to name the few.

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