In the area of film, the Institute presents the contemporary and classic achievements of Polish cinema to international viewers, working to support a continual presence at international festivals and retrospectives. The Institute also supports the development of projects that present young Polish artists and acts to create opportunities for them to establish new international contacts, which in the future may bear fruit in collaborative efforts.

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute works with partners from the entire world, including Cinemateket Kopenhaga, the Danish Film Institute, Georgian Film Centre, Reykjavik International Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, Tbilisi International Film Festival and the Harvard Film Archives, while maintaining close relationships with Polish partners including the Polish Film Institute, the National Audio-visual Institute, Polish Culture Institutes, the National Film Archive, the Gdynia Film Festival and the T-Mobile New Horizons Festival.

In recent years, numerous film projects have been carried out, including the multi-year programme Cinema for Social Change (in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova); the Common Baltic Short Film Contest; the production of the film Wróblewski According to Wajda, directed by Andrzej Wajda; a retrospective of W.J. Has films in the Harvard Film Archive; and the production of Guide to the Poles, a series of six documentary films.

Key events in 2017 will include the continuation of the Cinema for Social Change project (in Ukraine and Azerbaijan); the co-production of the film Following Her Voice: In Search of Marcella Sembrich, directed by Radka Franczak; another edition of the Common Baltic Short Film Contest; a review of Polish animation as part of the Shanghai International Film Festival; production of a documentary film about Wojciech Kilar, directed by Violetta Rotter-Kozera; and a set of events related to the publication of Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has, by Annette Isdorf, a professor at Columbia University, planned for May of this year. As in every year, an important element of the programme will be study visits, thanks to which foreign guests will have the opportunity to get to know the Polish film industry and establish contacts, and thus to open up new possibilities for collaboration in the future.

Please visit the portal to find out more about contemporary Polish film.


  • 25nov'17
    Scene from the film The Last Family, dir. Jan P. Matuszyński, 2016, photo by Hubert Komerski/Aurum Film

    6th Poland Film Festival in Tokyo

    Between 25th November and 15th December 2017, Japanese film audiences had another opportunity to enjoy the greatest works of Polish cinema. The Polish Film Festival featured screenings of thirty Polish films, ranging from classic masterpieces to the latest works of young directors. More Film
  • Common Baltic Short Film Contest, photo: promotional materials

    Winners of the Common Baltic Short Film Contest Announced!

    Filmmakers from Finland, Lithuania and Poland have won the 3rd edition of the Common Baltic Short Film Contest! The contest was organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, under its flagship brand, the Polish Film Festival, the Pomeranian Film Foundation & the Gdynia Film School. More Film
  • 7dec'16
    Andrzej Wajda, photo: Łukasz Ostalski / Reporter / East News

    Andrzej Wajda Film Retrospective in Lithuania

    A retrospective of Andrzej Wajda's films will take place in Vilnius and Kaunas in December 2016. Ashes and Diamonds, The Promised Land, and The Conductor will be among the films presented as part of a project by the Polish Institute in Vilnius and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. More Film
  • 28nov'16
    The New World directed by Elżbieta Benkowska, Michał Wawrzecki and Łukasz Ostalski, distributed by Akson Studio, photo: producer’s promo materials.

    Focus on Poland at the 17th Tblisi International Film Festival

    Podczas 17. Międzynarodowego Festiwalu Filmowego w Tbilisi odbędzie się przegląd najnowszych filmów fabularnych oraz krótkometrażowych pochodzących z Polski. More Film

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Published at: 2016.05.18 13:16
Updated at: 2017.09.07 19:15
Author: Sylwia Wysłowska
Written by: Sylwia Wysłowska