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 Culture.pl portal to find out more about contemporary Polish film.