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Polnisches Institut Berlin

Es begann in Gdańsk


44. Polish Film Festival


Festiwal Polskich Filmów Fabularnych

Ort: Gdynia

If you are interested in seeing the best Polish films of the past year, in Gdynia you can squeeze them all into one week. It is the most prestigious film festival in Poland. Throughout its over 40 year history, it has seen the success of the biggest names in Polish cinema – starting with Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi and Krzysztof Kieślowski and continuing on to the next generations of Polish filmmakers with names such as Małgorzata Szumowska, Wojciech Smarzowski and Tomasz Wasilewski. Polish filmmakers always make sure their films are ready for the festival.  The festival’s main prize, the Golden Lions (Złote Lwy), is gateway to box-office success and saves the filmmakers a warm spot in the film history pantheon. They can be considered the Polish ‘Oscars’.
Established in 1974, the festival has changed a lot over the years, rebranding, even changing its location (it started off in Gdańsk). The competition itself changed too, oscillating between an inclusive overview of national cinema and a somewhat more selective competition focusing on more independent and non-commercial films. This notwithstanding, the festival has always served as a reference point for the industry and filmgoers. It is there that they can see first hand what shape Polish filmmakers are in and what Polish cinema has to say about the world around us.