Play Poland Film Festival has been the first of such grand events promoting Polish cinematography in Great Britain in history, says the festival’s chairman Mateusz Jarza, the director of Polish Art Europe, the non-profit organisation which promotes Polish culture and art in the UK. Before starting the organisation of the festival we carried out a research in order to measure an interest in Polish film industry and a festival project connected with it. It appeared that more that 95 percent of respondents are convinced that there are too few Polish movies shown in the UK. We believe that Play Poland Film Festival will considerably improve the situation and will give Polish film artists an opportunity to visit the UK more often, says Mateusz Jarza, explaining the main idea of the event.
In Scotland we will see, among others, gems of the contemporary Polish cinema such as: Little Rose (2010) directed by Jan Kidawa-Blonski, General Nil (2009) directed by Ryszard Bugajski, Black (2009) directed by Dominic Matwiejczyk, Horizontal 8 (2009) directed by Grzegorz Lipiec and Mystification (2009) directed by Jacek Koprowicz.
Apart from the full length screenings, the programme of Polish film industry festival will also include Film Mountain project, during which the audience will have a unique opportunity to see the best Polish short films. Each of the 7 thematic categories of the project will include movies (appreciated both in Poland and abroad) of the representatives of the Polish independent cinema from the previous five years. The thematic spectrum of the cycle is impressively wide – from comedies, through student etudes and animation to experimental documentary.
The “hit” of the festival programme will be a cycle of thematic and monographic exhibitions of Polish film posters. The festival guests will have an exceptional opportunity to see posters created for Hungarian, American and East Germany films. During monographic exhibitions they will also have a chance to admire works of Jakub Erol and Mieczysław Wasilewski. Among the poster artists whose works are going to be on display one must mention such significant names as: Pagowski, Majewski, Mlodozeniec, Swierzy, Neugebauer, Eidrigevicius and many more. Another occasion to see the posters of all these artists in one place is undoubtedly not going to take place soon.
The festival is supported by numerous prestigious institutions and culture patrons, among others: the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh, Richard Demarco – one of the most prominent Scottish critics of the contemporary art, professor Zbigniew Pelczynski from Pembroke College University of Oxford, Steve Woods – a film artist and a lecturer at IDAT National Film School in Dun Laoghaire, Aidan Hickey – a member of Cartoon European Association of Animation Film and Huston School of Film in Galway.
More information about the programme of the event, places of film screenings and availability of the tickets can be found on a website: www.playpoland.org.pl and festival’s fan page on Facebook.