Polish Film Festival is organised by Polish Cinema in Australia Inc, a non-profit association established in 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.
We are enthusiastic film lovers and supporters of Polish culture and arts, promoting the best of Polish cinema in Australia.
Our vision is to establish a strong and sustainable audience in Australia engaged in both Polish and international films and the arts, interested in exploring and celebrating Polish culture and history through cinematography.
We aim to create the appreciation of Polish and global perspectives and independent thought through the work of contemporary and traditional film makers in Poland.
Our mission is to celebrate Polish culture, film and film makers by engaging and collaborating with Polish and Australian communities, with specific programming geared to Polish older and younger generations, Australian film lovers and professional cinematographers.
We achieve this by creating a distinctive and challenging screening program enhancing diverse audience experience, and by upholding a high standard for participants, volunteers and supporters.
We work to accomplish this mission through community film festivals, educational programs for children and youth, community art events providing opportunities for local practitioners and film lovers, raising profile of the Polish screen culture.
Artistic: Presenting distinctive screening programs showcasing the best of Polish cinema
Open to All: Engaging Polish and Australian audiences and film industry both in Poland and Australia
Collaborative: Engaging film goes, practitioners, volunteers, partners and supporters to create exceptional personal experience for all
Our strategic goals
- To present annual film festivals which celebrate and explore the best in the Polish screen culture, and integrate well with the existing calendar of successful Polish events across Australia
- To attract complementary arts and cultural events and partnerships to extend opportunities for local film practitioners
- To engage Polish and Australian community members in actively participating in the organisation, promotion and celebration of Polish arts and culture in Australia
Our 2019 goals
- To create a film festival in November 2019 in Melbourne and Sydney with an innovative screen program attracting broader and larger audiences
- To create a retrospective screening of Polish films in Melbourne
- To expand the volunteers and supporter base for coordination of festivals in all Australian states
- To create regular events for discussions, sharing ideas and meeting film lovers and film practitioners from Poland and Australia
- To improve the professional management of all PFF activities
Polish Film Festival history in Australia
The tradition of showing Polish films in Australia goes back to 1994, when Polish films were presented for the first time in Melbourne. The first Festival (2012) showcased a comprehensive sample of Polish films and was met with an enthusiastic support from the Polish community eager to be engaged in Polish cultural and artistic events, and to have an opportunity to see the best of Polish cinema at that time.
From there, the Festival grew to become an annual event run by Ted Matkowski, with programs presented by Puma Media and exhibited in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Perth.
The response from the Polish community to the annual Polish Film Festivals has been fantastic and indicating that the screen program and opportunities to meet Polish actors and directors have been much appreciated. The Festival audiences have been growing considerably each year.
The success of the 2018 Festival
In 2018, the Festival enjoyed great success with the audience growing to over 2,000 people, and attracting not only the Polish-born audiences, but also Australian film lovers.
The program included a broad spectrum of Polish films ranging from comedies and classics, to romance and science fiction.
The film Cold War was also presented during a mini–Festival in Sydney and is now screening in cinemas in Melbourne.
The important role of Festival volunteers
PFF volunteers are professionals in many different fields who enthusiastically support the organisation of the Festival and associated events. The Festival volunteer base grew considerably in 2018, allowing PFF to present several very professional events such as the Gala Ball, the Opening Night at ACMI and a mini Festival in Sydney.
The number of Festival partners increased to involve several Polish organisations such as Nowe Horyzonty Film Festival, WFDiF, LOT Airlines, Studio Munka to name a few, and Australian institutions such as Palace and Classic Cinemas.
Polish diplomatic missions, Polish Embassy in Canberra and the Polish Consulate in Sydney, also provided invaluable support.
The volunteers are the backbone of PFF and with many new goals for the future, we are always looking for more film lovers to join us.
Polish Film Festival future
Polish Film Festival organisers aim to expand the screenings to all major cities in Australia, offering Polish and Australian communities across the country an opportunity to learn more about Polish culture, arts and the achievements of the Polish cinema.
For volunteer, sponsorships and program opportunities please contact:
Robert Domanski: 0402 630 258
Robert Kolodziej: 0411 881 481
Bo Rutecki: 0447 346 590
Dorota Sosnowski: 0427 903 120