About Us

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

  • 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 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.
  • To engage Polish and Australian community members in actively participating in the organisation, promotion and celebration of Polish arts and culture in Australia.

Our Goals

  • To create an annual film festival 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

Our People

Festival Founder
Ted Matkowski

Operations
Robert Domanski
Robert Kolodziej

Finance and Grants
Dorota Sosnowski

Marketing and Communications
Bozena Rutecki

Graphic Design
Malgorzata Blaszczyk
Daga Mikolajewska

Social Media
Ania Krysztofiak
Martyna Zuchowska
Sylvia Frackowiak

Events
Justyna Krzakowska
Sylvia Skrzypczyk
Jacek Pakula
Agnieszka Frackowiak
Patrycja Frackowiak
Ayaka Okamura

Photography & Video
Michael Bielak
Petros Kondos
Marty Matuszewski

Partnerships
Cultural Organisations Partnerships
Karina Kesvatera

Polish Community Partnerships
Ania Tomala
Lucyna Bak

IT
Sam Azadpour
Ali Bahrami
Ania Krysztofiak

Ambassadors Club

Andrzej Fogler

Andrzej is a Polish film expert and critic, cultural sociologist, English studies scholar, and doctor of humanities. He has been working for the Polish section of FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) for over 25 years. 

Co-organizer and participant of many academic conferences, film seminars and festivals, Andrzej lectures (also in English) on topics including contemporary film, masters of European cinema, the Polish film industry, British cinema, Iberian cinema, film and television adaptations of literature, intercultural communication, and the foundations of European culture.  

He wrote two books and more than hundred articles and essays on film and audiovisual culture.  He is also a jury member at international film festivals, recently: Warsaw IFF 2020, Munich IFF 2018, Bratislava IFF 2016, Cinefest Miscolc, Hungary in 2014, and a member of the Independent Film Critics’ Circle affiliated with Polish Filmmakers Association since 1991 and of the Grand Off Academy since 2012. 

Since 2008, Andrzej Fogler is a co-editor and coordinator of the international FIPRESCI campaign ‘Best Books On Film’ (facebook.com/bestbooksonfilm).

Annika Glac

Annika Glac is a writer, director, producer, and actress. She runs a film production company, Glass Kingdom, which is based in Australia. Glac’s debut feature film BELLADONNA was an Australian-Polish coproduction. Her film BUNNY received a Jury prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. She is currently working on her third feature film–a period piece about Marie Curie called RADIANT.

Cezary Skubiszewski

Cezary Skubiszewski is a Polish-born Australian film and television composer whose work has received international acclaim winning numerous awards. Most notably Cezary is the recipient of three Australian Academy Cinema Television Awards and IFMCA (International Film Music Critics) Award for best film music. In 2003 Cezary received the Centenary Medal “For Service to Australian Society and Australian Film Production”. Cezary’s film scores include Two Hands (with Heath Ledger), Death Defying Acts (with Catherina Zeta -Jones), Red Dog (with Koko), Bootmen (with Sam Worthington), The Sapphires (with Chris O’Dowd),  Black & White (with Robert Carlyle),  Women He’s Undressed (with Jane Fonda), La Spagnola (with Lola Marceli) and Amazon TV series Picnic At Hanging Rock (with Natalie Dorman).

Most recently Cezary scored UK/USA  film Falling For Figaro (with Joanna Lumley) , Polish historical epic film Truth Makes Free, USA/Polish  film Mosquito State and Australian TV mini-series Halifax Retribution.

In 1981 Cezary composed  a symphony Home At Last which was broadcasted nationally on SBS TV  and in 1991 Soundescape – a musical journey through time and emotion, which was commissioned by Victoria Arts Centre and performed multiple times during Melbourne and Adelaide Art Festivals. The film score to Ana Kokkinos feature film Blessed was performed live in concert by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and the extended version of The Search from a feature Red Dog was performed live by Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

In 2008 and 2011 Cezary was a Music Director of APRA Screen Music Awards. Cezary conducted Melbourne Symphony Orchestra two Cinema/TV ads – The Bottle Symphony and  Carlton Draught ‘Big Ad’ – both became a sensation all over the world.

You can read more about Cezary here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0804918/

Jacek Koman

Jacek Koman was born in Poland and attended the prestigious National Film School in Lodz. He came to Australia in 1982 and began acting in many films as well as Television shows. He began his career in Holidays on the River Yarra. Over the next few years he starred in a number of popular films such as Moulin Rouge, Australia and The Great Gatsby. Jacek is also the lead singer with the popular Melbourne band VulgarGrad.

Sophia Turkiewicz

Sophia Turkiewicz is an Australian film and television director. She attended the Australian Film and Television School in Sydney where she made the short drama Letter from Poland about a Polish refugee

Her following film was the  critically acclaimed Silver City. The film was about post war Polish immigration to Australia. The film was released internationally and won 3 AFI awards. Sophia also directed a number of Television shows such as

A Country Practice and Something in the Air amongst many others.

Kristof Kaczmarek

Kristof was born in Poland and trained at the prestigious Academy of Acting in Lodz.

He came to Australia in 1982 and quickly began his career in Theatre productions.

Following his initial success he followed with feature films and television.

He appeared in many TV series ( Blue Heelers, Stingers, Rush, City Homiside, Mr Blakes Mysteries etc ) as well as in feature films such as Jackie Chan’s First Strike, Black Neon, Clean and Frank and Jerry.

Played a lead role in The Sound of one Hand Clapping – a film selected for the Berlin Film Festival.

Currently, he is the Artistic Director of Exit Theatre.

Our volunteers

Martyna Zuchowska

“I became a volunteer for Polish Film Festival at the beginning of 2019 because I had just finished my university degree (Bachelor in Media and Communication) and was keen to put my new-found knowledge to use.

Social media was an area that I was told I could help in. I started to engage with the Festival audiences through our different platforms and began to build a social media marketing strategy.

As my name suggests I am Polish but was raised here in Melbourne, Australia. It was amazing for me to find a group of Poles who were super dedicated to promoting the incredible films of Polish cinema. Even though I grew up in Australia, it was very important to my parents that I learn the Polish language and participate in Polish culture and traditions.

A year before I even began to go to primary school, I was already attending Polish
School on Saturday mornings with my mum, who was a teacher. I completed 13 years of Polish School and even took it as one of my subjects for VCE.

I have always been proud of my heritage and being part of PFF is another way in which I can help keep our Polish culture alive here in Melbourne. As challenging as this year has been, I am super excited to be a part of creating something different and unique for our Festival in January.

There are so many incredible films in the program, but I think I am most excited to watch Czarny Mercedes (Black Mercedes)!”

Robert Kolodziej

Born in Szczecin Poland, and growing up in Austria, Robbie has been in Australia for some time and calls Australia home.

Robert wears several hats – from working in investment management, through to managing production of video games and publishing studios in Asia and advising both Australian and Asian companies.

However, his true passion lies in the outdoors and connecting with different cultures of the world. Following his involvement with the Adventure Film Festival, he decided to join the Polish Film Festival Australia many years ago. It has allowed him to better connect with his Polish heritage. He is involved in all facets of the Festival including the legal and technical aspects, and the on-going networking with the Polish and Australian communities.

He appreciates the Polish cinema and its rich past, even during the communist era. He is keen to promote the achievements of the Polish cinema over the past 10 years, and the success of several Polish films which turned the global spotlight on Poland.

He eagerly follows many Polish festivals around the world to look out for the next film gem to see. He also enjoys being behind the camera and often records his hiking and climbing adventures in Australia and around the world. He is proud to be associated with the Polish Film Festival and its great team of volunteers, who strive to celebrate Polish culture on the other side of the world.

He relentlessly promotes the Festival and Polish films to his Australian friends. Robert’s favourite film directors are Alfred Hitchcock and the Polish director Agnieszka Holland. His favourite films are  Cinema Paradiso and  Cold War.

Adam Wilson

Adam is a digital marketing enthusiast, having worked across social media, email, online events and digital ads marketing. Working with several organisations, from individual consultants to start-ups and ASX-listed companies, has allowed Adam to hone his digital marketing skills to best tell his client’s story.

After discovering the power of film, Adam has been involved in amateur script writing. Attending the numerous film festivals around Melbourne has further bolstered his appreciation for world cinema, and film’s ability to tell stories. Adam has joined the Polish Film Festival to assist with their digital marketing efforts and bring the festival to a broad audience online.