Vision

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 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

Festival History

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.

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, as well as internationally acclaimed Cold War, which was also presented during a mini–Festival in Sydney, and screened in cinemas in Melbourne.

Our People

Festival Founder
Ted Matkowski

Artistic Director
Ania Pawlowska

Operations
Robert Domanski
Robert Kolodziej

Finance and Grants
Dorota Sosnowski

Marketing and Communications
Bozena Rutecki
Joanna Krezel

Graphic Design
Daga Mikolajewska
Malgorzata Blaszczyk

Social Media
Martyna Zuchowska
Sylvia Frackowiak
Ania Krysztofiak

Publications Editor
Dalida Boustead

Events
Justyna Krzakowska
Sylvia Skrzypczyk
Monika Soltys
Michael Wisniewski
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
Dorota Poznarewicz
Lucyna Bak

IT
Sam Azadpour
Ali Bahrami

Ambassadors Club

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 Film and Television composer. He has composed music for many films and Television series. A number of his compositions won numerous awards both in Austria and overseas. Cezary first made his mark composing the music for Lilian’s Story. He composed music for Red Dog, Two Hands, Bootmen, La Spagnola  and The Sapphires amongst many. He also composed the music for the popular TV series Picnic at Hanging Rock.

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.

2019 Festival Sponsors

We thank our generous sponsors and grantors for making the 7th edition of the PFF possible.

PROAS

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Zywiec Beer

Zywiec, imported from Poland, has a hoppy nose and a pleasant golden hue, its distinctive bitter taste is full of flavour and character, the considerable foaming power is known and appreciated by beer lovers all over the world.

Size 500ml and 330ml vol/alc 5.6%.

Tzeramika

Tzeramika specialises in handmade and hand-painted Polish pottery imported from Bolesławiec, Poland. The beautiful and one-of-a-kind white & blue designs are world-famous, extremely durable and collectable.

With 700 years of tradition of producing pottery and commercial manufacturing since the nineteenth century, the Bolesławiec ceramics are unique, easily recognised and loved by consumers all over the world.

Tzeramika offer a large selection classical Bolesławiec pieces, which will look great in modern Australian homes. All our pieces are handmade and hand-painted using a unique stamping technique.

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Consulate

Consular services offered by our mission include assistance to Polish citizens, determinations of Polish citizenship and issuance of passports as well as visa services to foreign nationals. The Consulate also works together with the Polish community in Australia in organising various cultural and social events. Furthermore, our goals include the promotion of Poland and Polish interests in Australia.

Victorian Multicultural Commission

We support and advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians

We champion diversity and inclusion across all areas of society and strengthen multicultural communities by helping them participate in all aspects of Victorian life.

The Polish Film Institute (PISF)

The Polish Film Institute (PISF) is the newest film institute in Europe, established in 2005 in accordance with a new cinematography law passed by the Polish Parliament. It is set up similar to the mechanisms of support for the film industries in many other countries of Europe.

A declaration by the Council of Film Institutes, adopted in London in 2003, also determines the tasks of the Polish Film Institute: “State Film Institutes in Europe exist to support national and European film cultures and industries. Their role is to intervene in those countries in which the production and distribution of European films requires support.”

2019 Polish Film Festival is proudly sponsored by: