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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 in 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, indicating great interest in Polish cinema, and appreciation of opportunities to meet Poland’s most talked about actors and directors. The Festival audiences have been growing considerably year by 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 many 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 the internationally acclaimed Cold War, which was also presented during a mini–Festival in Sydney, and screened in cinemas in Melbourne.

So this year, before you embark on a new viewing adventure, spare a moment to remember and reminisce…

7th Festival – 2019

6th Festival – 2018

5th Festival – 2017

4th Festival – 2016

3rd Festival – 2015

2nd Festival – 2014

1st Festival – 2012