COVID-19 has shaken the world, and the Arts community has suffered more than most. Despite the difficult conditions, Polish Cinema in Australia is committed to bringing the best of new Polish films to Australian audiences again this year.
Once again we are partnering with Classic Cinemas in Melbourne and Ritz Cinemas in Sydney. So put these dates in your diary, and check back soon for more news and updates:
Melbourne: 19 – 22 November 2020 (following Polish Festival at Federation Square)
7th Polish Film Festival Opening Night
On 22nd November 2019, we opened the 7th Polish Film Festival with a bang!
It was the most successful opening night to date, with two cinemas filled to the brink, amazing special guests, an interview with Agnieszka Holland, and of course her acclaimed film “Mr Jones” which made quite an impression.
To see more, click here.
September 2019: Tribute to Komeda
On 29th September 2019 at Deaking Edge, Federation Square, Polish Film Festival proudly presented ‘Tribute to Komeda” – a concert performed by Adam Simmons’ Creative Music Ensemble, with special guest Tony Gould on piano.
Krzysztof Komeda was a prominent Polish music composer and jazz pianist. You may recognise his scores in Roman Polanski’s films “Knife in the Water” (1962) or “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968). His album Astigmatic (1965) is commonly regarded as one of the most important European jazz albums. He influenced the Polish jazz scene and amazed audiences with his unique aesthetic.
Adam Simmons is a composer and plays multiple instruments including the saxophone, clarinet and flute. He plays in many different scenes and genres: jazz, punk, traditional Japanese, funk, and more. He works internationally and with various artists from across the world. For this concert, the ensemble featured Cara Taber, Gideon Brazil, Gavin Cornish, Nat Grant, Niko Schauble, and Howard Cairns, with special guests Deborah Kayser on voice, and Jean Poole creating live visual projections.
Tony Gould has developed his own distinctive style over the years, and puts on a different magical show every time he performs on piano. He is influenced by artists like Bach, Stravinsky and Jackson Pollock.
The Consul General of Poland, dr Monika Konczyk
August 2019: Trivia Night
2019 Poster Competition
Winner : Malgorzata Blaszczyk
Congratulations to our winner, Malgorzata, we love your work!
Malgorzata Blaszczyk was born in Poland and is a graphic designer and artist. She was interested in art from early age and has won many art competitions throughout her life. She graduated from the Leon Wyczolkowski State High School of Fine Art in Bydgoszcz and Nicolas Copernicus University department of Fine Arts in Torun. She has worked at the Gazeta Wyborcza newspapers in the composition and graphics department. Malgorzata has also volunteered as a graphic designer for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in Melbourne and helped with the Polish Film Festival graphics, 2018-2019. In addition, there was an exhibition of the artist’s work during Cultural Diversity Week, 16-24 March, 2019. She was the winner of the Williamstown Botanic Garden Art Competition in April 2019.
For more info on the 2019 Poster Competition, click here.
6th Polish Film Festival Opening Night
PFF 2018 opened with a party at Beer Deluxe at Federation Square, followed by the premiere of Cold War at ACMI.