Łódź / Poland
UNESCO City of Film
In 2017 Łódź joined the UNESCOCreative Cities Network as the City of Film. The Unesco Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The Network, comprising almost 250 cities, covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.
As in America all roads lead to Hollywood for those who have seen their future in movies, so in Poland all roads lead to Łódź. It is at the Łódź Film School that the talents of the most outstanding artists of Polish and world cinematography have been polished, and their greatest works have been created at the Feature Film Studio, Educational Film Studio and the Se-ma-for Short Film Studio. Here the most distinguished actors have worked on film sets, together with worldclass cameramen. It was also here that the Film Museum was established, with its rich collection of film exhibits. A half thousand of creative enterprises operate here in the film industry, and Łódź Film Commission ensures comprehensive assistance to producers.
Łódź Film Commission
Provides comprehensive assistance to producers of feature, documentary and animated films, television programs, commercials and other forms of audiovisual production - from searching for locations, to obtainment of permits and allocation of urban space for the needs of film crews, to support in contacts with urban services and local media.
It is also the operator of the Łódź Film Fund - the first regional film fund in Poland. Since 2007 over 60 movies have received co-financing within its framework, including nominated for an Oscar “In Darkness” directed by Agnieszka Holland, the Oscar-winning “Ida” (for the best foreign language film), directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and the Cannes-awarded “Cold War” from the same director, spectacular superproduction “Warsaw 44” by Jan Komasa, “Kill It and Leave This Town” by Mariusz Wiczyński, and Magnus von Horn's "Sweat" officially selected for Cannes 2020.
The National Centre for Film Culture
The National Centre for Film Culture is an exceptional place for all interested in film and audiovisual culture, an unusual space of revitalized heat and power plant EC1-East, in the New Centre of Łódź. It will be the one and only in this part of Europe centre for culture and film education.
Didactic paths will be supplemented by a spectrum of educational activities: meetings with people involved in cinema, film screenings and workshops for all age groups. Here there will also be a cinema and ultramodern library with a multimedia workshop enabling access to digital resources of Polish and world Cinema. It will be the first place in Poland to have a permanent multimedia film exhibition dedicated to Polish cinematography. Polonia Cinema is the largest of the planned three permanent exhibitions of the National Center for Film Culture.
Festivals in Łódź
“CINERGIA” FORUM OF EUROPEAN CINEMA
One of the oldest and largest festivals of art cinema in Poland, focused on promoting the cinematographic achievements of the Old Continent.
“CAMERA ACTION” FILM CRITICS FESTIVAL
The only event in Europe devoted to the activity of film critics. Unforgettable films, discussions, workshops, one-on-one meetings, tours of filmmakers’ Łódź, competitions for video bloggers, young critics and creators, narrowing the gap between the audience and filmmakers.
“MAN IN DANGER” MEDIA FESTIVAL
Documentaries and television reports on challenges of the modern world. The annual event culminates activities of the Film Museum, intended to promote documentary cinema - a noble, non-commercial branch of the film industry.
A meeting place for the representatives of business, marketing, creative industries and culture. Filmteractive promotes the cooperation of institutions and enterprises from the film industry, digital, media and advertising technologies.
“POLÓWKA” SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL
Open free-of-charge for residents, the open-air projections are held in collaboration with many film and cultural institutions of Łódź. An exceptional atmosphere of summer evenings under the stars, quality cinema with walking distance: in parks, courtyards, housing estates and squares.
INTERNATIONAL WŁODZIMIERZ PUCHALSKI NATURE FILM FESTIVAL
The biggest presentation of nature films in Poland. The festival is held every two years since 1980 and belongs to the ECOMOVE International Organization.
ANIMARKT STOP MOTION FORUM
The main goal of ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum is to create a platform to share experiences and practices between stop motion filmmakers, distributors, broadcasters, producers, animation service providers, and industry representatives from around the world.
The Łódź Walk of Fame
Following the idea of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Łódź has its own sidewalk featuring stars of actors, directors, cinematographers, set-designers and film music composers like Roman Polański, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Pola Negri or Zbigniew Cybulski.Dating back to 1998, it is composed of more than 70 stars located on either sides of the Piotrkowska street.
This public task is co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland as part of "Public Diplomacy 2020 - a new dimension" programme.