Play Poland Festival announces dates

Festival's second edition to play in UK, Ireland, Norway and Canada.

by Amber Wilkinson

The second edition of Play Poland - the biggest festival of contemporary Polish feature and short films - will take place in the UK from September 28.

Organised by Polish Art Europe, the event will run until December 2012 at venues across the UK, Ireland, Norway and Canada.

Exhibitions of the best film posters will run alongside the event and cinemagoers will also have the chance to participate in meetings with artists and movie industry people.

"Play Poland Film Festival is a unique event that promotes Polish cinema abroad," said the festival’s chairman Mateusz Jarza, the director of Polish Art Europe, the non-profit organisation which promotes Polish culture and art in the UK. "While organising this biggest and the longest mobile film festival we have an ambition to show new and positive trends in the Polish cinema industry and we want to be as successful as we were last year.

"We can boast about partners that each film festival organisers around the world would be proud of. These are, among others, T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, Short Waves Polish Short Film Festival, Wajda School and Platige Image post-production studio.

"All of them helped us to plan a programme, together with the viewers who had an opportunity to vote for the most attractive, in their opinion, of the presented suggestions. It is important for us to promote Polish producers and film schools through this festival as well."

This year a mobile Play Poland Film Festival run in cities including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Oxford, Belfast and London. A programme of the autumn celebration of Polish cinema in the UK will involve projections of the best Polish feature films that have been chosen on the basis of the market research conducted by Polish Art Europe.

Festival audience will also have a unique opportunity to see a review of short-length films, including comedies, student etudes, animation and experimental documentary.

The highlight of the festival programme will be a cycle of exhibitions of Polish film posters. The festival audience will have an exceptional opportunity to see posters of the artists from the famous Polish School of Posters as well as Polish posters created for American movies. Artists featured include Erol, Flisak, Neugebauer, Treutler, Krajewski, Pagowski, Wasilewski, Mlodozeniec, Lipinski and Starowieyski.

The festival is supported by numerous prestigious institutions and culture patrons, among others: the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh, Richard Demarco – one of the most prominent Scottish critics of the contemporary art, the professor Zbigniew Pelczynski from Pembroke College University of Oxford, a chairman and a founder of Stefan Batory Trust.

The festival is also supported by numerous Polish, British and Irish cultural institutions, among others: Glasgow University Polish Society, The Sikorski Polish Club, Oxford University Polish Society, Screen Academy in Edinburgh; Merseyside Polonia Society in Liverpool, Polish Association Northern Ireland in Belfast and Polish Expats Association in Birmingham as well as Culture Development Foundation from Zielona Gora.

More information about the programme of the event, places of film screenings and availability of the tickets can be found on a website: www.playpoland.org.uk and festival’s fan page on www.facebook.com/#!/PlayPoland.

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