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Play Poland Film Festival reaches 10,000 over four month tour of UK

Still from Wiesław Saniewski's The Winner (2012) which screened at the festival.

The second edition of the Play Poland Film Festival, which ran from September to December, attracted over ten thousand viewers from across the UK.

The festival offers audiences the chance to see Polish feature and short film productions, as well as movie poster exhibitions and talks with respected directors in the Polish movie industry.


The Play Poland festival has partnered with some of the most respected figures and institutions in the country’s cinematic history, including Andrzej Wajda’s Film School, Short Waves Polish Short Film Festival and Platige Image post-production studio.

“We are extremely happy that we have managed to attract such a huge audience to festival events as this means that our goal to promote Polish films has been accomplished,” said founder Mr Mateusz Jarza, also the head of the Polish Art Europe, a non-profit organisation which promotes Polish culture and art abroad.

The mobile film festival began on 28 September 2012 and was held in seven British cities; Glasgow, Edinburgh, Oxford, Sunderland, London, Liverpool and Newcastle.

Screenings included 80 Millions by Waldemar Krzystek, Joanna by Feliks Falk, Fear of Falling by Bartosz Konopka, The Canadian Dresses by Maciej Michalski and Elles by Małgorzata Szumowska.

Mateusz Jarza said: “Special screenings were watched mainly by young people and students, while feature films were attended by a more mature audience and connoisseurs of world cinema.

“It seems that our idea for the festival continues to perform well. There is an increased interest in ambitious cinema in the United Kingdom and such films are created in Poland.”

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