Tijana Stepanovic
Advisor - Russia | Hungary | Poland
t.stepanovic [at] dutchculture.nl

A rich and colourful autumn for Dutch film in Poland

A rich and colourful autumn for Dutch film in Poland

The cultural season opened in Poland, and there is a particularly rich harvest for the Dutch film sector.
By Tijana Stepanovic

The Embassy of the Netherlands in Poland put in a lot of effort to bring Dutch films and professionals to Poland, and this autumn’s line-up is just the precursor to all that’s in the pipeline for 2022! A lot of opportunities are emerging for young film makers in Poland, thanks in part to the embassy’s efforts to expand the exposure to and opportunities for the Dutch film sector in Poland.

Many programmes will be available online, so for everyone interested in the Polish film sector and in new opportunities abroad, this autumn offers a perfect entry into the world of the Polish moving image industry.

'Berlin Alexanderplatz', directed by Burhan Qurbani
'Berlin Alexanderplatz', directed by Burhan Qurbani
LINK - A collaboration of Kids Kino Film Festival (PL) and Cinekid (NL)

28 September - 1 October 2021, Warsaw

Since 2008, the New Horizons Association organises a film festival focusing on a young audience: Kids Kino Industry, which is an international co-production forum for films and television series aimed at young audiences. Kids Kino Industry and Cinekid for Professionals from the Netherlands will work together within the framework of LINK.  

LINK is a special programme and platform meant for producers designed to stimulate the production of top-quality children’s content and pan-European co-productions. The LINK programme will be launched during the Kids Kino Industry in Warsaw and will be rounded off during Cinekid for Professionals in Amsterdam (19 to 22 October 2021).

The 25 producers selected for the first edition of Producers LINK are nominated by partner organisations, including the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Poland. In 2021 three Dutch producers will participate in the LINK programme: Coen Balkestein (Kailo Animation), Rinskje Raap (Rinkel Film) and Jasper Boon (Boondocs).

There are other Dutch components of the Kids Kino Industry, such as masterclasses with Dutch experts; current trends in Kids Media with the participation of Erik Tijman, head of Cinekid Film Festival programming; the participation of several Dutch participants connected to the children’s film market; and finally, the Online Platform Kids Kino Industry – Meet to Match – has been designed entirely by a Dutch company.

Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival

16 September – 3 October 2021

 The 18th Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, the largest documentary film festival in Poland, is taking place in seven different cities at the same time (Warsaw, Gdynia, Wrocław, Katowice, Bydgoszcz, Lublin and Poznan).  Nine Dutch productions and co-productions will be screened this year, as well as one Polish film with a strong ‘Dutch’ component.

100UP, directed by Heddy Honigmann

The Schoolgarden, directed by Mark Verkerk

Dealing With Death, directed by Paul Sin Nam Rigter

Silence of the Tides, directed by Pieter-Rim de Kroon

Seeds of Deceit, directed by Miriam Guttmann

White Cube, directed by Renzo

Meet the Censors, directed by Håvard Fossum (Norway, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands)

Erwin Olaf - The Legacy directed by Michiel van Erp

Here We Move Here We Groove, directed by Sergej Kreso

The Lost Urzecze, directed by Adam Rogala

Full programme and all trailers are available online.  

'100UP', directed by Heddy Honigmann
'100UP', directed by Heddy Honigmann
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival and WATCH DOCS

Two other important film festivals will take place where Dutch titles are expected: the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival from 15 to 21 November and WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film International Film Festival from 3 to 10 December.

Jump in the doc - 2nd Forum of Documentary Movies for Children at the Millennium Docs Against Gravity 

3-12 September 2021

Jump in the doc: the 2nd Forum of Documentary Movies for Children and 2nd Edition of the Lab is realised by The Andrzej Wajda Centre for Film Culture.

Documentary films for children are very popular in the Netherlands, yet in Poland, they have still to catch on and not many are produced. Jump in the Doc programme is designed to stimulate a high-quality production of documentaries for the youngest generations.  

The 2nd Forum of Documentary Movies for Children will be held as part of the Millennium Docs Against Gravity Festival and took place on September 6. It will be part of the festival's industry events and at the same time a summary of the first edition of the Jump in the Doc programme – a laboratory for conceiving documentary ideas. Experienced film makers collaborated with young consultants to develop their ideas for documentary films aimed at young audiences. The forum included the following elements:

- Presentation of Dutch documentary films for young audiences and a discussion of the differences between documentary films about children and documentary films for children.

- Pitching the projects created under the Jump in the Doc programme.  

- A case study of the production and distribution of documentary films in the Netherlands - prepared by the IDFA Festival and Meike Statema, head of the Kids & Docs IDFA competition and IDFA Academy.

- Masterclass with Mark Verkerk, Dutch director of documentary films for young audiences and director of the film The Schoolgarden shown at this year's Millennium Docs Against Gravity. This masterclass will take place online as part of the online version of the festival.  



'Seeds of Deceit', directed by Miriam Guttmann
'Seeds of Deceit', directed by Miriam Guttmann
21st New Horizons International Film Festival

New Horizons International Film Festival took place last August and is Poland's largest film festival. It is often compared to the Sundance film festival and the Locarno and Berlin film festivals. New Horizons is organised by the New Horizons Association of Roman Gutek, who is one of the leading figures in contemporary Polish film history. The Association’s main objective is to promote and popularise unconventional and artistically challenging cinema. This year marks the 21st edition of the festival, which usually attracts some 120,000 visitors. Each year the festival presents around 450 titles from 40 countries. This year the programme included five Dutch co-productions:

Toute une nuit by Chantal Akerman (retrospective)
Pleasure by Ninja Thyberg (premiere)
Berlin Alexanderplatz by Burhan Qurbani (premiere)
Quo vadis, Aida by Jasmila Zbanic (premiere)
Feathers by Omar El Zohairy (premiere)

The selected films will go on tour after the Festival: New Horizons Tour visits 20 Polish cities (in previous years the Tour attracted nearly 500,000 visitors). The tour is accompanied by an educational programme, followed by some 40,000 students. De premiering films will be distributed by the New Horizons Foundation in Poland.

Sunday in the Country

Sunday in the Country is a workshop for young critics and a regular part of the New Horizons festival in collaboration with the European Film Academy. This 3-day long intensive course for ten selected young, international film critics and journalists offers master classes, films screenings, writing workshops and know-how exchange. From the Netherlands, Roosje van der Kamp will be participating in the workshop. Van der Kamp is a philosopher, journalist and film critic based in Amsterdam who writes reviews for Het Parool newspaper. She graduated summa cum laude from Amsterdam University College with a specialisation in film and philosophy.


Omar El Zohairy, director of the film 'Feathers '
Omar El Zohairy, director of the film 'Feathers '

See the complete overview of Dutch cultural activities in Poland in our Database.

If you are a cultural professional wanting to go to Poland, feel free to contact our Poland advisor Tijana Stepanovic.

For funding possibilities, check out our Cultural Mobility Funding Guide or the websites of our partners EYE International, Film Fund, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Letterenfonds, Mondriaan Fonds, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, or the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Poland.

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