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Short Waves Festival 2017 .

Short, concise, diverse. Short Waves Festival 2017 was the 9th editon of the international short film festival, which took place on 21-26 March in Poznan. The edition’s motto was “beyond borders”, which aimed to illustrate the diminishing of borders between various art forms and decrease in importance of division between creators and consumers of culture.

Focus on German cinema was an important element of the program and included screenings of film selections from Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Christoph Girardet retrospective and an exhibition of works created by Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf. Short Waves repertoire also included short animations and features of last year’s Oscar nominations – Oscar Nominated Shorts, and films nominated for European Film Awards. A new addition to the program called New Queer Visions tackled the issues of sexual, cultural and racial diversity.

The festival program also offered film selections dedicated to specific age groups: SWF: Family for children and Man Who Can for seniors. For the first time, the program included a unique set of music videos entitled Saving Pop Culture from Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen. There were also special events such as Fusion Cinema and Random Home Cinema: famed film screenings in Poznanians’ private apartments, industry meetings and discussion panels as a part of European Short Pitch and Poznan Industry Day, including project and screenwriting workshops. The program was completed with festival club afterparties located at LAS venue on Małe Garbary Street.

List of awarded films from 2017 .


I award – Education, dir. Emi Buchwald
II award – Leaven, dir. Artur Hanaj
III award – Polonaise, dir. Agnieszka Elbanowska
Honourable mention – Close ties, dir. Zofia Kowalewska
Audience award – Close ties, reż. Zofia Kowalewska


I award – Decorado, dir. Alberto Vázquez, Spain
II award – The Manliest Man, dir. Anuj Gulatii, India
III award – World War Cup, dir. Simon Ellis, Great Britain
Honourable mention – In the distance, dir. Florian Grolig, Germany
Audience award – Flor de mil colores (Flower of a thousand colours), dir. Karen Vazquez Guadarrama Belgium


I award – SHE WHOSE BLOOD IS CLOTTING IN MY UNDERWEAR, dir. Vika Kirchenbauer, Germany
II award – Something about silence, dir. Patrick Buhr, Germany
III award – not even nothing can be free of ghosts, dir. Rainer Kohlberger, Germany/Austria
Honourable mention – Hotaru, dir. William Laboury, France
Audience award – Hotaru, dir. William Laboury, France

Dances with Camera

I award – Tournures (Twist), dir. Sebastien de Buyl, Belgium
II award – TACT, dir. Thibaud Le Maguer, France
III award – Neants, dir. Nellie Carrier, Canada
Honourable mention – To the ends of the fingertips, dir. Roswitha Chesher, Great Britain
Audience award – Through my street, dir. Piet Baumgartner, Switzerland

Short Waves Festival 2016 .

Short Waves Festival 2016 was an 8th edition of the international short film festival, which took place on 15-20 March 2016. Its motto “we are open” guaranteed a broadly defined openness both to current affairs, other people and ideas. SWF 2016 was also concerned with formal openness. By defying the standard format of a festival, Short Waves goes beyond the strict time frame. Without a beginning, without an end as Short Waves organizes events throughout the year and across Poland. The event’s main competiton, Poznan Open (winner: “Edmond”, dir. Nina Gantz) was open to artists from all over the world, what granted it an international status.

SWF also consisted of one-of-a-kind competitions: Best of Seven (winner: “Object”, dir. Paulina Skibińska) and Dances with Camera (winner: “Gone”, dir. Helena Jónsdóttir, Vera Sölvadóttir), and unique Random Home Cinema: film screenings in Poznanians’ private apartments. The festival repertoire also included experimental and video-art films as a part of Art Shorts and Poznan Wave. There were also many workshops and interesting industry events during Poznań Industry Days. Another exciting part of the program was the Festival Club that changed its location throughout the festival to give the attendees an opportunity for a multidimensional experience of the city.

Short Waves Festival 2015 .

The festival’s 7th edition was made up of two parts. The first part, “Grand Prix Tour”, started on March 6th and consisted of a tour of screenings all over Poland. The audience’s task was to select the winner in the poll. Their verdict: “It would be something beautiful” by Anna Morawiec.

During the second, stationary part of the festival, the audience had the opportunity to watch films entered into four competitions: Polish “Poznan Open” (winner: “Home”, dir. Agnieszka Borowa) and international: “Dances with Camera” (winner: “Beating”, dir. Kari Sulc, Tereza Hradilkova), “Best of Seven” (winner: “Cambodia 2099”, dir. Davy Chou) and “Urban View” (winner: “Alberdi’s Heroes”, dir. Andres Grabois). The screenings outside of the competition were “Random Home Cinema” and “Park_in’ Cinema”.

SWF also included the “Film Poster Design Workshop” and “Graphic Design and 3D Animation Workshop”. Among the guests hosted by the festival were the directors of Kurtzfilmtage Winterthur, Uppsala International Short Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Brest European Short Film Festival, Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Riga International Film Festival, Rover Film Festival, and FEST New Directors/New FIlms.WF 2015.WF 2015

Short Waves Festival 2014 .

The 6th edition of Short Waves Festival commenced on 14th March 2014 with an international “Grand Prix Tour”. The audience voted “Our Curse” directed by Tomasz Śliwiński as best documentary picture, presenting it with the Grand Prix award.

Two new competitions were added to the festival program: “Poznan Open” which aimed to promote the Polish artists (winner: “The Aunt’s Killing”, dir. Mateusz Głowacki) and “Dances with Camera”: an international competition of films on dance (winner: “Washed”, dir. Daphna Mero). The organizers added workshops that mirrored the processes of film production “Film Rave”, film poster design workshop, and discussion panels for film industry professionals. Film screening sets designed specifically for children and seniors, and screenings of Greater Poland artist’s work called “Poznan Wave” were also added to the program.

The festival hosted many notable guests including: directors of London Short Film Festival, Interfilm Berlin, Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Brest European Short Film Festival, and activists from CinemaHall and KinoKlub Zagreb.