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International Competition

is the most prestigious competition of the Festival and includes the best productions from all over the world, lasting up till 45 minutes. The theme, form and genre are not subject to any rules or limitations. The aim of the competition is to construct a diverse program, which will awe the audience with a fresh perspective on contemporary cinema and an original film narrative.

Polish Competition

is aimed solely at films produced in Poland, lasting up till 45 minutes. The theme, form and genre are not subject to any rules or limitations. The competition aims to present the panorama of the newest short film forms, as seen through the eye of the Polish filmmakers , and at the same time to provide them with an opportunity for an international career as their works ar being presented at the festival. After the festival in Poznan, the best Polish Competition films will go on tour around Poland as a part of the event series called Short Waves on Tour.

Dances with Camera

is an international competition of short films that share the common language of movement and dance. Dance productions from all over the world will be entered into the competition, presenting the audience with unlimited potential of physical expression, communicated with a cinematic narrative and presented in all forms and genres: feature, documentary, animation, as well as experimental projects and choreographic impressions.

Urban View

Best of Ten

ten directors and programmers of the most important European film festivals have joined forces to prepare a competition set of 10 exceptional short films. The international jury will consist of 20 film industry representatives. The awards include three cash prizes. The audience present during the competition screenings will decide on the Audience Award. The full sum of cash awards is 80 000 zł.


European Short Pitch 2018

European Short Pitch is an initiative aimed at promotion of international short film co-productions. The project consists of three stages: a screenwriting workshop, an online session and a co-production forum.

Co-production forum will be taking place on 22-25 March 2018 in Poznan during Short Waves Festival

The participants will have one day to prepare and try out their pitches with tutors.


A 7-minute pitch presentation in the presence of experts will be taking place on March 24th, with one-to-one sessions planned for next day. The forum will be closed with an award ceremony distinguishing three best projects.

Call for entries ends on 30 September 2017


The mission of NISI MASA organization is discovering new film talents, developing intercultural audiovisual projects, promoting European awareness though cinematography and creation of a platform designed for exchange and discussion led by young professionals of the film sector.


More info may be found on the event’s official website.

The initiatives led by NISI MASA are co-funded by Creative Europe Program – MEDIA component.

Contact: masa@nisimasa.com

European Short Pitch 2017

European Short Pitch final – the co-production forum took place in Poznan on 23-26 March during the 9th edition of Short Waves Festival.
20 most interesting short film projects entered for the 2017 edition were presented on 25 March at Muza cinema. European Short Pitch was aimed at screenwriters, directors and producers. The projects’ authors were no less than 18 and no more than 35 years old and came from countries that were a part of the Creative Europe program.

Four projects entered in the European Short Pitch competition and three projects from the section Working In Progress were awarded.

The audience consisting of film industry professionals awarded the prizes – a 1000 euro each.

Winning projects:

    • „Golden Minutes”, created by Lithuanian filmmakers Saulius Baradinskas i Titas Laucius (known for a documentary screened at Berlinale 2014 „People, Animals and Things”), is a 10-minute tragicomedy about a 40 year old man, who’s suicide arrangements end in a heart attack.


    • „Tina and Sendy”, created by a Croatian director Hani Domazet and producer Mirta Puhlovski (their film „The Beast” was taken into consideration during Oscar candidate selection), is 20-minute drama, in which two porn actresses establish a bond of full of compassion, alcohol and drugs.


    • „Under the Volcano There Is Always a Man Sleeping”, a film by Sameh Alaa an Egipt-born, Brussels-based director, a 25-minute dark comedy, story of father and son, birthday performers, facing a sleep epidemic that sweeps over Egypt.


    • Aubagne International Film Festival award, was recived by „Blood Group” created by a Dutch filmmaker Daan Bunnik. It’s a drama film about a 35 year old loner, who decides to say goodbye to his cruel father laying on his deathbed.


    • In the Working In Progress section there’s Hungarian hyphenate filmmaker Balasz Simonyi, who at 27 years of age has 23 directing credits under his belt, and whose first feature length documentary Ultra is about to premiere at Visions du Reel, received the the Sound Award from Studio Puk for Banality, a 13-minute experimental drama/thriller about a terrorist attack in a mall.


    • Slovenian director Mitja Mlakar, has received an Image Correction Award from Jaroslav Piekarski, who will be working on post-production and visual effectsin his project „I’ll Probably Never See You Again”. It’s a 15-minute drama about a woman who needs to make a decision whether to keep a child or have an abortion, filmed on a 16mm film reel and in HD.


    • Distribution Award, an award that provides promotion and distributionaround the world, was given to the Polish animator Marcin Karolewski (currently working on a few animation projects, in different roles, including a full-length “Privius”), and his 7-minute Slavic myth-themed “Malva and Leshy”, which tells the tragic love story about the eponymous human and demon.