The full of excitement festival week of 13th edition of Short Waves Festival is already behind us, but the celebration of short cinema continues! Like in previous years, our competition films goes on tour. In summer months you will have a chance to watch them not only in cinema but also at outdoor screenings, under the sky and in the fresh air – yes, our beloved outdoors are back!
Starting from 12th of July in several cities in Poland, the audience will be able to participate in Short Waves on Tour 2021 – travelling competition of Polish short films by Short Waves Festival! It’s a special set of films from this year’s Festival’s Polish Competition selection.
Every member of the audience will become a part of the collective jury and will be able to vote on their favourite short film. The title which receives the most votes will win the financial prize of 7000 PLN! The winning film will be announced at the final screening of our tour at Latarnia na Wenei in Gniezno.
This year’s competition set consists of films that explore complicated family relations and face our small and bigger fears. Its protagonists are not afraid to look ahead in the future, thinking what might happen in the next several dozen years; but also to look back at the past – returning to difficult long-distance marriage or reliving the beginning of the new millennium. However, we’re also staying close to the present, moving between dates on Tinder, battling with our memory or diving into the mystical and mysterious world of Polish countryside.
We have one heart, dir. Katarzyna Warzecha, animation / documentary, 11’
After his mother dies, Adam comes across some letters exchanged years ago between his Polish mother and his father, a Kurd living in Iraq. This is an opportunity for him to find out more about his father, who he never knew. The juxtaposition of animated drawings and archival material takes us back forty years into the past and enables us not only to feel the emotions linking the lovers living in different parts of the world, but also to uncover an extraordinary family secret.
Wyraj (Vyraj), dir. Agnieszka Nowosielska, feature, 21’
While Veronica is fighting for her father’s health, the world around her seems to break the rules of logic. Is it possible that her son has an influence over his grandfather’s health?
Niebieski Dym (Blue Smoke), dir. Katarzyna Gondek, experimental / documentary, 12’
It’s a story of a woman who lost her memory in a waffle-maker factory.
Green, dir.. Ivan Bambalin, feature, 15’
Future. Pollution apocalypses destroys the Earth. Green, who is an astronaut and a mother decides to fly on the self-made rocket to another planet, which is not polluted yet, to find seeds of plants and come back to the polluted Earth hoping to save her dying daughter and all the people.
Millenium, dir. Daria Godyń, animation, 8’
For centuries, the man was accompanied by anxiety about the new Millennium. It’s New Year’s Eve 1999 – “The end of the world” is approaching. Catastrophe, uncertainty and the thickening atmosphere of the millennium paranoia are the subjects that animation deals with.
Julia at the Seaside, dir. Mariusz Rusiński, documentary, 17’
Julia spends a solitary holiday at the Polish seaside. She uses Tinder to meet with some boys who often turn out to be weird or funny but sometimes also quite nice. Watching the film, you get the impression that it is immersed in the same atmosphere as the works of Miloš Forman or Éric Rohmer.
screening time: 84 minutes