2022 is way behind us and it was certainly one of the most intense seasons in the history of the Ad Arte Cultural Education Foundation and the Short Waves Festival!
We started the year with the continuation of the Short Cinema Club organized together with the Pałacowe Cinema in the ZAMEK Culture Centre in Poznań, where every month we could watch contextually selected sets of shorts, focusing on, among others, topics such as love, animals, family or contemporary American cinema.
As the exclusive distributor of Oscar® Nominated Shorts, we planned over 100 screenings (a big shout-out to all the cinemas!) in dozens of cities across Poland, where viewers could watch the best live action and animated shorts, including Polish entry The Dress by Tadeusz Łysiak nominated in the Best Live Action Short Film category!
However, the biggest project organized by the Foundation every year is undoubtedly the Short Waves Festival – International Short Film Festival based in Poznań, Poland which 14th edition was held between June 14-19, 2022, in Poznań & online under the theme Light a Spark. During 6 festival days of June there were 100 cinematic events spread within its festival’s host city of Poznań and audiences could watch nearly 300 films with 89 in competitions alone (5 competitions: International Competition, Polish Competition Polish Experimental Film Competition, Urban View Competition focused on architecture, design city and its residents and Dances with Camera focused on dance, movement and body expression caught in the watchful eye of the camera).
The festivalgoers have also enjoyed the unconventional screenings such as Horror, Musical or Queer Shorts; a focus segment presenting this year the cinematography of Romania or the review of shorts nominated for prestigious awards; a brand new section Long Story Short showing full-length films as well as less known shorts of renowned directors like Pedro Almodóvar; audiovisual and music events, and reaching beyond the screening rooms: open airs, clubs, art galleries or Poznanian’s private gardens known as Random Garden Cinema, Electrical Walks by a renowned sound artist Christina Kubisch, first individual exhibition of the Eternal Engine collective and so much more!
But after Short Waves we didn’t slow down! During the Summer holidays, a completely new event appeared on the festival map of Poznań – OFF Jeżyce – a local film festival addressed not only to the inhabitants of Jeżyce district, but also an invitation for all Poznań residents to experience the magic of cinema in a local atmosphere. The first edition of OFF Jeżyce took place on August 25-28 under the slogan ‘In close proximity to culture’ – the fruit of our cooperation with the Jeżyce Housing Estate Council, the originator of the project – thank you for your trust! The program included, among others, cinema screenings (e.g. The Balcony Movie or My Wonderful Life) in the Rialto Cinema and Dom Tramwajarza, a music stage (e.g. a concert by the Poznań band MOSTY), workshops (ABC of plant care, yoga for children), a review short films and a music video competition by local artists.
We ended the exciting summer time by heading outside Poznań, visiting our neighbors in Osieczna and Gniezno with a number of screenings as part of the Wielkopolska Film Summer.
In Autumn, we also did not rest on our laurels and instead of covering ourselves with a blanket and binge watching short films with a cup of tea, we celebrated! The Ad Arte Cultural Education Foundation had its 20th (!) birthday and on this occasion we had fun in the United Climbing space at the United State of Love event. It was nostalgic, cinematic and musical! We looked with a smile at what had been and with even greater enthusiasm we thought about how much more is still ahead of us.
At the end of the year, we invited you to – of course short films infused – special events. The event It is a Kind of Magic in Pies Andaluzyjski consisted of Ricardo Castro’s illusionist show and four enchanted short films. On December 21, we celebrated the shortest day of the year and thus the International Short Film Day – the moment of the winter solstice and the beginning of astronomical winter, when in the northern hemisphere the Sun is at its zenith at the Tropic of Capricorn. We spent The shortest day watching a special film program not only at two screenings in Poznań, but also in Katowice, Cracow and Warsaw!
We also returned as a distributor of short films at Forum Around Cinema in Gdynia – a twice-yearly meeting place for cinemas and film distributors, and of course we talked about short films and the Foundation’s distribution plans for 2023!
Thank you for this year full of short films and see you soon! We are preparing new film programs, special events, and of course the 15th jubilee edition of the Short Waves Festival is ahead of us – stay tuned, because soon we will discover the first cards and dates of the festival!