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Short Waves Festival 2020

New at Short Waves Festival 2020

It’s been five months since the decision to postpone the festival to August. This time allowed the Short Waves Festival organizers to take a look at its established format from a different perspective. The new, pandemic reality and summer season have inspired new ideas – here are the most important changes in the festival’s program and structure. 

 

Duration

The festival was moved to August (18-23.08), while the accompanying educational program called Hotel Europa is going to take place in August (21-23.08) as well as October (20-25.10). The opening of Kino Forma at Pawilon, initially planned for March, is going to return on 30.10 as an event closing this year’s activities of Short Waves Festival and Foundation of Cultural Education Ad Arte.

 

Festival access

According to the established format, the festival was taking place exclusively in Poznań on cinema screens. This time, we have introduced an opportunity to participate in the event online, thanks to implementation of a new, intuitive platform – Filmchief Hub. The option to purchase online passes is going to be accessible only to viewers from Poland, restricted by a geoblock, yet film industry professionals and worldwide media may apply for limited free media and industry accreditation.

 

Friendly pricing policy

In March, the in-person festival pass cost 120 PLN, while online access to the festival costs only 45 PLN. Additionally, the tickets to offline screenings in Poznań are going to either have a summer price of 10 PLN or are going to be completely free. 

 

Locations

The summer season provides us with new opportunities – as many as 12 screenings from the program are going to be presented in the outdoor form for the first time. Outdoor event lovers should also be excited about the wandering festival club – we are going to host it in 5 locations: Schron, HOUSE Szkolna, Tama Bar, as well as two local favorites at the Warta riverfront: Brzeg Wschodni and barbarka ze spokojem. Representatives of the Poznań electronic music scene will provide the sonic setting for each venue. 

 

New additions to the program

We are going to open the festival with a special film screening at CK Zamek’s courtyard, put together as a part of Obrazy Wrażliwe (Sensitive Images) series, made accessible for viewers with health conditions and impairments (audio description, Polish Sign Language). Cult favorite secret cinematic house parties – Random Home Cinema, are going to return as Random Garden Cinema. Thanks to collaboration with Glasgow Short Film Festival, the spotlight section has gained a special screening of short films from Scotland.

 

Innovative industry program

New opportunities created by online tools allowed us to prepare 4 discussion panels that are going to host 16 professionals from multiple countries, such as Canada, Colombia and Indonesia, among others. Industry program discussions are going to be placed in the context of global pandemic: we are going to talk about collaborations between festivals, the future of VR technology and dance film, the community-building role of cinema and film critique. What’s important, two of four panels are a result of collaboration between three parallel-running festivals in hybrid forms: Glasgow Short Film Festival, FeKK Ljubljana Short Film Festival and Short Waves Festival are going to be streamed at the same time for audiences in Scotland, Slovenia and Poland. 

 

Safety

A festival held during a pandemic comes with extra attentiveness to comfort and safety of its audience. All festival events are going to be organized with respect to social-distancing rules. More info on safety during the event may be found here [LINK].