International short film festival from Poznań, Poland.

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Competition program

Competition program is the most important element of the entire festival program, not only presenting the newest trends in short cinema, but also delivering diverse, unusual, and intriguing productions. Short Waves Festival offers 5 competition categories: International Competition, Polish Competition, Polish Experimental Film Competition, Dances with Camera, Urban View. Over a 100 films from all over the world compete for cash prizes awarded not only by the international Jury consisting of filmmakers and industry members, but also the festival audience and the Youth Jury.

Out of competition program

Out of Competition program is an array of subject-focused screenings available either at the cinemas or open air venues. The section contains sets of films nominated to prestigious awards such as the Oscar or European Film Award; entertainment series – a slightly more commercial side of short cinema, offering screenings such as Comedy Shorts or Horror Shorts; film selections designed for specific age groups – seniors, children and parents, as well as young adults: Senior Film Club at Rialto cinema, Teen Shorts and SWF for Kids; evening screening series at the festival club, presenting music videos or films that put the audience in a party mood, such as Kinky Shorts, Friday Night Shorts and Awesome Shorts.

Geographic / theme focus

Every year we present film selections carefully crafted by curators of film events and international film festivals, dedicated to a specific country or geographic region and the festival motto chosen for each edition. In previous years, Short Waves Festival has transported us to Southeast Asia, Great Britain and Lebanon, and this year, it invites you to dig deeper into the cinematography of Austria. While with four separate film sets focused on this year’s theme Mirror Mirror, we will be presenting shorts that comment transformations occuring in the contemporary world.

Special screenings

Cinema screenings that attract a lot of interest from our viewers – an overview of films created by promising young filmmakers, retrospectives of experienced and awarded authors, sets of productions delivered by dynamically developing distribution agencies, as well as renowned film schools and film institutes. In previous years the section featured screenings such as a review of Tomasz Popakul’s works, a curatorial video-art set from sixpackfilm agency, or a selection of German dance films prepared in collaboration with Tanzrauschen association.

Beyond cinema

Beyond Cinema section is, on one hand, a collection of elaborately designed events with films at their core, while the screening context is designed with careful precision, on the other – a loose integration of audiovisual art, music and collective cinematic experience. The audience has the opportunity to participate in an unconventional form of film screenings, such as Random Garden Cinema – unconventional meetings in Poznanians’ private gardens, with locations kept secret till the day of the screening, or KINO FORMA series – an audiovisual journey that oscillates between the cinematic vision and sound and is set to open the thirteenth edition of Short Waves Festival.