International short film festival from Poznań, Poland.

Industry and Education events

Monday, 14.06.2021

18:00 (90’) | Fair Play: Body positivity – how to talk about it without getting lost? | Poznań MY | registration | PL

A workshop led by Ula and Natalia, founders of Vingardium Grubiosa, the first Polish podcast about fatness and its sociopolitical context. During the workshop, the attendees are going to learn about the terms used to discuss body positivity, as well as how to differentiate between media messages focusing on body positivity as a movement, pop body positivity, and marketing strategies masked as body positivity. During the meeting, we will be using online and offline tools, media examples and engaging our own intuition.

Hosted by: Urszula Chowaniec, Natalia Skoczylas – Vingardium Grubiosa podcast founders

Urszula Chowaniec

She is a naturalized Lodz resident, marketer, blogger, educator, feminist, publicist, mom and occasional plus size model. Since 2016 I have been running a blog, which I started because no one in the Polish internet wrote before that being fat is not the end of the world.

Natalia Skoczylas

Primarily a feminist activist and anti-violence educator, professionally associated with the third sector. She has co-organized demonstrations, performed in the theater, and now coordinates projects aimed at social activation of young people and is trying to graduate from law school. She combines all this with running an account on IG to the accompaniment of panic attacks.

Tuesday, 15.06.2021

10:00 (180’) | Workshops: Curating as a Creative Collective Collaboration | Poznań MY | registration | EN

Curating as a Creative Collective Collaboration is a workshop led by Suzy Gillet, a writer, director and a teacher at Barbican Centre in London. Inspired by the participants, the session will be a practical and holistic discussion about putting on films as a curator or programmer, building audiences and finding your niche in a crowded space. It will explore collaboration as a tool for solidarity, creative practice, and as a new method for film programming.

Guest: Suzy Gillet – writer, director and a teacher at Barbican Centre

Suzy Gillett

Londoner Suzy Gillett studied filmmaking at St Martin’s College of Art. She has been engaged with auteur cinema for over three decades as a programmer of film festivals: Mosaïques, Film Africa, Women’s Cinema from Tangiers to Tehran, Marrakech Biennale, and as a producer of international film labs: Low Budget Film Forum, Making Waves, iFeatures and Les Arcs Film School Village. She has collaborated as a consultant with French Film Festival Namur, Open City Doc Festival, Torino Film Lab, Lagos Lab and served on the jury of Ciné Maubit, Cap Spartel, Gabes Cinema Fen. She teaches Film curating at the Barbican, London and experimentation in documentary at ESAV Marrakech.

Wednesday, 16.06.2021

12:00 (60’) | Industry Talk: Gender Solidarity | Online Filmchief Hub | online pass | EN

The event is a part of This Is Short – Four Perspectives program in which four festivals that constitute the European Short Film Network interpret and discuss the notion of solidarity in reference to gender, age and place of residence. The presentation/case study delivered by activists – Monika Kotecka and Karolina Domagalska – is going to explore their activities associated with the fight for women’s rights in Poland and gender inequality in the film industry.

Available on Filmchief Hub & This Is Short.

Hosted by: Monika Kotecka- artist and documentary filmmaker and Karolina Domagalska- reporter and activist.

Monika Kotecka

Director and cinematographer. A graduate of Social Sciences at the University of Wrocław. She graduated from the Art of Cinematography at the Łódź Film School and Photography at the European Academy of Photography in Warsaw. Her short films were screened in Cannes, Berlin, and at the New Horizons. Together with Karolina Poryzała she co-creates the Kurkot Collectiv. Their debut film ‘Volta’ was awarded at HOT DOCS 2017 in Toronto, was nominated for the Silver Eye Award at the International Documentary Film Festival in Jihlava and screened at Sundance and IDFA in Amsterdam, among others. He is finishing work on a feature-length documentary film ‘Stado’” co-financed by the Polish Film Institute in co-production with HBO.

Karolina Domagalska

Studied ethnology at Warsaw University and gender studies at Central European University. It was there, where she first encountered the issue of reproductive medicine and its impact on the traditional understanding of family and kinship. A reporter by profession, Tadzik’s mother by private life. Finalist of the Ryszard Kapuściński Award for Literary Reportage, winner of the Ryszard Kapuściński Student Award and the audience award for the best book-finalist of the Ryszard Kapuściński Award in the readers’ poll of Gazeta Wyborcza.

17:00 (90’) | Workshops: Fair Festival: How to create an ethical & sustainable film event?  | Poznań Kino Muza Room 3 | registration | EN

Workshops hosted by Daniel Ebner, the director of Vienna Shorts Film Festival. During the workshops, we are going to explore why codes of conduct are necessary and how to ensure implementation of ethical and sustainable policies at all stages of organization and what is their influence on the festival environment in the local and global context.

Guest: Daniel Ebner – co-founder and co-director of Vienna Shorts

Daniel Ebner

A co-founder and co-director of the international short film festival Vienna Shorts, Austria’s only qualifying event for the Academy Awards and the European Film Awards. He has a Master’s degree in Political Science and studied Cultural Studies and Film Studies in Vienna and Berlin. Daniel has been cultural editor at the Austrian Press Agency for many years. He co-produced several short films, co-curated two film exhibitions, worked as a film advisor for two Austrian funding institutions and co-founded the Association of Austrian Film Festivals. He has been advocating for fair working conditions in the festival environment for several years and in 2020 co-published a compliance rulebook for international film festivals.

Thursday, 17.06.2021

17:30 (60’) | Industry Drink: Launch of Austrian Focus | Poznań Cinema Muza | invitations | EN

This year’s geographical focus is on the cinematography of Austria and prepared in cooperation with the most important film festival presenting Austrian cinema – Diagonale, which has been turning Graz into the film capital of Austria for more than two decades. The focus program and the industry drink are prepared in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum.

Friday, 18.06.2021

12:00 (60’) | Industry Talk: New Challenges for Festival: The Future of Festival Networks | Online Filmchief Hub | karnet online | EN

A series of events entitled New Challenges for Festivals is a part of industry program hosted by This Is Short, a platform for European Short Film Network member festivals used to discuss critical issues and challenges faced by audiovisual culture professionals. During the panel entitled The Future of Festival Networks, the representatives of leading festival networks are going to share their experiences in relation to implementation of projects created in partnership with MEDIA – Creative Europe program. The discussion is going to explore the subject of online operation strategies, challenges and possibilities associated with them, and first and foremost – their future.

Available on Filmchief Hub & This Is Short.

Created in partnership with: MEDIA Desk Poland.

Moderator: Niels Ketelaars – European Short Film Network


Andrea Lenz – Project Manager, PR & Marketing at Film Festival Cottbus part of the Moving Images – Open Borders network

Maša Markovič – Industry Manager at Sarajevo Film Festival, part of the Network of Festivals in the Adriatic Region

Ana Pereira – Doc Alliance and Extensions Coordinators at Doclisboa, part of the Doc Alliance network.

Marzena Cieślik – representative of Media Creative Europe Poland

Andrea Lenz

Completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Communication Studies. During this time she lived and worked in Austria, Holland and Germany. She specialised in public relations and marketing and gained many different experiences in organisations, agencies and the media. Now she is part of the FilmFestival Cottbus team and follows her passion for film.

Maša Marković

Graduated from the Faculty of Arts at the Charles University in Prague (Aesthetics). She has extensive knowledge of the European documentary scene and has been coordinating the international documentary training programme with the focus on Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. From 2017 Maša manages, and curates Sarajevo Film Festival’s non-competition section called Dealing with the Past, currently holds the position of CineLink Manager and is a coordinator of the Network of festivals in the Adriatic region (Sarajevo Film Festival, Zagreb Film Festival, Auteur Film Festival and Montenegro Film Festival). She also serves as a consultant and a board member of Circle – a documentary incubator for female filmmakers (training organization established in 2018).

Ana Pereira

Studied communication and cinema in Lisbon and Paris whilst volunteering at several film festivals. Has worked for the Portuguese Association for Documentary since 2012, collaborating in film literacy activities and programming events such as the Portuguese Documentary Showcase, the Amerindian Film Screening among others. Ana is part of the Doclisboa International Film Festival programming team and coordinator of international partnerships like Doc Alliance (since 2013) and AVA Library (2017-2018). In 2015, co-founded Arché ( – laboratory for projects in development which she currently coordinates.

17:30 (120’) | Fair Play: Hater Home Alone – how to stop online hate speech? | Poznań Coworking | PL | registration

Hater Home Alone – how to stop online hate speech? is a workshop led by anti-discrimination educators Patryk Moszka and Aleksandra Jarocka on the subject of online hate. During the workshop, we are going to learn how to recognize hate speech online and beyond. We are also going to discuss what it is about, what are its consequences, and how to respond to it.

Hosted by: Aleksandra Jarocka, Patryk Moszka – anti-discrimination educators

Aleksandra Jarocka

Founder of the social start-up “Alleverse Education Non-Formal”, anti-discrimination trainer, led anti-discrimination workshops in various schools in Poznan, as well as cooperated with organizations such as Teach for Poland, Polish Migration Forum, Bezlik Foundation, Association for Children and Youth “Chance”, Poznan Medical University and Adam Mickiewicz University. During her workshops there are no taboos, her favorite working method is learning through experience. She is a graduate of the Global-In Fellowship program (2017) and a member of the Global Changemakers Network. In March 2021, she was named a finalist in Forbes Poland’s “25przed25” contest in the “Supporting Diversity” category.

Patryk Moszka

Anti-discrimination educator, social activist and mentor at Gromada democratic school. He cooperated with many Poznan NGOs and collectives, such as: Better World Association, CIM Horizons, Working Scene, Committee for the Protection of Children’s Rights or Migrant Info Point and Poznań Garage. Together with other social activists he co-creates equality projects for diversity and social justice. He co-coordinated the Critical Creation project and was part of Generator Malta at the Malta Festival in Poznań.

Saturday, 19.06.2021

12:00 (60’) | Industry Coffee: Meet the curators! | Poznań Minister Cafe | invitation | EN

An opportunity to meet and chat to the festival guests, filmmakers and international film festival curators in a casual setting.

13:30 (90’) | Fair Play: Datanomy | Poznań Coworking | registration | PL

Datanomia to warsztaty prowadzone przez poznańską artystkę Agnieszkę Pokrywkę, mieszkającą i pracującą w Helsinkach, na temat prywatności w sieci. Wraz z uczestnikami porozmawiamy o tym jak nasze dane stają się własnością innych i przejdziemy przez szereg praktycznych ćwiczeń, podczas których postaramy się uczynić nasze smartfony bardziej bezpiecznymi przedmiotami codziennego użytku. Będziemy zmieniać zarówno ustawienia w urządzeniach, jak i własne nawyki.

Hosted by: Agnieszka Pokrywka– multidisciplinary artist

Agnieszka Pokrywka

Agnieszka Pokrywka is a multidisciplinary artist trained in animated film and art criticism (University of Arts in Poznan) and computer simulations and physics (Poznan University of Technology). She is particularly interested in creating multi-perspective narratives that retell old stories. On a daily basis she works with computers, bacteria and humans. So far her works have taken part in over 70 exhibitions and film festivals on 5 continents. She is a co-founder of the Super Eclectic collective.