Short Waves Festival is not only the one specific week in a year, but also a year-round promotion of short cinema.
For years, we have been making sure that our audience in Poznań and all over Poland has access to high quality short cinema. Thanks to support of the Institute of Polish Culture, we have been organizing film screenings worldwide. We are actively collaborating with other short film festivals that we attend as programmers, jurors or industry program participants.
Our work in Poznań entails monthly meetings of the Short Cinema Club that we have been organizing since 2018 in collaboration with Kino Pałacowe at CK Zamek. Every first Monday of the month is an opportunity to watch a new set of short films preceded by a short introduction. The Club has been moved online during the pandemic.
Additionally, since 2016 we have been celebrating summer and winter solstice at a winery called Winiarnia pod Czarnym Kotem as a part of the Short Cinema Celebration. These outdoor screenings with a glass of wine have been extremely popular, especially among the Grunwald district community. We also organize short film screenings in Kino Rialto, Kino Muza, Brama Poznania, Stary Browar, Concordia Design and many other locations.
On a nationwide level we are one of a few organizations specializing in hosting short cinema screenings.
Ad Arte Foundation is an exclusive distributor of Oscar Nominated Shorts, initiating several dozen screenings around Poland each year, while also offering a selection of best short films from Sundance Film Festival and subject-focus screenings.
Since the beginning, Short Waves Festival has also been hosting Short Waves on Tour – a touring Polish short film competition with an audience award. In order to widen our audience and reach new short film enthusiasts, we decided to explore possibilities of going online more intensively, hence in 2020 we have started a collaboration with Ninateka.pl as a part of Short Waves Online initiative.
On an international level we co-create European Short Film Network, a European promotional network for short cinema, collectively created by 4 festivals: Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (Germany), Vienna Shorts (Austria), Go Short International Short Film Festival (the Netherlands) and Short Waves Festival. We are also among the founders of Talking Shorts – the first platform in English focusing solely on short film critique.