PROMOTION Department We deal with the broad promotion of the Lodz Film School and its students in Poland and abroad. We cooperate with foreign schools, international organizations, media and culture institutions. We promote students and their film work at Polish and international festivals and other artistic and cultural events. We organize and co-ordinate the promotion of school festivals. We also run sales and distribution of student films.
We initiate, develop and maintain contacts with other schools, Polish and international media and institutions such as: embassies, institutes, film centres, film libraries. We organize visits and meetings with international guests visiting the Lodz Film School. We co-organize and coordinate conferences, conventions, scientific symposia and school events. We co-ordinate contacts of the school with international film schools’ organizations such as CILECT, or GEECT, the Lodz Film School being the member of the former.
We prepare and publish, also in co-operation with the School Publishing Unit, promotional-marketing and informative polygraphic materials.
Each year, approximately 300 student films are made at the school. They are screened at festivals and film presentations for student as well as professional films in Poland and abroad.
We enter them for festival selection and when selected we send their screening formats. Every year, our student films: fiction, documentary, animation, and the films made by direction of photography students, take part in over 300 international and Polish festivals winning numerous prizes.
We are in charge of organizing and promoting school festivals:
(‘Łodzią po Wiśle’) Lodz Film School Student Film Festival including its Polish and foreign editions
‘Drama Schools’ Festival
The Drama Schools’ Festival has been organized by the Lodz Film School each year since 1983. The originator of the festival was Jan Machulski; an outstanding actor, lecturer for many years and Dean of the school’s Acting Department. Each edition of the festival is an opportunity for a common encounter of theatre circles where it is possible to compare teaching methods and ways of constructing roles by young actors. During the festival, the students of the following Polish drama schools: Warsaw Drama Academy, Cracow Drama School, Wroclaw Drama School and the Drama Department of the Lodz Film School present their diploma plays.
For most students, the Lodz drama festival is their first confrontation with a real theatrical stage, a real audience and theatre critics. The young actors face audiences at a turning point in their lives: shortly before their graduation and not long before they are about to start their artistic career.
Each year, well-known playwrights, directors and theatre critics are invited to be on the festival jury, and also representatives of the film world; both those with a recognized filmography as well as those who have already had a lot of success. Over the past 30 years of the festival’s existence, the decision regarding prizes for the best young actors have been made by Izabella Cywińska, Feliks Falk, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Henryk Kluba, Anna Augustynowicz, Magdalena Piekorz, Paweł Miśkiewicz, Paweł Szkotak, Remigiusz Brzyk and Krzysztof Garbaczewski.
Whether the students’ future career will be successful or not may well depend on their stage performance during the festival. In the audience there are not only members of the festival jury, but also theatre artistic managers, theatre directors and film audition organizers. In other words, all the people who can influence a young actor’s professional career. In fact, the career of today’s famous actors such as Kinga Preis, Robert Wieckiewicz, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Jacek Braciak, Adam Woronowicz, and Michal Zebrowski, started with awards granted at some first editions of this festival.
The festival performances have always been very popular among theatre audiences and an event highly appreciated by theatre buffs. It has been a long-standing tradition that the diploma plays staged during the festival have been directed by famous theatre directors like Andrzej Łapicki, Tadeusz Łomnicki, Jerzy Stuhr, Adam Hanuszkiewicz, Krystian Lupa, Mariusz Grzegorzek, Krzysztof Warlikowsk, Agata Duda-Gracz and Agnieszka Glińska. The confrontation of actors’ youth with directors’ professional maturity is the great strength of the Lodz Festival.
The Student Film Festival „Łodzią po Wiśle” is a premiere presentation of student films produced at the Lodz Film School during the current academic year. During the festival, which has been organized in Warsaw since 2003, we screen about 100 out of the school’s latest annual production of 300 short films made by young filmmakers from Lodz. This is equivalent to over 900 minutes of screentime; the same duration as almost 10 full-length feature films.
The screening program consists of fiction, documentary and animation films and films made by direction of photography students. The festival is not only a place for new, young filmmakers to confront a wider audience, but also a forum where the future of Polish cinema can be seen and discussed. The festival promotes Lodz Film School students and graduates, and also integrates the filmmakers with film theoreticians through screenings and discussions on the situation of young cinema which accompany the festival.
Since 2004, the festival has been a competition. Its first jury members were: Krzysztof Krauze, Krzysztof Ptak and Wojciech Staroń, then Jan Jakub Kolski, Piotr Wojtowicz and Dorota Masłowska. In the following years, student films were evaluated by Władysław Pasikowski, Paweł Edelman, Sławomir Fabicki, Petr Zelenka, Artur Reinhart, Xawery Żuławski, Andrzej Jakimowski, Grażyna Torbicka, Adam Bajerski, Borys Lankosz, Zdzisław Najda, Jerzy Kapuściński, Andrzej Bart, Tomasz Raczek, Paweł Sala, Piotr Śliskowski, Rafael Lewandowski, Radosław Ładczuk, Kamil Polak, Przemysław Wojcieszek, Jakub Kijowski, Adam Badowski, Jakub Mikurda, Maciej Pieprzyca, Szymon Lenkowski and Szymon Holcman.
By organizing the first festival, we hoped to bring the students and the school closer to professionals. In doing so we followed the example of similar events organized by other European film schools, where professional producers, experienced directors and film critics are present. Each edition of the festival brings us closer to this goal.
Each year, even from the first day of the screenings, there are more viewers than can be accommodated and tickets are sold out in advance. We have definitely managed to achieve one of our main aims, i.e. to bring young directors, animators and directors of photography and their films to ordinary audiences and film professionals all gathered together in one place.