Festivals

Amateur film festivals in Poland
The interactive map refers to venues of amateur film festivals in Poland. The alphabetically listed legend to the map is divided into three parts: OKFA, the leading festival of amateur films in 16mm format and organized in the mode of a traveling festival with changing venues; POL-8, the leading festival of amateur films in 8mm format held in Polanica Zdrój (1965 – 1985 and 1990 – 2011) and at Książ Castle near Wałbrzych (1986 – 1989); other amateur film festivals or festivals with the participation of film amateurs.

Legend

OKFA – Ogólnopolski Konkurs Filmów Amatorskich (Leading festival 16mm, touring festival taking place in a variety of cities, 1953 until now)

Bielsko-Biała – XV Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1967

Bydgoszcz – XXIV Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1977

Gdańsk – XI Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1963

Katowice – I/II/VII/VIII/XXXII Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1953, 1954, 1959, 1960, 1986

Kędzierzyn-Koźle – XXII/XXXIV Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1975, 1988

Kraków – IX/XXXII Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1961, 1987

Łódź – XXXV Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1989

Lubań — XXIII/XXV Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1976, 1978

Lublin – XII Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1964

Nowa Huta – XVII Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1969

Puck – XXI Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1974

Olsztyn – XX Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1973

Oświęcim – XIX Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1971

Opole – XIII Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1965

Poznań – XXVI/XXVII/XXVIII/XXIX/XXX Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984

Sopot – XVIII Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1970

Suwałki – XXXI Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1985

Szczecin – XIV Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1966

Warszawa –– III/IV/V/VI/X/XVI Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1968

„POL-8” – Ogólnopolski Festiwal Filmów Amatorskich 8mm (Leading festival 8mm)

Polanica Zdrój — Polish Amateur Film Festival 8mm “POL-8” (1965 – 1985 and 1990 – 2011)

• Schloss Książ / Wałbrzych — Polish Amateur Film Festival 8mm “POL-8” (1986 – 1989)

Further amateur film festivals or professional festivals with participation of film amateurs

Białystok — Polish Festival of socially engaged amateur films “Publicystyka” (since 1970 onwards)

Białystok — Amateur Film Festival, 1963

Bielsko-Biała — Amateur film festival of animated films “Fazy/ Phases” (since 1975 onwards)

Bolków — Biennial of Amateur Films “Dokument ’87″/ Document ’87”, 1987

Bydgoszcz — Festival of Tourist-Landscape Amateur Films (1958 – 1962)

Bydgoszcz — Competition of films about the Polish western regions, 1960

Chorzów – Club Festival of Unsuccessful Films (since 1980 onwards)

Chybie — Festival of Amateur Feature Films “Fabuła”/ “Plot” (since 1972 onwards)

• Ciechocinek — Amateur Film Festival of the Socialist Countries (since 1972 onwards)

Ciechowice-Dziedzice — Polish showcase of amateur films “KADR ’76″/ “CADRE ’76”, 1976

Cieszyn — Amateur Film Competition of the Civil Defense of the Ministry of Chemical Industry (since 1966 onwards)

Dąbrowa Górnicza — Amateur Film Show of the Dombrowa Coal Basin ZPFA (since 1968 onwards)

Dąbrowa Górnicza — Polish Amateur Film Show (since 1963 onwards)

Elbląg — Polish Amateur Film Festival of Health Care Workers (1965 – 1978)

Gdańsk — Baltic Symposium of Non-Professional Film (1981 – 1984)

Gdynia — Amateur Film Festival of the Central Council of Labour Unions, 1969

Gliwice — Festival of one-minute amateur films (1972 – 1977)

Inowrocław — Polish Amateur Film Festival OFFA (1963 – 1964)

Jawor — Polish Show of Amateur Filmmaking of Metallurgy Employees (since 1970 onwards)

Jawor — Polish Show of Amateur Filmmaking “Asocjacje Filmowe”/ “Filmic Associations” (since 1981 onwards)

Katowice — International Film Festival of Amateur Film Clubs 1959 (with participants from England, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, CSSR, Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Holland, Yugoslavia, FRG, GDR, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Hungary, Italy, USSR)

Katowice — Polish Festival of Amateur Films on the theme of youth “Jesteśmy pokoleniem wielkiej szansy”/ “We are a generation of great opportunity”, 1974

Katowice — branch showcase of amateur films “Człowiek – Praca – Wypoczynek/ “Man – Work – Recreation” of the Steelworkers’ Union, 1975

Katowice – Chorzów – Ciechowice-Dziedzice — confrontations of amateur films “Górniczy Oskar”/ “Mining Oscar” (1980 – 1985)

Katowice – Chorzów — Filmu Amatorskiego – festival of amateur films about art (1983 – 1985), hosted alternately in both cities

Kędzierzyn-Koźle — Polish showcase of amateur films of the chemists’ unions (1976-1977)

Kędzierzyn-Koźle — Competition for Company Film Chronicles of the Ministry of the
Chemical Industry (since 1969 onwards)

Kędzierzyn-Koźle — Polish Exhibition of Amateur Film Chronicles “Kroniki ’77” “Chronicles ’77” (since 1977 onwards)

Konin — Confrontations of non-professional film “Konin ’78″/ “Konin ’78” (since 1978 onwards)

Kraków — SKF “Rotunda” Narrow Film Festival 1958

Kraków — Film Confrontations “Dokument w kinie amatorskim/ “Document in Amateur Cinema” (1977 – 1978)

Kraków — Script competition for an amateur film by AKF “Nowa Huta” (late 1970s and 1980s)

Łódź — Show of non-commercial films, 1985

Olsztyn – Giżycko — Polish Festival of Tourist-Landscape Amateur Films (1967 – 1979)

Olsztyn – Mrągowo — Festival of non-professional films (1984 – 1988)
with thematic focus on Polish northern regions, 1984
with thematic focus on Polish western and northern regions, 1985
with thematic focus on regained territories (ziemie odzyskane) under the title “Ziemie i Ludzie”/ “Land and People”, 1986 – 1988

Opoczno — Festival of Folklore Films, 1974

Oświęcim — Festival of non-professional films “Kochać Człowieka”/ “Loving Mankind” (since 1985 until today)

Piła — Polish Amateur Film Festival of the Western and Northern Regions, 1967

Płock — Polish Amateur Film Festival, 1969

Poznań — Polish Festival of Amateur Fantastic Films, 1985

Poznań — Open Competition of Amateur Filmmaking “Młoda Polska/ “Young Poland”, 1982

Sosnowiec — Andrzej Munk Competition (1982 – 1984)

Sosnowiec — Polish Festival of One-Minute Films “MiniMax” (since 1983 onwards)

Świdnica — Polish Festival of Amateur Films about Architectural Monuments (since 1970 onwards)

Świętochłowice — General Metallurgical Competition of Amateur Films “FILMHUT”, 1969

Szczecin – Świnoujście — Festival of short films about the sea (since 1966 onwards)

Szczecin — Polish festival of amateur films about the western and northern regions, 1963

Toruń — Polish Festival of Film Etudes, 1963

• Toruń — International Competition of Non-Professional Films “Ochrona Zabytków i Środowiska Człowieka”/ “Preservation of Monuments and Protection of Human Environment”, 1978

Warszawa — Amateur Film Festival of FAKF (since 1982 onwards)

Warszawa — Exhibition of Amateur Film Clubs PTAKF (1973 – 1981)

Warszawa — Amateur Film Festival “Dozwolone do 21″/ “Allowed to 21” (since 1983 till today)

Wrocław — Polish Festival of Amateur and School Films OFFA (since 1961 onwards)

Wrocław — Festival of non-commercial film “Film poza kinem”/ “Film OFF-cinema” (since 1983 ff.) with the participation of student films of the DFFB from West Berlin/BRD, films from Canada and Austria as well as from other countries

Additional/independent competitions within the framework of the OKFA Festival

• Competition of amateur advertising films about Polish export of goods and services 1957

• Competition of tourist-landscape amateur films (1958-1962)

• Competition “Wojsko – Tradycje – Kraj”/ “Army – Traditions – Homeland” 1963

• Competition of the Council for the Protection of Battle and Martyrdom Monuments (1965 – 1966)

• Competition of the League of Women (1965 – 1967)

Festivals without location, but verifiable by publications/award information

• Competition of amateur films about friendship with the Soviet Union and Socialist countries (1956 – 1960)

• Polish competition of amateur films with technical themes 1957

• Polish Amateur Film Festival of the Scouts 1963

Plant chronicles and regional performance shows with qualification character

• Various amateur festivals for film plant chronicles, also specified according to branches and/or regions

• Wojewódzkie Przeglądy Filmu Amatorskiego (Voivodeship Amateur Film Shows), in which amateur films in individual voivodeships qualified for submission to the selection committee of the national Polish Amateur Film Festival OKFA, and which were selected every year in all 49 voivodeships of the country in the regional shows