Poland: Gdansk, Gdynia, Poznan, Rzeszów, Warsaw & Wroclaw

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inhabitants: 582,378

Gdansk is a special place on the film map of Poland. It is a modern metropolis open to changes and new ideas with a wide cultural offer and an attractively located tourist and educational center. It is one of the largest cultural centers in northern Poland. There are several theaters, an opera house, a philharmonic hall, seven cinemas and a number of other cultural institutions. Thanks to this, the city is an excellent location for a comprehensive forum of cinematography aimed at young viewers.


It all started in Warsaw 9 years ago. It is here that we organize the International Film Festival for children and youth - Cinema in Seakers. The experience of working with young viewers, increasing every year, allowed us to build a valuable film event for young people also in Gdansk. Due to the fact that children are not mobile, a separate event should be prepared for them in the place where they actually live. 1st edition Cinema in Sneakers in Gdansk, took place in December 2018, and was met with great enthusiasm residents of Gdansk and the warm welcome of our project. Since then, every year we return to Gdansk children with new film proposals.





inhabitants: 245,637
kids: 48,733
cinemas: 5


Gdynia is a Polish seaport city in the Gdansk Bay on the south coast of the Baltic Sea, a young, dynamic and rapidly developing city. It is referred to as “a city built on sea and dreams” since its foundation was the aftermath of Poland regaining independence after years of enslavement. On the sands of the Baltic Sea beach, a modern harbor city was built “from scratch”.

Nowadays, Gdynia is inhabited by almost a quarter of a million people and the vast majority of them are proud to be living here. Gdynia’s citizens value their city for the ease of finding attractive jobs, good education and comfortable apartments. Also, they point out the reliable public transport, safety and availability of services – not to mention the sea, beaches, hills and forests right on their doorstep. Add to this the highest annual number of sunny days and you will meet the most satisfied Polish citizens, sociologists say.

For many years Gdynia has been famous in Europe for hosting outstanding cultural events, such as the Open'er Festival, where there the best music artists of the world play their gigs. A number of prestigious festivals are organized every year, among them being Ladies' Jazz Festival, Globaltica Word Cultures Festival, and Gdynia Blues Festival - with a stage right next to the Seaside Boulevard. Another example of a famed cultural event in Gdynia is the Literary Award, which has quickly become a popular event among Polish poets, novelists, and essayists due to its unique formula. And, last but not least, Gdynia Film Festival – the largest fim festival in Poland and the only one which for decades has been promoting Polish cinematography in Europe on a large scale.

 Gdynia Film Centre

GDYNIA FILM CENTRE, located several hundred metres from the central beach, was opened autumn 2015.
The arthouse cinema of the Gdynia Film Centre is a perfect place to watch quality films and meet interesting people.
The Centre would not exist if it had not been for the earlier close relation between Gdynia and cinema. For over the last 40 years, each year participants of the Polish Film Festival
have been meeting at the seaside. The Gdynia Film School students learn the profession of a film director in Gdynia and their diploma short films have been appreciated at various national and international film festivals. However, not only students acquire their practical skills here. Anyone who wants to abandon the role of a viewer and learn more about cinema can participate in workshops, festivals and meetings with filmmakers held in the Gdynia Film Centre.
The arthouse cinema of the Gdynia Film Centre cooperates with the Arthouse Cinemas Network and Europa Cinemas. Its repertoire is comprised mainly of ambitious and artistic Polish, European and world cinema. It includes feature films and documentaries, as well as plenty of films addressed to the youngest audience.




inhabitants: 538,633
kids: 83,000
Cinemas: 13


Zapraszamy do Poznania!
Poznan is a city on the Warta River in Western Poland, best known for its renaissance Old Town and Ostrów Tumski Cathedral.

Poznan is a place where the energy of the New Europe is merged with the civilization of the West. A metropolis with over half-a-million residents, Poznan is situated in the most economically developed region of Poland. The Poznan International Trade Fair Centre successfully hosts large international events. Poznan cultural climate is formed by the wide range of entertainment on offer. Major international events hosted here include: Malta Festival - the biggest theatre festival in Poland, Dancing Poznan - which has been attracting dancers from all over the world, the Made in Chicago Festival - the only festival of the Chicago Jazz School in Europe , the Ethno Port Festival, International Animated Film Festival Animator and International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! (info www.poznan.pl).

Ale Kino!

The International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! presents films for children and youth as well as films about childhood and young people’s problems. The Festival has a tradition of 55 years. It is the largest film event for young audiences in Poland, esteemed in Europe, awarded the prize of the Polish Film Institute and the European Citizens’ Prize of the European Parliament. The Festival, with its popularising mission, is a solution to a number of challenges connected with the development of the young audience film market. The main organizer of the Festival is Children's Art Centre in Poznan.

Poznan YAA 2019
Poznan: Ale Kino!

Applauded every year by several thousand spectators - amused, moved and engaged in discussion - those already literate with the art of cinema and those about to begin their film adventure.

Experienced, as befits a fifty-year-older, but still curious about the world.

Collective, as a film crew, where all act jointly, but where there is also enough room for eccentric individualities.

Local and global, owing to films from all over the world, to remind us that every place on earth can be its centre and the periphery forgotten.

Open to artistic transformation and technological revolutions that change the world, but mindful of what is passing.

Family-like, because we all desire a sense of security, closeness, belonging and acceptance, even though not all of us find them at home.

Giving voice to children, parents, teachers, directors, actors, producers and critics, since the dialogue is based on listening.

Created out of love for the cinema, with the feeling that love is a passion that also requires responsibility, fairness and respect.

Educating young generations and eager to learn from them.

Rich with the number of screenings and the power of message of that one film we will remember for a lifetime.




Population: 195,734
Kids: 34,648
Cinemas: 4


Witamy w Rzeszowie!
Rzeszów is the largest city in southeastern Poland. The history of the city begins in 1354. Rzeszów has found its place in the group of the most elite cities in Poland, with growing number of investments, rapid progress and a very high standard of living. It is also developing as a regional tourist destination; its Old Town, Main Market Square, churches and synagogues are among the best preserved in the country.

Rzeszów Castle

Podkarpackie Film Commission

The Podkarpackie Film Commission was created in 2016 for those who want to profit from the film potential of our region. Its main area of activity is the full support of audio-visual productions. In order to develop the competences of young filmmakers and grease their path to the creation of their first films the commission implements educational projects.



inhabitants: 1,775,933
kids: 255,846
cinemas: 34

Warsaw: Old Town

Witamy w Warszawie!
Warsaw, nurturing over 400 years of pride as a capital, is Poland's largest city and an economic, political, and cultural centre. 

This amazing city is full of contrasts and surprises. Palaces, churches and architectural clusters are interwoven with the wide open space of squares, parks and city gardens.

Each city has a place that is its showcase and a must-see on any trip. In Warsaw, it’s the Old Town, entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List – it’s where the city’s heart has been beating for centuries. However, when you cross the Vistula River and look at the Old Town from a distance, you are struck by how unusual the panorama of the city is – skyscrapers rise above the red roofs of the Old Town. Historical buildings blend in harmoniously with modern architecture, and the city surprises us by revealing its second face.


Although Warsaw is one of the most rapidly developing cities in Europe with huge potential and extraordinary energy, its residents like to look back on its history and are able to skilfully combine tradition and modernity. When you look around the city, you will see that both of its sides permeate at every step in a surprising and unique way.

 When you stroll along the Royal Route that links the former residences of Polish rulers, go down to the Vistula River to see the modern boulevards stretching between the Multimedia Fountain Park and the Copernicus Science Center. During the summer, the city vibrates with life – the cafés and bars open up and dance parties and open-air concerts take place. Meanwhile, the other shore retains its natural character, which is unique in Europe and delights all visitors. There you will find sandy beaches, bike paths and excellent conditions for water sports.

 Almost half the area of the city is green. There are as many as 95 parks with Lazienki heading the list. In the summer, the famous Chopin Concerts take place in a unique outdoor setting, while in the historical interiors of the theatre founded by King Stanislaw August you can hear music by contemporary composers.

 Warsaw has a rich calendar of musical, cultural and sports events. Festivals, star concerts and outdoor exhibitions take place throughout the year. Interactive museums will help you understand the history of the city. The Warsaw Rising Museum is dedicated to the event that shaped the contemporary face of the capital. The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which received the prestigious title of European Museum of the Year 2016, shows the 1000-year-old Jewish presence in Warsaw, and at the same time is an excellent example of contemporary architecture.

 Warsaw will positively surprise you in many ways.


Akademia MDP

Akademia MDP is a group of creators and professionals from the film industry, who decided to share their passion with children from different backgrounds and instil in them faith in their abilities. The founder of the Academy is Robert Gajzler is a young filmmaker, cinematographer who uses his professional experience to organize film workshops for children from environments threatened with exclusion.

During the workshops, children can see the work of the director, actor, cinematographer or even a stuntman and then together with professionals they have a chance to make films and music videos together.


Cinema in Sneakers Film Festival For Kids and Youth is organised by Cinemania Foundation. We started off in 2013 with big hopes and enthusiasm that only crazy, uncontrollable film buffs have. The idea to create a film festival for kids was influenced by Janusz Korczak’s credo : “There are no children as such – only people; but people with different experiences, different drives and different reactions.” And these people have the right to watch a wide array of films: about varied cultures, problems, made with diverse styles, but made with respect to kids.

Everything started with THE NEED. Having worked in the film industry for over a decade, we noticed this big, gaping hole that exists in the Polish market of the cinematic productions for kids and youth. One that has grown over the years and one that our generation has luckily escaped. We were given films that helped us develop as people, characters that we could compare to; that mirrored our reality; films that were made for us and about us. We felt that the contemporary youth was being deprived of that.

From the very beginning we wanted to give the kids the room to roam, so we commenced the festival competitions with children and youth juries, where The Main Prize is “THE SNEAKERS”. We recruited teenagers to the Youth Programming Group who decide on the final selection to Youth Films Competition.

Besides the competitions, we also present films in the following sections: Childhood Enchantments – films that amazed our special guests when they were children; Focus on Docs; Icons of Pop Culture, where we celebrate famous film characters and analyze why they became pop-culture icons; Digital Poland for Kids – Polish reconstructed films made for children and Cinema in Sneakers - Naturally!

One of the Festival’s goals is to act as a forum, where experiences and knowledge in regards to a young person’s problems in the contemporary world can be exchanged. It highlights the importance of having the access to diverse cinematic titles targeting a given age group, and presents it as an invaluable part of the of a balanced and virtuous young person’s development.





Inhabitants: 632,020
Cinemas: 7

Wroclaw: Town Hall
Wroclaw: Odra river

Zapraszamy do Wroclawia!
Wroclaw is the capital city of Lower Silesia region, located on the Odra river.

It is the largest city in western Poland, famous for its bridges, parks, palaces, historical monuments, nightlife and even dwarfs which can be met all over the city. A good place to start exploring Wroclaw is the fourteenth-century market square with a magnificent Gothic Town Hall and Basilica of St. Elizabeth with its tower rising to 91.46 meters which makes it a marvelous vantage point. You will also be enchanted by the small streets and courtyards of Wroclaw old town with hundreds of fantastic cafes and restaurants. There are also lots of places where you can find excellent murals and examples on modern art presented on the city walls. In your spare time you can rent a bike and spent your time riding along Odra river and enjoying yourself in many parks. When you are tired of the city life you can always spend some time in Wroclaw Afrykarium, where you can admire wild animals form a very close distance and even touch some of them. So, be prepared to spend quality time in our city since there are lots of great things to see and discover.

Wroclaw: City Dwarf

Kino Nowe Horyzonty

Kino Nowe Horyzonty (New Horizons Cinema) - the art-house film lovers should be familiar with this theatre as the location of three largest Polish festivals: New Horizons International Film Festival, American Film Festival and The Kids Film Festival. The New Horizons also takes care of the young audience – the New Horizons of Film Education, a year-long project is implemented in over 40 Polish cities making it the greatest initiative in Poland dedicated to film education.

The New Horizons Association, headed by Roman Gutek, runs the theatre and controls all of its programming. Its nine theaters now feature art and auteur cinema as well as quality independent middle-of-the-road cinema. The cinema offers various film education projects, broadcasts from the legendary The Metropolitan Opera, cinematic reviews and festivals, encounters with film for children and senior citizens, exhibitions and concerts. Additional attractions include the cinema’s bistro with delicious food at reasonable prices, a poster gallery, and a bookstore with film literature and DVD films on sale.

The New Horizons Cinema program was a part of the Wroclaw European Capital of Culture - 2016.