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Short Waves Festival

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March 19th, 2019 to March 24th, 2019

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Short, concise, diverse. Short Waves Festival is an international short film festival from Poznań, Poland, which celebrates its 11th edition between 19th and 24th of March 2019.

Every year six festival days include screenings of 300 short films from all around the world for a total audience of about 7000 film enthusiasts. The programme consists of competition screenings divided into three categories: International Competition, Polish Competition and Dances with Camera – unique dance film competition as well as non-competition programme, educational and industry activities, filmmakers talks and many others. Every year the festival has a country in focus and multiple theme programmes presenting emerging film talents from different regions. Also, Short Waves Festival sets new trends in event-cinema field, creating site-specific film installations in unexpected locations or organizing exciting special events such as Random Home Cinema in private apartments. Festival events take place in various locations across Poznań: art house cinemas, clubs and cultural centers.


International Competition is main competition at the Festival for the best productions from all over the world, up to 45 min long. Topic, form and genre are not subjects of rules restrictions.  The main goal of the Competition is to create a diverse programme with a fresh perspective on contemporary cinema and original film language.

Polish Competition is dedicated only for short film produced in Poland, up to 45 min long. Topic, form and genre are not subjects of rules restrictions. The Competition aims at presenting a diverse panorama of the latest short films, created by Polish filmmakers and at the same time open their way to international career by presenting them at the Festival.

Dances with Camera is an international competition for short films, whose common language is dance and body movement. To participate in the selection are welcome dance productions from all over the world, which expose endless possibilities of physical expression, embodied through film medium, regardless of form and genre – from drama, documentary, animation to experimental projects and choreographic impressions.

The winners will be chosen by an international jury, which will award three prizes in every competition. The audience gathered at the competition screenings will decide about Audience Award. Total prize pool is 12 000 EUR.


Fudnacja Ad Arte
Hawelanska 1
61-625 Poznan, Poland


Live-action shorts
Animated shorts
Documentary shorts
Experimental shorts
Music videos
Live performances
Lectures, seminars, masterclasses, ...


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