The 10th issue of “Focus on Poland” is already available online! Inside, you will find everything you want to know about what has been going on in the world of Polish documentaries, shorts, and animated films in recent months.

“Focus on Poland” is a magazine published in English by the Krakow Film Foundation as part of the Polish Docs, Polish Shorts, and Polish Animations projects. Its aim is to present the most compelling creators, topics, and trends in Polish documentary films, animations, and shorts. Any other year, the magazine would travel around the world and be available to industry insiders and public at major international film festivals and events. This time, due to the pandemic, it is only available online.

The latest issue features interviews with filmmakers, film reviews, information about on-going projects and recent international premieres, as well as catalogues of films released in 2020.We also encourage you to take a look at our new section – “Focus on Poland Talks”, where you can watch short interviews with directors of animated and documentary films.

"Focus on Poland" is supported by the Polish Film Institute. You can read and download a new issue here

Short films – our recommendations:

>>> Katarzyna Wilk’s article about making films during the pandemic on the example of “Plague Chronicles. Web series”, created by Tomek Śliwiński and Magda Hueckel, and the HBO series “At Home”, which included short forms directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, Małgorzata Szumowska, Krzysztof Garbaczewski, Krzysztof Skonieczny, Mariusz Treliński, Paweł Łoziński, Jacek Borcuch, and others.

"We see various versions – more or less funny, more or less personal – of recorded images symbolising the emptiness, loneliness, isolation, distance, and longing, which we have all experienced, and which in the eyes of the creators took the form of a thriller, an observational documentary, psychological drama, video‑journal, or a film essay." (excerpt)

>>>  Dagmara Romanowska’s piece on the difficult and controversial topics tackled by young filmmakers as well as short interviews with Olga Bołądź, director of “Alice and the Frog” and Tadeusz Łysiak, director of “The Dress”.

"Maria committed suicide but remains in her living body for several days and searches for the causes of her own death. Julka dreams of being close to another human being, but her physical difference constitutes a barrier. A stop‑motion tape player falls into a compulsive loop. Will it be able to reject the destructive code passed down from generation to generation?" (excerpt)

>>> Reviews and catalogue of the latest Polish short films.