Although we associate the summer holidays with the festival season, it is rather dominated by events dedicated to feature-length films. Intimate short stories are left waiting for their turn in the autumn. However, we have nothing to complain about, because Polish shorts will get some chances to win international awards even in July.

The beginning of the month belongs to European festivals. The first week will see the Bucharest Short Film Festival, which will feature Stagnant by Konrad Kultys. The day after the Romanian event concludes, Tabor Film Festival – International Short Film Festival – kicks off in Croatia. The program includes Crumbs of Life by Katarzyna Miechowicz.

Polish animated films will also be screened in… Poland. The first half of the month means one thing – ANIMATOR International Animated Film Festival in Poznań. The program includes, among others, A Brief History of Us by Etgar Keret, Impossible Figures and Other Stories I by Marta Pajek, 3geNARRATIONS by Paulina Ziółkowska, Sister by Katarzyna K. Pieróg, Fortress by Sławek Zalewski, We Are Not There Tomorrow by Olga Kłyszewicz, Slow Light by the Kijek/Adamski duo, Distance by Karolina Orłowska, The Bridge by Izumi Yoshida, or Crab by Piotr Chmielewski.

The short film Last Days of Summer by Klaudia Kęska will also be screened at the Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival.

The Inaugural Isiphethu International Student Film Festival will take place in South Africa in the second half of July. The program includes Andrea Guizar's animated film Toothless and Jakub Prysak's short fiction Headfish.

A complete list of festival screenings is available here.