Usually the beginning of March means to me and the whole team of Ad Arte Foundation the last stretch of preparations for the Short Waves Festival, which for the last 11 years has been happening in spring. This year we invite the audience and industry in the middle of June, and that marks the new, exciting chapter opening up before the Foundation. To summarize: armed with experiences of 2020, we are planning to carry out a hybrid edition of the festival in June 2021 (14-20.06, Poznan & online). Our ideas were met with recognition of our funders: at the moment we have the financial support from regional, ministerial authorities and, to the team greatest enjoyment, we are the holders of application with the highest rating in the competition of City of Poznan which resulted in substantial increase of funding compared to the last few years! With the sense of great responsibility, we are working on the June edition, prepared for almost every pandemic scenario.
Meanwhile, our totally new project, that was implemented collectively with 3 other European festivals thanks to the support of MEDIA Programme – Creative Europe in Festival Networks priority, is starting on 1st of April. It’s a new online platform, THIS IS SHORT, which will be active for 3 months and is our answer to the need of better visibility for short cinema online. One access, four festivals, hundreds of high quality short films – I’ve talked more about the project in an extensive interview for Kultura PoznaŮ. I must say that we are full-on working on launching this portal since September and I’m very curious about the final result. Those of you who are up-to-date with my blog probably already figured out that it’s been a blast for me: I’m a huge fan of work based on exchange and international cooperation, so I was ecstatic with the news that our project received funding. We co-create it with really great festivals: the experimental film giant Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, energetic Go Short from the Netherlands and Vienna Shorts Ė the biggest Austrian festival promoting short cinema. I’m also happy that studio Uniforma based in Poznan is responsible for the visual communication. And I hope that after this year’s pilot version of the project we will spread our wings in the future Ė the European funding of film festivals from 2021 is going to take the form of financing only festival networks, leaving from the individual form of support.
Following the topic of changes: for the last few days the Short Waves Festival team was transporting boxes and after nearly a decade in Jezyce district we’re changing the address! From Monday, we invite you to the restored spaces of ZAMEK Culture Centre where our new office will be placed. The move was associated with a lot of cleaning and archiving work, as well as planning, packing etc. But it’s definitely a good change: ZAMEK Culture Centre is the city’s largest cultural center, where we can find the headquarters of two other festivals: Ale Kino! and OFF CINEMA. This is also the place where Kino Palacowe operates and you can find a lot of interesting people in the corridors. If it wasn’t for the pandemic, we probably wouldn’t have time to move Ė so, good for us!
And finally, one more good news: to my surprise I was awarded with the Medal of Young Art 2021 by Glos Wielkopolski newspaper. It’s been granted for almost 50 years to animators, artists and important culture makers in the Wielkopolska region. I want to thank very much for this award Ė it’s always a good motivation for further activities!