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’Wspieram’ Foundation is the organizer of the ‘Vistula’ Polish Film Festival, whose principal goal is to present the most outstanding Polish films (feature productions, documentaries and animations) to foreign audience. The tradition of the festival dates back to 2008. The main edition of the ‘Vistula’ festival takes place in Moscow, Russia, followed by the screenings of selected films in several Russian cities, including Yekaterinburg, Veliky Novgorod, Irkutsk, Kaliningrad, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Petrozavodsk, Kazan, Orenburg, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, Tver. We have been the organizer of the ‘Vistula’ Polish Film Festival for 14 years in numerous countries including Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan and Belarus. Each year we try to expand the boundaries of the project by presenting Polish cinematography in other countries. The festival was held for the first time in South Korea in 2020, and the first edition of the ‘Vistula’ festival was held in Bangladesh and Albania in 2021.

Owing to years of cooperation with the Polish Film Institute, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ‘Vistula’ Festival is one of the largest film festivals in the world, promoting Polish culture in several countries over the course of 9 months each year. This regular event is recognizable and appreciated by viewers, media environment and cultural institutions, it has been successfully cooperating with for years. The festival aims not only to create an opportunity for the Poles living abroad to experience Polish culture, but also to present foreigners the best Polish films, which unfortunately, despite their undeniable artistic value, are not widely distributed in local cinemas. In many places, the ‘Vistula’ festival is the only cultural venture that promotes Polish culture, which makes it unique, long-awaited event, enjoying great interest.

The festival programme includes the best Polish productions of the recent years, which have already gained recognition both among domestic and foreign audience. The silver screen brings viewers closer not only to great artworks, but also Poland itself - the rich landscape of the country and the panorama of its people. In films, as in a kaleidoscope, we experience both funny and bitter, electrifying and terrifying, mystical and historical, sarcastic and non-ironical stories, sometimes full of success or painful failure. We will present the viewers great debuts as well as the latest works by the artists who have already gathered an impressive collection of film awards. The common denominator for all the films screened at the ‘Vistula’ Festival are real emotions, distinctive characters and deep reflections after the show. Screenings are also accompanied by numerous cultural events, including concerts, workshops, debates, exhibitions as well as meetings with artists.

Further details at www.festiwalwisla.pl