If you didn't see any Polish films at NZIFF

Posted Tuesday 16 Aug 2016

Don't despair! The Inaugural Polish Film Festival screens in Wellington for the first time from 30 September - 9 October 2016. (Go to www.wpff.nz for more details)

Taking place in downtown Wellington at the iconic Paramount, the Wellington Polish Film Festival is an exciting opportunity to enjoy a feast of Polish cinema.

WIFT member Wanda Lepionka, is the Festival Director and creative force behind the Festival said Polish cinema is making waves around the world and influencing the face of modern cinema.

"Polish film talent is featured consistently in competition at major film festivals and I'm delighted to bring to Wellington new works, features, shorts, animation and documentaries from Poland's emerging filmmakers, each with their own voices."

The focus isn't just on the new though. This year, 2016, is the 'Year of Krzysztof Kie?lowski', in honour of one of Poland's greatest and world renowned filmmakers whose work still resonates with film audiences 20 years after his death. "We will join Poland in celebrating the work of Kie?lowski, with a tribute, from his early shorts to his later award-winning works which have inspired generations of Polish filmmakers and others worldwide."

The Festival welcomes supporting partner, the Polish National Film and Theatre School in Lodz one of the world's oldest and most prestigious film schools. The school produces winners of Academy Awards and continuous festival prizes in Cannes, Berlin and Venice.

The Wellington Polish Film Festival  will be announcing the film programme shortly.

About Wanda Lepionka:

Wanda Lepionka is a New Zealander of Polish descent, and an independent filmmaker who co-owns CraftInc. Films Ltd (www.craftincfilms.com) in Wellington.

For more information, contact:

Wanda Lepionka

Festival Director


021 489087


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