Short Waves Festival



Short Waves Festival is the international short film festival from Poznań, Poland which 12th edition will take place in August 2020.

Short Waves Festival is a network of film events scattered around the urban space of Poznan. Its core consists of competition screenings – a carefully put together selection of outstanding short films grouped into four categories: International Competition, Polish Competition, Dances with Camera and Urban View. Short Waves Festival is also themed screening selections such as Comedy Shorts and Girl Power, focus program and innovative audiovisual events.

The Festival program is diverse and includes not only narratives, documentaries and animations, but also video arts, music video and experimental forms.

Event date

18.08.2020 ⟶ 23.08.2020

International Competition is the most prestigious competition at the Festival for the best productions from all over the world, up to 30 min long. Topic, form and genre are not subjects of rules restrictions. The main goal of the Competition is to create a diverse program with a fresh perspective on contemporary cinema and original film language.

Polish Competition is dedicated only for short film produced in Poland. Topic, form and genre are not subjects of rules restrictions. The Competition aims at presenting a diverse panorama of the latest short films, created by Polish filmmakers and at
the same time open their way to international career by presenting them at the Festival.

Dances with Camera is an international competition for short films, whose common language is dance and body movement. To participate in the selection are welcome dance productions from all over the world, which expose endless possibilities of physical expression, embodied through film medium, regardless of form and genre – from drama, documentary, animation to experimental projects and choreographic impressions.

Urban View is an international competition for short films related to architecture, city planning and design understood as arts, as well as their social, cultural or economic aspects. A building, street, park or object cannot be just a part of scenery, the background to the story, but they must act as a key and the main character for the film. All film genres such as fiction films, documentaries, animations, video clips as well as experimental forms may be submitted.

Admin Address
Hawelanska 1,
61-625 Poznań,

Entry fee: $8-$20

Emilia Mazik

(Festival Director)

Emilia Mazik has a degree in Cultural Managment and in Philosophy both from Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Since 2014 is a project coordinator at Ad Arte Foundation of Cultural Education in Poznan, Poland. She has worked on multiple interdiciplinary projects including educational activities, film programming and international short film distribution. In 2019 she has become a Festival Director of Short Waves Festival, which 12th edition will take place in Poznan in March 2020.