On September 12-17, 2022, Gdynia will host a great celebration of Polish cinema, the 47th Polish Film Festival. The Festival programme comprises of: two competition sections (Main Competition, Short Film Competition), numerous non-competition sections, as well as accompanying events.
The red patio next to the building of Gdynia Film Center on Grunwaldzki Square will become the stage for a long list of activities addressed to the inhabitants of the Tri-City and tourists visiting Gdynia.
Gdynia has joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in November 2021.
Here, since 1987, the Polish Film Festival is held – an annual celebration of Polish cinematography and the most important competition of the City’s newest achievements.
It’s the place where Gdynia Film School, which educates film directors, is located. Short films by the graduates have won numerous prizes at the festivals both in Poland and abroad.
It’s the city in which Gdynia Film Centre was created – a local cultural institution focused around the art of cinematography and film education.
Film is one of the pillars of the municipal cultural policy. It is included in Gdynia Development Strategy 2030 and continuously supported by the City.
Film activities of non-governmental agencies and bodies in Gdynia are based on strong creative sector, which gathers creators, cultural animators and private companies.
Mainly, we want to broaden the access to the cultural offer, especially for marginalised groups.
We want an intense cross-sectoral cooperation and increasing synergies between activities.
We want to increase creative potential of the citizens by including them in the creation process of film activities in the coming years.
Film is one of the most active areas of the municipal cultural sphere, so in 2021 we decided to apply for admission to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the “City of Film” category.
Thanks to the membership in this elite organisation we will have a unique opportunity to establish contacts, share experience and partner up with other similar cities active in the field of film from all around the world.
This is an amazing chance for us to stimulate and integrate the local creative sector, as well as support it in the process of establishing international cooperation.
Cyber Film Centre
An Internet space for the citizens, teachers, students, tourists, as well professionals, which encompasses all activities of the film sector in Gdynia. This portal will also be a digital film repository, which will develop the idea of accessibility to film for all audiences, including the blind and visually-impaired. (goals 4, 9, 11, 17)
Gdynia Animation Centre
A new place on the map of Gdynia and a special way to promote Polish animation both in Poland and abroad. A unique offer for families with children, teachers, as well as lovers of the art of stop motion animation and puppetoon animation. In the GAC’s offer you will find permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as a large selection of activities for children and youth: learning stop motion animation, creating puppets for animated films, dubbing and musical activities.
The goal of the activities based on film education, cinema therapy, as well as creative workshops and themed walks is to improve the activity levels of the older generation. The project promoting the participation of seniors in culture is also an activity aimed at the popularisation of the idea of volunteering in cultural institutions. Educating the employees of film and cultural institutions located in the city can support broader activities conducted in this regard both in Poland and abroad. As a part of this project, a series of publications supporting the seniors’ access to culture will be held. (goals 3, 4, 10, 11)
Researching Film Sector
Understanding the mechanisms and rules of how film sectors function in the creative economy is an important aspect of the development of film market. The analysis of value and supply chains at all stages of film production will be exemplified by empirical data. This practice is also good for other UNESCO cities. It will help to realistically estimate the film sector’s influence on the city’s economy. (goals 8, 9,11 ,17)
Sustainable cultural events are one of our priorities. Thanks to the support of the member cities of UNESCO, especially Krakow and Idanha-a-Nova, Gdynia will apply good practice to the organisation of sustainable festivals. Studying the events’ CO2 emissions, water and waste management, and logistics will help to create a guideline for the organisers of cultural events – film events in particular. It will also be important to include youth in the process of education about the sustainable development. (goals 3, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17)
Residential cooperation of educational units
Studio visits and networking of students and youth between member cities of UNESCO is the most efficient way of professional development. Moreover, the exchange of staff, educators and lecturers is a chance to strengthen transitional cooperation between the cities. Gdynia Film School, as well as the Pomeranian Film Foundation in Gdynia, Dom Filmowy, KazStudio and the Experyment Science Centre have unique knowledge and competences, which will allow other UNESCO cities to gain experience in new areas. (goals 4, 11, 17)