The 26th Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival is coming this October

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Seattle Polish Film Festival (SPFF) is an annual event showcasing the best of Polish cinema since the early 1990s. The SPFF is produced and presented by the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association.

2017 Highlights


Volhynia Oct. 27

Despite being in love with a Ukrainian boy from the same village, Polish girl, Zosia, is forced to marry a wealthy widower. Soon World War II begins, and ethnic tensions arise. Amidst the chaos Zosia tries to survive.


Amok Oct. 28

Based on the true story of Krystian Bala, an ambitious novelist who becomes the central suspect of a police cold case after it's discovered his book "Amok" includes hidden details of a brutal murder identical to those of a man killed in Wroclaw years earlier.


The Reconciliation Oct. 29

A love triangle in early 1945, Poland. In the newly liberated areas, the Communist Security Service eliminates its enemies under the pretext of punishing "national traitors." It organizes a labor camp for Germans, Silesians and Poles at the site of a former Nazi concentration camp, named Zgoda (Reconciliation). Franek, who is in love with a Polish prisoner, Anna, joins the camp crew to rescue her. He doesn't know that one of the inmates is Erwin, his German friend, who, like himself, has also loved Anna for a long time.


The Last Family Oct. 29

The story of the Beksinski family. The father, Zdzislaw, a Polish surrealist painter famous for his eerie post-apocalyptic works; his suicidal son, Tomasz, a radio DJ and translator; and the mother, Zofia Beksinska, a devoted Catholic. As the parents try to prevent their son from hurting himself, their lives are defined by painting, a series of near-death experiences, funerals, and changing trends in dance music.


Opening Weekend Party Oct. 21

Join other Polish film festival goers at ten mercer for free hors d'oeuvres and drinks. There'll also be some sweet tunes by Borys Kossakowski. Admission is free to everyone with either an SPFF pass or tickets to any of this year's screenings.


A Celebration of Yiddish Film and Klezmer Music Oct. 22

Experience the Golden Age of Yiddish film with a special screening of a classic Yiddish talkie with a live musical performance by Klezmer Local #206!


70 Years of Polish Animation Oct. 26

The 70-year jubilee of Polish animation is an opportunity for celebration, and there is a lot to be proud about as it has been a well-known brand since the late fifties and sixties of the last century, the birth of what is known as the Polish school of animation, as evidenced by the two Oscars won – for "Tango" by Zbigniew Rybczyński in 1983 and for "Peter and the Wolf" by Suzie Templeton (a Polish-British co-production) a quarter of a century later.


Brother Karel Oct. 29

This is the story about Karel Kryl, the bard of two Czech revolutions – The Prague Spring in 1968 and The Velvet Revolution in 1989.


Bodo Oct. 24

What could be a better way of depicting a biography of a cabaret and movie star than a musical drama?


Unstoppables Oct. 28

Unstoppables The story of the Seahawks that play American football representing the Polish city Gdynia.


Autor Solaris + Layer Cake Oct. 28

Autor Solaris, a biographical documentary about Stanislaw Lem.

Layer Cake (Przekładaniec), Stanisław Lem's collaboration with Andrzej Wajda in transposing his own hilarious radio play to the screen.


Shorts & Independents Pt. 2 Oct. 25

We’ve selected some of the best films from the submissions we received from independent filmmakers and emerging artists both locally and internationally and have crafted two very special programs.


The Tenants + First Pole on Mars + Best Fireworks Ever Oct. 22

Three great shorts. One that'll scare you, one that'll inspire you, and one that'll captivate you.


Don’t Cry When I Am Gone + Exodus Oct. 22

Don't Cry When I'm Gone: The film is about Wanda Sieradzka, the author of many Polish pop hits. The film’s title comes from the popular song, performed by the Italian singer Marino Marini, who visited Poland in the 60s.
Exodus: A theatre company faces a highly contentious and politicized climate when they decide to stage a controversial play in the public square.


Shorts & Independents Pt. 1 Oct. 21

We’ve selected some of the best films from the submissions we received from independent filmmakers and emerging artists both locally and internationally and have crafted two very special programs.


Cursed Oct. 21

Set in the second half of the 1940’s, the film follows a small band of underground paramilitaries as they attempt to fight back against the Soviet-backed security ministry in post-war Poland.


Karbala Oct. 21

Karbala, Iraq, was the largest battle fought by Polish soldiers since the end of World War II.


Humble Servants Oct. 21

A young German girl jumps off a Wroclaw church tower. She is a member of a women's Gregorian Choir, which the community disapproves of. What connects the suicide of a German student, a German police officer's investigation, and a Vatican envoy arrival? To find an answer to this question, Ana Wittesch and Superintendent Warski will have to learn how to cooperate and trust each other. In the meantime another girl jumps off the Wroclaw church tower....


Convoy Oct. 22

A murder of a convict held in custody seems to be connected with dark and mysterious events from two years back. Can a crime justify a crime?


The Crystal Girl Oct. 22

The film follows a few people in their twenties experiencing young love – Adrian, Jacus, Wasyl, and Wiesia, the Crystal Girl.


Stars Oct. 28

"Stars" is the story of Jan Banaś - the famous Polish national team right-wing midfielder whose goal gave Poland the lead against England and helped them secure passage to the 1974 World Cup.


I, Olga Hepnarova Oct. 29

On July 10, 1973 20-year-old Olga Hepnarova deliberately drove a rented truck into a tram station in the center of Prague. Eight died and eleven were severely injured.


A Simple Story About Murder Oct. 29

Jacek is a young policeman who tries to protect his mother and brothers from their despotic father, also a policeman but with illegal business dealings. When the father is murdered, Jacek becomes the main suspect. While trying to prove his innocence, he discovers, to his horror, that he is becoming more and more like his father.


The Eccentrics: On the Sunny Side of the Street Oct. 20

The Eccentrics is an incredible story of a jazzman, Fabian, who comes back to Poland from England at the end of the 1950s. With a group of eccentric musicians he starts a swing big-band.


Loving Vincent Oct. 20

The world's first fully oil painted feature film, brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of history's most celebrated artists.

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The 2017 Viewers' Choice Award

We have the pleasure to announce the 2017 Seattle Spirit of Polish Cinema - Viewers' Choice Award winner: The Art of Loving directed by Maria Sadowska.

Congratulations to the winner and a big thank you for all your votes.

About the SPFF

Seattle Polish Film Festival (SPFF) is an annual event showcasing the best of Polish cinema since the early 1990’s. The SPFF is produced and presented by the non-profit Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association.

SPFF was started in 1992 by Polish community leaders Tom Podl and Dr. Michal Friedrich. Mr. Podl and Dr. Friedrich were inspired by other notable Polish Film festivals in the U.S. and in Poland. They wanted to share this special part of Polish culture with the greater Seattle community. SPFF is the second longest running Polish film festival in the United States. 2012 will mark its 20th anniversary.

From 2002 to 2005, local attorney Krys Koper directed the SPFF. Mr. Koper ushered in a new era of procuring high quality films and guests. Under his direction, SPFF presented such films as Revenge and When the Sun was God, as well as classics such as The Promised Land and Woman Alone.

From 2006, local patent attorney Greg Plichta directed SPFF. Under Mr. Plichta's leadership, the SPFF showcased critically acclaimed films alongside independent films, shorts, animations, and documentaries. During this time, the SPFF hosted a wide variety of guests and luminaries from Polish cinema. In 2010, Dr. Michal Friedrich returned to SPFF as the Artistic Director, with Greg Plichta as Managing Director.

As of 2011, former Solidarity activist and local film fanatic Zbigniew Pietrzyk has run SPFF, and in 2012 was joined by his son Michal, a television industry professional, as the Artistic Director. Since then, every edition of SPFF is scheduled to reach new heights in terms of film quality, diversity, and sophistication – in large part due to the generous support of its patrons, and the selfless contributions of its dedicated staff.


When you sponsor our cultural exhibition of Polish films your financial support helps cover the costs of film royalties, theater rental, airfare and accommodations for our guests, advertising, and printing. You can participate at different levels, all with added benefits! Review the options for Signature Sponsorship.