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  • A Celebration of Yiddish Film and Klezmer Music

    A Celebration of Yiddish Film and Klezmer Music

    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 this Sunday, October 22nd from noon til 3pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Admission is free!

    These talkie films are some of the few pictures we have of Jewish life prior to the destruction of the towns where these films were shot. In a short 3 year period while working under the shadow of Nazism, Joseph Green produced and co-directed four feature films capturing Jewish life in Poland starring American actors.

    Klezmer can be considered instrumental Jewish folk music that played an integral part in the culture and celebrations of Eastern European Jewry. Some of the "traditional" instruments in the bands were clarinet, violin, flute, and accordion.

    Join us for a special presentation on Polish… [read more]


  • 3rd Annual Vodka Tasting to Kick Off the 25th Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival

    3rd Annual Vodka Tasting to Kick Off the 25th Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival

    A Polish poster art ‘pop-up’ gallery and vodka cocktails!

    Join us at the 3rd annual Vodka and a Drop of Art at the Polish Home on Capitol Hill — Thursday, October 19, 7-11pm — with a vodka tasting and special preview of this year’s Polish film festival. Explore the world of vintage film posters gathered from local private collections.

    You can purchase tickets and participate in vodka tasting locally-made Polandia Vodka. You’ll want to try our signature festival cocktail, and win prizes.

    There will be music, food, red carpet photos, vodka tasting, and your first chance to meet some of this year's filmmakers from Poland. You'll also be able to get a copy of this year's program, check out trailers to all the films, and buy your festival passes.

    Party starts at 7PM so come… [read more]


  • Want to see what’s coming to SPFF? Join us at this FREE event!

    Want to see what’s coming to SPFF? Join us at this FREE event!

    October 20-29th marks the 25th anniversary of the Seattle Polish Film Festival, one of the largest and longest-running celebrations of Polish cinema outside of Poland, and one of Seattle’s best niche film festivals.

    Help us celebrate this milestone at our 25th Anniversary Kick-Off Party, FREE to the public, happening Thursday October 5th starting at 7:30PM at Northwest Film Forum . Enjoy an evening of film and guest announcements, 2017 festival film trailers, a 25-year photo retrospective, all followed by a sneak-peek screening of a new festival film.

    There will be free hors d’oeuvres provided by Seattle Gdynia Sister City Association. Passes for SPFF 2017 (October 20–29) will also be available at an early-bird discount.

    Space is limited and the tickets are FREE so get them here! If you can't make it but still want to know what… [read more]


  • The 25th annual Seattle Polish Film Festival is coming soon!

    The 25th annual Seattle Polish Film Festival is coming soon!

    October 20-29, 2017 at SIFF Cinema Uptown, NWFF, and Polish Hall.

    Check out our schedule and visit our Facebook page for updates on events! Let us know if you're planning to come on our Facebook event. [read more]


  • “ON THE SILVER GLOBE” - THE SECOND LIFE OF A PROHIBITED MOVIE

    “ON THE SILVER GLOBE” - THE SECOND LIFE OF A PROHIBITED MOVIE

    “On the Silver Globe” is the most unique project of famous Polish director Andrzej Żuławski. Filming the movie, which was conducted with a huge flourish, was interrupted in 1977 by the authorities. 11 years later Żuławski finished his movie in Warsaw and Cracow, adding narration to explain missing scenes. Now the film has gotten its second life due to digital reconstruction. We are speaking about the movie, its filmmakers, and its restoration with Małgorzata Grzyb, who took care of color grading.

    Digital restoration of a 1977 movie is a huge undertaking. Could you tell us about your responsibilities in this project?

    My job was to adjust the colors, which in the case of this film was especially important. Andrzej Jaroszewicz (the cinematographer for this film) used a rather unconventional technique meant to give the viewer the feeling of being on a different planet. His… [read more]


  • “CALL ME MARIANNA” – AN INTERVIEW WITH CINEMATOGRAPHER KACPER CZUBAK

    “CALL ME MARIANNA” – AN INTERVIEW WITH CINEMATOGRAPHER KACPER CZUBAK

    A STORY ABOUT THE NEED FOR ACCEPTANCE

    “Call Me Marianna ” is an award-winning documentary. This story is told by a 40-year-old Polish woman, who finally decides to fight for her freedom. She must sue her parents in court, because this is the only way to legally change her gender. The film’s cinematographer, Kacper Czubak, agreed to talk to us about this important project. He tells us about Marianna, his work, and what it takes to make a good documentary

    “Call Me Marianna” won many movie festival awards, congratulations! How do you feel about your project’s success? Relief? Did you feel responsible for
    Marianna’s life and how her story might be perceived?


    Yes, that’s a very interesting question. We take great pride that this movie was enthusiastically received. The public response, particularly the audience
    awards, has… [read more]


  • The 24th annual Seattle Polish Film Festival has begun!

    The 24th annual Seattle Polish Film Festival has begun!

    October 12-23, 2016 at SIFF Cinema Uptown, NWFF, and Polish Hall.

    Check out our schedule and visit our Facebook page for updates on events!
    [read more]


  • Club OKO: Monthly Polish Film Screenings

    Club OKO: Monthly Polish Film Screenings

    Monthly screenings of Polish films at the Polish Cultural Center.
    Polish Cultural Center
    1714 18th Ave, Seattle
    Free admission.
    visit filmcluboko.blogspot.com for more info [read more]


  • 2015 Viewers Choice Award

    2015 Viewers Choice Award

    We have the pleasure to announce the 2015 Seattle Polish Film Festival Viewers Choice Award winner: Gods directed by Łukasz Palkowski. Congratulations to the winner and a big thank you for all your votes.

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  • It’s a wrap

    It’s a wrap

    Thank you to everyone who came out to the festival this year! It was our best year yet - old friends, new faces, amazing guests, sold out films, fun parties, and the best volunteers we could ever ask for! Please stay connected as we'll be promoting Polish films all year long - through our new film club OKO, SIFF, and in partnership with other Seattle venues and organizations. We hope to see you all soon! Till next time! [read more]


  • Panel Discussion

    Panel Discussion

    Panel discussion Young Cinema in Poland with our honored guests: Maciej Bochniak, Anna Próchniak, Adam Bobik and Jacek Bromski.

    Saturday, October 17, 4 p.m.
    SIFF Cinema Uptown [read more]


  • Closing Weekend Reception

    Closing Weekend Reception

    Ten MercerSame place and time as the Opening Weekend Reception, but with a whole new group of guests. Knife in the Water Quartet will be back, as will the food & drinks - it’s the last party of SPFF 2015!

    Saturday, October 17, 10 p.m.
    Ten Mercer
    10 Mercer St.
    Seattle, WA 98109 [read more]


  • Cocktails at Tin Lizzie Lounge

    Cocktails at Tin Lizzie Lounge

    Tin Lizzie LoungeFriday night, October 16, after the final screening, head over to the Tin Lizzie Lounge to rub shoulders with our honored guests and enjoy a special Polish cocktail made by Tin Lizzie bartenders just for SPFF!

    Tin Lizzie Lounge
    600 Queen Anne Ave N
    Seattle, Washington 98109
    [read more]


  • Vodka and a drop of art

    Vodka and a drop of art

    Vodka and a drop of artOn Thursday, October 8, 6-9 p.m. Seattle Polish Film Festival will host a special kick-off party, art exhibition, and vodka tasting at the Polish Hall. Vodka and a Drop of Art is a showcase of classic Polish poster art, with over 20 original pieces on display - as well as a live DJ, food, red carpet photos, vodka tasting, and your first chance to meet some of this year's filmmakers from Poland. You'll also be able to get a copy of this year's program, check out trailers to all the films, and buy your festival passes. Admission is FREE and the party starts at 6 p.m.. Come out, enjoy the art, the spirits, and help us kick off this year's film festival in style!
    When: October 8, 6-9 p.m.
    Where: Polish Hall, 1714 18th Ave, Seattle 98122
    Admission: FREE [read more]


  • 23rd SPFF to kick off with #1 Polish comedy

    23rd SPFF to kick off with #1 Polish comedy

    SeksmisjaWe're excited to announce the first film of this year's Seattle Polish Film Festival. In partnership with our friends at Northwest Film Forum we're presenting the #1 Polish comedy of all time - the sci-fi classic Sexmission (Seksmisja). And what's even better - this is a free screening! Join us to kick off the 23rd SPFF at Northwest Film Forum on Wednesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. for a happy hour with food and drinks, and Sexmission at 8 p.m.. The Seattle Polish Film Festival will be presenting over 20 features and a variety of shorts, indies, and documentaries. Our full list of films and guests will be announced shortly - make sure to like us on Facebook to get all the latest info. More is coming very soon! [read more]


  • 2015 Seattle Polish Film Festival poster

    2015 Seattle Polish Film Festival poster

    2015 official SPFF poster.We have the pleasure to present the official 2015 SPFF poster design by Jim Darski. [read more]


  • 2015 Film Festival

    2015 Film Festival

    The 23rd edition of the Seattle Polish Film Festival will take place October 8-18. We will update this page as information becomes available. Check out our 2015 film wish list. [read more]


  • 2014 Viewers Choice Award

    2014 Viewers Choice Award

    Viewers Choice Award We have the pleasure to announce the 2014 Seattle Polish Film Festival Viewers Choice Award winner: Life Feels Good directed by Maciej Pieprzyca. Congratulations to the winner and a big thank you for all your votes.

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  • 22nd Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival guests

    22nd Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival guests

    2014 SPFF guestsWe are excited to announce the 2014 SPFF guests. Legendary Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi; up-and-coming actor Marcin Włodarski; star of many of this year's films Julia Kijowska; winner of the 2014 Golden Space Needle Award: Best Actor at SIFF for his role in Life Feels Good Dawid Ogrodnik; talented Katarzyna Śmiechowicz and a debuting director and screenwriter Filip Dzierżawski. [read more]


  • Zanussi at Scarecrow Video and Film Forum

    Zanussi at Scarecrow Video and Film Forum

    Krzysztof ZanussiKrzysztof Zanussi festival appearances include: Q&A at Scarecrow Video on October 9 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and presentation of his 1972 film Illumination at Northwest Film Forum on October 9 at 7 p.m. [read more]


  • 2014 poster competition winner

    2014 poster competition winner

    2014 SPFF poster competition winner.Celeste Caliri wins the 2014 Seattle Polish Film Festival poster competition. Congratulations to Celeste! [read more]


  • Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

    Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

    Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema We are excited to announce a partnership with Northwest Film Forum in bringing to Seattle Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. A selection of 21 restored classic Polish films curated by Martin Scorsese.

    Eight critically acclaimed films, including Pharaoh, Mother Joan of Angels and Eroica will screen at Northwest Film Forum July 7-10. Additional classics of Polish cinema will be shown in the week before the 22nd Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival on October 6-9.

    Visit Northwest Film Forum website for details about the first selection of films and stay tuned for updates on the other films by signing up for our newsletter.

    Read about this unique project in this NPR story "Martin Scorsese Takes Poland's Communist-Era Art Films On The Road" [read more]


  • See You Next Year!

    See You Next Year!

    Another two weekends of Polish films are behind us. What a year it has been! 23 films, 9 guests and 2 receptions! Thank you for a successful festival. Stay in touch by signing up for our newsletter. [read more]


  • We have a tie!

    We have a tie!

    Viewers Choice Award We have the pleasure to announce the 2013 Seattle Polish Film Festival Viewers Choice Award winners: Imagine directed by Andrzej Jakimowski and Siberian Exile directed by Janusz Zaorski. Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you for all your votes.

    [read more]


  • Bigger! Better!

    Bigger! Better!

    Festival Guests Thank you all for a successful first festival weekend! Our second, closing weekend is even bigger with many distinguished guest, outstanding films and festival reception yet to come. On Friday, Oct. 18 at 10 PM festival supporters and festival pass holders are invited to Festival Reception at Ten Mercer. Saturday night, Oct. 19, we're showing Imagine which has received rave reviews. This weekend in attendance will be Andrzej Jakimowski, Bodo Kox, Paweł Małaszyński, Janusz Zaorski and other festival guest. Second weekend festival pass is only $30. Buy festival pass now! [read more]


  • Free Events: Polański Tribute

    Free Events: Polański Tribute

    Roman Polanski Tribute NightThis year's festival opens on Friday, Oct 11 with a FREE Roman Polański tribute night featuring the documentary Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, examining his troubled history; followed by the classic drama Knife in the Water, his remarkable directorial debut which won Polański worldwide acclaim, a place on the cover of Time Magazine, and his first Oscar nomination. [read more]


  • SPFF gives award

    SPFF gives award

    2012 Viewers Choice Award AcceptedDonata Rojewska of High Spot accepts the 2012 Viewers Choice Award on behalf of Mitja Okorn from Zbyszek Pietrzyk, SPFF managing director, during the 38 Gdynia Film Festival. Mitja Okorn won for his romantic comedy Letters to Santa at the 20th Seattle Polish Film Festival in 2012. [read more]


  • 2013 poster competition winner

    2013 poster competition winner

    2013 SPFF poster competition winner.For the second time Joanna Wroblewska wins the Seattle Polish Film Festival poster competition. Congratulations to Joanna! [read more]


  • 2012 Viewer’s Choice Award

    2012 Viewer’s Choice Award

    We have the pleasure to announce Letters To Santa by Mitja Okorn as the 2012 Viewer's Choice Award winner. [read more]


ABOUT SPFF

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.