About

Ars Independent Festival 2018 will be the 8th multimedia festival of film, animation, video games and music videos. The upcoming edition will take place in Katowice, between the 25th and 30th of September 2018.

IDEA

The event explores what is fascinating in today’s young, debuting audio-visual culture. Every year, the festival searches for its Black Horses in four international competitions. The Black Horse of Film (feature films from all over the world) and the Black Horse of Animation (short features) present the cinematographic debuts by directors from the entire world, often as their Polish premieres. The Black Horse of Video Games and the Black Horse of Music Video are devoted to new games and music videos.

Additionally, every year festivalgoers are treated to: screenings of films, animations and music videos, video game exhibitions, virtual reality and new technologies, discussion panels and Q&As with artists, concerts and musical afterparties.

In previous years, the festival hosted a variety of artists from all over the world, including Béla Tarr, Nina Menkes, Phil Mulloy, Laila Pakalnina, Bruce LaBruce, Tami Tamaki, Stephen „M.O.O.N.” Gilarde, Jakuba Dvorský, Mariola Brillowska, Piotr Dumała, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Bodo Kox, Łukasz Barczyk, Sos Sosowski and Wiktor Stribog.

The event is organized by the culture institution Katowice the City of Gardens and the City of Katowice.

KATOWICE CITY OF GARDENS

Katowice City of Gardens was created on the 1st of February 2016 due to a merger of the Cultural Institution Katowice – City of Gardens and the Krystyna Bochenek Cultural Center in Katowice.

Its statute responsibilities among others involve cultural, publishing and educational activity as well as organising artistic events. The latter includes international festivals such as Katowice JazzArt Festival, Gardens of Sounds, Katowice Street Art Festival, Interpretacje Festival of Theathre Directorial Art and Ars Independent Festival.

Additionally, Katowice City of Gardens is responsible for the Microgrants programme, which focuses on supporting artistic project of the non-governmental organisations and various enterprises involving education and cultural animation, such as Medialab Katowice, Katowice Bureau of Sound and “Plac na glanc” – a Silesian backyards’ revitalisation initiative.

In December 2015 Katowice became UNESCO City of Music as a part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Since then, the key task of the institution is to follow the UNESCO programme.

CITY OF KATOWICE

Katowice is a city full of surprises for everyone who has not visited Silesia in a while. Forget about coal – this remarkable city welcomes us with contemporary architecture blending into secession, modernism and brutalism, alternative culture in post-industrial buildings, green parks and the extraodinary hospitality of its citizens, stretching from Nikiszowiec and Murcki to Ligota and the Tauzen.

Before our eyes, the city is dynamically changing its character and image – transforming from Poland’s industrial centre into the cultural heart of the 1,5 million agglomeration. Here, culture is joined with the academic and business pillars of the region. On one hand, the city is full of large investments – the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the International Congress Centre, the Silesian Museum, .KTW – and giant events – OFF Festival, Tauron Nowa Muzyka, Rawa Blues, Intel Extreme Masters. On the other: the vivid, youthful energy of its citizens, pulsating daily through its streets.

KATOWICE CITY OF GARDENS CREW

Director
Piotr Zaczkowski

Deputy Director
Tamara Kamińska

Programme Department Management
Martyna Markowska

with teams

ARS INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL CREW

Festival Director
Przemek Mateusz Sołtysik
przemek@arsindependent.pl
+48 607 612 840

Spokesperson & Communication
Bartek Sołtysik
media@arsindependent.pl
+48 607 884 535

Production & Finance
Matylda Badera
matylda@arsindependent.pl

Animation Curator
Natalia Kaniak
natalia@arsindependent.pl

Video Games Curator
Jacek Wandzel
jacek@arsindependent.pl

Music Videos Curator
Maciej Gryzełko
maciej@arsindependent.pl

Senior Programmer
Sławomir Kruk
slawek.kruk@arsindependent.pl

Programmers
Hanna Baron
Patryk Chromik
Piotr Gacek
Maciej Gryzełko
Natalia Kaniak
Zuzanna Maciejak
Martyna Markowska
Patrycja Mucha
Bartek Staniecko
Jacek Wandzel
Marcin Wilczyński

Editors
Karol Kućmierz
Agnieszka Skrzelowska
Sebastian Smoliński
Natalia Gruenpeter
Karolina Kostyra

Special Quests Team
Aneta Dereszewska
Marta Klon
Sebastian Łąkas
Monika Nowak
Gabriela Palicka
Kaja Pinkawa

VR Music Videos & Interaction Zone
Maciej Gryzełko
Anna Kaczkowska
Marcin Thomann

Visual Identification
Anna Kasza
Rafał Włodarek

Sound Identification
Maciej Wojcieszkiewicz, Stendek

Logo and Visual Identification System
Marta Gawin, portfolio
Jakub Swat

Photos
Piotr Gacek
Michał Jędrzejowski
Natalia Kaniak
Arkadiusz Ławrywianiec
Gosia Szarada

Translation
Jacek Wandzel

Proofreading
Emilia Makówka

Consecutive Translation
Emilia Makówka

Subtitles Translation and Proofreading
Patryk Chromik
Natalia Kaniak

System of Electronic Subtitles
Maciej Gryzełko, Montażowania Katowice

International Transport of Films
Zuzanna Maciejak

Coordination of Voluntary
Matylda Badera
Aleksander Moś

Website
Maciej Socha, Inco Web
Bartek Sołtysik

Cinema Operators
Rafał Głubisz
Ryszard Hebda
Paweł Kieca
Maciej Pirga
Piotr Rajman
Marek Skrzelowski
Marcin Thomann
Paweł Trzepizur
Bogdan Wawoczny

Acoustics & Sound Systems
Michał Paduch

PODZIĘKOWANIA

Damian Włosek
Mohammad Atebbai (Iranian Independents)
Eliška Děcká
Marek Dudzik (Transatlantyk Festival)
Tomasz Banasik (Animowany.pl)
Bartłomiej Belc (Kinguin)
Mariusz Borkowski (GameMusic.pl)
Szymon Bryła (Artifex Mundi)
Bolesław Cader (TVP 3 Katowice)
Magdalena Cielecka (Artifex Mundi)
Krzysztof Chwałowski (Muzeum Historii Komputerów i Informatyki)
Antoni Cygan (ASP Katowice)
Mateusz Czerwiński (Ustatkowany Gracz)
Magdalena Dropek (Queer.pl)
Adam Flamma (Polskie Gry Wideo)
Frank Futerro (FrankFuterro.pl)
Adam Ginel (Ustatkowany Gracz)
Jacek Gołębiowski (Artifex Mundi)
Magdalena Gościniak (Instytucja Filmowa Silesia Film)
Monika Góral (Czwórka)
Łukasz Harat
Anita Harężlak (Sleepless Clinic)
Rysiek, Iwona i Wojtuś Hebda (Kino Światowid)
Anna Hubiszta (MKiDN)
Marie Jager (Archives Jean Painlevé)
Daniel Jankowski (Aktivist)
Kamil Jasieński (Czwórka)
Patrycja Jasińska (Se Točí)
Wonjoo Jung (kiafa.org)
Andrzej Kłodnicki (Ultramaryna)
Krzysztof Kupka (Tri-Pion)
Robert Łapiński (Pixel)
Marzena Łukaszczyk (Alsen)
Magdalena Mleczko (Antyradio, Zet Chilli)
Daniel Muc (Imago PR)
Andrea Möller
Katarzyna Orman-Kielczyk (PISF)
Aneta Ozorek
Magdalena Palupska (ASP Katowice)
Dorota Pastewka (Gazeta Wyborcza)
Adam Pazera (Kino Światowid)
Bożena Perska (Kino Kosmos)
Dagmara Piasecka
Katarzyna Pryc (Kinoteatr Rialto)
Katarzyna Pudlowska (.KTW)
Anna Rola (Babski Gaming)
Marta Rosół (Reflektor)
Marcin Sarna (5Kilo Kultury)
Rafał Skrzeczkowski (LemonGrass)
Samuel Staniurski
Ola Starmach (Kino Pod Baranami, Kraków)
Anna Szrama (Instytucja Filmowa Silesia Film)
Rafał Szymański (Need IT)
Patryk Tomiczek (Instytucja Filmowa Silesia Film)
Andrzej Tuziak (Kino Kosmos)
Artur Wiśniewski (VRHunters.pl)
Jakub Wójcik (1ndie World, Indie Games Polska, Fat Dog Games)
Anna Zawalska
Marek Zieliński (Ars Cameralis)

and many others