Years running: 11 (since 2009)

Short Waves Festival

International short film festival.


The best Polish short films in Poland and Europe.

The most interesting foreign productions in Poznan.

The world of short film cinema in one festival.

The Short Waves Festival takes place every year in more than 30 Polish and some international cities, and focuses on the promotion of Polish short films, inviting the audience to vote for their favourites.


  • 1st International Competition Award – PLN 12 000 (around EUR 3 000)
  • 2nd International Competition Award – PLN 8 000 (around EUR 2 000)
  • 3rd International Competition Award – PLN 4 000 (around EUR 1 000)
  • The jury may also grant honourable mentions
  • International Competition Audience Award — PLN 4 000 (around EUR 1 000)


  • Film mustn't have been finished before Jan 01, 2017.
  • The form of the film and its topic are not subject to any regulations.
  • Films may be submitted to the Competition only by means of FilmFestivalLife

Documents and required items:

  • A completed entry form on FilmFestivalLife
  • A preview copy of the film with English subtitles
  • A dialogue lists in both the original language and in English that include time codes, in the SRT file (no hardcoded subtitles)
  • 3 stills from the film (300dpi)
  • The director’s picture (200dpi)

Subtitles: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Оrganized by AD ARTE Foundation for culture education, Poznań.




Official website



Short Waves Festival
Hawelanska 1
61-625 Poznań


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    June 14, 2018
  • Early Deadline
    September 14, 2018
  • Regular Deadline
    October 14, 2018
  • Notifications
    December 11, 2018
  • Event dates
    19 — 24 March 2019
Categories & Fees

All film genres such as fiction films, documentaries, animations, video clips as well as experimental forms. Maximum length of the film is 45 minutes.

  • Early Deadline — €3
  • Regular Deadline — €15
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