Festival Poster Competition

The Polish Cultural Fund – Ann Arbor invites children to get involved in the Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival and sets in motion the first edition of the Film Festival Poster Competition.

The competition is open to all students of Polish schools in Michigan from ages 10 to 16. They are invited to create a poster which will be the key image for the 29th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival in 2022.
The winner will receive $200 cash prize.
Deadline for submission is February 28, 2022.

28th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival Summary

November 5 – 7 , 2021

This year we received 48 entries to our festival competition. We were able to offer viewing of the top selections virtually and in the Michigan Theater. Our feature presentations included 5 films.
After two years it was finally an opportunity to not only experience movies in a theater, but also meet with the community of Polish films enthusiasts and enjoy traditional Polish sweet treats.
A festival of this size is not possible without support of our Sponsors, Volunteers and Friends. Thanks to all of you for your ongoing annual support of the Festival.


27th AAPFF Retrospective

In spite of the challenges of the pandemic, the 27th AAPFF was held online from November 6th through 8th, 2020.
We welcomed two virtual guests, dir. Agnieszka Holland and dir. Kobas Laksa. The interviews with both of them were available for viewing during the Festival. Our feature presentations included 5 films.

The Festival organizers thank the viewers and sponsors for their continued participation and financial support.

The Polish Cultural Fund & The 27th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival Committee

Painting of Krystyna Dolata

27th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

November 6 – 8, 2020

As the 27th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival approaches, the Polish Cultural Fund – Ann Arbor and the Festival Organizing Committee are responding to the global pandemic challenge with creativity and speed. 
The 27th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival will take place online, in accordance with the current COVID-19 State of Michigan restrictions and the Michigan Theater safety guidelines.
See the AAPFF webpage for more information.

Society for Arts – spotkanie w Chicago

18 stycznia 2020 roku w galerii the Society for Arts w Chicago, przewodniczący PCF – Ann Arbor, Andrzej Dolata spotkał się z dyrektorem SA i organizatorem Polish Film Festival in America – Krzysztofem Kamyszewem. W czasie spotkania omówiono doświadczenia obu fundacji w propagowaniu sztuki i kultury polskiej, a w szczególności promowania polskiej kinematografii oraz ustalono warunki dalszej współpracy i koordynacji festiwali. Obaj przewodniczący zgodzili się na częstsze spotkania i wypracowanie strategicznych działań związanych ze współpracą z instytucjami filmowo-artystycznymi w Polsce.

Andrzej Dolata i Krzysztof Kamyszew


The 26th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

November 8 – 10

The Festival was held in November 8 – 10, in the Michigan Theater. In all 5 feature films, 5 documentaries, 6 short films and one full length animation were screened. 
The winners for the Documentary and Short Film Competition were Eric Bednarski for the film Warszawa: miasto podzielone/Warsaw: A City Divided and Stanisław Horodecki for the films Na strajk!/On Strike! and Na strajk!/On Strike.

2019 Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival. rrPhoto by Marcin Szczepanski
Michigan Theater

The 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival

My Friend the Polish Girl

March 30, 2019

Co-sponsoring the film My Friend the Polish Girl by Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek, Polish film directors from London. The film was screened during the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival at the Michigan Theater. The Festival is internationally recognized as a premier forum showcasing the most creative and unique films of today’s preeminent moving image artists who cross boundaries, defy expectations, and experiment with concepts and techniques.
From Cannes and Telluride nominee Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek comes a fiction film that takes the form of a first time filmmaker’s documentary. My Friend the Polish Girl borrows from cinema verite and video bloggers to create a rare naturalism in style and performance. The fiction film watches as an experimental documentary told through the eyes and lens of amateur filmmaker Katie, an American rich kid following Alicja, an erratic unemployed Polish actress. Set in a post-Brexit London, Katie’s colonising, disruptive presence in Alicja’s life mirrors the treatment of migrants in the UK: welcomed, used, then discarded. A raw, sexual, and visually brash film exploring the abusive power and control over someone’s intimacy.

"My Friend the Polish Girl" film still
Meeting with Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek


The Polish Spirit of Independence

December 7, 2018 – January 2, 2019

This year Poland is celebrating the centenary of regaining independence. To share our joy we present “The Spirit of Polish Independence”. We encourage Americans to see our exhibition to learn about Poland’s history and its connections with The United States. Learn about Kosciuszko and Pulaski, two Poles who were prominent figures in the fight for American independence. Discover the fascinating story of American pilots who defended Poland against the Bolsheviks in 1920, and later joined the Polish Army, together with its American and British allies, in the fight against Nazi Germany. Exhibition sponsors and organizers: Polish Cultural Fund – Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan Polish Student Association and Ann Arbor Polonia Association.

25th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

November 7 – 11, 2018

Filip Bajon (film director), Olga Bieniek (film producer), Sławomir Grünberg (film director), Kasia Dąbkowska-Kułacz (film director), Marlena Kreńska (film producer), Krzysztof Zanussi (film director)

Kasia Dąbkowska-Kułacz, Mateusz Gołębiewski, Pat Howl Kostyszyn

Rok spokojnego słońca / A Year of the Quiet Sun, dir. Krzysztof Zanussi
Cicha noc Silent Nightdir. Piotr Domalewski
Kler Clergy, dir. Wojciech Smarzowski
Kamerdyner / The Butler, dir. Filip Bajon
7 uczuć / 7 Feelings, dir. Marek Koterski
Tarapaty / Double Trouble, dir. Marta Karwowska
Miasto 44  / Warsaw ’44, dir. Jan Komasa

Ciche godziny / Quiet Hours, dir. Paul Szynol
Ostatni misjonarze / The Last Missionaries, dir. Simon Target
Tamtej nocy / Off the Hook, dir. Pat Howl Kostyszyn
Świtezianka / The Nixie, dir. Julia Bui Ngoc & Mai Bui Ngoc
Praca / Labour, dir. Mateusz Gołębiewski
Modus Operandi Modus Operandi, dir. Remigiusz Biernacki
Podróż Bogdana / Bogdan’s Journey, dir. Michał Jaskulski & Lawrence Loewinger
Universam Grochów / Universam Grochów, dir. Tomasz Knittel
Niebo bez gwiazd / A Sky without Stars, dir. Katarzyna Dąbkowska-Kułacz

Żubr Pompik / Bison Pompik, dir. Wiesław Zięba
Basia / Basia, dir. Łukasz Kacprowicz & Marcin Wasilewski 

Agata Dow
Krzysztof Zanussi & Ann Arbor Polonia at Gala Reception
25th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival 2018  Photo by Marcin Szczepanski
Katarzyna Dąbkowska-Kułacz

Polish History in Film Masterpieces

October – November, 2018

To celebrate the 100th years of Poland’s regained independence, the Polish Filmmakers Association presented a series of films with a historical theme. The films showed various historical periods, and offer insight into Polish history from the viewpoint of several generations, ranging from Andrzej Wajda to Jan Komasa. Polish Cultulat Fund – Ann Arbor is proud to host and co-sponsor the series Polish History in Film Masterpieces.

"Ashes and Diamonds" film still

Polish Bilingual Day

October 28, 2018

Co-sponsoring the Polish Bilingual Day organized by the Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools and Polish – American Congress at the American Polish Cultural Center of Troy. The event was addressed to all children of Polish descent and their families. The program included a theater workshop, folk art workshop, Polish – American Numismatic Society presentation, game room, performance Pchła Szachrajka by the group the Polish Theatre Institute from New York, party and disco for kids.


Polish Language Teachers Workshop

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures hosted the NAATPI workshop Teaching with Authentic Materials: Theoretical and Practical Classroom Implications. The workshop, organized by Ewa Pasek was attended by 27 language teachers from various universities and colleges. The workshop program addressed challenges language instructors face while incorporating authentic materials into their curricula. The participants also discussed the future of Polish language teaching and learning, and different modes of language instruction that technology offers.
The workshop was cosponsored by the Polish Cultural Fund, Copernicus Program in Polish Studies and U-M Language Resource Center.

NAATPI workshop participants

Duo Klavitarre Concert

Organized and financed Duo Klavitarre concert at Kerrytown Concert House. The concert was performed by Jolanta and Maciej Ziemski, who have been playing as Duo Klavitarre for twelve years. Both artists graduated with awards from the Music Academy in Łódź, Poland, and currently live in Bremen, Germany. 

Duo Klavitarre members, Jolanta and Maciej Ziemski.
Jolanta & Maciej Ziemski

24th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

Łukasz Nowak (film director)

Łukasz Nowak (Best Debut)
Łukasz Śródka (Best Documentary)

Wołyń / Volhynia, dir. Wojciech Smarzowski
Sztuka kochania / The Art of Loving, dir. Maria Sadowska
Po prostu przyjaźń / Simply Friendship, dir. Filip Zylber
Powidoki / Afterimage, dir. Andrzej Wajda
Za niebieskimi drzwiami / Behind the Blue Door, dir. Mariusz Palej

Mami Fatale / Mami Fatale, dir. Marcin Wasilewski
Przytul mnie / Hug me, dir. Mateusz Jarmulski

W absolutnej ciszy / In Absolute Silence, dir. Łukasz  Śródka
Zygmunt Hübner – gra z rzeczywistością / Zygmunt Hübner – Playing with Reality, dir. Edyta Wróblewska
Sen o Warszawie / Dreaming of Warsaw, dir. Mateusz Czuchnowski
Daniel / Daniel, dir. Anastazja Dąbrowska
Złe uczynki / Evil Deeds, dir. Piotr Domalewski
Kurs / The Ride, dir. Kacper Anuszewski
Drzewo i ja / The Tree and Me, dir. Łukasz Nowak
Jestem Tomek / I Am Tomek, dir. Paweł Son Ngo

Amy Olszewski & Rick Tylor
Małgorzata Kowalczyk, Iwona Wertenberger & Agata Dow
Festival Reception


The Theatre of Eighth Day

Co-hosted visit of Ewa Wójciak and The Theatre of Eighth Day. Wójciak gave a Copernicus Program in Polish Studies lecture Breaking Boundaries Before and After Censorship: A Personal Story of When and How You Should Say No.

Polish Cultural Fund members with the Theater of the Eight Day members.
Małgorzata Kowalczyk, Agata Dow & the Theatre members

Robert Biedroń

Co-hosted Robert Biedroń, mayor of Słupsk, Poland, a Polish LGTB activist. Biedron delivered a Copernicus Program in Polish Studies lecture Sexual minorities and Civil Rights in Poland.

Robert Biedron in front of iconic Diego Rivera mural in Detroit Institute of Arts
Robert Biedroń

23th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

Mitja Okorn (film director)

Kinga Dębska & Maria Konwicka (Best Documentary)

Ciało / Body, dir. Małgorzata Szumowska
Carte blanche / Carte blanche,  dir. Jacek Lusiński
Planeta singli / Planet Single, dir. Mitja Okorn
Zaćma / Blidness, dir. Ryszard Bugajski
11 minut / 11 Minutes, dir. Jerzy Skolimowski
Klub włóczykijów / Gadabouts club, dir. Tomasz Szafrański

Proszę słonia / Please elephant, dir. Witold Giersz

Ameryka / America, dir. Aleksandra Terpińska
Upadek Ikara / Fall of Icarus,  dir. Paweł Son Ngo
Lila / Lila, dir. Dominika Łapka
Niewidzialne / Invisible, dir. Zofia Pręgowska
To, czego chcę / What I want, dir. Damian Kocur
Aktorka / Actress, dir. Kinga Dębska, Maria Konwicka
Karski i władca ludzkości / Karski & the Lords of Humanity, dir. Sławomir Grünberg 

Mitja Okorn
Michigan Theater
2016 Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival  Photo by Marcin Szczepanski/Multimedia Director and Senior Producer, University of Michigan
Reception at Amadeus Restaurant


Tomasz Stańko

Co-hosted visit of prominent Polish jazz trumpeter and composer, Tomasz Stańko. Stańko performed at Hill Auditorium with his New Balladyna Quartet.
Stańko was strongly associated with free jazz and the avant-garde. He established a reputation as a leading figure not only in Polish jazz, but on the world stage as well, working with many notable musicians.

Myc Stanko Dolatam
Andrzej Myc, Tomasz Stańko, Andrzej Dolata

Bridging Urban America

Co-finansed the documentary film Bridging Urban America: the story of master Engineer, Ralph Modjeski by Barbara and Leonard Myszyński about a visionary engineer and America’s bridges.

Polish Cultural Fund members with Barbara Myszynski
Barbara Myszyńska & PCF members

Jacek Bojakowski

Organized and financed Dr. Jacek Bojakowski lecture Sight Resolution, Brain Intergration and Minature Portrait, czyli rozdzielczość wzroku, integracja mózgowa i miniatura portretowa and exhibition of Dr. Bojakowski minature portraits. The exhibition took place at local Amadeus restaurant.

Polish Cultural Fund members with Dr. Jacek Bojakowski
Jacek Bojakowski, Andrzej Dolata

22th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

Kinga Dębska (film director)

Tomasz Protokowicz, Simon Target

Żyć nie umierać / Life Must Go On, dir. Maciej Migas
Bogowie / Gods, dir. Łukasz Palkowski
ObywatelCitizen, dir. Jerzy Stuhr
Moje córki krowyThese Daughters of Mine, dir. Kinga Dębska
Fotograf / The Photographer, dir. Waldemar Krzystek
Gabriel / Gabriel, dir. Mikołaj Haremski

Pamiętnik Florki / Florka’s Diary 
Dwanaście miesięcy / Polish Fairy Tales: Twelve Months
Parauszek i przyjaciele / Mr. Parauszek and Friends
Krawiec Niteczka / Tailor Niteczka

Nasz Kasprowy / Our Kasprowy, dir. Janusz Julo Sus
Dawno temu na Śląsku / A Long Time Ago in Silesia, dir. Tomasz Protokowicz
Nóż w wozie / Knife in the Wife, dir. Vita Maria Drygas
Dotknięcie anioła / The Touch of an Angel, dir. Marek Tomasz Pawłowski
Radoslaw / Radoslaw, dir. Małgorzata Brama
Brzostek – historia pewnego powrotu / A Town Called Brzostek, dir. Simon Target

Kinga Dębska
Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival 2015  Photo by Marcin Szczepanski
Simon Target & Beata Zatorska
Michigan Theater


21th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

Marek Probosz (actor)

Sophia Turkiewicz

Jack Strong / Jack Strong, dir. Władysław Pasikowski
Bokser / Boxer
, dir. Tomasz Blachnicki
Kamienie na Szaniec / Stones for the
Rampart, dir. Robert Gliński
Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei / Walesa. Man of Hope
,  dir. Andrzej Wajda
Kochanie, chyba cię zabiłem / Honey, I Think I’ve Killed You, dir. Jakub Niescierow

Aram / Aram, dir. Krzysztof Talczewski
Arena / Arena, dir. Martin Rath
Niegdyś moja matka / Once My Mother, dir. Sophia Turkiewicz
Sen o Warszawie / Dream of Warsaw, dir. Krzysztof Magowski
Las cieni / The
Shadow Forest, dir. Andrzej Cichocki
Zabicie ciotki
/ Killing Auntie, dir. Mateusz Głowacki
Chapri / Chapri
, dir. Katarzyna Płazińska
Powroty Szymona / Shimon’s Returns, dir. Sławomir Grünberg, Katka Reszke

"Walesa. Man of Hope" film still
"Jack Strong" film still
"Boxer" film still

Katarzyna Płazińska

Promoted and subsidized Chapri film by Katarzyna Płazińska at the Szczecin European Festival. The author shows the hand-crafting of Muslim paper through simple cinematic means: “Light, shadow, and sound form an impressionistic portrait of an ephemeral act.” The craftswoman, Katharina Siedler, uses a technique that traces back to the 8th century. 

"Chapri" film still


Marcin Giżycki

Co-hosted and co-financed the visit of Marcin Giżycki and his presentation of the history of Polish animation at the 51th Ann Arbor Film Festival. Marcin Gizycki presented a survey of works beginning in 1957, the opening of what is generally considered the “Golden Age of Polish Animation” through the present day. 

The Exhibition: Operation AB – Katyń

The Exhibition: Operation AB – Katyń was a multi panel educational project that aimed to shed light on the cooperative efforts of Nazi Germany and the U.S.S.R. to systematically exterminate the elites of the Polish nation in WWII. Using never-before-seen photographs and avant-garde scholarship, the panels were an invitation to learn about the horrendous crimes against the Polish nation and to raise questions about accountability for actions. Those crimes perpetrated by the Soviet Union, described collectively as the Katyn Massacre, have never been prosecuted.The exhibition was free event, open to students, academic Scholars and Ann Arbor residents for two weeks.


20131001 University of Michigan Action AB - Katyn
Ann Arbor Polonia & Łukasz Kamiński

Karski & The Lords of Humanity

Sponsored Sławomir Grünberg’s film Karski & The Lords of Humanity
Emmy Award-winning Grünberg turns his lens on Jan Karski, one of the most courageous and least known underground Polish soldier from World War II. He infiltrated the Warsaw Ghetto, a Transit Camp, then carried his eyewitness reports of the atrocities to Britain and the United States to inform the Allied powers of Nazi crimes against the Jews in an effort to prevent the Holocaust.

20th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

Ryszard Bugajski (film director), 
Maria Mamona (actress), Bożena Garus-Hockuba (film director)

Sławomir G
rünberg, Adrian Pawica, Tomasz Wiśniewski

Podejrzani zakochani / Suspiciously in Love
dir. Sławomir Kryński
Sęp / Vulture, dir. Eugeniusz Korin
Miłość / Loving, dir. Sławomir Fabicki
W imię… / In the Name of…, dir. Małgorzata Szumowska
Układ zamknięty / The Closed Circuit, dir. Ryszard Bugajski

Czerwony guzik / The Red Button, dir. Ewa Pięta, Mirosław Grubek 
American Montage /American Montage, dir. Janek Ambros
Maestro Rodziński / Maestro Rodzinski, dir. Bożena Garus-Hockuba
Wyrzutki / Castaways, dir. Sławomir Gnberg, Tomasz Wiśniewski
Czwarty rozbiór / Fourth Partition, dir. Adrian Prawica
Santa Rosa /Santa Rosa, dir. Sławomir Grünberg
Ciemny gaj / Shady Grove, dir. Kastor Podgórski

uklad zamkniety
"The Closed Circuit" film still
Polish Cultural Fund members with Slawomir Grunberg
Andrzej Dolata, Andrzej Myc, Sławomir Grünberg


19th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

Steven Craig Oliver (film director)

Kordian Kądziela, Philip Lauri

80 milionów / 80 Million, dir. Waldemar Krzystek
Sponsoring / Elles, dir. Małgorzata Szumowska
Róża / Rose, dir. Wojtek Smarzowski
Wymyk / Courage, dir. Greg Zglinski
Supermarket / Supermarket, dir. Maciej Żak

Po fabryce / After the Factory, dir. Philip Lauri
Nie zupełnie biały / Not Quite White, dir. Jamil Khoury, Stephen Combs
Sztuka przetrwania / The Art of Survival, dir. Anna Ferens
Muka! / Boo!, dir. Kordian Kądziela

"Rose" film still
80 milionow
"80 Milion" film still

Agnieszka Holland

Co-sponsored Annual Copernicus Program in Polish Studies lecture given by acclaimed film director and screenwriter Agnieszka Holland. The lecture A Filmmaker’s Approach to Society’s Most Vexing Concerns was followed by a free screening of Oscar nominated movie In Darkness.

Photo from evening with Agnieszka Holland.
Meeting with Agnieszka Holland


18th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

Antoni Krauze (film director), Magdalena Łazarkiewicz (film director) 

Piotr Uzarowicz

Huśtawka / The Swing, dir. Tomasz Lewkowicz
Wygrany / The Winner, dir. Wiesław Saniewski
Czarny czwartek. Janek Wiśniewski padł / Black Thursday, dir. Antoni Krauze
Maraton tańca / Dance Marathon, dir. Magdalena Łazarkiewicz

Video niekontrolowane / Uncontrolled Video, dir. Anna Ferens
Powrót do Stołowic / Return to Stolowicze, dir. Marek Dojs
Żona oficera / The Officer’s Wife, dir. Piotr Uzarowicz
Planeta Krisana / Planet Kirsan, dir. Magdalena Pieta
Zobaczyłem zjednoczony naród / I Saw the Nation United, dir. Anna Ferens

"Black Thursday" film poster


17th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

Anna Ferens (film director), Agnieszka Wójtowicz-Vosloo (film director)

Bożena Garus-Hockuba 

Cudowne lato / Wonderful Summer, dir. Ryszard Brylski 
Różyczka / Little Rose, dir. Jan Kidawa-Błoński
Handlarz cudów / Miracle Seller, dir. Jarosław Szoda, Bolesław Pawica
After.Life / After.Life, dir. Agnieszka Wójtowicz-Vosloo

Warszawa do wzięcia / Warsaw Available, dir. Karolina Bielawska, Julia Ruszkiewicz
Co mogą martwi jeńcy / What Can Dead Prisoners Do,  dir. Anna Ferens
Mama / Mom, dir. Krzysztof Piotrowski
Odebrali mu miłość / They Took His Love Away, dir. Bożena Garus-Hockuba

"Little Rose" film still
"Little Rose" film still


16th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

Barbara Myszyński (film director & producer), Leonard Myszyński (photographer and film producer)

Jolanta Dylewska

Generał Nil / General Nil, dir. Ryszard Bugajski,
Rysa / Scratch, dir. Michał Rosa
Wojna polsko-ruska / Polish-Russian War, dir. Xawery Żuławski
Ile waży koń trojański? / How Much Does the Trojan Horse Weigh?, dir. Juliusz Machulski

Pistolet do wynajęcia / Gun for Hire,  dir. Piotr Zarębski
Po-Lin / Po-Lin, dir. Jolanta Dylewska
Coming Out po polsku / Coming Out in Poland, dir. Sławomir Grünberg
Modjeska – Woman Triumphant, dir. Barbara Myszyński

"General Nil" film poster

Wolna Grupa Bukowina

Supported concert by the Wolna Grupa Bukowina – a Polish music band singing poetry and ballads, touristic songs, folk and soft folk-rock, inspired by Bob Dylan and the other American folk-singers.

Wolna Grupa Bukowina


15th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

Bruce Checefsky (film director), Anna Ferens (film director), Krzysztof Kopczyński (film director), Ewa Stankiewicz (film director)

Anna Ferens & Ewa Stankiewicz
Krzysztof Kopczyński 

Korowód / Twists of Fate, dir. Jerzy Stuhr
Sztuczki / Tricks , dir. Andrzej Jakimowski
Futro / Fur, dir. Tomasz Drozdowicz
Lejdis / Lejdis, dir. Tomasz Konecki
Kobieta i koła / A Woman and Circles, dir. Bruce Checefsky

Pierwszy dzień / The First Day, dir. Marcin Sauter
Kamienna cisza / Stone Silence, dir. Krzysztof Kopczyński
Trzech kumpli / Three Buddies, dir. Ewa Stankiewicz, Anna Ferens

Anna Ferens, Ewa Stankiewicz
Anna Ferens & Ewa Stankiewicz
Reception at Amadeus Restaurant

Modjeska – Woman Triumphant

Supported documentary film by Barbara Myszyńska and Leonard Myszyński Modrzejewska – Triumf kobiety /Modjeska – Women Triumphant about the life and passions of Polish actress Helena Modjeska in nineteenth century America.

Helena Modjeska