Application deadline: 31.08.2019

POLIN Museum Film Call

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There are over 9 million descendants of Polish Jews in the world. What is their connection to the land of their forefathers? The POLIN Museum Film Call invites filmmakers to answer this question in creative ways.

The fourteen winning films will be featured in the epilogue to POLIN Museums multimedia narrative exhibition, which is dedicated to the thousand-year history of Polish Jews.

The story is everything

Short films, up to 5 minutes in length, should explore how contemporary Jewish communities living today in South America, North America, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Israel, Poland, and South Africa relate to the legacy of Polish Jews through stories of individuals, families, organizations, communities, events, or objects that connect these communities to the places where their families once lived.

Entering the POLIN Museum Film Call

Films may be based on interviews, documentary footage, archival materials, home movies, animation, and video art, among others.

Filmmakers who are members of the communities whose stories they tell are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must have realized at least three films over the past six years (since 2013).

Selection of the winners will be based on artistic quality and, how effectively the film captures the connections of a Jewish community in a given region to the legacy of Polish Jews.

Application deadline: 31 August 2019 

Application form >>

Rules of the film competition >>

In case of doubt the Polish version of documents is valid.

International jury (click here to read the bios):

  • Chair: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Chief Curator of POLIN Museum’s core exhibition
  • Deputy Chair: Joanna Fikus, Head of POLIN Museum’s Exhibitions Department
  • Secretary: Katarzyna Tomczak-Wysocka, Production Curator, POLIN Museum
  • Eric Bednarski, Writer and director
  • Jakub Duszyński, Gutek Film
  • Rebecca Guber, Founder and director of Asylum Arts
  • Natalia Paszkowska, Architect/ WWAA Studio
  • Aviva Weintraub, Director of the New York Jewish Film Festival and Associate Curator, The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, Documentary filmmaker, Lodz Film School


Each of the fourteen finalist will receive up to 56,000 PLN (ca 15,000 USD) to produce one short film. The value of each prize shall depend on the submitted competition offer which should include a preliminary budget.   

Announcement of the winners

October 2019.

The winning shorts will be the basis for an epilogue to POLIN Museum’s multimedia core exhibition, which is dedicated to the thousand-year history of Polish Jews. Since POLIN Museum opened in 2013, more than 3 million visitors from across the globe have passed through its doors. In 2016, POLIN Museum won the European Museum of the Year Award and the European Museum Academy Prize. POLIN Museum is dedicated to fostering dialogue in the spirit of mutual understanding and respect.


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