Łódź Film School
“Filmówka” - the Łódź Film School.
Known all over the world, one of the oldest higher education film schools in the world, is a mother of a splendid ensemble of film directors, cinematographers and actors who are an integral part of the history of Polish and world cinematography.
Amongst graduates are winners of prestigious film awards: Andrzej Wajda, Zbigniew Rybczyński, Roman Polański or Krzysztof Kieślowski, cameramen: Paweł Edelman, Krzysztof Ptak, Witold Sobociński as well as artists of young generation: Wojciech Smarzowski, Piotr Trzaskalski, Xawery Żuławski, Małgorzata Szumowska or Jan Komasa.
The Łódź Film School’s graduates also come from several generations of superb film and theatre actors: Janusz Gajos, Bronisław Wrocławski, Jan Machulski, Barbara Brylska, Barbara Barańska, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Cezary Pazura, Wojciech Malajkat, Edyta Olszówka or Gabriela Muskała.
ul. Targowa 61/63
The National Centre for Film Culture
An exceptional place for all those interested in the world of film and audiovisual culture. Engrossing storytelling about the realization of dreams about the moving picture in an unusual space of revitalized heat and power plant EC1-East, in the heart of the New Centre of Łódź.
By 2019 three exhibitions benefiting from up-to-date exhibition forms will have been created here: “Matter of cinema” - an interactive travel through successive stages of film-making; “Mechanical eye” - a multimedia travel in time from the era of digital cinema, to the epoch of film reels and analogue projectors, to the beginnings of cinematography; “Kino Polonia” - a full of panache story about the film culture history on Polish lands from the first screening to contemporary times.
Didactic paths will be supplemented by a spectrum of educational activities: meetings with people of cinema, film screening and workshops for all age groups. Here there will also be a 3-room cinema and ultramodern library with a multimedia workshop enabling access to digital resources of Polish and world cinema.
The Film Museum
The museum located in a historic palace and coach house of manufacturer Karl Scheibler has a rich collection of antiques from the field of technology, art and film culture.
Its exhibits include equipment from the epoch preceding film - magic lanterns from the turn of the century, mutoscope or Kaiser-Panorama from August Fuhrman’s workshop; a collection of photographic cameras and film cameras; a collection of cine projectors; over a dozen thousand Polish and foreign film posters; stills, a collection of scenarios and shooting scripts as well as scenographic projects for feature and animated films.
The museum has its own film library and cinema auditorium in which, for example, the Media Festival “Man in Danger” is organized.
Plac Zwycięstwa 1
Se-ma-for Museum of Animation
This is one of few places in the world where for 70 years animated films for children and adults have been made and where the stop motion technique has still been used, recording motion frame by frame.
Se-ma-for is a mother of “The Adventures of Teddy Drop-Ear”, Oscar-winning “Peter and Wolf” or “Flapper and Friends”, known to generations of kindergartners all over the world. Also here in 1980 “Tango” by Zbigniew Rybczyński was shot, which two years later won Oscar, the first in the history of Polish cinema for the best animated short film.
An exceptional Animation Museum operating for several years under the label of Se-ma-for, presents a unique display of puppets and fragments of set-design from the stop-motion productions, and offers workshops and events
ul. Sienkiewicza 100
The Fairy-Tale Tourist Route
Teddy Drop-Ear, Filemon Cat, Pik-Pok Penguin, Ferdinand the Great, Plastuś - extraordinary characters of books, series for children and films are integral parts of children’s reminiscences from several generations of viewers. You can meet them all in Łódź - since 2009 in the city the family Fairy-Tale Tourist Route has been under way, comprising small nice sculptures of bronze.
The Łódź Film Centre
(former Feature Film Studio)
Here the first post-war feature film “Forbidden Songs” and the first colour film “Adventure in Marienstadt” as well as the greatest masterpieces of Polish film art were created: “Kanal” and “The Promised Land” by Andrzej Wajda, “The Deluge” by Jerzy Hoffman, “Knife in the Water” by Roman Polański, “Mother Joan of the Angels” by Jerzy Kawalerowicz or “Blind Chance” by Krzysztof Kieślowski. The Feature Film Studio in Łódź was the largest film studio in Poland and birthplace of Polish cinematography after the World War II. In the 1990s it was transformed into the Łódź Film Centre which specializes in film production service.
Currently it has a collection of more than 150 thousand costumes, 50 thousand props as well as the largest store of fire-arms in Poland. On the premises of the former Feature Film Studio operate: TOYA Studios, dealing with sound post-production, popular Wytwórnia Club, Opus Film - producer of films (including the Oscar-winning “Ida”) and advertisements, and a branch of the National Film Archive.
Obywatelska 102/104, bud. C kl II
The Educational Film Studio
It has been operating continuously since 1949. Its output includes 5 thousand films made by several generations of artists. Films produced here have won over 1200 awards at domestic and foreign movie festivals.
Outstanding authors from Polish film industry started their careers here too: Wojciech Jerzy Has, Janusz Nasfeter, Krzysztof Zanussi, Zbigniew Rybczyński, Krzysztof Ptak or Juliusz Machulski. Music to films made at the Educational Film Studio was composed by: Krzysztof Komeda, Krzysztof Penderecki and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.
The Educational Film Studio also organizes the International Włodzimierz Puchalski Nature Film Festival.