The Lodz Film School is housed in the former residence of Lodz factory owner Oskar Kon. The school’s history dates back to the 1940s, when Wyższe Studium Filmowe [Higher Film School] was established at Instytut Filmowy [Film Institute], which was founded in 1947, and merged in subsequent years with the Film Department of Wyższa Szkoła Sztuk Plastycznych [State Higher School of Fine Arts] (later Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Władysława Strzemińskiego [the Władysław Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts]) and Wyższa Szkoła Aktorska im. Leona Schillera [the Leon Schiller Higher School of Acting].

The Lodz Film School is a now legendary university that has educated many outstanding filmmakers over the decades of its operation: directors, cinematographers, animators, photographers, screenwriters, editors, film and television production managers and actors. Several of them can boast the most important award of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is the Oscar: in 1983 it was won by Zbigniew Rybczyński for the film “Tango”, made at Studio Małych Form Filmowych “Se-Ma-For” in Lodz [“Se-Ma-For” animation Studio]; in 2000 it was awarded to Andrzej Wajda for lifetime achievement, while in 2003 the Oscar was awarded to Roman Polański for the film “The Pianist” (Polish title: “Pianista”) in the category “best director”.

We should not forget the entire list of filmmakers associated with the Film School who received nominations for the golden statuette.