What do you get after mixing shining stars of the independent cinema, the Irish Film Bord, Huston School of Film & Digital Media, BFCE Irish School of Animation and the Film School in Lodz? A dynamo playground for filmmakers. Play Poland – Irish/Polish Film Project is a unique festival celebrating independent Irish and Polish film art. Dedicated to filmmakers, animators, students and cinema lovers, this unusual platform will take over the Dublin scene on 1st & 2nd July 2011. It is a part of the biggest mobile Polish film event being organised in 7 different cities across Ireland and the UK between July and October 2011.

The festival offers a creative mix of films, exhibitions and gigs. Located in Filmbase and The Mercantile, Play Poland brings you talks, meetings, vintage poster shows as well as screenings of professional and students’ works. Panel discussions involve renowned figures of the film world: filmmaker Alice Lyons (The Polish Language), animator Dan Spencer (Pegbar), animator Stanislaw Buczkowski, arts director Dave Byrne (Underground Cinema), filmmaker Norah Mc Gettigan and actress Natalia Kostrzewa. Each day is crowned with performances by contemporary musicians including 3epkano’s Matthew Nolan, Cameron Doyle with guests performing to Shane McKenna’s animations, followed by the experimental DJ duo Aoife Nic Canna and Jerzy Bugno. PLAY Poland –IPFP will be also a guest at the Great Music Event at The Mercantile with great DJs.

Ben Hennessy, Pegbar co-founder, praised the idea of the festival: I believe there is a gap in terms of networking between Irish and non-Irish filmmakers, especially when you are a young creator. As Pegbar aims at linking film/animation students and professionals, we believe the idea of the festival goes well with our group’s mission.

PLAY Poland is under the patronage of Steve Woods, a filmmaker and lecturer at the IADT National Film School in Dun Laoghaire, Aidan Hickey, a board member of Cartoon European Association of Animation Film, and Huston School of Film in Galway.

The event has been organised in association with Pegbar, Underground Cinema, Open Air Cinema, BFCE Irish School of Animation and Crewger. It has been kindly supported by Dublin City Council, Scene not Herd (Temple Bar Cultural Trust), Dublin Community TV, My Event Guide (MEG) and Nasz Glos. Sponsored by Western Union, Golden Cookies and our lovely FUNDit Backers :)

The key initiator of the festival is the Polish Art Europe (PAE) based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Information on PLAY Poland – Irish /Polish Film Project and event programme are available www.mosaicartsmovement.org. The tickets can be purchased on www.entertainment.ie. Updates on the UK festival editions can be found on www.playpoland.org.uk.

Contact details:
Anna Pospieszynska
Email: mosaicartsmovement@gmail.com

Mosaic Arts Movement is a non-for-profit group of young and creative individuals motivated to celebrate art and contribute to Irish intercultural scene. The projects embrace radio shows, concert organisation, documentary making and fundraising events. In April 2010, the collective hosted Rock by Night, the international rock festival with semi-finals in Edinburgh and finals in Zielona Gora, Poland. This year, Mosaic co-organised the 5th Dublin edition of the biggest Polish charity event, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, annually held in every Polish diaspora across the globe.