The nature of the Wellington Polish Film Festival

The Wellington Polish Film Festival is a boutique foreign language film festival dedicated to presenting a range of high quality, unique, cutting edge, exciting and little-seen work in New Zealand. The Festival will largely showcase contemporary Polish filmmakers, and will also focus on masterpieces of classic Polish cinema. 

Polish Cinema – A History

Over an impressive one hundred year history, Polish cinema has evolved as one of the more remarkable European and world cinemas. A diverse corpus of films from Polish filmmakers who are often regarded as masters of cinema, has been punctuated by political struggle during WWII and then restrictions on civil rights while under Soviet influence.

Under a dynamic and democratic Poland, Polish cinema has flourished and filmmakers’ work is now not only accessible but also applauded on the world stage, both for its archived and contemporary films. The Polish Film Institute (PFI) which was set up a decade ago, has helped place Poland’s filmmakers on the world stage. The PFI promotes a sustainable film funding system, supporting first time filmmakers as well as having formal agreements with a number of countries and recently signing a co-production agreement with New Zealand.

The Wellington Polish Film Festival Team

Festival Director: Wanda Lepionka

Festival Co-Ordinator: Zofia Miliszewska

Designer: Edwin Hooper

The New Zealand Polish Film Festival Trust

The Wellington Polish Film Festival (WPFF) is organised by the New Zealand Polish Film Festival Trust (NZPFFT), a registered charitable trust (Reg. No.CC53689), established in 2016. 

The purposes of the Trust are:

  • To develop, support, encourage and enhance knowledge, awareness and understanding of Polish film, art, culture and language in New Zealand.

It’s aim is to:

  • Offer the New Zealand public an opportunity to view high-quality, contemporary Polish films;
  • Foster opportunities for collaboration between filmmakers from both Poland and New Zealand;
  • Expose New Zealand filmmakers to the Polish style of filmmaking; and
  • Collaborate with organisations with similar purposes to the Trust.

The Trust is comprised of trustees who are professional business leaders and advocates for arts and culture. The Trustees are appointed by unanimous resolution of the Trustees. The Trust Board are:

Rodney Craig (Chair)

Wanda Lepionka (Festival Director)

Todrick Taylor

David Strong