Ars Independent Festival 2020 will be the 10th multimedia festival of films, animations, music videos and video games. The upcoming edition will take place in Katowice in September 2020. The tagline of this year’s event will be: #YouArsIndependent!
The festival is searching for what’s cool in young, debuting, contemporary audio-visual culture. It’s not afraid to watch videos with 27 views on YouTube, it’s missing the “least popular” sorting option on itch.io and considers Festival Scope Pro decidedly “too mainstream”.
The festival’s icon is the Black Horse – a symbol of an unexpected winner, a reference to the protofilm experiment of Eadweard Muybridge, a commentary on the golden fauna of film awards, or a reference to the mining heritage of Upper Silesia.
Every year festivalgoers are treated to: screenings of films, animations and music videos, video game exhibitions, virtual reality and new technologies, discussion panels and Q&As with artists, concerts, live acts and musical afterparties.
In previous years, the festival hosted a variety of artists from all over the world, including Béla Tarr, Nina Menkes, Phil Mulloy, Laila Pakalnina, Bruce LaBruce, Tami Tamaki, Stephen „M.O.O.N.” Gilarde, Jakuba Dvorský, Mariola Brillowska, Piotr Dumała, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Bodo Kox, Łukasz Barczyk, Sos Sosowski, Wiktor Stribog, Władysław Komendarek and Tomasz Armada.
The event is organized by the culture institution Katowice the City of Gardens and the City of Katowice.
KATOWICE CITY OF GARDENS
The Cultural Institution of the City of Katowice. The organizer of the “Kocham Katowice” (“I Love Katowice”) City Anniversary, Katowice JazzArt Festival, the Gardens of Sounds World Music Festival, Street Art AiR, the “Interpretacje” (“Interpretations”) Festival and Ars Independent Festival.
It earned Katowice’s title of the UNESCO City of Music and by realizing the membership programme of Creative Cities Network, it supports the development of the musical creative industry, giving young artists the ability to grow at the MusicHub incubator, promoting them as part of the Dzielnica Brzmi Dobrze (The District Sounds Good), widening the expertise of industry people during meetings of the Katowice Music Radar or co-funding the best projects with Muzykogranty.
CITY OF KATOWICE
Katowice is a city full of surprises for everyone who has not visited Silesia in a while. Forget about coal – this remarkable city welcomes us with contemporary architecture blending into secession, modernism and brutalism, alternative culture in post-industrial buildings, green parks and the extraodinary hospitality of its citizens, stretching from Nikiszowiec and Murcki to Ligota and the Tauzen.
Before our eyes, the city is dynamically changing its character and image – transforming from Poland’s industrial centre into the cultural heart of the 1,5 million agglomeration. Here, culture is joined with the academic and business pillars of the region. On one hand, the city is full of large investments – the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the International Congress Centre, the Silesian Museum, .KTW – and giant events – OFF Festival, Tauron Nowa Muzyka, Rawa Blues, Intel Extreme Masters. On the other: the vivid, youthful energy of its citizens, pulsating daily through its streets.
KATOWICE CITY OF GARDENS CREW
Programme Department Management
ARS INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL CREW
Przemek Mateusz Sołtysik
Spokesperson & Communication
Maciej Wojcieszkiewicz aka Stendek
Logo and Visual Identification System
Design of the Black Horse statuette
Movies Subtitles Translation & Proofreading
System of Movies Subtitles
Coordination of Voluntary
Litghts, Acoustics & Sound Systems