About

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, between the 22nd and 27th of September 2020. The tagline of this year’s event will be: #YouArsIndependent!

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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 heart of the festival are four international competitions, in which the audience decides about the awarding of prizes. The Black Horse of Film (feature films from all over the world) and the Black Horse of Animation (short features) present the cinematographic debuts by directors from the entire world, often as their Polish premieres. The Black Horse of Video Games and the Black Horse of Music Video are devoted to new games and music videos.

Additionally, 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

Director
Piotr Zaczkowski

Programme Department Management
Martyna Markowska

with teams

ARS INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL CREW

Festival Director
Przemek Mateusz Sołtysik

Spokesperson & Communication
Bartek Sołtysik

Festival Manager
Matylda Badera

Festival Producer
Sebastian Łąkas

Animation Curator
Gabriela Palicka

Video Games Curator
Jacek Wandzel

Music Videos Curator
Maciej Gryzełko

Senior Programmers
Patryk Chromik
Piotr Gacek
Maciej Gryzełko
Sławomir Kruk
Martyna Markowska
Jacek Wandzel

Programmers
Matylda Badera
Michał Banko
Mateusz Demski
Monika Karnia
Patrycja Lisnikowska
Sebastian Łąkas
Patrycja Paczyńska-Jasińska
Gabriela Palicka
Magdalena Pasternak
Martyna Poważa
Patryk Sławicki
Marcin Wilczyński

Übervolunteer
Julia Czudaj
Oliwia Grysko
Zuzana Jeglorz
Paulina Kowalska
Aneta Kwiecień
Magdalena Łatka
Kamila Pham
Pola Shaptala
Julia Wisła

#KronikaKonika
Oliwia Grysko
Agnieszka Karpiel
Jessica Kufa
Łucja Siedlik
Gabriela Styrkowicz
Julia Wisła

Volunteer
Martyna Aleksandrowicz
Bartosz Boniecki
Daniela Ceglarska
Patrycja Czubaj
Agata Fułat
Monika Graca-Kierzkowska
Zuzanna Grajnej
Marta Greiner
Dawid Gruszecki
Katarzyna Hyla
Monika Ignaś
Timios Kiechajas
Dorota Kołodziej
Agnieszka Kordek
Pola Kornecka
Aneta Kowal
Karolina Lubańska
Karolina Markowska
Marta Matlak
Patrycja Nowak
Karolina Rubiniec
Martyna Sarnecka
Dominika Siemieniak
Daniel Szarf
Aleksandra Szweda
Justyna Urbanek
Weronika Wiącek
Wiktoria Wilczyńska
Magdalena Wójtowicz
Joanna Zielińska
Julia Żołdak

Visual Identification
Rafał Włodarek

Sound Identification
Maciej Wojcieszkiewicz aka Stendek

Scenography
Anna Kaczkowska
Rafał Włodarek

Logo and Visual Identification System
Marta Gawin
Jakub Swat

Design of the Black Horse statuette
Olaf Brzeski

Photos
Michał Jędrzejowski
Arkadiusz Ławrywianiec
Tymoteusz Staniek
Gosia Szarada

Videos
Tier

Communication Support
Piotr Gacek

Production Support
Łukasz Harat
Aleksandra Kopeć
Klaudia Mańka

Translation
Jacek Wandzel

Proofreading
Emilia Makówka

Consecutive Translation
Emilia Makówka

Movies Subtitles Translation & Proofreading
Patryk Chromik
Gaba Palicka
Martyna Poważa

System of Movies Subtitles
Maciej Gryzełko

Coordination of Voluntary
Matylda Badera
Kamila Pham

Website
Dawid Mazur
Maciej Socha
Bartek Sołtysik

Cinema Operators
Rafał Głubisz
Ryszard Hebda
Piotr Rajman
Marcin Thomann
Paweł Trzepizur
Bogdan Wawoczny

Acoustics & Sound Systems
Bastek Łąkas
Michał Paduch

THANKS

Damian Włosek
Tomasz Banasik (Animowany.pl)
Samuel Baron
Mariusz Borkowski (GameMusic.pl)
Bolesław Cader (TVP 3 Katowice)
Daniel Cieślik (Drzwi Zwane Koniem)
Natalia Chleboś (Kulturalne Media)
Krzysztof Chwałowski (Muzeum Historii Komputerów i Informatyki)
Mateusz Czerwiński (Ustatkowany Gracz)
Dobromiła Deluga (Pałac Młodzieży)
Jakub Dębski (dem3000)
Anton Felipa (New Noardic Wave)
Frank Futerro (frankfuterro.pl)
Adam Ginel (Ustatkowany Gracz)
Beata Głubisz (Kino Światowid)
Monika Góral (Czwórka)
Agata Heft (FINA)
Kamil Jasieński (Czwórka)
Patrycja Jasińska (Se Točí)
Paulina Kamińska
Agnieszka Karpiel (Klub Filmowy Ambasada)
Patryk Karwowski (Po Napisach)
Andrzej Kłodnicki (Ultramaryna)
Martyna Kłos (Outro)
Marta Kowalska (Legalna Kultura)
Krzysztof Kupka (Tri-Pion)
Adam Lasek (Pałac Młodzieży)
Marzena Łukaszczyk (Alsen)
Zuzanna Maciejak
Joanna Malicka (Ultramryna)
Andrea Möller (Media Art Friesland)
Marta Odziomek (Gazeta Wyborcza)
Szymon Pietrzak (Filmawka)
Jan Popieluch (Poltergeist)
Anna Pordzik (Filmowe Południe)
Tajny Projekt
Katarzyna Pryc (Kinoteatr Rialto)
Zuzanna Rogala
Tomasz Rychlik (Mediakrytyk)
Ewa Smak (TVP 3 Katowice)
Maja Solecka (Pillow Talk)
Łukasz Spich (Filmowicz)
Marta Stańczyk (Ekrany)
Katarzyna Stasiak (MKIDN)
Miłosz Stelmach (Ekrany)
Wiktor Stribog
Monika Szafrańska (Suplement)
Anna Szrama (Instytucja Filmowa Silesia Film)
Rafał Szymański (NeedIT.pl)
Patryk Tomiczek (Instytucja Filmowa Silesia Film)
Mikołaj Winkiel (Brand24)
Paweł Wysowski (Grymaśni)
Anna Sołtysik
Marek Zieliński

and many others