When asked to define machinima, I generally answer that it’s an animation technique utilizing video game graphic engines, or, simply – films made with games. However, while preparing this year’s set, I realized that this is a very rigid description. The explanation can be even simpler! To make machinima is to play a game – a game of filmmaking. Regardless of the numerous attempts of the industry and authors, the form never became mainstream. It found its small niche, closer to fan films. But thanks to that, it kept something very important: innocence. Machinima authors remain enthusiasts – they compensate for the occassional kitschiness (or faults in the writing or editing) with an often disarming honesty. They are simply people who extend the fun they’ve had with their favorite games by turning them into tools allowing them to fulfill their creative ambitions. And sometimes, they create some real gems – we will show some of them at Ars Independent. Yet again, we invite our guests to enter this weird, yet fascinating, world.

The Black Horse Competition

Feature debuts and second films competition

The Black Horse of Animation Competition 1/3

Short animations competition

The Black Horse of Animation Competition 2/3

Short animations competition

The Black Horse of Animation Competition 3/3

Short animations competition

Give it a Chance!

Set of animations, from which viewers will choose film, which will join the Black Horse of Animation competition

The Black Horse of Video Games Competition

New video games competition. Technological Partner of the exhibition is PCStore

Jury reviews

Barczyk, van Elmbt, Dębski, Verveake, Dvorský. Films, animations, video games.

Out of Competition

Sensual cinema from three different continents. Debuts and second films screened out of of competition.


No matter the costs or opinions. Music films and documentaries from all over the world

Do you play?

Designer, producer, journalist. Video game aesthetics and criticism panel


Not quite imagined. Periphery of music videos. Games of animation.

Music Stage

Cassette sets, pocket jam session, pop from Berlin and house from Katowice. Concerts, live acts, DJ sets

Accompanying Events

Animations from Budapest, adventure games from Katowice, peculiarities from VR