Łódź, Poland, was designated a UNESCO City of Film in 2017.

What does this mean for Łódź?

Being a part of the international UNESCO Creative Cities Network means that our city can:

  • continue to increase sustainable development in creativity and innovation for the film industry in Łódź.
  • foster innovation through international collaboration and knowledge exchange between fellow Cities of Film and Creative Cities.
  • support the development of creative businesses and the creative workforce of Łódź through collaborative partnerships and projects.
  • foster cooperation in the creative sector, aiming to accelerate local, regional and international initiatives and partnerships.
Situated in the heart of Poland and Europe, Łódź is the third largest Polish city. As an important economic centre and a prominent cultural and academic hub for the country and region, the creative industries and film sector draw from Łódź’s multicultural heritage, prevalent in classical art, modern AV art, film, design and architecture.


What makes Łódź a City of Film?

Łódź - City of Festivals

City of Festivals

Every year, Łódź holds over 10 festivals covering various film-related areas and topics. Festivals include Camera Action Film Critics Festival, European Cinema Forum CINERGIA and Summer Film Festiwal "Polówka". Łódź hosts a further nine festivals and events relating to other UCCN fields, from literature and the Puls of Literature Festival, to design and the Łódź Design Festival and FotoFestival, to music at the Rubinstein Piano Festival, to Crafts and Folk Arts at the International Festival of Youth Creativity FOLK INSPIRATIONS.

Łódź - world class professional film education

Professional film education

Łódź is home to four state-run academies, and all four recognise the value in training future professionals in film theory and practice. The world-renown Łódź Film School offers full-time studies in skills both behind and in front of the camera, from film direction and editing, to screenwriting, animation and television production.  The Strzemiński Academy of Art educates future props masters, costume, lighting and multimedia
designers. With academies dedicated to music, film theory and design, film education is pushing new boundaries in Łódź.

Łódź - film production

Film Production

Filmmaking is deeply rooted in Łódź’s history, and the city is recognised nationally and internationally. Great masterpieces, “Kanał” and “The Promised Land” by Andrzej Wajda or “Knife in the Water” by Roman Polanski were made by The Feature Film Studio. Running since 1949, the Educational Film Studio has produced more than 5000 films made by several generations of filmmakers. Animation studio, Se-ma-for, has created popular cartoons and stop-motion animation, including “Tango” (1980) and “Peter and the Wolf” (2006), both awarded Oscars® for Best Animated Short.

Andrzej Wajda

An incredible adventure started. The adventure with a city. The city which, day by day, revealed to us more nad more of its extraordinary past.

Andrzej Wajda, director

Łódź is a great film city.

Paweł Pawlikowski, director
Paweł Pawlikowski
David LynchPhoto: Thiago Piccoli (CC BY 2.0 license)

I like how Łódź looks like during the day and how it looks at night. Łódź made me start dreaming.

David Lynch, director

Latest News

Recent Filming

dir. Magnus von Horn, Poland, Sweden, 2019
Who Will Write Our History
dir. Roberta Grossmann, 2018
Cold War
dir. Paweł Pawlikowski, Poland, UK, France, 2018
Beyond Words
dir. Urszula Antoniak, Poland, Germany, 2017
dir. Paweł Pawlikowski, 2013
Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge
dir. Marie Noëlle, 2016
Small Hands in World War II
TV Mini-Series, Germany, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, France, Lithuania and the Czech Republic, 2014
Warsaw 44
dir. Jan Komasa, 2014

Want to find out more about Łódź?

Discover more about Łódź's work with fellow Cities of Film and Creative Cities on the International Collaboration pages.

Visit the Łódź City of Film website for the latest on activity in Łódź.