7. Świdnica Film Festival


The year 2020 will undoubtedly go down in the history of the whole world. The uniqueness of the past months also applies to the film industry. The coronavirus pandemic has stopped everyone. It transferred festivals to the network and limited the possibility of staying in cinemas. Although it is difficult to predict what will happen in the near future, we know that the need for a meeting around the film is huge. That is why we invite you to Świdnica for the 7th SPEKTRUM. We want to see you. We want to talk about movies live.

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What awaits us in this edition? As always, a review of the most interesting polish and foreign films – 10 titles, divided in half between our country and the rest of the world. In this section, we present films awarded at the most important film festivals, from Berlinale, Cannes, Venice to Gdynia. Last year, we named this competition “Spectrum” to emphasize the importance of this struggle in which the only juror is the festival audience. But also – to indicate the cross-sectional nature of this competition.

There will also be short films, the entire cycle of “The Youth Perspective” competitions. Here we have the first important news for you. The sections: Documentary, Story and Amatours Competition (youth section) have a new company – Animation. Professional jurors choose the most interesting shorts made by young filmmakers, indicating which directors should be looked at in the coming years.

We are also developing in two directions that are extremely important to us. They should be relevant to all of us. We remember about social responsibility, focusing on the idea of locality and trying to increase our pro-ecological practices. In 2021, we are launching a competition for movies that tells stories about localities, community strength and good neighborhood in various ways. “Closer” is a selection of 5 films and the winners will be chosen by festival audience.

See you on October 24-30 in Świdnica and online. Lower Silesians deserved this opportunity and the combined forces of the Wrocław Film Foundation and the Świdnica Cultural Center will certainly do their best to make the upcoming edition unforgettable.

Spektrum is, above all, a brilliant interpersonal experience – I have never met so many friendly and open-minded people anywhere. Spektrum is a festival without pathos, created by people who love what they do, and this energy is transferred to the event.

Miłosz Sakowski

Take a few people with open heads, with imaginations exceeding the norms […] And take a city with a metaphysical soul. […] With wise and modern authorities. Take a cinema room, projector and movies. Now mix it all together, add heartiness, hospitality and lack of haughtiness. Here is a fulfilled recipe for Spektrum, Świdnica Film Festival. I know because I was a guest there.

Jan Jakub Kolski

Great program and honest audience. An intimate festival at its best!

Agnieszka Woszczyńska

Spektrum is primarily people who love cinema. I felt at home during the festival. Very good organization, very good movies and a picturesque city. It is worth being there, it is worth spending the extended November weekend at Spektrum.

Grażyna Błęcka-Kolska


Świdnica is a city whose attractions exceed its scale, and with a pleasant and intimate atmosphere, it is able to give a relief to anyone who suffered from fatigue with the big city rush.

Świdnica, located only 50 km from Wrocław, stands out from similar cities with a rich offer of cultural events, but also historic architecture, a bustling Market Square and close proximity to picturesque touristic sites. It is an ideal place to spend free time, as well as a brilliant stopping point on the travel route.

Tourists from all over the world, visiting Lower Silesia, always go to the 17th-century Church of Peace, which is the seat of the Evangelical-Augsburg parish, but also – thanks to the efforts of Bożena Pytel and Fr. Bishop Waldemar Pytel – a cultural center. In 2001 the building was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and its spaces are where meetings, discussions and unforgettable concerts are held, with the Bach Festival at the forefront.



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