We are slowly approaching the winter season. There aren't as many festival events, but the remaining ones are really significant in the world of cinema – and for documentary filmmakers in particular. The next edition of IDFA will start soon, preceded by DOC NYC in the US. Our productions will be waiting for the audience at both of these events and these aren't all festivals where you will be able to see Polish documentaries. They will also be included in the programs of the most important film events.

The Festival of Freedom is starting in Slovakia in the first week of November. The programme of the event wouldn't be complete without screening An Ordinary Country by Tomasz Wolski. In turn at the DOC NYC New York's Documentary Festival, Martyna Peszko's Tell Me More will be competing for prizes.

The capital of Estonia will host the 25th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. Michał Kawecki's No Hero At All has been invited to the event. The documentary will also be presented at EnergaCAMERIMAGE International Film Festival. There will be no shortage of Polish productions in the competitions of the festival held in Toruń. You can read more about it here.

The popularity of Katarzyna Warzecha's film isn't waning. Her animated documentary We Have One Heart will also be presented to viewers at the British Manchester Animation Festival, Shorts That Are Not Pants in Canada, the Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People in Greece, the International Animated Film Festival Animateka in Slovenia, and FIFE International Education Film Festival in France. The film also got into the competition at dokumentART European Film Festival – films & future in Germany together with Mateusz Bulawa's documentary We Will Talk Again

Before Katarzyna Warzecha's film travels halfway around the world, the most important festival dedicated to documentary films will start in Amsterdam. You will also be able to see Polish films at IDFA: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. You could watch The Balcony Movie by Pawel Łoziński, 1970 by Tomasz Wolski, or the premiere screening of the film Judges Under Pressure by Kacper Lisowski. You can read more about it here and here.

Although several years have passed since the premiere of The Tough, Marcin Polar's film keeps getting invited to festivals. This month alone, the documentary has been included in the programme of the Pittsburgh Shorts & Script Competition in the US and Luxembourg's Openscreen at Ancien Cinéma in Vianden.

In the second half of the month, European festivals are going to feature Michał Edelman's The Last Knights of the Right Side (30_____70 Doc Fest in Italy), Julia Pełka's Fat Kathy (Amarcort Film Festival in Italy), Jarosław Szmidt's Butterfly's Dream (Menshov International DOC FF “WonTogether” in Russia) and Maryia Yakimovich's Papa (Animated Film Festival Animateka in Slovenia).

The current list of festival screenings is available here.