Two Riversides in the times of Corona — Film and Art Festival as scheduled, though in a different format

Dear Viewers, Two Riversides Lovers, Kazimierz, Janowiec and Mięćmierz Inhabitants — in recent months coronavirus dominated almost every aspect of our lives, putting society to the severe test. It also took its toll on film and culture industry. It is an extremely difficult moment for everyone but we have decided not to give up and to make this year’s Two Riversides Festival happen. Although it will have a new formula, which has been designed specifically for the occasion, the date remains the same, namely: August 1-9 2020.

After a few months of preparations, taking into consideration the current epidemiological situation in Poland and abroad, as well as our audiences’ safety, we have decided for the so-called “hybrid” form of the Festival.

It means that feature and documentary films, as well as International Short Films Competition will be available online. We are creating an e-cinema, a virtual Two Riversides movie theatre with two screening separate rooms. Our hearts, however, have stayed in Kazimierz Dolny and Janowiec because Two Riversides is also about the magic of these places. Our mobile festival studio will enable us to organise meetings with authors from Poland in various environments: at the city square, by the Vistula river, in galleries, at the Kazimierz Dolny Castle. The meetings with authors from abroad will take place online and will be streamed live, later they will stay available on our website and facebook page. We will also be present in Mięćmierz.

We are building an artistic program just as we would normally be building the Festival. We are keeping the “World Under Canvas” section, which is a presentation of the latest premiere productions. The “Music My Love” series, which includes films on musicians and various musical styles, will feature the works of Italian director Elio Petri, artist yet to be discovered in Poland. Gabriela Muskała will be the protagonist of the “And God Created Actor” cycle. We will have a few very good documentaries on the topic of ecology and the search for new solutions which could inhibit the devastation of our planet. This Festival event is carried out in cooperation with the European Committee. We are doing our best to make the program very attractive. We want the viewers to feel that they are participating in a really exceptional event.

Apart from the traditional meetings with artists we have also planned new forms of activity, which will be streamed live. The new sections include “Lessons in Painting and Drawing,” “Festival’s Kitchen,” “Move it move it”, “Let’s Get Critical.” Through these events we want to show the beauty of Kazimierz Dolny, Janowiec and Mięćmierz, as well as introduce you to local attractions and the ways to spend a safe vacation in these charming places in the Lublin region.

All this is a completely new experience for our whole team but since Two Riverside have always been an unconventional festival, this situation is a source of positive, creative energy for each one of us.

The access to all festival activities will be possible through our website Cinema zones will be available after you register and purchase a ticket (for the ticketed screenings). The access to meetings and other activity zones are free.

We invite you to this year’s Two Riversides Festival in a new formula! At the same time we want to thank you for your support and messages we have received, and are still receiving. With time we will inform you about the details of the program. See you online!

Soon we are also starting a crowdfunding project, where you will have the chance to support the festival and receive attractive rewards.

14th Film and Art Festival Two Riversides takes place August 1-9, 2020. We encourage you to read our newsletters, and to follow us on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM.

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