The beginning of the year is primarily the time of summing up and preparing for the new festival season, and that is why there are fewer screenings and film events in January. However, you cannot miss several very important festivals, among others, the American Slamdance, the French FIPA DOC and the Hungarian Budapest International Documentary Festival. Let's find out which Polish documentary films will have their festival screenings in January and where you can watch them.

The first screening of a Polish documentary film in January will take place no earlier than in the middle of the month at the Vilnius International Short Film Festival. "In A Lion" by Karol Lindholm is invited to the competition there.

A few days later, "The Wind. A Documentary Thriller" by Michał Bielawski will compete for the awards at the Italian Trieste Film Festival. Straight from the Apennine peninsula, the documentary film will go to France. As many as five Polish productions qualified for the FIPA DOC International Documentary Festival: "Dam" by Natalia Koniarz, "The Tough" by Marcin Polar, "The Vibrant Village" by Weronika Jurkiewicz and the premiere film "Halo Effect" by Patrycja Polkowska. Also, out of the competition will be screening "Strip and War" directed by Andrei Kutsila.

The film by Michał Bielawski will also be present in the competition at the Slamdance Festival.  "The Wind. A Documentary Thriller" has a chance to be the best feature-length documentary film of the event. In turn, in the short documentary film competition, there is "In A Lion" by Karol Lindholm, and in the experimental film competition: "Shooting stars" by Magda Jaroszewicz. You can read more about it here.

At the turn of January and February, the Budapest International Documentary Festival starts in Hungary. In the competition, we will watch as many as three Polish documentary films.  "Connected" by Aleksandra Maciejczyk, "19:91" by Emilia Śniegoska and "Dancing For You" by Katarzyna Lesisz will compete for the acclaim of the jury.

At the end of the month  in Greece at Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival will take place a screening of "The Case of Johanna Langefeld" directed by Władysław Jurkow i Geburg Rohde-Dahl.

The full list of the festival screenings can be found here.