The Kujawsko-Pomorska Film Route is a project aimed at demonstrating the versatility and richness of the film heritage in the Province of Kujawsko-Pomorskie.
This region has been the cradle of great many outstanding personalities in the service of the Tenth Muse, who have already been immortalised in the annals of Polish cinema, such as Pola Negri, Henryk Czyż, Kazimierz Serocki, Bogusław Linda, Grażyna Szapołowska, Leonard Pietraszak, Bolesław Michałek, Helena Grossówna, and Kazimierz Karabasz.
This region can also boast about many young artistes, both male and female, who have been consistently developing their artistic careers, crowned with international successes, for example Tomasz Wasilewski, Jakub Gierszał, Olga Bołądź, and Rafał Kapeliński.
Both the big cities, such as Toruń, Bydgoszcz, Włocławek, and Grudziądz, and the smaller ones like Lipno, Ciechocinek, Aleksandrów Kujawski, Chełmno, and Chełmża, and also the picturesque and unique geographical regions like Pałuki, have fascinated film Directors so much that they have chosen to use many locations in the Province for their artistic purposes.
In addition to the already-cult films, such as Rejs//The Trip Down the River and Czterej pancerni i pies/Four tank-men and a dog, many other film Directors, have recognised the advantages of our province when shooting their films, regardless of whether they were making classics of Polish cinema, such as Wśród nocnej ciszy by Taduesz Chmielewski, Blizna/The Scar by Krzysztof Kieślowski, Rok spokojnego słońca/A Year of the Quiet Sun by Krzysztof Zanussi,Ogniem i mieczem/With Fire and Sword by Jerzy Hoffman, Kolorowe pończochy/Coloured Stockings by Janusz Nasfeter, Zamach/Assassination by Jerzy Passendorfer, and Panienka z chmur/The Young Lady from the Clouds by Bernard Marwiński, or more contemporary films, for example Tatarak/Sweet Rush by Andrzej Wajda, Karbala by Krzysztof Łukaszewicz, and Magiczne drzewo/Magic Tree by Andrzej Maleszka, and others.
Kujawsko-Pomorskie is a Mecca for independent filmmakers, such as Marcin Gładych, Krzysztof Nowicki, Mateusz Buława, Jędrzej Bączyk, Marcel Woźniak, and Ryszard Kruk, to name but a few. This is also the place where many promoters of film communities come from, whose talent and passion have been passed on to new generations, for example Maciej Cuske and Marcin Sauter, but also many others. Over the years, they have not only been involved in making their own films, but also in educating other young and talented filmmakers, as part of their activities in Bydgoska Kronika Filmowa (Bydgoszcz Newsreel).
The Kujawsko-Pomorska Film Route is an endless walk around this film region. It is not only about Warsaw or Łódź, which have and still do fascinate filmmakers, as our region has also made a significant contribution to creating film stories – and it still is doing.
The website dedicated to the Kujawsko-Pomorska Film Route constitutes both a database introducing the film achievements already made, and a place which will live on, filled with new film productions which will surely be made in our province.
The aim behind this endeavour is also to involve all cinema enthusiasts who wish to share their ideas and knowledge, in adding to the film routes in the Province whatever new phenomena they are missing.
I would like to encourage all people passionate about cinema to develop this film route around Kujawsko-Pomorskie together.