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Ars Independent

Ars Independent Festival 2019 will be the 9th multimedia festival of film, animation, video games and music videos. The upcoming edition will take place in Katowice, between the 24th and 29th of September 2019.

The festival is searching for what’s cool in young, debuting, contemporary audio-visual culture. It’s not afraid to watch videos with 27 views on YouTube, it’s missing the “least popular” sorting option on and considers Festival Scope Pro decidedly “too mainstream”.

The heart of the festival are four international competitions, in which the audience decides about the awarding of prizes. The Black Horse of Film (feature films from all over the world) and the Black Horse of Animation (short features) present the cinematographic debuts by directors from the entire world, often as their Polish premieres. The Black Horse of Video Games and the Black Horse of Music Video are devoted to new games and music videos.

Additionally, every year festivalgoers are treated to: screenings of films, animations and music videos, video game exhibitions, virtual reality and new technologies, discussion panels and Q&As with artists, concerts, live acts and musical afterparties.

In previous years, the festival hosted a variety of artists from all over the world, including Béla Tarr, Nina Menkes, Phil Mulloy, Laila Pakalnina, Bruce LaBruce, Tami Tamaki, Stephen „M.O.O.N.” Gilarde, Jakuba Dvorský, Mariola Brillowska, Piotr Dumała, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Bodo Kox, Łukasz Barczyk, Sos Sosowski, Wiktor Stribog and Władysław Komendarek.

The event is organized by the culture institution Katowice the City of Gardens and the City of Katowice.

>>> We Are Calling For Entries! <<<


Call for Entries for Ars Independent 2019

We still have a year to the next edition of the multimedia festival Ars Independent, but as of today, films, animations, music videos and video games can be submitted for the Black Horse competitions. This year’s call for entries ends on April 26th. Ars Independent 2019 will take place between September 24th and 29th in Katowice. AS every year, the festival is searching for what’s cool in young, debuting, contemporary audio-visual culture. It’s not afraid to watch videos ...

Call for Entries! Ars Independent 2018

Film, animation, video games and music videos – each year, Ars Independent searchest for the most freshest, most interesting catches in four competitions. In 2018 call for entries ends on May 31st. Who now will be the chosen Black Horse? Ars Independent 2018 will take place between September 25th and 30th. As every year, the novelties of the audiovisual culture will be visiting Katowice over 6 festival days. It will not only be films from all over the world – they will be joined by ...

Call for entries! Ars Independent 2016

Katowice’s Ars Independent festival announced the beginning of their call for entries for the feature film, animation, video game and – for the first time – music video competitions! Potential competitors for the title of the Black Horse and a monetary prize of 500 euros can be submitted until May 31. The four international competitions are the core of Ars Independent. The Black Horse of Film is aimed at directors of full-length, feature debuts and secon...

Announcing the call for entries!

The Ars Independent Festival, Katowice’s holiday of discoveries from the borders between film, music and video games calls for entries! For the fifth time, Black Horses of modern audiovisual art are sought out. Up until June 30th, 2015 we await entries to three festival competitions: the Black Horse, the Black Horse of Animation and – that’s new! – the Black Horse of Video Games. The Black Horse is open to all full-length feature debuts and second films that will have...

Call For Entries / Ars Independent 2014

  We are calling for entries to Black Horse Competition and Black Horse of Animation Competition at the 4th edition of Ars Independent Festival (Katowice, 23rd-28th of September 2014). Black Horse Competition is dedicated to feature-length debuts and second films. The directors of films qualified for the competition will compete for the Black Horse statuette and cash prize of 2.500 euro. School animations, animated debuts and second films will compete for the Black...