Small Festivals You and Me are the screenings of the chosen Festival films and lots of accompanying artistic events. It is also an occasion to activate local people with disabilities. This year almost 30 towns and cities around Poland have expressed their willingness to organise Small Festivals You and Me.
'A veteran' of Small Festivals is 'You and Me' Foundation from Łomża. It is the eighth time it has organised the Festival. It began with their representatives taking part in an amateur film contest. They came, brought their film, got the main award in their category and… stayed with us. As Katarzyna Kuklińska says the reaction to the Festival's events is really good in Łomża, each year it is getting better. The foundation gets many requests concerning film screenings from various institutions. The screenings also take place in penitentiary. Moreover, therapists are interested in the films and discussions afterwards. This year because of the coronavirus pandemic, foundation 'You and Me' will only show chosen contest films and Small Festival in Łomża will take place at the end of November and will be organised together with the celebration of an International Day of the Disabled.
Stargard debuts in the organisation of a Small Festival. In the town there are many associations functioning for people with disabilities, there is a youth sociotherapy centre. There are 6 screenings planned.
Maciej Dura–Pomarański from a Youth Culture Centre claims that Stargard is ready and is looking forward to the Festival.
The second debutante is Culture Centre in Karlino. Its director Małgorzata Kolicka says that it's worth showing citizens something new and the topic of the Festival is popular because more and more is said about people with disabilities and their participation in social, cultural and political spheres. - Such people cannot stay in the shade and the Festival helps to break stereotypes about them.
Karlino also plans film screenings of contest films in three parts in the second half of November.
A list of Small Festivals You and Me includes: