European Film Festival Integration You and Me has connected the topic of disability with film art since 2003 and has proven that life can begin several times. We have learnt this from the Festival’s guests, people with disabilities - artists, sports people, travellers, journalists, designers. The Festival is an artistic enterprise but it also has a great social meaning as it triggers discussions concerning the environment of people with disabilities and the process of integration. We are the Festival of open heads, sensitive hearts and positive energy.
From 2003 to 2021 we showed almost 780 films - important, wise, brave ones and took our audience on a trip around the world. The Butterfly awards in the film contest were given to e.g.: 'The Sea Inside’ by Alejandro Amenábar, ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ by Julian Schnabel, ‘Intouchables’ by Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano,’The Girl from the Wardrobe’ by Bodo Kox, ‘Life Feels Good’ by Maciej Pieprzyca and ‘Our Curse’ by Tomasz Śliwiński. Every year in Koszalin we host actors, directors, screenwriters, film critics, lecturers, people associated with culture and the media.
We cooperate with institutions, foundations, associations, organisations and people working for people with disabilities. Small Festivals You and Me in more than 30 locations around Poland are organised by local culture animators, and the Festival’s films are shown by art houses in a dozen or so largest Polish cities.
We have been in the European Parliament six times and travelled to the UK, Italy, Spain, Croatia and Lithuania with study visits. Since 2019 we're a member in the network of accessible film festivals "Be-In".
In 2016 EFF Integration You and Me received an award from Polish Film Institute in the 'National Film Event' category.