Concept & Production Competition for Educational Films About the Righteous

Redakcja / English translations: Andrew Rajcher, 9th February 2022
The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews announces a concept and production competition for educational films on the subject of Polish-Jewish relations during World War II. The purpose of the competition is to create a series of five short, educational films, aimed at an audience from secondary school students to young adults. Entries close on 27th March 2022.

The purpose of the competition is to create a series of five educational films, which convey knowledge about Polish-Jewish relations during World War II and about the Righteous Among the Nations. The films will be aimed at an audience from secondary students to young adults.

The series of films will address the following issues:

  1. The most important social and political issues affecting the situation of Poles and Jews on the eve of the outbreak of World War II (introductory episode of the series);

  2. The attitudes of Polish society towards Jews during the Holocaust;

  3. The story of a Polish family, who helped Jews and who were honoured with the title of Righteous Among the Nations. (This episode will be based on an account taken from the POLIN Museum's Oral History Interview Collection);

  4. The story of a Jewish teenager in hiding, a Holocaust Survivor. (This episode will be based on an account taken from the POLIN Museum's Oral History Interview Collection);

  5. The history of and procedure involved in the awarding of the title of "Righteous Among the Nations" and the significance, nowadays, of the figure of the Righteous individuals.


The entry should include a description of the concept for one of the series' episodes one (The attitudes of Polish society towards Jews during the Holocaust: including treatment, synopsis and logline). It should also include a moodbook for this episode, and an initial budget for the entire project.

The nature of the proposed films is not fixed. They can be based on interviews, documentary and archival materials, animation, video art and other elements.

Competition entrants will need to show, within their portfolio, two completed films (of any length), which have been made available to the public via the internet, cinema, at a festival, on television or through any other medium accessible to an audience.

The competition jury will, firstly, evaluate each entry regarding compliance with the competition subject, the feasability of production assumption, the adaptation of the film language to the stipulated audience and the educational potential of the films.

The competition finalist will receive PLN 140,000 gross in order to create the series of five films. The value of the prize will depend on the submitted project, which should include an initial budget. The winning films will become educational material addressed to students all over Poland. 

Entries close on 27t March 2022.


» Read the full competition announcement of the POLIN Museum website: Concept & Production Competition for Educational Films