The Polish Film Festival in America (PFFA) began in 1989 in Chicago, and is nowadays the worlds most extensive Polish cultural undertaking dedicated to promotion of Polish and European cinematography beyond Poland. In a course of over twenty years, the program includes more than 1000 films: major award winners at prestigious International Film Festivals, acclaimed productions of Kieslowski, Polanski, Holland, Wajda, and debut works of emerging directors. Over 300 eminent film artists visit Chicago every year to meet audience and discuss their movies.
Called by the Chicago Tribune a Chicago Success Story and listed by the New York Times as one of the five most important programs of promotion of European cinema in the States, the festival is well known for serving various local neighborhoods and undertaking the efforts to reach communities throughout all Chicago-land.
The main producer of The Polish Film Festival in America is the Society for Arts, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increase a public awareness of European, particularly Polish culture. The Society sponsors year round screenings, exhibitions, lectures, seminars, and meetings with visual artists.