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Lodz Film School

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Lodz, the largest film production centre in Poland, has always been well-known for its National Film, Television and Theatre School. The school, established in 1948, is one of the most famous higher education institutions and the only one of this kind in Poland. The National Film, Television and Theatre School has been named after Leon Schiller, prominent Polish film critic, director and the first Chancellor of the National Theatre School in Warsaw, seated in Lodz, which merged with the National Film School to form the present-day National Film, Television and Theatre School. Its notable alumni include such world-famous directors as Andrzej Wajda (''The Promised Land'', ''Man of Iron'', honorary Oscar for his life achievement), Krzysztof Zanussi (''From a Far Country'', ''Our God's Brother''), Roman Polanski (Oscar winning ''Pianist'', ''Rosemary's Baby'', ''Chinatown'') and Krzysztof Kieslowski (film cycles: ''Three Colours'', ''The Decalogue''). The Leon Schiller National Film, Television and Theatre School also boasts the creators of the ''Polish film school'' (Andrzej Munk, Kazimierz Kutz, Andrzej Wajda), the Polish art of documentaries and cinematography (Kazimierz Karabasz, Jerzy Wojcik, Witold Sobocinski), the ''cinema of moral disquiet'' (Krzysztof Zanussi, Krzysztof Kieslowski) who graduated from here.

By late 1950s and early 1960s the Lodz National Film, Television and Theatre School had won international acclaim thanks to the successes of its students, especially the 1958 Brussels Expo Exhibition Award for Roman Polanski's ''Two Men with a Wardrobe''. The Lodz Film School also had the Academy Award Winners among its graduates. Namely, in 1983 Zbigniew Rybczynski, the filmmaker, won the Academy Award for the Best Animated Short ''Tango'', whereas in 2000 Andrzej Wajda was awarded the Academy Award for his lifetime achievement.

Nowadays the school consists of four departments: Acting Dept., Film/TV Cinematography Dept., Film/TV Directing Dept., Film/TV Production Managers Department. It is here that the best Polish theatre and film actors, producers and directors learn the tricks of the trade.
The school is also a renowned organizer of film and television festivals. The most famous ones include: School Theatre Festival and MEDIASCHOOL International Film and Television Schools' Festival.

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