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NInA Beta Version Festival | New Wave of TV Series | May 19–22

HBO shows, dark Swedish crime dramas, and new titles fresh from Cannes, plus the premiere of a new series by the duo Strzępka/Demirski, discussion panels, workshops, concerts, and even a parade. For the first time ever in Poland, an event devoted entirely to showcasing the phenomenon of new, quality TV shows in all its facets. May 19–22 at the National Audiovisual Institute.
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In the 21st century, we no longer treat TV shows as guilty pleasures that flicker in the background as we go about our daily chores. The series has become a fully-fledged form of artistic expression while continuing to serve the same purpose that once set it aside from other forms of entertainment: letting audiences enjoy the addictive pleasure that comes with following a story. Their creators successfully combine the standards of genre films with artistic vision (Top of the Lake, Olive Kitteridge), political commentary (The Wire, Mr. Robot), and the deconstruction of cultural norms (Transparent, Girls, Broad City).

But a TV series is more than just a well-crafted tale and a gripping illustration of changing social mores: the act of watching a TV show online has become a fascinating social phenomenon in itself. #Bingewatching and other hashtag-worthy TV habits have emerged as practices that are at once public and intimate, taking place in the privacy of our own homes, beyond the official reach of cultural institutions and the judgmental gaze of the critics.

This festival brings together fans, critics, and TV show creators. We’ll examine the most artistically noteworthy productions, screen a few premiere episodes, take a look at Polish TV audiences, hold screenwriting workshops, look back on old Polish shows, and dance to the sounds of low-budget rock’n’roll and New Orleans standards.

The NInA Beta festival is a celebration of audiovisual culture in its newest forms. Held annually at the National Audiovisual Institute in Służew, Warsaw, each edition of the festival examines the artistic and social aspects of a selected emerging audiovisual phenomenon that is still “in beta”, or not yet fully formed and defined.

 

– Jakub Zgierski

 

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