Katowice Film and Television School

   Popular name of the Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice (Uniwersytet Śląski, Wydział Radia i Telewizji im. Krzysztofa Kieślowskiego w Katowicach). Established in 1978 as the second film school in Poland, originally for the television industry exclusively, it emerged as a competitor to the well-known Łódź Film School and was essential in invigorating the Polish film industry. By the end of the 1980s, the Katowice school was dominating its famous rival with such talented graduates as Maciej Dejczer, Waldemar Krzystek, and Piotr and Magdalena Łazarkiewicz, to name just a few. The Katowice school was and still is known for its distinguished teachers, among them Krzysztof Kieślowski, Kazimierz Kutz, Andrzej Wajda, and Krzysztof Zanussi. Critics in Poland often juxtaposed the documentary-oriented style of Katowice with the formal concerns of Łódź. The competition between the two film centers has produced some engaging artistic results. In 2000 the school was named after Kieślowski, who taught there from 1979 to 1982.
   Historical Dictionary of Polish Cinema by Marek Haltof

Guide to cinema. . 2011.

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