Video Studio Gdańsk
Fundacja Filmów i Programów Katolickich
ul. Grodzka 20, 80-841 Gdańsk, Poland
tel. +48 (58) 301 55 24
fax: +48 (58) 301 92 11
tel. kom. +48 601 642 502
Video Studio Gdańsk has operated since September 1981. It was then, during the 1st Solidarity Congress, when the first Studio’s documentary film (“A Candidate” – dedicated to Lech Wałęsa) – was produced. Covering the crucial social and political events in the 80s, shaping a new regime in Poland, was the Studio coremission, continued also at the time of martial law between 1981 and 1983. That is why Video Studio Gdańsk built up one of the most extensive collection of its own archive film footage – a recording of the latest history of Poland: the beginnings of Independent and Self-Governing Trade Union Solidarity, martial law in Poland, strikes in 1988, John Paul II’s visits to Poland, Round Table talks in 1989, social, political and economic transformation… These archives contributed to a lot of historical documentary films, produced by the Studio and other production houses/TV stations.
Present-day works of the Studio are often focused on culture and artists: Polish writers, music composers, painters, theatre performers. More than ten TV theatre shows have been produced by the Studio, featuring the most famous Polish actors in Pinter’s, Ibsen’s, Topor’s and other dramatists’ plays.
Economic education, cultural change and social transformation that follow European integration make also the content of the latest Studio’s films and TV programmes.
One of the most essential inspirations for the Studio output is cultural and spiritual heritage of the Catholic church: documentaries presenting the church in fight for freedom in communist times, papal pilgrimages and fine arts works inspired by Christian philosophy have been awarded at many Polish and international film festivals and reviews.
A lot of Studio’s films have been made in the most remote regions of the world: the South and North Pole, Cuba, Iraq, Siberia, aerial space above the Baltic Sea, all Scandinavian countries, the Himalayas, South and North America – all these places became locations for travel, adventure and documentary films.
More than 1 600 films and TV programmes have been produced by the Studio throughout more than 33 years of activity. Major part of them have been broadcast by the Polish public television and commercial TV stations operating in Poland, as well as foreign televisions in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa.
Video Studio Gdańsk co-operates also with public administration institutions: Warsaw Information Office of the European Parliament, National Bank of Poland, Polish Ministry of Defense, of Culture and National Heritage, of National Education, of Regional Development, European Solidarity Centre, Polish Film Institute, National Audiovisual Institute, Polish History Museum, Environmental Protection and Water Management Fund of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, Office of the Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, City Hall of Warsaw, Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot Mayor Offices.
The Studio has produced and organized a Festival of Good Humor since 2000 – a yearly nationwide event. In 2004 a “Roads to Freedom” Foundation for Film Archives was established by the Studio. The purpose of the Foundation is to save and store digitized archive film footage recorded by Video Studio Gdańsk in the 80s.
The Studio provides educational services in the field of media training and multipurpose support for students of film schools.
Video Studio Gdańsk has its own professional TV equipment in XDCam, DVCam and BETACAM SP formats, computer editing units, a sound booth, two TV ateliers with technical and stage setting facilities for blue-box and multicamera recordings, professional live sound and multimedia devices. The Studio provides also services in multimedia presentations, transcoding and digitization of film footage.
The Studio, now operating as a foundation, is a member of the Polish Audiovisual Producers Chamber of Commerce and SIGNIS – the World Catholic Association for Communication.
translation: Video Studio Gdańsk/KIPA 2015