Open Call

Gloria Oyarzabal, winner of Fotofestiwal Grand Prix 2019


An Open Call for Fotofestiwal Open Program gives you an opportunity to present your works to the audience of the International Festival of Photography held on 10-28 June 2020 in Łódź (Poland). We are looking for artists with exceptional personalities and projects which present bold visions. The call for entries is open – with no thematic or age limits. We invite specialists from the world's most important media and photographic institutions to join the jury. From among the submitted projects, the jury will select six which, in cooperation with the curators of Fotofestiwal, will be presented in the form of an exhibition.


  • Marina Paulenka, curator, Unseen Amsterdam, Netherlands and Organ Vida, Croatia
  • István Virágvölgyi, curator, Capa Center, Hungary
  • Krzysztof Candrowicz, curator, Porto Biennale, Portugal and Fotofestiwal Łódź, Poland
  • Marc Mouarkech, curator, Arab Image Foundation, Lebanon
  • Azu Nwagbogu, founder and director LagosPhoto Festival, Nigeria
  • Marta Szymańska, curator, Fotofestiwal, Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii, Poland

What winners receive

  • Exhibition during FOTOFESTIWAL in Łódź (over 20.000 viewers) for 6 artists
  • Artistic fee 400 euro,
  • Accomodation for main weekend August 6-9 (4 nights),
  • Reimbursement of travel costs up to 200 euro,
  • Exhibition production budget 450 euro.

About the festival

    Fotofestiwal was established in 2001 as one of the first photography events in Poland. Since then it has grown into one of the most important and biggest photographic festivals in the Central Europe but its core mission has not changed: presenting photography in its various ways (via exhibitions, films, slideshows, workshops etc.) but also talking about important social issues and introducing the unobvious beauty and unique history of our city to the audience. For such reason we organize thematic exhibitions in various post-industrial spaces, which Łódź is well known for, we put stress on networking parties – (we are quite famous for those), but also every year we try to develop new ways of talking about photography: via events such as Photo-Match: Completely Different Portfolio Review, during which we focus on having equal status granted to the curators as well as artists, with formula of presentation that numerous festivals are applying worldwide now with a success. Since 2016 we work as a collective, with no board, developing a new way of cultural institution management.

    Edition 2020 will take place in Łódź, June 10-28.


  • Submission opening: 20 September 2019
  • Submission deadline: 23:59 4 December 2019, CET
  • Finalists announcement: 14 January 21 January 2020 – shortlist on
  • Fotofestiwal Open Call 2020 exhibition opening during festival opening week: 6 August 2020

  • Finalists 2020

    Jorge Fuembuena, Inside Insect
    Kata Geibl, There Is Nothing New Under The Sun
    Mate Bartha, Kontakt
    Marcel Rickli, AEON
    Shelli Weiler, ENJOY house
    Katarzyna Wąsowska + Marianna Wasowska, Waiting For The Snow

    See the works of this year’s six winners that will be on display in the post-industrial space of Art_Inkubator, between 6th and 16th of August 2020, during the Fotofestiwal, and until 23rd as an online exhibition.
    Click here to learn more about the projects or visit the EXHIBITIONS tab.



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