The history of "HollyŁódź" is in fact the history of the post-war city of Łódź. The Feature Film Studio was established after WWII and called the “Dream Factory”. Most Polish films in the postwar era were recorded there. The DoubleTree by Hilton Łódź hotel was built in that very place, and its interior design reflects the cinematic history of the site. The other world-famous place was the Film School, a prestigious academy, where generations of prominent Polish actors and directors studied. The School's symbol is the famous stairs where Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polański and Krzysztof Kieślowski used to sit when they were young.
Right next to the Film School is the only Film Museum (also called Museum of Cinematography) in Poland. On the film routes of Łódź, there is also the Walk of Fame on Piotrkowska Street, modelled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which consists of over 60 stars dedicated to actors, directors, cinematographers and film music creators. You can also visit numerous open-air film locations. The city "has starred" in several hundred films and TV series, and the number of films produced with Łódź in the background is still growing. Some great examples include the Oscar-nominated "The Promised Land" (Ziemia Obiecana), "In Darkness" (W ciemności), "Sexmission" (Seksmisja), the iconic series "Stakes Larger Than Life" (Stawka większa niż życie), and the latest productions: the Oscar-winning "Ida", "Afterimage" (Powidoki) – Andrzej Wajda's last great production – or "Supt. Alex" (Komisarz Alex).
The Trail of Łódź as a UNESCO City of Film allows you to discover the cinematic heritage of Łódź, which belongs to the UNESCO Network of Creative Cities. When planning your walk, you can use the map on the website: www.lodzcityoffilm.com. The printed version is available at the EC1 Łódź ticket windows, in the Łódź Tourist Organisation or the Łódź branch of the PTTK (Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society). Information boards describing the scenes of film scenes that were shot in a given location will help you find interesting places along the route.
You may have a walking tour with one of the Łódź guides or choose to stroll around on your own, with the audio guide available on the project website (also available for those with hearing impairments). You will be guided through various film locations by the film critic, film expert, translator, lecturer, screenwriter and script consultant Michał Oleszczyk.