Witchers, Hunters and Dealers: Polish Books as an Inspiration for Cinema

Witchers, Hunters and Dealers: Polish Books as an Inspiration for Cinema

11 Mar 2020, 16:00 - 17:00

Apex Room

Polish literature seems to be especially attractive for movie and TV producers lately – both internationally and domestically.

For the last few years, film makers have been finding an excellent material in several books by Polish authors, creating a visible trend. Among them, there are adaptations of award-winning literary novels (e.g. SPOOR by Agnieszka Holland, based on Nobel prize winner Olga Tokarczuk’s prose), as well as commercial blockbusters (e.g. THE WITCHER series by Netflix, starring Henry Cavill – adapted from Andrzej Sapkowski’s books). The authors are often involved, as in the case of Jakub Żulczyk, who worked on the screenplay for BLINDED BY THE LIGHTS (ŚLEPNĄC OD ŚWIATEŁ) by HBO (the UK edition of the novel is premiering in March 2020 in Legend Press).

Several other films and series can be mentioned as well, based on books by such Polish writers as Szczepan Twardoch, Wacław Holewiński, Wojciech Chmielarz, or Remigiusz Mróz. Consequently, collaboration between film and book industry is getting more and more attention. What are the hottest titles already adapted into a film or TV series, and which are a perfect material yet to discover? What made them so attractive for movie makers? Why such a trend was born and what comes next? How do film producers find books to adapt? What are they looking for? How publishers and agents can start collaboration?

This session has been organised by the Polish Book Institute.


  • Błażej Hrapkowicz


    Presenter, Film Critic, Artistic Director

    CINEMAFORUM Festival

      Host of shows devoted to cinema at Ale kino+ channel and Polish Radio. Cooperates with Canal+ and many film festivals. Contributed to various...

  • Monika Regulska


    Literary Agent, Owner

    Authors’ Syndicate Li&Script Agency

      Monika represents major Polish contemporary writers, screenwriters and playwrights. The authors are being published  locally and worldwide and the...

  • Ewa Bolińska-Gostkowska


    Foreign Rights Manager, Senior Editor

    Znak Publishing House

      A curator of Word2Picture – an event that brings together Polish filmmakers and publishers at Conrad Festival, the biggest literary festival in...

  • Anna Limbach-Uryn


    Programming Director


      She has over 18 years of professional experience in media industry on Polish market. From 2012 she is with Canal+ Group. For the last 6 years Anna...