SEPTEMBER 27-29/2019


Join Instant Film Society members and other instant film enthusiasts from all across the country for the 4th PolaCon – the world’s first 3-day instant film photography convention and meet-up! We hope to see many returning “PolaPals” and promise new events, featured photographers and meet-up locations, as well as a few surprises, and for new attendees nearly every event planned or coordinated is still free to attend with an RSVP*. Like many of you, we’ve been looking forward to #PolaCon2019 since last year’s closing events!

What’s PolaCon? Read this excellent, comprehensive recap of 2017: or this one from 2018:
And here’s a fantastic, thorough recap of the first ever PolaCon:

As is tradition, this year's event in Dallas, Texas (on Friday) and Denton, Texas (on Saturday and Sunday) will again feature 20-plus workshops/sessions/events with guest speakers and photographers (some announced, some unpublicized, some impromptu), an annual panel discussion dubbed "The State of the Emulsion Address” that is always informative , the Zines & Things “Swap-meet” (bring your photography zines, small prints or other photo-related art to show, share, swap or sell) an instant film exhibition, pop-up galleries, 8x10 demos and photobooth, as well as film- and camera-specific walks and meet-ups – in addition to five unique PolaWalks in distinctive, picturesque areas led by IFS members from across the U.S.

As in year’s past, the final finalized easy-to-read schedule will be posted a week or so before the convention and a limited number of printed schedules will be available for attendees. Attendees should check the FB event page or Instant Film Society’s Instagram account and our website on the mornings of DAY I, II and III for any “official” last-minute additions, deletions or cancellations.

All of PolaCon’s day-time programming is free to attend. However, some venues have limited “seats” or standing room, so most events will only be open to RSVP’d guests.

As Dr. Edwin Land once said: "One of the best ways to keep a great secret is to shout it." We're still a non-profit with zero budget for marketing or advertising, so, we're relying on y'all to help spread the word to fellow film photo friends!

-The Instant Film Society