PolaCon NYC is right around the corner! Join us from May 17-19 for three days of instant film delight. Get your tickets now. PolaCon NYC is right around the corner! Join us from May 17-19 for three days of instant film delight. Get your tickets now.

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Tuesday to Sunday / 1:00 - 7:00
Monday / CLOSED


855 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

855 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Tuesday to Sunday / 1:00 - 7:00
Monday / CLOSED

PolaCon NYC 2024

PolaCon NYC is BACK!

Ladies and gentleman and everyone above and beyond: We are thrilled to invite you to the second annual PolaCon NYC! Instant Film Society, Brooklyn Film Camera, and Polaroid are joining forces to bring you the biggest and best PolaCon yet. Please join us from May 17-19 for three days of instant film delight!

So what is PolaCon? Well, quite simply, it's shorthand for "Polaroid Conference" but PolaCon has transformed to become so much more than that. While the core of PolaCon remains educational, the heart of PolaCon is in the community that it draws together. Every year, hundreds of us whose hearts flutter for instant-photography are pulled together like a vortex by the PolaCon call. We travel from all over the world to be there, we share long days and little sleep, we see old friends and we meet new ones, we learn tips and tricks from each other, we share cameras, we share stories, and we create memories and photographs to last a lifetime. PolaCon is a pilgrimage for those who cherish the tangible magic of instant film. We can't wait to see you there.


Click here to join the PolaCon NYC WhatsApp group chat
This will be the main channel for official updates, scheduling changes, and more. Participants are encouraged to share images, share plans, and connect! The Group will be administered by IFS and BFC. We strongly encourage all Polacon participants to join this group to stay up-to-date, make connections, and enhance the weekend!



Click here to Secure your Tickets
(250 available in total)

Can't afford a ticket but want to join? We don’t want anyone to be unable to attend PolaCon due to lack of funds. There are two ways you can join for free or cheap:

  • Volunteer! PolaCon relies on volunteers and for just 3-hours of your time, you can get a full weekend pass to PolaCon. Click here to sign up!
  • Request a discount. Don't have the time or ability to volunteer but want to attend PolaCon? No sweat! If you’d like a discounted or free ticket simply email info@instantfilmsociety.org, let us know how much you’re able to pay for a ticket, and we will get you set up with a full weekend pass.


PolaCon programming will take place throughout the city but will be primarily concentrated at Worthless Studios and Brooklyn Film Camera in the Bushwick, Brooklyn neighborhood. If you’re booking lodging, we highly suggest looking in/around this neighborhood *or* for anywhere near an L-Train Station. Other close neighborhoods are: Williamsburg, Ridgewood, Bedford-Stuyvesant.

What can you expect at this year’s PolaCon? Here’s a short list:

  • Workshops
  • Demos
  • Artist talks
  • Photo walks
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Community
  • Revelry
  • Dancing
  • Giveaways
  • The “State of the Emulsion” address
  • All of the awesome nerds you know from the internet
  • All of the awesome cameras you’ve always wanted to see
  • Everything
  • Nothing

PolaCon is a community-powered event! Want to lead a workshop? Set up a photo booth? Sell or trade your work? Are you a food vendor interested in selling? An entertainer interested in performing? We want to hear from you! Email us at info@instantfilmsociety.org

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Instant Film Society (IFS) was founded in 2012 with the mission of increasing awareness, accessibility and understanding of analog instant photography. For over a decade now, IFS has been a community pillar for the instant film community in the US, hosting get-togethers, photo walks, and (of course) PolaCons!

Brooklyn Film Camera (BFC) was founded in 2015 by former employees of The Impossible Project (now Polaroid). BFC is one of just a few remaining institutions to specialize in the restoration of vintage Polaroid cameras. They teach classes and workshops, curate a gallery of film photography that rotates monthly, and design accessories and optics for vintage camera systems.



Official schedule coming soon!
👀 Stay tuned.




Worthless Studios

Liquid Death


Contact us: info@instantfilmsociety.org