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Warsaw Film Festival

Warsaw Film Festival

Friday, 08 October 2021 until Sunday, 17 October 2021

Established in 1985, the Warsaw Film Festival joined in 2009 the elite group of events recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (www.fiapf.org) as international film festivals - next to Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Locarno, San Sebastian, Karlovy Vary, Tokyo, Moscow, Mar del Plata, Montreal, Shanghai, Cairo, Goa, and Tallinn.

The WFF differs from other festivals in its programme, just as Warsaw differs from other cities. Selecting the films, we always remember about our audience - native Varsovians, those working or studying in Warsaw, and those in town for a short while, for instance only for the Festival.

We do our best to make sure that our audiences get to know the latest and most interesting trends in world cinema as soon as possible. In this way, WFF audiences - usually as the first people in Poland - could discover American independent cinema as well as Asian, Latin American, Iranian, Russian and Romanian cinema. Some of the most amazing directors, like Michael Haneke, Cristian Mungiu, Paweł Pawlikowski, Ari Folman, Ashgar Farhadi, Lenny Abrahamson and hundreds of others, had usually been guests of the WFF before they reached the top.

We have been expanding the professional part of the WFF for over fifteen years. We realize that film festivals are part of the giant mechanism that is the global film industry. We do our best to make sure that the world takes note of Polish films, that they get screened at leading festivals, that they find their way into international distribution.

We started off modestly, in 2000, with screenings of new Polish projects for barely a dozen foreign guests. Five years later, we held the CentEast Market for the first time: a meeting place for professionals interested in films from Eastern Europe, described by The Hollywood Reporter as “the go-to event”. From 2009 till 2016, together with our Russian partner TVINDIE we have been presenting - in Warsaw and Moscow - films that are still works-in-progress but in which we want to interest sales agents and distributors. Similar presentations we organised at the Beijing Film Market from 2013-2016, with our Chinese partner Film Factory, In 2012 we started a collaboration with Beijing-based Film Factory. under the name China-Eastern Europe Film Promotion Project.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

a) Main Award – Warsaw Grand Prix
Cash prize: 100,000 PLN. The award goes to the Director (or Directors). There can be only one winner of the Grand Prix (no ex aequo).

b) Best Director
Cash prize: 10,000 PLN. The award goes to the director (or directors).

c) Special Jury Award
Cash prize: 5,000 PLN. The award may go to an actor, composer, editor, director of photography, producer, director, scriptwriter or set designer.

There can only be one winner of each of the awards in the International Competition (no joint winners).

1-2 COMPETITION

Winner of the 1-2 Competition

Cash prize: 10,000 PLN. The award goes to the director (or directors). There can only be one winner of the 1-2 Competition (no joint winners).

FREE SPIRIT COMPETITION

Free Spirit Award

Cash prize: 5,000 PLN. The award goes to the director (or directors). There can only be one winner of the Free Spirit Award (no joint winners).

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

Best Documentary Feature

Cash prize: 5,000 PLN. The award goes to the director (or directors). There can only be one winner of the Documentary Competition (no joint winners).

SHORT FILMS COMPETITION

a) Short Grand Prix

Cash prize: 2,000 PLN. The award goes to the director (or directors).

b) Best Animated Short Film

Cash prize: 1,000 PLN. The award goes to the director (or directors).

c) Best Live Action Short Film

Cash prize: 1,000 PLN. The award goes to the director (or directors).

d) Best Documentary Short Film

Cash prize: 1,000 PLN. The award goes to the director (or directors).

PLEASE NOTE: If there are fewer than 4 films in a given category, no award will be granted in that category.

AUDIENCE AWARD

The audience votes for the best film from any section of the WFF. The winner receives the Audience Award. No cash prize is involved.


 


Oscar-Qualifier:

Grand Prix