Warsaw International Film Festival

Warsaw, Poland, Europe

08 - 17 Oct, 2021

Academy Award ® Qualifying

Keywords

fiction, debut, animation, Documentary, FIAPF-accredited, film market, oscar qualifying

Category

Feature, Short

Genre

Documentary, Animation, Comedy, Romance, Sport, Action, Drama, Adult, Crime, Experimental, Fantasy, Historical/Epic, Horror, Musical/dance, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Western

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Warsaw International Film Festival

Warsaw, Poland, Europe

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General Information

founded

1948

edition

36th

organizers

Stefan Laudyn

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Agnieszka Oryl

PROGRAMMER

Contact details

Contact details

P.O. Box 816

WarszawaPoland 00-950

akredytacje@wff.pl

+48 22 621 62 68

About the festival

The Warsaw Film Festival (WFF) is organised by the Warsaw Film Foundation in Warsaw, Poland. Its aim is to present the best films from all over the world to Polish and international audience, and to encourage better communication and understanding between people living in different countries and of different cultural backgrounds. 

Competitive sections:

  • International Competition – for feature films from all over the world;
  • Competition 1-2 – for first and second feature films by the directors from all over the world;
  • Free Spirit Competition – for independent, innovative, rebellious films from all over the world;
  • Documentary Competition – for feature length (over 60 mins.) documentaries from all over the world;
  • Short Films Competition – for short films from all over the world (30 mins. or less).

Non-competitive section:

  • Special Screenings;
  • Classics from Poland;
  • Discoveries – visions of contemporary world;
  • Family Cinema Weekend – films for children and their parents;
  • Polish Short Films Panorama.

Mission

Its aim is to present the best films from all over the world to Polish and internationalaudience, and to encourage better communication and understanding between people living in different countries and of different cultural backgrounds.

About

The Warsaw Film Festival (WFF) is organised by the Warsaw Film Foundation in Warsaw, Poland. Its aim is to present the best films from all over the world to Polish and international audience, and to encourage better communication and understanding between people living in different countries and of different cultural backgrounds. 

Competitive sections:

  • International Competition – for feature films from all over the world;
  • Competition 1-2 – for first and second feature films by the directors from all over the world;
  • Free Spirit Competition – for independent, innovative, rebellious films from all over the world;
  • Documentary Competition – for feature length (over 60 mins.) documentaries from all over the world;
  • Short Films Competition – for short films from all over the world (30 mins. or less).

Non-competitive section:

  • Special Screenings;
  • Classics from Poland;
  • Discoveries – visions of contemporary world;
  • Family Cinema Weekend – films for children and their parents;
  • Polish Short Films Panorama.
Mission

Its aim is to present the best films from all over the world to Polish and internationalaudience, and to encourage better communication and understanding between people living in different countries and of different cultural backgrounds.

Gallery

Awards & Winners

2020

2019

Best Eastern European Debut Film (Winner)

Competition 1-2 Award - Special Mention (Winner)

Competition 1-2 Award - Special Mention (Winner)

Polish Short Film Competition (Nominated)

Bitten (2019)  Director(s): Helena Oborska

Polish Short Film Competition (Nominated)

Polish Short Film Competition (Nominated)

Polish Short Film Competition (Nominated)

Best Live Action Short (Winner)

Polish Short Film Competition (Nominated)

Rykoszety (2018)  Director(s): Jakub Radej

Polish Short Film Competition (Nominated)

Roadkill (2019)  Director(s): Leszek Mozga

Free Spirit Award (Winner)

Free Spirit Award (Nominated)

Free Spirit Award (Nominated)

Free Spirit Award (Nominated)

Free Spirit Award (Nominated)

Free Spirit Award (Nominated)

Free Spirit Award (Nominated)

Free Spirit Award (Nominated)

Free Spirit Competition - Special Jury Award (Nominated)

FIPRESCI Prize (Winner)

Polish Short Film Competition (Nominated)

Polish Short Film Competition (Nominated)

Polish Short Film Competition (Nominated)

Rain (2019)  Director(s): Piotr Milczarek

Polish Short Film Competition (Nominated)

Polish Short Film Competition (Nominated)

Weirdy (2019)  Director(s): Pawel Dyllus

Polish Short Film Competition (Nominated)

Polish Short Film Competition (Nominated)

Polish Short Film Competition (Nominated)

Polish Short Film Competition (Nominated)

Terms and rules

Except in special circumstances, accepted by the festival director, only films meeting the following criteria can be presented at the Warsaw Film Festival:

  • for competitive sections - films, which had their first public screening on or after January 1, 2020; 
  • films which have not been presented at any film event in Eastern Europe outside of the country (countries) of origin; 
  • films which have not been distributed or exhibited in Poland or broadcast on TV stations which are available in Poland 
  • films which have not been previously shown on the Internet, including international online platforms  available to general public; 
  • world, international or European premieres are required for the Short Films Competition.

You can submit films in post-production (before sound mix, colour correction, as well as rough cuts), which will be completed before WFF.

  • Submit online via festival website or Withoutabox system
  • If online screener is not available, please fill in the entry form on the WFF website or submit through Withoutabox and send the DVD or another video storage type (eg. USB stick) with the film..

The Festival is responsible for the prints from the moment of pick-up from the shipper (when importing) to the moment of giving them to the shipper (when re-exporting). The Festival's responsibility for damage or loss of the print is limited to the cost of making a new print according to the present laboratory rate for making a standard print. The festival's liability in case of whole or partial destruction of a print during the festival cannot exceed the value of 3.500 Euro. 

Selection Media Type: DVD, Secure Online Screener

Screening Media Type: 35 мм, DCP

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Web & Social

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Ratings & Reviews

Categories and fees

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Regular (15th July, 2021) $35
Late (30th July, 2021) $50
Runtime 60 - minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

For feature films (over 60 min) from all over the world. World, international and European Premieres.

1-2 COMPETITION
Regular (15th July, 2021) $35
Late (30th July, 2021) $50
Runtime 60 - minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

For first and second feature films (over 60 min) by directors from all over the world.

FREE SPIRIT COMPETITION
Regular (15th July, 2021) $35
Late (30th July, 2021) $50
Runtime 60 - minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

For independent, innovative, rebellious feature length (over 60 min) fiction and documentary films from all over the world.

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Regular (15th July, 2021) $35
Late (30th July, 2021) $50
Runtime 60 - minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

For feature length (over 60 min) documentaries from all over the world.

SHORT FILMS COMPETITION
Regular (15th July, 2021) $15
Late (30th July, 2021) $25
Runtime - 40 minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

For narrative, documentary and animated shorts (40 min or less) from all over the world. Winners are Academy Awards® eligible.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
Regular (15th July, 2021) $35
Late (30th July, 2021) $50
Runtime 60 - minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

Feature length (over 60 min) fiction and documentary films from all over the world. Non-competitive section.

CLASSICS FROM POLAND
Regular (15th July, 2021) $35
Late (30th July, 2021) $50
Runtime 60 - minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Poland
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

Polish films (over 60 min), at least ten years old, which were significant achievements of Polish cinema. Non-competitive section.

DISCOVERIES
Regular (15th July, 2021) $35
Late (30th July, 2021) $50
Runtime 60 - minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

Feature length (over 60 min) fiction and documentary films from all over the world, dealing with contemporary subjects, which have been presented at film festivals abroad. Non-competitive section.

FAMILY CINEMA WEEKEND
Regular (15th July, 2021) $35
Late (30th July, 2021) $50
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

Films for children and their parents. Non-competitive section, films may be any length.

THE BEST SHORTS FROM POLAND 2020
Regular (15th July, 2021) $15
Late (30th July, 2021) $25
Runtime - 40 minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Poland
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

Selected Polish short films from this year. Non-competitive section.

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