Warsaw International Film Festival
Director and Program Director
Mr. Stefan Laudyn
Year of Foundation 1985
Event Date from 12 October 2018 till 21 October 2018
in Warsaw, Poland
Sections Competitive: International Competition (feature films over 60 min from all over the world; World,
International and European Premieres), Competition 1-2 (1st and 2nd international feature films over 60 min), The Free Spirit Competition (independent, rebellious international films over 60 min), The Documentary Competition (over 60 min., all over the world), The Short Film Competition (narrative, documentary and animated shorts, 40 min or less, films
from all over the world. Academy Awards® eligible).
Non-competitive: Special Screenings, Discoveries, Classics from Poland, Family Cinema Weekend, Best Shorts from Poland 2017
Terms of Entry Only films which had their first public screening on or after January 1, 2017, have not been distributed or presented at any public screening in Poland, have not been broadcast on TV stations which are available in Poland (incl. foreign language stations), have not been previously shown on the Internet (including international online platforms available to general public) are eligable. Polish films which did not have any public screening in Poland, except at Gdynia Film Festival, are eligable.
Competitive sections: priority is given to world, international and European premieres. Premiere status criteria don’t apply to the films entering The Best Shorts from Poland and Classics from Poland sections. Films in post-production (before sound mix, colour correction, as well as rough cuts), which will be completed before the festival starts can be submitted.
Subtitles English subtitles necessary
Format 35 mm, DCP
Registration Deadline Regular Deadline: 15 July 2017
Extended Deadline: 31 July 2017
Fees Regular Deadline: 5 Euro (short film); 20 Euro (feature length film) Extended Deadline: 15 Euro (short film) 30 Euro (feature length film)
Attendance Figures 109,000
Participants of the Film Industry 212 accredited industry professionals; Polish buyers (theatrical field, video, TV) and international festival programmers
Prizes/Awards International Competition: Warsaw Grand Prix (ca. 23.500 €), Best Director (ca. 2.300 €), Special Jury Award (ca. 1.200 €); Competition 1-2: Best Film (ca. 2.300 €); Short Film Competition: Grand Prix (ca. 470 €), Best Animated Short (ca. 235 €), Best Live Action Short (ca. 235 €), Best Documentary Short (ca, 235 €); Free Spirit Award (ca. 1.170 €); Best Documentary (ca. 1.170 €); Audience Award; FIPRESCI Award; NETPAC Award; Ecumenical Jury Award.
BORDER CUT by Igor Chojna (PL/DE, Hanfgarn & Ufer Filmproduktion)
Free Spirit Competition
METAL POLITICS TAIWAN (TAIWAN: MIT HEAVY METAL INS PARLAMENT) by Marco Wilms (DE/TW, Heldenfilm)
Short Films Competition
DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING! (KEINE HERRENJAHRE) by Samuel Pleitner (ifs international film school cologne)
NEPTUNE by Adéla Babanová (CZ/DE)
BLUE NOTE (IT MUST SCHWING! THE BLUE NOTE STORY) by Eric Friedler (Neue Road Movies)
HIGH LIFE by Claire Denis (DE/FR/GB/PL/US, Pandora Film)
WHY ARE WE CREATIVE? by Hermann Vaske (Emotional Network Production)
RAFIKI by Wanuri Kahiu (ZA/KE/FR/LB/NO/NL/DE, Razor Film)
Next Generation Short Tiger 2018
L’ARIA DEL MOSCERINO by Lukas von Berg (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)
CARLOTTA’S FACE by Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld (Filmstahl, Fabian&Fred)
COMMENTS by Jannis Alexander Kiefer (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
EGO by Lukas Baier (University of Television and Film Munich)
EPITHESE by Rebecca Zehr (University of Television and Film Munich)
HIM & HER by Nathalie Lamb (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)
ISLAND by Max Mörtl, Robert Löbel
MEGA TRICK by Anne Isensee (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
MORALE (MIT IM BUND) by Lukas Nathrath (Hamburg Media School)
RIEN NE VA PLUS by Sophie Linnenbaum (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
WITHOUT MERCY (UNBARMHERZIG) by Julia Charakter (ifs international film school cologne)
WE'RE BACK AGAIN (WIR SIND WIEDER DA) by Shirel Peleg (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)
Prizes for German films 2010
KICK IN IRAN
Number of Films Shown 114 films from 38 countries
Media Coverage 158 journalists – mostly Polish, but also international trade like Variety, Screen International, etc.; coverage in key Polish media; close collaboration with most influential Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza (daily coverage/reviews) and state national television TVPSpecific Characteristics Recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as Competitive Feature Film Festival (so-called "A-Festival").
Evaluation The festival is one of the major film events in Eastern Europe and in Poland. Most of the Polish distributors as well as a considerable amount of foreign press representatives attend. The festival program is very open for German films.