Selected International Film Festivals

Warsaw International Film Festival

Warsaw International Film Festival
P.O. Box 816

00950 Warsaw 1
phone +48-22-621 46 47
fax +48-22-621 62 68

Director and Program Director
Mr. Stefan Laudyn

Year of Foundation 1985

Event Date from 08 October 2021 till 17 October 2021

Event Date

in Warsaw, Poland

International Competition

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 2020

Terms of Entry Only films which had their first public screening on or after January 1, 2019, 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 2020
Extended Deadline: 31 July 2020

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.

German Films


Competition 1-2
CHRONOLOGY by Ali Aydin (TK/DE, Tamtam Film)
RELATIVITY (MEIN ENDE. DEIN ANFANG.) by Mariko Minoguchi (TRIMAFILM, BerghausWöbke Filmproduktion)
Free Spirit Competition
LIFE IN CONCERT – VOL. 2 by Christian Klandt (Lischke & Klandt Filmproduktion)
Short Films Competition
BLACK&WHITE by Eluned Zoe Aiano & Anna Benner (CZ/DE)
INTERSTATE 8 by Anne Thieme (DE/US, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
Short Film Special Screening
NIMIC by Yorgos Lanthimos (DE/GB/US, Rekorder)
Best Polish Shorts
PORTRAIT OF SUZANNE by Paulina Ratajczak (DE/FR/PL)
Next Generation Short Tiger 2019
ARMED LULLABY by Yana Ugrekhelidze (Academy of Media Arts Cologne)
LA BOUTIQUE by Andreas Fischer (Nuremberg Institute of Technology)
FEST by Nikita Diakur
SHAPES (FORMEN) by Fariba Buchheim (Munich University of Television and Film)
JUPITER by Benjamin Pfohl (Munich University of Television and Film)
MASCARPONE by Jonas Riemer (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
MILK MEN (MILCHMÄNNER) by Aljoscha Ramon Böhnert, Michelle Burakowski (University of Applied Sciences Flensburg)
MOONJUMP by Lasse Holdhus (DFFB)
MYBORDER’S JOYFENCE by Michael Kranz (Munich University of Television and Film)
NEST by Sonja Rohleder
THE INK DOESN’T DRY (DIE TINTE TROCKNET NICHT) by Felix Herrmann (Munich University of Television and Film)
WHOSE HAND WAS IT? by Minze Tummescheit, Sara Lehn, Arne Hector (cinéma copains)

Prizes for German films 2010
Audience Award
Special Mention

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 TVP

Specific 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.

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