Warsaw International Film Festival

The International Film Festival Warsaw (English: Warsaw International Film Festival; Polish: Warszawski Międzynarodowy Festiwal Filmowy ), also known as the Warsaw Film Festival, is about a ten -day international film event and is held since 1985 every year in early October in Warsaw. It presents new films from the world, from Europe and from Poland. Since 2009, the International Film Festival Warsaw is one of the international festival competitions FIAPF and thus one of the most important film festivals in the world, the film festivals. The festival is also awarded the FIPRESCI Prize.

Event history

The festival was founded in 1985 as the Warsaw Film Festival (Polish: Warszawski tydzien Filmowy; engl Warsaw Film Week. ), Which was organized by the Film Club Hybrydy, one of the oldest and most famous student clubs in Poland. The creator of the festival Roman Gutek was also festival director until 1990 and was replaced the following year by Stefan Laudyn. In 1991 it was renamed the Warsaw Film Festival (Polish: Warszawski Festiwal Filmowy ) to its organization in 1995, the Warsaw Film Foundation ( Warszawska fundacja Filmowa ) was founded. The Foundation has initiated and co-founded in 2001 Cent East, a bandage Central and Eastern European film festivals.

In 2000, the Festival of the FIAPF, an international advocacy film producer based in Paris, accredited and again changed its name, this time in Warsaw International Film Festival (Polish: Warszawski Międzynarodowy Festiwal Filmowy, short WMFF ). As part of the internationalization films from Germany since 2002 within one 's own " German panoramas " presents.

Since 2005 will be awarded in the international competition for the first time the Warsaw Grand Prix. In the same year, representatives of the FIPRESCI award, an international association of film critics and film journalists, the FIPRESCI Award for Best Film from the region of Central and Eastern Europe for the first time. A further distinction is available from 2008 to as an audience prize is dedicated exclusively documentaries. The festival is more popular, so that the number of admissions almost tripled in just 13 years and 2008, hundreds of thousands of brand is just missed.

2009 takes FIAPF on the International Film Festival in Warsaw, the group of A- festival that includes the most prestigious festivals in the world. In the same year two films are identical awarded the audience prize as they reach exactly the same score. In addition, for the first time the audience was given the opportunity to select the best short film.

Sections of the festival

The sections of the festival can be summed up in two groups: the competitions that are out of the audience award most well endowed with cash prizes, as well as the section of the non-competing films.

  • In international competition, the Warsaw Grand Prix is associated with a prize of 100,000 zloty. This highly doped at most reasonable price will be awarded only after the 21st edition of the festival in 2005. In addition, there is a Special Jury Award ( Specjalna Nagroda jury ), which is awarded with 20,000 zloty.
  • The competition 1 and 2 for first and second films by directors from all over the world is endowed with 20,000 zloty.
  • The competition of the free spirit (Polish: Wolny Duch; engl Free Spirit. ) Applies to independent, rebellious film from around the world. The Free Spirit Award ( Nagroda Wolny Duch ) is endowed with 20,000 zloty.
  • In the competition for documentaries about 60 minutes, the best documentation receives 20,000 zloty.
  • In the competition for European short films under 45 minutes gets the best among them 10,000 zloty.
  • The Audience Award is the oldest award at the festival. During the festival the audience after each performance rated movies. While winning the audience award is not connected to a cash reward, but it is an important indicator of the film distributors dar. Traditionally, victorious films a Polish lender and then shown in Polish cinemas across the country.
  • The FIPRESCI Award is awarded for the best first and second films by directors from Central and Eastern Europe and is represented at each festival section.

There are also non-competitive sections:

  • The Master's Touch (Polish Mistrzowskie dotknięcie; German about: Master's Touch ) applies new films by particularly well-known directors from around the world.
  • Discoveries shows visions of the contemporary world.
  • On " weekend of cinema for the whole family " films for children and parents are shown.


Audience Awards

Warsaw Grand Prix