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Warsaw International Film Festival

Warsaw Film Festival (Polish: Warszawski Festiwal Filmowy) is a major film festival held every October in Warsaw, Poland. The festival has been held every year since 1985.

Warsaw Film Festival
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25th Warsaw Film Festival
LocationWarsaw, Poland
Founded1985
LanguagePolish
English
Websitehttp://wff.pl/main.xml?targetLang=EN

The festival is host to the International Federation of Film Critics awards for enterprising filmmaking in Central Europe and beyond (i.e. Denmark and Israel). The 35th edition will take place between 11 October to 20 October 2019.

Contents

FestivalEdit

ProgrammesEdit

The programme consists of the following sections:

  • The International Competition – premiering competition for international features
  • 1–2 Competition – for 1st and 2nd feature films
  • Free Spirit Competition – competition for independent, innovative, rebellious feature length fiction and documentary films from all over the world.
  • Documentary Competition
  • Shorts Competition – For narrative, documentary and animated shorts (up to 40 minutes) from all over the world. Winners are Academy Awards eligible.
  • Special Screenings – non competitive section dedicated to acclaimed filmmakers from all over the world
  • Discoveries
  • Family Cinema Weekend

All the films presented, regardless of the section (competitive or non-competitive), are eligible for the Audience Award.

JuriesEdit

  • International Competition Jury
  • The Competition 1–2 Jury
  • Free Spirit Competition Jury
  • Documentary Competition Jury
  • Shorts Competition Jury
  • Jury FIPRESCI
  • Jury NETPAC
  • Ecumenical jury - by SIGNIS

HistoryEdit

  • 1985 – Film Discussion Club "Hybrydy" founds the festival, originally named Warsaw Film Week. Festival's creator Roman Gutek becomes its first director.
  • 1991 – Stefan Laudyn becomes new director of the festival and name Warsaw Film Week changes to Warsaw Film Festival.
  • 1995 – festival is being organised by Warsaw Film Found for the first time
  • 2000 – festival gets accreditation from FIAPF and changes its name again into Warsaw International Film Festival
  • 2005 – for the first time FIAPF juror gives special awards during Warsaw International Film Festival
  • 2009 – FIAPF adds Warsaw International Film Festival to a group of international contest festival (which other members are Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, San Sebastian, Mar del Plata, Karlovy Vary, Montreal, Cairo, Moscow, Tokyo and Shanghai)

Award winnersEdit

International Competition winnersEdit

Year Prize Film Original Title Director Country
2002 Grand Prix Edi Edi Piotr Trzaskalski   Poland
2003 Grand Prix With Love, Lilly Russian: С любовью, Лиля (S luboviu, Lilia) Larisa Sadilova   Russia
2004 Grand Prix The Beautiful City Persian: شهر زیبا‎ (Shahr-e Ziba) Asghar Farhadi   Iran
2005 Grand Prix Sorry for Kung Fu Oprosti za kung fu Ognjen Sviličić   Croatia
2006 Grand Prix Euphoria Russian: Эйфория (Eyforia) Ivan Vyrypaev   Russia
2007 Grand Prix Night Train Chinese: 夜行列车 Yi Nan Diao   China /   Hong Kong /   France
2008 Grand Prix Yuri's Day Russian: Юрьев день (Yurev Den) Kirill Serebrennikov   Russia /   Germany
2009 Grand Prix Lourdes Lourdes Jessica Hausner   Austria /   France /   Germany
2010 Grand Prix Incendies Incendies Denis Villeneuve   Canada
2011 Grand Prix Rose Róża Wojciech Smarzowski   Poland
2012 Grand Prix Tango Libre Tango Libre Frédéric Fonteyne   Belgium /   France /   Luxembourg
2013 Grand Prix Ida Ida Paweł Pawlikowski   Poland
2014 Grand Prix The Coffing In the Mountain Chinese: 心迷宫 Xin Yukun   China
2015 Grand Prix Neon Bull Boi Neon Gabriel Mascaro   Brazil
2016 Grand Prix Malaria Persian: مالاریا‎ (Malaria) Parviz Shahbazi   Iran
2017 Grand Prix To Kill a Watermelon[1] Zehao Gao   China
2018 Grand Prix The Delegation Delegacioni Bujar Alimani   Albania

Audience awardEdit

- Fiction Feature Films categoryEdit

Year Film Original Title Director Country
1987 Birdy Alan Parker   United States
1988 Koyaanisqatsi Godfrey Reggio   United States
1989 Drowning By Numbers Peter Greenaway   United Kingdom
1990 Dead Poets Society Peter Weir   United States
1991 The Double Life of Véronique La double vie de Véronique Krzysztof Kieślowski   Poland /   France
1992 Prospero's Books Peter Greenaway   United Kingdom
1993 Coffee and Cigarettes III Jim Jarmusch   United States
1994 Arizona Dream Emir Kusturica   United States
1995 Before the Rain Milcho Manchevski   North Macedonia
1996 Trainspotting Danny Boyle   United Kingdom
1997 The Full Monty Peter Cattaneo   United Kingdom
1998 Life Is Beautiful La vita è bella Roberto Benigni   Italy
1999 Children of Heaven Bacheha-ye Aseman Majid Majidi   Iran
2000 Loners Samotári David Ondříček   Czech Republic
2001 Italian for Beginners Italiensk for begyndere Lone Scherfig   Denmark
2002 Elling Petter Næss   Norway
2003 Buddy Morten Tyldum   Norway
2004 Kontroll Nimród Antal   Hungary
2005 Adam's Apples Adams æbler Anders Thomas Jensen   Denmark
2006 The Lives of Others Das Leben der Anderen Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck   Germany
2007 The Band's Visit Bikur Ha-Tizmoret Eran Kolirin   Israel
2008 Waltz with Bashir Vals Im Bashir Ari Folman   Israel
2009 The Dark House (shared) Dom zly Wojciech Smarzowski   Poland
2009 Welcome (shared) Philippe Lioret   France
2010 Sound of Noise Ola Simonsson and
Johannes Stjärne Nilsson
  Sweden
2011 Rose Róża Wojciech Smarzowski   Poland
2012 Imagine Andrzej Jakimowski   Poland /   France /   Portugal /   Great Britain
2013 Tangerines Mandariinid Zaza Urushadze   Estonia /   Georgia
2014 What We Do in the Shadows Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement   New Zealand /   United States
2015 Room Lenny Abrahamson   Ireland /   Canada
2016 My Life as a Courgette Ma vie de Courgette Claude Barras   France /    Switzerland

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