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Warsaw International Film Festival

Opening Date: 
April 01, 2022
Earlybird Deadline: 
May 15, 2022
Regular Deadline: 
July 15, 2022
Late Deadline: 
July 25, 2022
Extended Deadline: 
July 31, 2022
Notification Date: 
September 15, 2022
Event Date: 
October 14, 2022 to October 23, 2022
Festival Description: 

Established in 1985, the Warsaw Film Festival joined in 2009 the elite group of events recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (www.fiapf.org) as international film festivals - next to Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Locarno, San Sebastian, Karlovy Vary, Tokyo, Moscow, Mar del Plata, Montreal, Shanghai, Cairo, Goa, and Tallinn.

The WFF differs from other festivals in its programme, just as Warsaw differs from other cities. Selecting the films, we always remember about our audience - native Varsovians, those working or studying in Warsaw, and those in town for a short while, for instance only for the Festival.

We do our best to make sure that our audiences get to know the latest and most interesting trends in world cinema as soon as possible. In this way, WFF audiences - usually as the first people in Poland - could discover American independent cinema as well as Asian, Latin American, Iranian, Russian and Romanian cinema. Some of the most amazing directors, like Michael Haneke, Cristian Mungiu, Paweł Pawlikowski, Ari Folman, Ashgar Farhadi, Lenny Abrahamson and hundreds of others, had usually been guests of the WFF before they reached the top.

We have been expanding the professional part of the WFF for over fifteen years. We realize that film festivals are part of the giant mechanism that is the global film industry. We do our best to make sure that the world takes note of Polish films, that they get screened at leading festivals, that they find their way into international distribution.

We started off modestly, in 2000, with screenings of new Polish projects for barely a dozen foreign guests. Five years later, we held the CentEast Market for the first time: a meeting place for professionals interested in films from Eastern Europe, described by The Hollywood Reporter as “the go-to event”. From 2009 till 2016, together with our Russian partner TVINDIE we have been presenting - in Warsaw and Moscow - films that are still works-in-progress but in which we want to interest sales agents and distributors. Similar presentations we organised at the Beijing Film Market from 2013-2016, with our Chinese partner Film Factory, In 2012 we started a collaboration with Beijing-based Film Factory. under the name China-Eastern Europe Film Promotion Project.

Awards & Prizes: 

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

a) Main Award – Warsaw Grand Prix
Cash prize: 100,000 PLN. The award goes to the Director (or Directors). There can be only one winner of the Grand Prix (no ex aequo).

b) Best Director
Cash prize: 10,000 PLN. The award goes to the director (or directors).

c) Special Jury Award
Cash prize: 5,000 PLN. The award may go to an actor, composer, editor, director of photography, producer, director, scriptwriter or set designer.

There can only be one winner of each of the awards in the International Competition (no joint winners).

1-2 COMPETITION

Winner of the 1-2 Competition

Cash prize: 10,000 PLN. The award goes to the director (or directors). There can only be one winner of the 1-2 Competition (no joint winners).

FREE SPIRIT COMPETITION

Free Spirit Award

Cash prize: 5,000 PLN. The award goes to the director (or directors). There can only be one winner of the Free Spirit Award (no joint winners).

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

Best Documentary Feature

Cash prize: 5,000 PLN. The award goes to the director (or directors). There can only be one winner of the Documentary Competition (no joint winners).

SHORT FILMS COMPETITION

a) Short Grand Prix

Cash prize: 2,000 PLN. The award goes to the director (or directors).

b) Best Animated Short Film

Cash prize: 1,000 PLN. The award goes to the director (or directors).

c) Best Live Action Short Film

Cash prize: 1,000 PLN. The award goes to the director (or directors).

d) Best Documentary Short Film

Cash prize: 1,000 PLN. The award goes to the director (or directors).

PLEASE NOTE: If there are fewer than 4 films in a given category, no award will be granted in that category.

AUDIENCE AWARD

The audience votes for the best film from any section of the WFF. The winner receives the Audience Award. No cash prize is involved.

*) all financial awards are subject to tax, to be paid in Poland, according to the Polish Law; for current exchange rates please consult www.nbp.pl

Rules & Terms: 

Regulations of the Warsaw Film Festival
1. ORGANISATION, AIMS, DATES
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 improve communication and understanding between people living in different countries and of different cultural backgrounds. WFF is accredited by FIAPF (www.fiapf.org) as a competitive non-specialized film festival. At WFF we present films made to be screened at cinemas.
2. SECTIONS
The Festival programme is divided into the following sections:
2.1. International Competition – for feature films (over 60 min) from all over the world. World, International and European Premieres.
2.2. Competition 1-2 – for first and second feature films (over 60 min) by the directors from all over the world. World, International and European premieres.
2.3. Free Spirit Competition – for independent, innovative, rebellious feature length (over 60 min) fiction and documentary films from all over the world. Eastern European premieres at the least.
2.4. Documentary Competition – for feature length (over 60 min) documentaries from all over the world. Eastern European premieres at the least.
2.5. Short Films Competition – for narrative, documentary and animated short (40 min or less) films from all over the world. Academy Awards® eligible. World, European and International premieres.
2.6. Special Screenings – for feature length (over 60 min) fiction and documentary films from all over the world. Non-competitive section. Polish premieres at the least.
2.7. Classics from Poland – for Polish films (over 60 min), at least ten years old, which were significant achievements of Polish cinema. Non-competitive section.
2.8. Discoveries – for 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. Polish premieres at the least.
2.9. Family Cinema Weekend – for feature length and short films from all over the world, for children and their parents. Non-competitive section, non-restricted film length. Polish premieres required.
2.10. The Best Shorts from Poland 2022 – for Polish short films (60 min or less) from 2022. Non-competitive section.
3. ELIGIBILITY
Except in special circumstances, accepted by the festival director, only films meeting the following criteria can be presented at the Warsaw Film Festival.
3.1 Eligible for programme consideration are:
a/ for competitive sections - films which had their first public screening on or after January 1, 2022;
b/ Polish films which have not been presented during any motion picture event in Poland; the only acceptable exceptions are: Polish feature films presented at the Gdynia Film Festival and films entering The Best Shorts from Poland section, which may be presented at other film events in Poland and abroad;
c/ films which have not been distributed or exhibited in Poland or broadcast on TV stations which are available in Poland;
d/ films which have not been previously shown on the Internet;
3.2 For Submitting a film, a fee is required:
Entry fee from April 1st to July 15th:
35 Euro – submission of a feature length film
15 Euro – submission of a short film
Entry fee from July 16th to July 30th:
50 Euro – submission of a feature length film
25 Euro – submission of a short film
In case the current edition of the Festival is postponed or cancelled, the organisers will automatically invite the qualified film to the next edition of the Festival. The right holders, who do not agree to that, are entitled for the submission fee refund, if they notify the organisers within four weeks after the postponement / cancellation is announced.
 

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