Warsaw International Film Festival

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Warsaw Film Festival
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25th Warsaw Film Festival
Location Warsaw, Poland
Founded 1985
Language Polish
Website http://wff.pl/main.xml?targetLang=EN

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.

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 30th edition took place between 10 October to 19 October 2014.



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.


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


  • 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 winners

International Competition winners

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 Out of Frame 片甲不留 Wai Lun Kwok  Hong Kong

Audience award

- Fiction Feature Films category

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  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
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

External links

  • Official website
  • Warsaw International Film Festival on IMDb
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