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Warsaw International Film Festival

Warsaw Film Festival
Location Warsaw, Poland
Founded 1985
Language Polish

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 and Eastern Europe. The 30th edition is scheduled to take place between 10 October to 19 October 2014.


  • Festival 1
    • Programmes 1.1
    • Juries 1.2
  • History 2
  • Award winners 3
    • Audience award 3.1
  • External links 4



The programme consists of the following sections:

  • The International Competition – international features
  • 1–2 Competition – for 1st and 2nd feature films
  • Free Spirit Competition
  • Documentary Competition
  • Shorts Competition
  • Master's Touch
  • 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


  • 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

Award winners

Audience award

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  Georgia

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