Warsaw Film Festival

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Warsaw Film Festival
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Warsaw International Film Festival logo
LocationWarsaw, Poland
Most recent2021

Warsaw Film Festival (Polish: Warszawski Festiwal Filmowy, abbreviated as WFF) is an annual film festival held every October in Warsaw, Poland which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world.[1] The festival has been held every year since 1985.[2] In 2008, it was recognized by FIAPF as a competitive film festival specialised in first and second features and films from Central and Eastern Europe.[3]

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 38th edition will take place between 14 October to 23 October 2022.



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
  • 2008 – 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) [3]

Award winners[edit]

International Competition winners[edit]

Grand Prix
Year Film Original Title Director Country
2002 Edi[4] Edi Piotr Trzaskalski  Poland
2003 With Love, Lilly[5] Russian: С любовью, Лиля (S luboviu, Lilia) Larisa Sadilova  Russia
2004 The Beautiful City[6] Persian: شهر زیبا (Shahr-e Ziba) Asghar Farhadi  Iran
2005 Sorry for Kung Fu[7] Oprosti za kung fu Ognjen Sviličić  Croatia
2006 Euphoria[8] Russian: Эйфория (Eyforia) Ivan Vyrypaev  Russia
2007 Night Train Chinese: 夜行列车; Chinese: 夜行列车; pinyin: Yè háng lièchē Yi'nan Diao  China /  Hong Kong /  France
2008 Yuri's Day Russian: Юрьев день (Yurev Den) Kirill Serebrennikov  Russia /  Germany
2009 Lourdes[9] Lourdes Jessica Hausner  Austria /  France /  Germany
2010 Incendies[10] Incendies Denis Villeneuve  Canada
2011 Rose[11] Róża Wojciech Smarzowski  Poland
2012 Tango Libre[12] Tango Libre Frédéric Fonteyne  Belgium /  France /  Luxembourg
2013 Ida[13] Ida Paweł Pawlikowski  Poland
2014 The Coffin In the Mountain[14] Chinese: 心迷宫; pinyin: Xīn mígōng Xin Yukun  China
2015 Neon Bull[15] Boi Neon Gabriel Mascaro  Brazil
2016 Malaria[16] Persian: مالاریا (Malaria) Parviz Shahbazi  Iran
2017 To Kill a Watermelon[17] Chinese: 杀瓜; pinyin: Shā guā Zehao Gao  China
2018 The Delegation[18] Delegacioni Bujar Alimani  Albania
2019 Shindisi[19] Shindisi Dito Tsintsadze  Georgia[20]
2020 18 Kilohertz[21] 18 килогерц Farkhat Sharipov  Kazakhstan
2021 Miracle[22] Miracol Bogdan George Apetri  Romania,  Czech Republic,  Latvia


  • ≈ Oscar nomination
  • ≠ Oscar winner

Audience award[edit]

- Fiction Feature Films category[edit]

Year Film Original Title Director Country
1987 Birdy[23] 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[24] 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
2017 A Hustler's Diary Måste gitt Ivica Zubak [sv]  Sweden
2018 Heavy Trip Hevi reissu Juuso Laatio, Jukka Vidgren  Finland
2019 All For My Mother Wszystko dla mojej matki Małgorzata Imielska  Poland
2020 Nowhere Special Uberto Pasolini  United Kingdom, Italy, Romania
2021 Toubab Florian Dietrich  Germany


  • ≈ Oscar nomination
  • ≠ Oscar winner


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  2. ^ "History". WFF Official Website.
  3. ^ a b "FIAPF Accredited Festivals Directory" (PDF). FIAPF.
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  8. ^ "22nd Warsaw International Film Festival - 2006". WFF Official Website.
  9. ^ "25th Warsaw International Film Festival - 2009". WFF Official Website.
  10. ^ "26th Warsaw International Film Festival - 2010". WFF Official Website.
  11. ^ "27th Warsaw International Film Festival - 2011". WFF Official Website.
  12. ^ "28th Warsaw International Film Festival - 2012". WFF Official Website.
  13. ^ "29th Warsaw International Film Festival - 2013". WFF Official Website.
  14. ^ "30th Warsaw International Film Festival - 2014". WFF Official Website.
  15. ^ "31st Warsaw International Film Festival - 2015". WFF Official Website.
  16. ^ "32nd Warsaw International Film Festival, Awards 2016". WFF Official Website.
  17. ^ "33rd Warsaw International Film Festival - 2017". WFF Official Website.
  18. ^ "34th Warsaw International Film Festival - 2018". WFF Official Website.
  19. ^ "35th Warsaw International Film Festival - 2019". WFF Official Website.
  20. ^ Warsaw International Film Festival:'Shindisi' Wins Grand Prix|Hollywood Reporter
  21. ^ "Awards of the 36th Warsaw International Film Festival". WFF Official Website.
  22. ^ "Awards of the 37th Warsaw International Film Festival". WFF Official Website.
  23. ^ Birdy - Awards - IMDb
  24. ^ Waltz with Bashir (2008) - IMDb

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