The 27th annual Warsaw Film Festival is of the biggest annual cinematic events in South-Eastern Europe and can even be compared to the Cannes or Berlin film festivals.
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The Warsaw Film Festival (WFF), organised by the Warsaw Film Foundation and the biggest annual cinematic event in Warsaw, has just wrapped up
Its aim is to present the best films from all over the world to Polish and international audiences, and to encourage better communication and understanding between people living in different countries and of different cultural backgrounds.
The honorary patrons of WFF are the Mayor of Warsaw and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
Founded in 1985, WFF quickly became the country’s leading showcase for international independent films, specialising in new names and trends in world cinema, and promoting films from Poland and Eastern Europe.
WFF is one of thirteen events in the world accredited by FIAPF (Paris-based International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations) as competitive feature films festivals.
"Variety", the leading film business magazine, published in Los Angeles, named WFF one of Top 20 European festivals and one of the world’s 50 events not to be missed.
WFF was accompanied by CentEast Market Warsaw (October 14-16, 2011, www.centeast.eu), an event for professionals, specialising in films from Eastern Europe.
All films presented at WFF have to be absolute Polish premieres.
The programme is divided into the following sections:
International Competition – for feature films from all over the world
Competition 1-2 – for first and second feature films by the directors from all over the world
Free Spirit Competition – for independent, innovative, rebellious films from all over the world
Documentary Competition – for feature length (over 60 mins.) documentaries from all over the world
Shorts Competition – for European short films (45 mins. or less)
Gala Screenings (non-competitive) – new films by established filmmakers
Discoveries (non-competitive) – visions of contemporary world.
Family Cinema Weekend - films for children and their parents
The films in all competitive sections are judged by international juries. Additionally, the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Cinema Press, www.fipresci.org) Jury, selects the best film from Eastern Europe – from all festival sections.
Organiser: Warsaw Film Foundation
This event is part of Attention Culture!, the Cultural Programme of the 2011 Polish EU Presidency.