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Warsaw Film Festival

31st Warsaw International Film Festival will take place October 9-18, 2015. One of 15 film events in the world, recognised by FIAPF as “international competitive film festival”. Five int'l competitive sections: International Competition, Competition 1-2 (1st & 2nd features), Free Spirit Competition, Documentary Features Competition, Shorts Competition (Academy Awards® qualifying). Accompanied by CentEast Market Warsaw (, October 16-18.
Call for entries opens March 15.
Entry deadline - June 15.


Audience Award

Audience Award

All the films presented during the Warsaw International Film Festival take part in the Audience Poll for the best film. Before each screening, members of the audience receive a coupon on which they mark the film as “very good”, “good”, “so-so”, “poor”, „bad”.
The coupons are collected after the screening.
The poll results are announced once all the votes have been counted. The winner is the film given the highest marks by audiences. The winning film receives the Audience Award; this is not a cash prize.

The Audience Award is an important indicator for film distributors. For some years now, films chosen by the festival’s audiences have always found Polish distributors and have been shown at cinemas all over the country.

Winners of the Audience Award:


feature films category – ex aequo:
"The Dark House" / „Dom zły” by Wojciech Smarzowski, Poland
"Welcome" by Philippe Lioret, France

documentary films category:
"Defamation" / „Hashmatsa” by Yoav Shamir, Israel / Denmark / Austria / USA

short films category:
"The Pig" / „Grisen” by Dorte W. Hogh, Denmark


feature films category: „Waltz with Bashir” by Ari Folman, Israel / Germany / France

documentary films category:
„Young@Heart” by Stephen Walker, UK


"The Band's Visit" / "Bikur Ha-Tizmoret" by Eran Kolirin, Israel / France / USA


"The Lives of Others" / „Das Leben der Anderen” by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany


"Adam's Apples" / „Adams æbler” by Anders Thomas, Denmark


„Control” / „Kontroll” by Nimród Antal, Hungary


“Buddy“ by Morten Tyldum, Norway


"Elling" by Petter Naess, Norway


"Italian for Beginners" / „Italiensk for begyndere” by Lone Scherfig, Denmark / Sweden


"Loners" / "Samotari" by David Ondricek, Czech Republic


"Children of Heaven" / „Bacheha-Ye aseman” by Majid Majidi, Iran


"Life Is Beautiful" / "La vita e bella" by Roberto Benigni, Italy


"The Full Monty" by Peter Cattaneo, UK


"Trainspotting" by Danny Boyle, UK


"Before the Rain" by Milcho Manchevski, Macedonia


"Arizona Dream" by Emir Kusturica, France / USA


"Coffee and Cigarettes (Somewhere in California)" by Jim Jarmusch, USA


"Prospero's Books" by Peter Greenaway, UK


„The Double Life of Veronique” / „La double vie de Veronique” by Krzysztof Kieślowski, France / Poland


"Dead Poets Society" by Peter Weir, USA


"Drowning by Numbers" by Peter Greenaway, UK


“Koyaanisqatsi“ by Godfrey Reggio, USA


"Birdy" by Alan Parker, USA


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About Warsaw Film Festival

One of Top 20 Euro fests by Variety. FIAPF. Five int`l competitive sections: Warsaw Competition, Competition 1-2, Free Spirit Competition, Doc Features, Shorts (only European). CentEast Market Warsaw,, for Eastern European films.



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