Why We Love the Warsaw International Film Festival

Film festivals around the world are a good time, but there’s something special about the Warsaw International Film Festival.

Maybe it’s because there’s always a wide variety of films to see, or the fact that there’s a special emphasis placed on making sure the world takes note of Polish films. Whatever it is, we’re excited to announce that the Warsaw International Film Festival is coming back this year in full force. The event’s coordinator, Alexandra Senn, shed a little light on the goal of this event. ‘The aim of the event is to promote Eastern European cinema on the international market and to connect film professionals from all over the world,’ she explained. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect of figuring out what exactly will be going on at the 37th Warsaw International Film Festival, don’t worry. We’ve broken it all down for you!  

The Warsaw International Film Festival is coming back between Friday, October 8 to Sunday, October 17.  You can buy tickets to the event here, but it’s important to note that tickets purchased online won’t be printed at the festival box offices. To enter a screening room, it will be enough to present a valid electronic ticket. If you prefer to buy tickets at the box office, you can purchase same-day and advance tickets at both the festival venues (separate box offices). Advance sales ticket offices and same-day ticket box offices will open half an hour before the first screening. At KINOTEKA, sales will be open from 9:30am to 9:30pm, whereas at MULTIKINO Złote Tarasy they’ll be open from 10:30am to 9:30pm. Ticket prices vary depending on time of day between 15 to 22 PLN. There will be no commercials before screenings, so it’s important to come to the screenings on time. 

There’s a competitive section of the festival as well as a non-competitive section. In the competitive section, there will be an international competition (for feature films from all over the world), a ‘free spirit’ competition (for ‘independent, innovative, rebellious films from all over the world’), a short films competition for films 30 minutes or less, and more. Submissions to the competition were open until July 31, 2021, but if you missed your chance, there’s always next year! In the non-competitive section of the festival, there will be special screenings, classics from Poland, a Family Cinema Weekend (films for children and their parents), Discoveries (‘visions of a contemporary world’) and Polish Short Films. Check out this site here for more information about the Warsaw Film Festival. 

Fifteen films will compete in the International Competition of the 37th Warsaw Film Festival for the main prize. The main award for the competition is the Warsaw Grand Prix, which goes to the Director (or Directors) of the film and involves a financial reward of 100,000 zlotys. Some films include ‘Miracle,’ a dramatic Romanian film directed by Bogdan George Apetri, ‘Rhino,’ a Ukrainian film directed by Oleg Sentsov, and ‘The Other Tom,’ a film in Spanish directed by Rodrigo Plá and Laura Santullo. We wish all the contestants luck! 

We suggest you check out the full selection for yourself so you can decide what you most want to see. There are films from a wide variety of geographical and cultural backgrounds, as well as Polish films that will help you explore Warsaw’s cultural landscape. If you’re looking for somewhere new to live in Warsaw (or want to move here now!), you should definitely consider all in one living Warsaw. We’re located perfectly for you to go where you want and explore the city fully! 

The good news is that if you’re not feeling like going to the festival, there’s still plenty to do in our living complexes in Warsaw (or in any of our other locations, for that matter). You can work out in our fitness studio, have a delicious coffee at one of our on-site cafés, or work in one of our co-working spaces. There’s always something to do, and we’d never begrudge you some time relaxing at home after a long day. It’s up to you. There’s always something going on in Warsaw. Why not be a part of it here at Vonder?

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