34th Warsaw Film Festival starts October 12

The director of the Warsaw Film Festival Stefan Laudyn said that the programme will include 15 world premieres. Stach Leszczyński/PAP

This year's 34th Warsaw Film Festival will feature 190 films (short, medium and full-length) and take place on October 12-21. The organisers have planned dozens of world, European and Polish premieres.

“I think that (film) festivals are generally divided into two categories: those that point the way and those that mimic others. I think that this year, the Warsaw Film Festival moves into the first category. We had almost 5,000 entries for the festival: 3,082 short and medium length films and 1,858 feature films, from 126 countries around the world. Ultimately, the programme will include 110 feature films and 80 short- and medium-length films from 61 countries,” said Stefan Laudyn, the director of the Warsaw festival, at a Wednesday press conference.

More than 30 percent of the films selected for the festival were directed by women, which, as he emphasized, is a very good number.

“It’s very important to me to have a ‘fresh’ programme. I assure you that there is no other feature film festival of this kind in Poland, with similar statistics. We’ve got 15 world premieres, 18 international, five European, 39 Eastern European and 28 Polish ones,” he added.

The productions presented at the festival will compete in several categories, including the most prestigious - the International Competition – for feature films (over 60 min.) from all over the world.

The films will be screened at Multikino and Kinoteka cinemas. In addition, meetings with the film-makers will held during every day of the festival.

The festival will be accompanied by industry events, including workshops for young filmmakers (Warsaw Next), workshops for journalists (Warsaw Critics Project) and open workshops (Art of Montage) organised with the Polish Association of Film Editors.