Warsaw International Film Festival


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Warsaw International Film Festival
The Warsaw Film Festival has a history going back twenty-five years. It has travelled a long way - from a modest though ambitious student event to a genuine film festival that can rival even the best competitions. The WFF differs from other festivals in its program, just as Warsaw differs from other cities.

Organizers selecting the films always remember about the Varsovians - the city's native residents, those working or studying in Warsaw, and those in town for a short while, for instance only for the Festival. The cultural backwardness inherited from the previous system, a system that cut Poland off from original civilization for half a century, is not getting smaller. The world is rushing forward faster and faster. That makes organizers try even harder to make sure that the audiences get to know the latest and most interesting trends in world cinema as soon as possible, often in the form of national and regional presentations. In this way, WFF audiences - usually as the first people in Poland - could discover American independent cinema as well as Asian, Latin American, Iranian, Russian, and Romanian cinema. Time has always been a major consideration: capturing the moment of the greatest success, the peak. Organizers’ aim is to show a film before it wins an Oscar, to introduce a director to Warsaw audiences before he or she wins an award at the Cannes festival.

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