19. FESTIVAL 2021
Save the Date for the 19th Warsaw Jewish Film Festival 2021! The Festival will take place in-person & online November 15-21.
Our event, as in previous years, will last 7 days and as every year, we will present our viewers a variety of the newest and the best feature and documentary films with Jewish theme. Films selected from the best international and Jewish film festivals from all over the world. We are in the process of creating a safe and accessible Festival where our audiences and artists can come together to celebrate and discover new work, and each other. The Festival screenings will take place in Warsaw at the POLIN Museum & online Poland-wide via festival's VOD.
This year's Festival is dedicated to the Polish-Jewish filmmaker ALEKSANDER FORD (Mosze Lifszyc) and the retrospective of his work will be presented as a special festival event at the POLIN Museum of the history of Polish Jews. "Aleksander Ford - a man of contradiction. A pre-war socialist, he became a protege of the communist regime after the war. Highly regarded for his outstanding artistic achievements (his Piątka z ulicy Barskiej received the Jury Prize in Cannes), he was the first to have adapted Sienkiewicz for the screen. In 1960, he made a grand-scale production of Krzyżacy (Knights of the Teutonic Order), a work that became nearly as important for Poles as Mickiewicz's Pan Tadeusz. Ford was born in Łódź as Mosze Lifszyc. For two decades he taught at the Film School in Łódź, where his students included Andrzej Wajda and Roman Polański. He made over twenty films and built the institutional base of Polish cinematography. At the same time, he was known as the Colonel - his works were often shelved, but he also censored the films of his colleagues, blocking ideas and holding back scripts. After the antisemitic purge of 1968 - 45 years ago - he was barred from creative work. He left the country a year later. It was often said that he would have been one of the fathers of Hollywood had he left for the United States in the 1920s - but at the beginning of the 70s he could hardly find his place there. He committed suicide in Florida in 1980." Source: https://polin.pl/pl/wydarzenie/ulica-graniczna-1948.
The full Festival program and films schedule will be announced by the end of October! Mark your calendars and stay tuned: follow our social media to get more details about our preparations and special screenings, which we are planning to host during this summer FB Warsaw Jewish Film Festival.
Filmmakers are still more than welcome to submit films to our international competition. Submissions deadline is on September the 1st !
SUBMIT YOUR MOVIE TO THE COMPETITION 2021 NOW!
The list of films selected to the competition will be announced by October 20th and the full festival program with films schedule by November 1st. More about the competition and its rules see here: COMPETITION 2021
Thanks to the Festival supporters PARTNERS & SPONSORS access to all screenings will remain free!
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STAYED TUNED & FOLLOW OUR SOCIAL MEDIA to get more details about our preparations and special screenings, which we are planning to host during this summer: FB Warsaw Jewish Film Festival