The 31st Warsaw Film Festival opens
PR dla Zagranicy
The Polish capital's annual film feast will showcase over 100 features, documentaries and shorts from across the globe.
Sixteen productions will be competing for the Grand Prix, including Polish thriller 'Demon' directed by the late Marcin Wrona.
This year's event is sure to appeal to film aficionados, festival director Stefan Laudyn believes. "We have many world, European and eastern European premieres lined up in the programme," Laudyn told Polish Radio's news agency IAR.
The film roster also includes a number of award-winning productions, including Elad Keidan's debut work 'Afterthought', recently recognised by the Haifa Film Festival, Lenny Abrahamson's 'Room', which received the People's Choice Award in Toronto, alongside Runar Runarsson's 'Sparrows', which scooped the top prize in San Sebastian in September.
Like each year, the festival will also feature works by Poland's up-and-coming artists, among them 'Klezmer' by Piotr Chrzan, 'Nowy Świat' (New World) by Elżbieta Benkowska, Łukasz Ostalski and Michał Wawrzecki.
Over the next ten days, film buffs will have a rare opportunity to meet some 250 directors, screenwriters, cinematographers and actors from 48 countries, whom they'll have a chance to talk to at Q&A sessions after screenings.
Aspiring filmmakers may also sign up for practical workshops on film editing, attend discussion panels and masterclasses.
The Warsaw Film Festival is recognised by the International Federation of Film Producers' Associations as one of the top 14 film festivals in the world, alongside those in Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Locarno.
The festival runs until 18 October. (aba/rk)