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Time for Cinema

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Author: Paweł Arczewski

Feature films, documentaries, independent films, animation, and short films from all over the world - Warsaw is preparing for a flurry of film festivals this autumn. The capital's cinemas are screening films for young audiences, as well as horror and fantasy films.

The Ukraine! Film Festival will begin on 18 October. Now in its eighth edition, the event will screen over 60 productions, including new films, documentaries, short films, and animation, as well as award-winning films from recent years. The festival will take place at Kinoteka, Amondo Cinema, and Andrzej Wajda Film Culture Centre.

LET'S DOC, a documentary film festival for young audiences, is a new event organised by the Andrzej Wajda Film Cultural Centre. From 21 to 29 October, Polish and foreign productions will be screened for viewers aged 10 to 18. From 30 October, the festival will be available in a virtual version on the VOD Warszawa platform.

The KAMERA DAWIDA Warsaw Jewish-Themed Film Festival opens on 23 October. Audiences will be able to see the most interesting contemporary productions on Jewish and Israeli themes, as well as committed productions dealing with anti-Semitism, homophobia, and other manifestations of exclusion. The festival will also have its own online version - from 1 November on VOD Warszawa.

Horror movies and cinema straight from Asia

Splat!FilmFest, a new horror, fantasy, and arthouse cinema festival, will take place at the end of October. It will feature premieres of the world's best genre films, including horror, thrillers, dark dramas, black comedies, and fantasy, which cannot be seen at any other festival in Poland. Check out the festival screening at Kinoteka from 25 October.

In November, fans of East and Southeast Asian cinema will be in for a treat at the Five Flavours Asian Film Festival. From 15 to 21 November, films from distant Asia, a retrospective of King Hu's films or Indian films, which will have their own separate section, will be screened at Kino Muranów and Kinoteka, as well as online at piecsmakow.pl.

Short and independent films

The 22nd International Short Film Forum will open on 22 November Cinemaforum - one of the most important short film events on the festival map of Poland. As every year, the audience will see the best short films from all over the world. The screenings will take place at Atlantic Cinema and will be free of charge.

The Witold Kon Grand OFF Festival is one of Poland's main film initiatives promoting independent cinema. As part of the festival, a competition will be organised, with awards in as many as 11 categories, including best director, best writer, best actor, and best cinematographer. The Grand OFF will open on 27 November.

Documentaries and African cinema

The 23rd WATCH DOCS International Film Festival will screen over 50 world-class documentaries. It is one of the two largest film events in the world devoted to human rights. The documentaries will be screened in Warsaw cinemas and online at the mojeekino.pl platform from 1 December.

In December, films from far-flung Africa will be screened in Warsaw during the Afrikamery festival’s 18th edition. This year, the festival will be held under the WOMAN motto, and the organisers want to highlight the role of women in African culture and art and create a safe space to discuss feminism, development, and women's empowerment.