The 14th Warsaw Jewish Film Festival

Andrzej Wajda (1926 - 2016)

Our Festival would like to farewell the Maestro of Film Directing, late Andrzej Wajda. Mr. Wajda was connected to our Festival, since the 1st edition 2003. The 1st edition honored the World Premiere of Andrzej Wajda` s masterwork "Wyrok na Franciszka Kłosa" ("Sentence of Franciszek Kłos").

The 5th edition 2007 was dedicated to Mr. Andrzej Wajda. The Festival presented the film retrospective of Mr. Wajda, docs about him and the exhibition of Andrzej Wajda`s films posters. The 5th edition was opened by Mr. Wajda`s masterpiece "Katyń", which was nominated to OSCAR three months later.

Shimon Peres (1923 - 2016)

Our Festival would like to say goodbye to the most progressive Israeli Politician, B. M. Shimon Peres. President Peres was a great Friend of our Festival since the beginning - the First Edition in 2003. His "The Peres Center for Peace" and "Polish Society of Friends Peres Center for Peace" became Honorary Patrons of our Festival in 2003 and 2004. I had a great honor and pleasure to meet and talk with President Peres twice. He became an inspiration for all of us in organizing peaceful meetings during our Festival in the years 2003 - 2016 between Palestinians and Israelis. His legacy will never be forgotten, but it will continue until peace is reached and then mutual existence of two states will benefit all their citizens.

Daniel Strehlau, Festival founder, Sept. 29 2016, Los Angeles, Ca.

The 14th Warsaw Jewish Film Festival

dedicated to Martin Landau and Tad Taube

The Festival will take place on November 21-27, 2016 at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and JCC Warsaw. The Museum POLIN is the main Festival Partner.

The Honorary Patronage: The Marshall of Mazovia Voivodeship .

As usual the event will have its main Jewish subject focus on the new and the best productions of the international film scene. Our competition program will be giving out 12 Camera of David Awards in total exhibit in a few competitive sections (The Camera of David Awards!).

We are already waiting for your movies! We accept movies with Jewish subject and with the date of production no older than 2 years. Suitable categories of movies: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Narrative Feature Film, Narrative Short Film, included Animated Feature and Animated short.

Submission deadline is September 5th, 2016.

Submission rules and regulation: Submit your movie! & Conditions.

GOOD LUCK! Soon more information.


2015 Gallery

Nov 2

More than 400 distinguished guests, filmmakers and moviegoers joined the Opening ceremony of the 13th edition 2015 on Nov 2, 2015.

photo by Maciej Komorowski,

Screening at Jewish Community Center Warsaw - a doc RAISE THE ROOF, dir. by Yari and Cary Wolinsky

November 3

photo by Maciej Komorowski,

November 4

Meeting with a director Matej Minac, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER

photo by Maciej Komorowski,

November 5

Screening of the doc WZNIESMY DACH: SYNAGOGA Z GWOZDZCA / RAISE THE ROOF, dir. by Yari and Cary Wolinsky

photo by Maciej Komorowski,

November 6

Screening of the doc: MÓJ TATA GENE GUTOWSKI /DANCING BEFORE THE ENEMY, dir. by Adam Bardach

Screening of the short: DYLEMAT SZCZURA / RAT'S DILEMMA, dir. by NAOR MENINGHER

Photo by Magda Strehlau

November 7

The screening of: KLEZMER, dir by Piotr Chrzan - Q & A

photo by Maciej Komorowski,

November 8

The Closing Ceremony of 13. WJFF 2015

photo by Maciej Komorowski,

Invite our Festival to your city...

The 13. WJFF 2015 is going to organize as well “The educational post-festival screenings” all over the Poland. These screenings are aimed at popularizing the art of film and building tolerance and sensitivity to diversity and the fight against anti-Semitism in PL. That program is the continuity of screenings, which we started in March 2004. The 12th edition post-festival screenings already took place and additional are planned in: Auschwitz Museum in Oswiecim, Galicia Museum in collaboration with the International Festival of Jewish Culture in Cracow, Gdansk, Lodz, Tarnow, Wroclaw and Bialystok in collaboration of ZAHOR Festival of Jewish Culture.

List of films awarded at the 12th Warsaw Film Festival Jewish, that reached in the program:
• BRZOSTEK: HISTORY OF A RETURN, dir. Simon Target, Australia / Poland 2014
• SAMUEL, dir. Jan Kidawa Blonski, Poland 2013
• FOREST OF SHADOWS, dir. Andrzej Cichocki, Poland 2014
• RAQUEL - WOMAN marked, dir. Gabriela Bohm, USA 2014
• GANG Rosenthal, dir. Nae Caranfil, Poland / Romania / USA / France / Italy, 2014
• Longing, dir Nadav Mishael. Israel 2014.

Krakow City - Galicia Jewish Museum

We are proud to inform you, that our Festival organizes the series of screenings together with GALICIA MUSEUM KRAKOW - MUZEUM GALICJA KRAKÓW in Krakow City. The first screening took place in January 2015, the next one tales place in July 2015.

2015, January


As part of the series of year-round screenings organized by the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival and held under the patronage of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, on February 23, 2015, Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski High School in Bialystok hosted an educational screening of a documentary A Town Called Brzostek. The showing of the film directed by Simon Target, which received Special Mention at the 12th Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, was coupled with award-winning The Shadow Forest by Andrzej Cichocki (Best Short Narrative at the 12th WJFF). The project was carried out in cooperation with the Center for Civic Education Poland-Israel.