WJFF.pl // Warszawski Festiwal Filmów o Tematyce ?ydowskiej (WJFF)

14th edition

Nov 20 - Nov 27, 2020
WARSAW, Poland

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short

Mission / description About WARSAW JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival (WJFF.pl) is the first and the largest Jewish Film Festival in eastern Europe and in Poland. Established in 2003 has 13 years experience of sourcing the best international movies with Jewish subject. Movies which are dedicated to explore Jewish culture, history and contemporary life of Jewish communities from around the globe.

Our goal is to give Jewish and non-Jewish movie-goers the opportunity to get acquainted with different perspectives of Jewish issue reflected on the screen. Since the first edition in 2003 we showed our audience more than 500 movies from 30 countries!

Warsaw Jewish Film Festival (WJFF.pl) loves to promote filmmakers working with Jewish themes. Our festival has an international competition with the CAMERA of DAVID Awards. Our team selected and awarded dozens of movies which later won the OSCARS & awards at the biggest, world-famous festivals!

WJFF.pl presents CAMERA of DAVID Awards in following categories:

The Audience Award
Grand Prix - The Best Film of Festival
The Best Narrative Feature/ Animated Feature
The Best Documentary Feature
The Best Narrative Short/ Animated Short
The Best Documentary Short
The Best Actress
The Best Actor
The Best Director
The Best Screenplay
The Best Cinematographer
The Best Music & Sound

We are non-profit organization that promotes appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people. The submission fees are helping us to promote selected movies and their authors.
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Festival website www.wjff.pl/en

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Class Founded: 2003
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Notification date: Oct 10, 2016

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Fees Fees range from 20.00 to 50.00 USD . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD

Only films concerning Jewish issues realized no later than 2 years ago will be considered for the competition screenings. Suitable category of films: narrative feature, documentary feature, animated feature, narrative short, documentary short, animated short. Films which had previous screenings on any other Jewish Festival in Warsaw will be not accepted for Warsaw Jewish Film Festival (WJFF.pl).

The Official Selection will be announced on October 20th, 2016 on festival website www.wjff.pl/en.

THE DAVID CAMERA AWARDS will be presented during the Award Ceremony the last day of festival screenings. The JURY VERDICT will be announced after the Award Ceremony on festival website.

WJFF.pl presents CAMERA of DAVID Awards in the following categories:
Best Film of Festival - Grand Prix
Best Narrative Future / Animation feature
Best Documentary Future
Best Narrative / Animation Short
Best Documentary Short
And subcategories for narratives:
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematographer
Best Music & Sound
Audience Award


1. Suitable category of movies:
• Films with the running time up to about 40 minutes: narrative short/ documentary short / animated short
• Films with the running time longer than 40 minutes: narrative feature / documentary feature / animated feature
2. Films must be realized no later than 2 years ago.
3. Films which had previous screenings on any other Jewish Festival in Warsaw will be not accepted for Warsaw Jewish Film Festival(WJFF.pl).
4. Films that have screened on PL network or cable television prior to the festival dates are ineligible for competition but may be considered for a special screening.
5. Films must be submitted as online screeners to one of the festival online box / platform (see on www.wjff.pl/en).
6. Films including dialogues in languages other than English must provide English subtitles.
7. To ensure a high technical quality of films submitted for the selection process of the festival, only movie files meeting the following criteria are accepted:
• minimum: full PAL or NTSC resolution
• aspect ratio: 4:3, 16:9 or CinemaScope
• maximum file size of 1 gigabyte
• video and audio in one file
8. By submitting the movie you agree to the terms of participation in the competition and criteria for the film selection process for Warsaw Jewish Film Festival.
9. The submission fees are helping our non-profit organization to promote the selected film screenings.
10. Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund.
Please note that if you are unable to provide online screener you can send us DVD PAL format, but the DVD will be accepted only if the title was as well register on one of our online platforms.

1. Once the film is invited to competition, we will ask you to send us a high quality screening copy (Blu-ray/ DVD). If you can’t provide those formats please don’t submit your movie.
2. You agree to the terms of participation in the competition and criteria of competition screening: the organizers of the festival do not pay screening fees / royalties for movies submitted and selected to competition. You agree to give the organizer the rights for one, non-paid public screening.
3. In one package, please send the following to mail address provided below:
• A high quality screening copy of the film in DVD or Blu-ray format, PAL (with English subtitles if movie is in other language than English).
• DVD with HD trailer with English subtitles and 2-3 stills from the movie and/or a poster in JPG format in good quality.
• 2-3 printed posters if available.
• Screening copies and credit materials will not be returned.
• Please attached a self-addressed, stamped envelope for each submission if you wish to receive your materials back.
4. Please send also to the e-mail address films@wjff.pl following promotional materials:
• A synopsis of the film and a cover letter introducing your film and the filmmakers
• 2-3 stills from the movie and/ or a poster in good quality (in .JPG or .TIF format), as long as it does not exceed 16MB
• HD trailer’s stream / online link
• English subtitles file with time code (.DOC, .TXT, .PDF).

Our mailing address:
The Camera of David Foundation WJFF.pl

Thank you for submitting the movie to WARSAW JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL! GOOD LUCK!