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Warsaw fest seeks films

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2006-02-02

Cinema screening films

Cinema screening films

One of the Europe's youngest and most exciting Jewish film festivals, the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, is looking for entries for its 2006 event. This year's festival runs from May 11-16.

Organisers are looking for short films, animation and experimental films as well as features and documentaries with a Jewish theme. Any Jewish interest film is eligible, as long as it was made in 2004 or later.

The winning film will receive a special statuette, while cash prizes are also given (in 2005 the prize was 3700 Euros). Film directors will also have their travelling costs to Warsaw paid as well as accommodation provided in the city centre.

Previous films to be featured at the festival have included Spanish comedy Only Human, Israeli drama Behind Enemy Lines, the British comedy Suzie Gold, US comedy The Hebrew Hammer, and The Followers Of The Seer From Lublan, a short film about the history of the Polish Hassidic movement.

The organisers' manifesto states its ideas, which include the following: "We want to awaken the audience's interest in topics related to Jewish identity and experience throughout history. We want the films on Jewish culture to reach the young audience, who is confronted today with the complex problems of our times."

The deadline for submitting films is March 20th. For more information, including entry forms, visit their website: www.warsawjff.ant.pl