The call for entries is now closed

The call for entries to the 17th WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film International Film Festival (Warsaw, 8-14 Dec, 2017) is now closed.


From now on, documentary filmmakers and human rights defenders can submit their applications to the 2017-2018 edition of FUTURE DOCS. The focus of this year’s edition of the project are Nordic and Baltic countries as well as Central Europe.

Advocate Europe Community Meeting in Warsaw

Between June 18-21, we hosted in Warsaw an Advocate Europe community meeting for the leaders of innovative European non-governmental initiatives awarded in the Advocate Europe Idea Challenge, realized by MitOst e.V. and Liquid Democracy e.V., funded by Stiftung Mercator. Our FUTURE DOCS project, a platform for cooperation between documentary filmmakers and human rights defenders, was one of the winners of the challenge in 2015.

In memory of Professor Wiktor Osiatyński

On Friday, May 12 at 13.00 at the Powązki Military Cemetery, we will pay a last tribute to Professor Wiktor Osiatyński, a great Friend of the festival.

WATCH DOCS 2017: Call for entries

We have the pleasure to inform you that the call for entries to the 17th WATCH DOCS Human Rights in Film International Film Festival is now open.

15th edition of Travelling WATCH DOCS kicks off

Like every year films from the last edition of WATCH DOCS will be presented at the Travelling Festival, that will start in Lublin.

FEBRUARY 26 | screening of Wojciech Kasperski's "Icon" at Kino.Lab

As part of the "WALK THE WATCH DOG" series of screenings, on Feb 26 at 7.00 p.m. at Kino.Lab, we will present Wojciech Kasperski's "Icon" - a portrait of inmates of a provincial psychiatric hospital in Syberia.

"Who's Gonna Love Me Now?" wins the Audience Award!

“Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?” by Barak and Tomer Heymann has won the Audience Award at the 16th WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film IFF. In their latest documentary, the makers of films such as “Mr. Gaga” and “Bridge Over the Wadi,” once again take on the subject of heteronormativity and acceptance of sexual diversity within the family, in a film that is extraordinarily balanced and rather witty at the same time.

Winner of the 16th WATCH DOCS IFF

The jury of the 16th WATCH DOCS IFF announced its verdict! Below, please find the statement of Brigid O’Shea, Oksana Sarkisova, Nima Sarvestani, Dirk van der Straaten, and Liduine Zumpolle.

The last day of the festival - and still 12 documentaries to watch!

On the last day of the festival we will present two competition films. The screening of "HOOLIGAN SPARROW” by Nanfu Wang will take place at Kino.Lab (8.30 p.m.). Ye Haiyan (aka Hooligan Sparrow) is an unusual Chinese activist renowned for her use of highly unconventional methods in the struggle for the rights of sex workers. The documentary has recently made the Academy Award short list of 15 films competing for the 2017 Best Documentary Oscar.

Wednesday at WATCH DOCS

On December 14, we will present four competition films: “The Borneo Case” by Erik Pauser and Dylan Williams (5 p.m., Kino Muranów), “Catastrophe” by Alina Rudnicka (8:15, Kino Muranów), “The Great Wall” by Tadhg O’Sullivan (6.30 p.m., Kino.Lab) and “Wrong Elements”–a screen debut by Jonathan Littell, author of “The Kindly Ones,” laureate of the Prix Goncourt and special festival guest.

Wednesday: a talk with Jan Brykczyński of SPUTNIK PHOTOS

On Tuesday, Dec 13, after the screening of "Dazzling Light of Sunset" (5.45 p.m., Kino.Lab), the festival audience will have a chance to take part in a meeting with Jan Brykczyński, a member of the Sputnik Photos collective.