17th WATCH DOCS Lineup

Two weeks before the opening of the festival, we are pleased to present this year’s WATCH DOCS lineup. After the weekend, we will launch a new website, together with this year’s hourly schedule and descriptions of all presented films.

17th WATCH DOCS Press Conference

The 17th WATCH DOCS press conference will be held on Nov 28 at 12:00 in U-jazdowski cinema. The event will feature the screening of Risk - a remarkable and controversial documentary by Laura Poitras as well as a short discussion on the bill on the openness in the public life, with the participation of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights experts.

17th WATCH DOCS pre-festival screening in U-jazdowski cinema

We would like to invite you to a first, pre-festival screening of a compelling documentary Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas by Joakim Demmmer, to be held on November 26 at 3:30PM in the U-jazdowski cinema.

17th WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film IFF Poster

It is with great pleasure that we present the poster of the 17th WATCH DOCS, created by Dominika Raczkowska, designer and lecturer at the Faculty of Design Fashion Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and Magdalena Dukielska, graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, who works professionally in the publishing industry.

Press accreditations to the 17th WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film IFF

Journalists can now apply for press accreditations to the 17th WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film IFF. 

Films from the program of the 17th WATCH DOCS to be screened at the American Film Festival in Wroclaw

Volunteer at WATCH DOCS!

The WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film International Film Festival is about to kick off for the 17th time. We are looking for volunteers willing to help us organize the event.

Project "Docs for Change"

In the frame of the project “Docs for Change,” supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers “NGO programme for the Baltic Sea Region,” for the third time WATCH DOCS will be held in Belarus – this time not only in Minsk (Dec 15-18, 2017) but also in Grodno, Vitebsk, and Stowbtsy!

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.