The JachtFilm Maritime Film Festival continues a long standing tradition from the 1980s. Between 1982 and 1990 the city of Katowice in southern Poland hosted a series of film screenings with national and international maritime and yachting films.

After a long break, caused by political and economical turmoil in Poland and Eastern Europe, the festival was revived. In 2011 Warsaws Kino Wisła was the place to be for all film-loving sailors and mariners – that’s where the current Maritime Film Festival was born.

During the two days of the 2011 edition, over a dozen films and documentaries about Polish and international sailing were screened. Most footage came from the archives of the Polish national television and private directors and producers.

As if those gems were not enough, the audience was able to enjoy stories from our esteemed hosts – captain Janusz Zbierajewski and journalist Andrzej Radomiński.
Their extensive knowledge and seemingly endless humor created a unique atmosphere, enchanting and entertaining the audience.

The following editions brought more big “chunks” of Polish and international maritime cinema to Warsaw. Our audience appreciates the efforts to bring true and exceptional sailing stories to the big screen. We try to screen films not only documenting voyages but also telling a story.

We proud ourselves on the loyalty of our audience. It consists mainly of sailors and sailing enthusiasts, many of which also have interesting sailing stories to tell. Some of them are active sport sailors, but most are recreational mariners.

Our goal was to prepare a balanced mix to suit all our visitors. Sailing has many faces, all of which are worth documenting, especially if there is a captivating human story to tell though sometimes the story of a vessel can be equally breathtaking.
We are also happy to welcome many special guests at each edition, many of which are the protagonists of the shown films.

Since 2013 there has been a very popular addition to the festival – we’re screening submitted short films about sailing and the sea under the motto “Reel me in”.

On November 2023 in Warsaw will host the 12th Maritime Film Festival.

FEATURE - Best film
SHORTS - Best film under 5 mins.

AUDIENCE AWARD: For feature-length film.
GRAND JURY AWARDS: For short - length film.

Films of any completion date are eligible for submission. Festival does not have any premiere requirements.

Invited entries in language(s) other than English must be subtitled in English.

You must have one of the following formats for screening at the festival.
HIGH DEFINITION - mp4 or Quicktime (.mov) file.

We strongly encourage password-protected Vimeo links (720p optimal).

Accepted films are requested to provide an electronic press kit including:
- Production still photos, images that accurately represent the look of the film (NOT on set photos)
- Director’s photo and biography/filmography
- Director’s statement
- All photos should be print-quality (300dpi) files.

Submission fees are non-refundable.

Because of the number of entries received, not all entries are chosen to screen during the Festival. A prescreening committee, comprised of filmmakers and other artists associated with the JachtFilm Festival , will watch and evaluate each entry to determine which works are selected for screening during the Festival.

We have no film premiere requirements or date of completion requirements.

You may in your cover letter provide a secure VIMEO or Youtube link as another format for preview. Other file types that are playable on PC computers are accepted on CD/DVD or Flash drives and can be mailed to our address:

80-299 GDAŃSK

By submitting to JachtFilm Festival you agree:
- that if your film is selected, it cannot be withdrawn for any reason;
- that the festival will not be held liable in case your exhibition materials are lost or damaged, or for any claims arising from improperly secured rights/permissions for your film.
- that you have all the necessary rights/permissions for your film.