Five Flavours Asian Film Festival

11.2020
Warsaw

The Five Flavours Asian Film Festival is a unique showcase of East, South-East and South Asian cinema. It’s the only event in Poland and one of the biggest in Europe dedicated solely to Asian Cinema. For more than a decade it has brought to the Polish audiences premieres of the latest, carefully selected titles from the region, along with classics from the Asian archives, director’s or genre retrospectives and showcases of national cinematographies.

The first edition of the film event which later came to be known as Five Flavours, took place in Warsaw in 2007. It focused solely on Vietnamese cinema, as the Vietnamese community was, and still is, the largest immigrant group representing a non-European culture both in Warsaw and in Poland. From here it evolved into a wide presentation of the best films from whole region. The program of the Festival is comprised mostly of titles unknown in Poland, unavailable in regular distribution. The highlight of the Five Flavours is the competition section called New Asia Cinema presenting fresh voices and outstanding productions, which address current issues and broaden the boundaries of film language. From 2015 films competing for the Grand Prix are judged by People’s Jury. The idea of the project is simple: eleven film enthusiasts – non-professionals interested in Asian cinema and culture – meet during the festival in Warsaw in order to watch the competition films together, discuss and choose the winners. From 2013 the visual identification of the festival is a variation on Lunar Calnedar Signs.

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