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International People's Jury at 17th Five Flavours AFF

International People's Jury 2022

People's Jury is a unique project in which not cinema specialists, but full of passion and energy film enthusiasts evaluate the competition films and decide on which of the festival titles will receive the Grand Prix. 

Recruitment for the People's Jury continues until 10 September!

Two years ago, we decided to expand the possibility of participation by inaugurating the International People's Jury project. This year, too, we are inviting Asian cinema enthusiasts from all over Europe to Warsaw!

The idea behind the International People's Jury is simple – 9 admirers of Asian cinema from all over Europe will meet in Warsaw at 17th edition of the Five Flavours Film Festival to watch and discuss titles of the New Asian Cinema competition section, and choose its winner. The jury deliberations will be accompanied by workshops of festival and journalistic skills.

During an 7-day intense stay in Warsaw, Jury members have a chance to widen their film horizons, improve their writing and editing skills and participate in the dynamic festival life.

Participation in the People's Jury is a unique opportunity to get to know the Five Flavours Film Festival inside out, as well as to discover Asian culture, discuss art, politics and challenges of the contemporary world. It is also a unique chance to watch almost forty films from East and Southeast Asia over eight days and analyze them in an international group, under the guidance of experienced mentors.

Members of 2023's People's Jury:

  • Pelin Çılgın, TR
  • Kanako Fujita, JP
  • Kiki Huang, CN
  • Jakub Iglicki, PL
  • Magdalena Nieświec, PL
  • Olivia Popp, US/TW
  • Iga Ratajczak, PL
  • Eliana Resnick, US
  • Jakub Wanat, PL


What do we provide?
  • accommodation at the hotel for the whole duration of the festival (15th – 22nd November)

  • transportation to Warsaw within Poland (all the participants willing to partake in the workshops are asked to cover their transportation to Poland at their own expense)

  • daily diet (breakfast + lunch)

  • mentorship during the workshops

  • festival accreditation

  • access to all the events during the festival

How to become a part of the Jury?

To join the International People's Jury, all you have to do is fill in the recruitment form, in which you have to discuss in English, in 1500-1800 characters, the work of your favourite Asian artist. For the first time in the history of the People's Jury, there is also the option to submit a short video essay (up to 5 minutes) or podcast (up to 7 minutes) on the same topic. The application should also include a short cover letter.

The organisers provide the Jurors with a ticket to/from Warsaw from any place in Poland, accommodation and meals (breakfast and dinner.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older (no upper age limit) and be fluent in English. Film criticism experience is not required.


Marcin Krasnowolski

Freelance journalist, film scholar, and the Five Flavours Asian Film Festival programmer. Author of many articles about Asian cinema. His interests include films from Korea, Hong Kong, and China, and the flow of inspirations between Asian and non-Asian cinemas. He also works in international TV production. 


Łukasz Mańkowski

Film scholar and critic writing about Asian Cinema, Japanese language translator, and festival programmer for Five Flavours. Enrolled in the Ph.D. program at Artes Liberales (University of Warsaw), he prepares an interdisciplinary dissertation on the perception of Japanese New Wave and Avant-Garde Cinema and teaches classes on Asian Film. Łukasz has been selected for many critics talent labs, including the 2021 & 2023 IFFR's Young Critics Programme and Berlinale Talents 2022. His writing on Asian Cinema includes bylines in: MUBI, Sight & Sound, Senses of Cinema, Asian Movie Pulse, ALT/KINO, dwutygodnik, EKRANy, Czas Kultury, Moodaily or KINO. He’s also a founder of Asian film focused blog, “Kinema Chromatica”.

Important dates
  • Call for applications: July 21 – September 10, 2023
  • Results announced: September 24, 2023
  • People’s Jury workshops and deliberations: November 15 – 21, 2023
Terms and Conditions

To participate in International People's Jury you need to accept Terms and Conditions

People's Jury Terms and Conditions


If you have any questions please contact us at info@piecsmakow.pl

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