Maciej Nowicki
director of the International Film Festival WATCH DOCS
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Maciej Nowicki

Born 1973, studied law and Polish philology at the University of Warsaw. Vice-President of the Board of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Poland–one of Europe’s leading human rights NGOs. Co-founder and Director of the International Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film in Warsaw, one of the biggest human rights film festivals in Europe, along with the travelling festival in around 40 Polish localities and WATCH DOCS on-line gathering over 100 000 viewers annually. Author of the concept behind FUTURE DOCS, a European platform for creative encounters of human rights defenders and documentary filmmakers. Co-founder of the Social Institute of Film foundation and its President of the Board.

The WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film International Film Festival is one of the oldest and largest documentary human rights film festivals worldwide. Its 17th edition will be held in Warsaw on December 8-14, 2017. The program of the festival will include documentary film competition with international jury, permanent repertoire sections, tributes and retrospectives, panel debates, masterclasses, international FUTURE DOCS workshops for filmmakers and human rights defenders, and many other accompanying events.

WATCH DOCS is a joint initiative of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, the Social Institute of Film, and the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle. Festival events are held in a number of venues in Warsaw, among others Muranów Cinema, CCA Ujazdowski Castle/ Ujazdowski Cinema, as well as the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

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