Péter Forgács (Hungary) Chair
Media artist and independent filmmaker based in Budapest whose works have been exhibited worldwide. Since 1978, he has made more than thirty films, including the best-known award-winning series Private Hungary based on home movies from the 1930s and 1960s which documents ordinary lives that were soon to be ruptured by an extraordinary historical trauma occurring off screen.
Pnina Blayer (Israel)
For 30 years, she has been Artistic Director of the Haifa International Film Festival, the biggest and most prestigious film event in Israel. Prior to that, she was a festival programmer. She was Head of Film Studies at Haifa University and managed its Cinemateca where she had previously worked as a programme and education director. She is a member of both the Israeli and European Film Academy.
Joost Daamen (The Netherlands)
Programmer at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). He studied History and Film at the University of Amsterdam. He has worked for IDFA’s programme department since 2005 and selected films for the Feature-Length Documentary Competition and Paradocs, the experimental film section of the festival.
Chris Niedenthal (Poland)
Born in 1950 to a Polish family living in London. After graduation from the Photography Programme at the London College of Printing, he came to Poland for a few months in 1973 and has stayed until today. Since the late 1970s, he has collaborated with the American weekly Newsweek photographing the birth of the Solidarity movement and Poland under martial law. Since 1985, he has worked as a feature photographer covering Central and Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union and the Balkans for the American Time magazine. He documented the most important events of the 1980s in Poland and the neighbouring countries.
Anna Zamecka (Poland)
Polish film director, screenwriter and producer. She has studied Cultural Anthropology, Journalism and Photography in Warsaw and Copenhagen. Her 2016 feature debut Communion won numerous awards, including the European Film Award for the best documentary and the Critic’s Week Award at the Locarno International Film Festival. She is a member of the European Film Academy.
Short film competition
Mehrdad Oskouei (Iran) Chair
Iranian independent producer, documentary film director and screenwriter and film educator. His films have been shown at respected festivals, both at home and abroad, gaining critical acclaim. He has been a judge at over 120 renowned film festivals as well as a cultural ambassador for the United Nation’s humanitarian committee OCHA. He is also on the board of the Iranian Short Film Association and the Documentary Filmmakers Association of Iran. He also teaches at film schools around Iran and his students are now recognized as the next generation of Iran’s documentary filmmakers.
Lydia Beilby (UK)
Curator, artist and educator. She has been Short Film Programmer at the Edinburgh International Film Festival since 2010, and is also a member of Screen Bandita, an analogue moving image collective whose expanded-cinema works have been commissioned and performed widely at film festivals and galleries in the UK and Europe, including Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, the London Short Film Festival and the Battersea Arts Centre.
Michael Brooke (UK)
Writer, editor and multimedia producer specialising in Central and Eastern European cinema. He writes regularly for “Sight & Sound” and the “Journal of Film Preservation”, contributed chapters to the books “Polish Cinema Now!” (2010), “Shadows of Progress” (2010) and “Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film” (2013), and works extensively with video labels, such as Arrow, the BFI, Eureka, Indicator and Second Run. His own Blu-ray productions have featured the work of Walerian Borowczyk, Miloš Forman, Aleksey German, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Jiří Menzel, Jan Švankmajer, and many others.
Matteo Gariglio (Switzerland)
Swiss-Italian documentary filmmaker and photographer, born in Lucerne, Switzerland. He has worked on projects in different languages and many countries across the world. His projects evolve around the human conditions of people living on the verge of society. His short film “En la boca” won the Golden Dragon Award at 57th Krakow Film Festival as well as many prizes at other international film festivals.
Mariusz "Wilk" Wilczyński (Poland)
Polish animation director and performer. In his films, he employs a peculiar, surreal narrative based on the logic of dream associations. His animations are made using a unique technique, devised by himself. His art has been shown at retrospectives around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery in London, Babylon Kreuzberg in Berlin, the National Museum in Warsaw, and such festivals as Berlinale, New Horizons in Wrocław, the Holland Animation Film Festival in Utrecht, the Edinburgh Film Festival or the Mill Valley Film Festival in San Francisco. Wilczyński also makes live animation projected on large screens and accompanied by live music.
Marcin Borchardt (Poland) Chair
Screenwriter, director and film expert. Born in 1967, he is a director of documentary films, commercials, video clips and television programmes. He teaches short fiction film aesthetics at the Film School in Gdynia, avant-garde and experimental cinema as well as contemporary documentary filmmaking at the University of Gdańsk. He is an author of the monograph “Awangarda muzyki XX wieku. Przewodnik dla początkujących” and other monographs and articles. His documentary film “THE BEKSINSKIS. A Sound and Picture Album” (2017) has been presented at film festivals around the world and it was the opening film of the 57th Krakow Film Festival.
Ben Bassauer (Germany)
Founder and Head of Acquisitions and Sales at Monoduo Films, established in 2011. He is an alumni of Bard College in New York, where he studied Film and Electronic Arts and went on to work for Magnolia Pictures as an acquisitions assistant. Upon moving back to Germany, he worked for the European Film Market of the Berlin Film Festival before starting his own company. Monoduo Films is a sales agency and distributor exclusively for feature-length music documentaries.
Michael Treves (Israel)
International film distributor and sales agent with over 16 years of experience. He is General Manager of JMT Films, his own company established in 2003, which has represented over 100 films. He was born in Paris in 1963, holds a BA in Social Studies from the University of Tel Aviv, an MBA from the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya (IDC), Israel, and a diploma in Audiovisual Financing and Commercialisation from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University and INA, Paris, France. As a specialist with experience in collaboration with broadcasting networks, he also works as an expert, lecturer and advisor at film festivals and film markets.
Tadeusz Sobolewski (Poland) Chair
Film critic, journalist, screenwriter and author. He is a graduate of Polish Philology at the University of Warsaw. He has worked for Film, a Polish weekly, and Kino, a Polish monthly where he was an editor in chief (1990-1994). His articles about cinema and his prose attempts have also been published in Kultura, Literatura, Tygodnik Powszechny and Gazeta Wyborcza, his employer since 1995.
Mikołaj Jazdon (Poland)
Film expert working at the Institute of Film, Media and Audiovisual Arts of the University in Poznań. His publications include “Dokumenty Kieślowskiego” (Poznań 2002), “Polskie kino niezależne” (volume editor, Poznań 2005) and “Kino dokumentalne Kazimierza Karabasza” (Poznań 2009). He has also worked on DVD albums released in the Polish School of Documentary Filmmaking series.
Dorota Kobiela (Poland)
Painter, director and screenwriter. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Graphic Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the Directing Faculty of the Warsaw Film School. Her film story about Vincent Van Gogh “Loving Vincent” has brought her international acclaim. The film, painted by over 100 artists from across the world, has won a number of awards, including the audience award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the main prize in the Animation Film Competition at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival, the European Film Award for the 2017 Best Animated Feature Film and nominations to the Golden Globes, the BAFTA Awards and the Oscars.
Anna Jadowska (Poland)
Polish screenwriter and director. In 2003, she debuted with the film “Touch Me”, which won, among others, the Main Prize of the Independent Cinema Competition at the Film Festival in Gdynia and the Golden Duck for the best independent film. Her next picture, “It’s Me Now” (2004), was awarded at the Film Festival in Gdynia, too. Her latest work, “Wild Roses” (2017), has been honoured with the Stockholm Impact Award at the International Film Festival in Stockholm, the Main Prize of the Cottbus Film Festival and a nomination to the Polish Eagle Award in the Best Directing category.
Petro Aleksowski (Poland)
Cinematographer and film director. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Cinematography and Television Production of the Film School in Łódź and holds a degree in Organisation of Film and Television Production from the Faculty of Radio and Television of the University of Silesia in Katowice. He has worked as a cinematographer on over 40 feature films (including “Pitbull. Dangerous Women” dir. by Patryk Vega), documentaries, short films, television series and television theatre performances. He is an author of documentaries, some of which have been made for television. His latest works, “Aborted Mission”, will be screened in the Polish Panorama section at the 58th Krakow Film Festival.