DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION JURY
WIELAND SPECK – GERMANY / CHAIRMAN
He was born in Freiburg in 1951. He studied German Literature, Drama and Ethnology at the Freie Universität Berlin and Film at the Art Institute in San Francisco (1979-1981). He began his career in directing with documentaries. He has directed and produced video projects, numerous television productions and films. He has also worked for a number of film institutions and events. He was an actor in the films of David Hemmings, Robert van Ackeren and Ulrike Ottinger. As an author and editor he focused on the movements of men and homosexual identity in his work. He teaches at universities and film institutions. Since 1992 he has been the curator of the Panorama section of the Berlinale.
MARTIN BLANEY – UK
Journalist and film critic. In 1988, after defending his PhD on the relationship between the German cinema and television, he moved to Berlin. Since then, he has worked for, among others, film festivals and various initiatives implemented by the European Commission’s MEDIA Programme. Since 1990, with a short break, he has been a correspondent of the UK magazine ‘Screen International’. He has also collaborated with ‘German Films Quarterly’ and the magazine ‘Blickpunkt: Film’. In 2000 he was the head of the Press&PR department of Road Movies, a production company. On numerous occasions he has bee invited to film events as a jury member or a moderator of discussions and film meetings.
HANS ROBERT EISENHAUER – GERMANY
As a commissioning editor at ZDF-ARTE, a deputy programming director and director of Theme Evenings at ARTE, since 1992 he has run over 60 feature-length documentary productions, both for cinema and television. They included Buena Vista Social Club (dir. W. Wenders; Oscar nomination), Super8Stories (dir. E. Kusturica), Taxi to the Dark Side (dir. A. Gibney; Oscar winner). He was head of the Berlin Film Fund and the founding member of the European Film Academy. He runs Ventana-Film, a television and documentary film production company which produced last year’s KFF winner, Talal Derki’s Return to Homs. Currently, he is working on Talal’s new picture, Fathers and Sons.
PIOTR ROSOŁOWSKI – POLAND
Film director and cinematographer. He is a graduate of the Radio and Television Faculty of the Silesia University in Katowice and a laureate of the Academy of Media Arts scholarship in Cologne. He has shot over 20 documentary and feature productions screened and awarded all over the world, including the Oscar nominee On the Line (dir. Reto Caffi, 2007). Together with Bartosz Konopka, he directed Rabbit à la Berlin (2009; Oscar nomination) and The Art of Disappearing (2013).
Domino Effect, his film made together with Piotr Rosołowski and Elwira Niewiera, was awarded in Krakow in 2014.
AUDRIUS STONYS – LITHUANIA
Film director and producer. As an independent artist he has made 20 films, screened and awarded all over the world, including the festivals in Florence, Nyon, Györ, Oberhausen, Bilbao and San Francisco. In 1992 his film Earth of the Blind won the European Film Award as the best European documentary film. In 2004-2005 he taught at the European Film College in Denmark. He gives lectures and master classes all over the world. He is a member of the European Film Academy and the European Documentary Network (EDN).
JAN A.P. KACZMAREK - POLAND / CHAIRMAN
He is one of the most reputable film music composers. He started his artistic career with an internship at Jerzy Grotowski‘s Laboratory Theatre in 1976. As a composer and performer he debuted with scores for The Theatre of the Eighth Day and gave concerts all over the world with the Orchestra of the Eighth Day. The following films made him famous: Unfaithful by Adrian Lyne, Total Eclipse and Washington Square by Agnieszka Holland, The Visitor by Tom McCarthy, Aimée and Jaguar by Maa Färberböck and Lost Souls by Janusz Kamiński. His film score to The Dreamer (2004, dir. Marc Forster) was awarded with an Oscar. He is the founder of Instytut Rozbitek (a foundation, active since 2005) and the originator and artistic director of the TRANSATLANTYK International Film and Music Festival in Poznań.
JIM KOLMAR – USA
He comes from Wales. He is a programmer of the international and documentary section as well as the Digital Domain section focusing on transmedia at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW). He also writes for sxsw.com and SXSWORLD, the festival publication. He collaborates with the Austin Film Society (AFS), the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival and the Austin Asian American Film Festival and is active in various film production fields. He has been a member of several jury panels and participated in programme panels and committees at, among others, the festival in Amserdam (IDFA), Nordisk Panorama or Cinema Eye Honors. As a consultant he has collaborated with the Soundtrack International Film and Music Festival in Cardiff and was a member of the international consulting panel for the Docorama International Documentary Film Festival in Sydney.
MIQUEL GALOFRÉ - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
He is an award-winning film director who lives in the Caribbean. After 20 years of work on television productions he decided to become involved in the documentary. He has directed a very well received Jamaican trilogy, Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast? (2009), Hit Me with Music (2011) and Songs of Redemption (2013, co-director A. Sans, film won the Golden Heynal in Krakow). His most recent production Art Connect (2014) was made in Trynidad and Tobago, where he lives. Currently, he is working on his next picture, My Father’s Land (2015). Along with films, Miquel makes advertisements and music videos and takes photographs.
NATIONAL COMPETITION JURY
PIOTR DUMAŁA – CHAIRMAN
Animation and feature film director and screenwriter, set designer, graphic artist, poster artist and illustrator, prose writer and author of lyrics. He was born in 1956 in Warsaw. His animated films, which include Little Black Riding Hood (1983), The Mild (1985), Walls (1988), Freedom of the Leg (1989), Franz Kafka (1992) and Crime and Punishment (2000), have been screened and awarded across the world. In 2009 he made his feature debut with The Forest. He is a professor of the Film School in Łódź and a teacher at the Konstfack College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Sweden) and Harvard University (USA). He has been honoured with over 90 awards for his film achievements, which include the Grand Prix in Krakow, Espinho, Zagreb, Kazimierz, Ottawa, Nikosia, Amsterdam, Montreal and Bydgoszcz.
Film critic and columnist of the ‘Polityka’ weekly. He is an author of a collection of essays and interviews with the most reputable auterist cinema directors in the world entitled ‘Directors’. He studied Sociology and graduated from the Polish Studies Department at Warsaw University. He has worked as an editor at such Polish magazines and newspapers as ‘Kino’, ‘Machina’ and ‘Życie Warszawy’. He has collaborated with ‘Playboy, ‘Zwierciadło’, ‘Dialog’, ‘Gazeta Wyborcza’ and the Polish radio. For a number of years he was head of Pegaz, a culture programme on Polish television. Wróblewski has been a juror at the festivals in Cannes, Venice and Toronto and worked as the curator of 'Turkey meets Poland’, a film programme presented during the Polish Culture Year in Turkey in 2014. He is a member of FIPRESCI and received the Gloria Artis Medal for his achievements in the field of culture.
Documentary film director, cinematographer and photographer. She graduated from the Cinematographic Department of Moscow’s VGIK, where she studied under the supervision Wadim Jusow – an eminent cinematographer who has worked for the masters of Russian cinema. Her film Children of Leningradsky (2005) was an Oscar nominee and received two Emmy Awards, the International Documentary Award and many other distinctions all over the world. In 2003 she was honoured as the best producer at the Krakow Film Festival for her film Railway Station Ballad. She is a laureate of the award for the best photography to the film Stone Silence (2007, dir. K. Kopczyński) at the Kiev Film Festival. Her filmography includes A Tribute to Albert Maysles (2004), Faces of Homelessness (2010) and Warsaw Battle 1920 in 3D (2010) as well as Something Better to Come (2015), a winner of, among others, the Special Jury Award at IDFA in Amsterdam.
He is a graduate of the Film Editing Department and a holder of PhD in Film from Prague’s FAMU. Since 1992 he has been a university teacher and in 1996-1999 – the Deputy Dean of the Film Directing Department at the Film School in Łódź. In 2012 he became head of the Film Editing Faculty at Łódź Film School. He has been deputy president and then president of the Polish Association of Film Editors. A member of the Polish Film Academy and the European Film Academy, he has worked on the production of many feature films, such as My Flesh, My Blood (2009), You Are God (2012), Aftermath (2012), Jack Strong (2014) and Ida (2013), as well as documentaries – Your Native Country (2003), Rat in the Crown (2005), The Side Track (2009) and Losing Sonia (2012). He has been awarded with the Polish Film Award in the editing category on three occasions (2004 – Żurek, 2013 – You Are God, 2014 – Ida).
Professor at the Institute of Audio Visual Arts of the Jagiellonian University and film historian. Her research work focuses on Polish and world film history. She is an author of two books about Roman Polański’s work and two film melodramas as well as over 200 articles. She is also an editor of 11 volumes of collected works. A fan of Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch, Stachówna has an avid interest in popular culture, Indian cinema, steampunk, film fairy tales and British television series.
SHORT FILM JURY
MARIUSZ GRZEGORZEK / Poland / Chairman
Film and stage director, screenwriter, set designer, graphic artist, music video director and academic teacher. He made his debut in 1993 with his feature film The Conversation with the Man from the Closet, which won the best debut award at the festival in Venice. His pictures, including The Queen of Angels (1999) and I Am Yours (2009), have been screened and awarded all over the world. In his work he focuses on outstanding personalities in contemporary music and music videos. His stage plays win the acclaim of critics and audiences. He also works and a graphic artist and designs posters and settings. He has lectured at the Film School in Łódź for a number of years and served as its rectors since 2012. His latest work, The Singing Napkin, will have its premiere in the autumn of 2015.
DANIEL MULLOY / UK, Kosovo
Film director and visual artist. He studied Fine Arts in London and New York. His short films, such as Sister (2004, BAFTA Cymru Award), Antonio’s Breakfast (2005, BAFTA for the best short film), Dad (2006, Golden Dragon and EFA nominee in Krakow) or Baby (2010, Silver Dragon in Krakow), have been screened and awarded all over the world. He was nominated to the Independent Spirit Award as a feature film producer. Currently, he is working on his feature debut developed as part of the Sundance Lab.
IGOR PRASSEL / Slovenia
Born in 1971 in Slovenia. Freelance journalist, curator, selector and academic teacher. He was a co-publisher of the only Slovenian comic strip magazine, ‘Stripburger’. He has been involved in film promotion activities as a member of festival artistic councils, preparing programmes and offering consulting services for culture institutions. In 2008-2014 he was a programme advisor for Animafest Zagreb, an animated film festival. He is a founder and member of the Slovenian Animated Film Association. As a selector and jury member he has collaborated with animated film festivals across the world. Since 2010 he has taught Animated Film History and Theory at the university in Nova Gorica. In 2004 he founded the Animateka International Animated Film Festival, where he serves as the artistic director.
ERIC WOJCIK / France
Director and programmer of the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand. He was born in 1959. He studied architecture and worked as a consultant. In 1979 he was one of the students who organised the Short Film Week as part of the University Film Club in Clermont-Ferrand. In 1982 this event became one of the most important short film festivals across the world. Eric, as one of the festival directors, is responsible for international contacts. He is also involved in Pôle Images, a programme aiming to promote short films among prison inmates.
THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FILM CRITICS (FIPRESCI) JURY
MAREK HENDRYKOWSKI - POLAND
ULRICH WIMMEROTH - GERMANY
OHAD LANDESMAN - ISRAEL
THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FILM DISCUSSION CLUBS (FICC) JURY
MACIEJ GIL - POLSKA
CHRISTL GRUNWALD-MERZ - NIEMCY
ODD VAAGLAND - NORWEGIA