Meet directors

  • Katarzyna Agopsowicz

    Prince in a Pastry Shop - director

    Screenwriter and animated film director She is a graduate of the Graphic Arts Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. She obtained her diploma from the Animated Film Studio under the tutelage of Professor Jerzy Kucia. She has collaborated with a variety of artists on artistic films, including the position of a director’s assistant and animator on "Fugue for Cello Trumpet and Landscape" directed by Jerzy Kucia. She has received scholarships of the Minister of Culture and Cultural Heritage, the Mayor of the City of Krakow and the Polish Filmmakers Association. She is a member of the Animated Film Society (ASIFA).

  • Adrian Apanel

    The Last Room on the Left - director

    Film director and screenwriter He is a graduate of the Gdynia Film School. He debuted with his school documentary project “Unbreakables” at the 54th Kraków Film Festival. During his university education he started collaboration with the National Audiovisual Institute directing documentaries for the Institute. His diploma film “Rap Braders”, a suspenseful comedy, has been screened at many international festivals winning the acclaim of festival audiences in the US, India and the Caribbean, among others.

  • Joonas Berghall

    The Red Ring - director

    Film director, screenwriter and producer He was born in 1977 in Kemi, Finland. He studied Film Production at the Higher School of Art, Music and Media in Tampere. Since 1998 he has been working as a film director. His pictures, such as "The Happiest Man on Earth" (2019), "Mother’s Wish" (2015) or "Steam of Life" (2010), have achieved international success. "Steam of Life" was nominated to the European Film Award in 2010. Currently, he is running his own production company Oktober.

  • Brigitte Bouillot

    The Man Who Paints Water Drops - director

    Film director, photographer and screenwriter She studied Visual Arts at the Audiovisual Department of the Higher School of Fine Arts in Dijon. She is a co-founder of the group La Bouillot Le Morand. She makes artistic installations combining photography, video and sound. She studied at Beaux-Arts in Paris and at the Graphics Department of ENS Cachan. In 2000 she founded Le Potager, a studio associating directors, photographers and graphic artists where they can create projects bringing together photography and video for the purpose of set design.

  • Sadri Cetinkaya

    Lost Boys - director

    Film director and editor He was born in 1979 in Finland. He collaborated on such films as "Reindeerspotting - Escape from Santaland" by Joonas Neuvonen and "Mr. Governor" by Måns Månsson. At present, he is a student of the Aalto University in Finland.

  • Alexis Chartrand

    The Danger in Front - director

    Photographer, freelance video and film director, graphic artist At the age of 18, Alexis left on a 5-year trip stretching from the Yukon and as far as the Algarve. Armed with his Minolta x-300, he tenaciously took images of the people he met and the landscapes he saw. Thinking it was garbage, his girlfriend threw out the bag which contained approximately 140 rolls of film: the entire inventory captured during the journey. Now, Alexis works in digital and she is no longer his girlfriend.

  • Andrzej Cichocki

    A Little Bit of Paradise - director

    Film director, screenwriter and cinematographer He has received many awards as a director and author of photography. He is a graduate of the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School at the University of Silesia. He also completed the School of Photography of the Association of Polish Art Photographers, studied vocal performance and acting. Currently, he is a doctoral student of Film and Performance Art and an enthusiastic lecturer of the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School and the Warsaw Film School.

  • Jakub Ciosiński

    It's a Very Pretty Picture - director

    He was born in 1996. He is a graduate of Digital Design and Art & Design at the Department of Arts of the University of Pedagogy in Krakow. He makes documentaries and experimental video projects.

  • Roser Corella

    Room without a View - director

    Independent documentary film director. She was born in 1978 in Spain. Currently, she lives in Berlin. She started her career as a journalist in Catalan television and her interest in human stories standing behind global problems have encouraged her to develop her personal vision in a documentary form. Her works have been screened and awarded around the globe. Because of her fascination with the documentary, she has travelled the world in search of stories that deserve to be told.

  • Zbigniew Czapla

    On Time - director

    Screenwriter, film director, animator, painter and graphic artist He was born in 1972. He graduated from the Animated Film Studio at the Department of Graphic Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He is an author of experimental films awarded at the most important festivals in Poland and abroad. He was a fellow of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation (Canada), DAAD (Germany) and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He is a member of ASIFA. In 2017 he won the Silver Hobby Horse and the Silver Dragon at the Krakow Film Festival for his film "Strange Case".

  • Subarna Das

    Mother - director

    She grew up in Calcutta and, because of her love for drawing, she enrolled in the multimedia course at St. Xavier’s College in Calcutta. After graduation she went on to study at the Department of Animation at the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute. “Mother” is her first animated film presented at the festival in Annecy.

  • Arman Gholipour Dashtaki

    Khoniyar's Children - director

    Freelance documentary film director. He was born in 1990 in Iran. He directed over 10 documentaries on local and domestic issues of the Zagros Mountains in Iran. His film “Khoniyar's Children” has been awarded at the Teheran International Short Film Festival.

  • Piotr Dumała

    Freedom of the Leg - director, Ederly - director

    Piotr Dumała – animated and feature film director and graphic artist. He was born in 1956. His films, including A Gentle Creature (1985), Freedom of the Leg (1988), Franz Kafka (1991) and Crime and Punishment (2000) won over 70 awards at international festivals (among others, in Kraków, Zagreb, Annecy). In 2009 he made his feature debut The Forest. Dumała teaches at the Film School in Łódź, Konstfack College in Eksjo and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Hong Kong Documentary Filmmaker

    Inside the Red Brick Wall - director

    Founded in 1997, Ying E Chi is a non-profit arts organisation which was established by a group of Hong Kong independent filmmakers. Our mission is to unite local independent filmmakers, as well as to distribute and promote independent films. In 2011, branch in Macau was founded to strengthen the cooperation between independent filmmakers in the two cities.

  • Péter Forgács

    The Maelstrom: A Family Chronicle - director

    Media artist and independent filmmaker based in Budapest whose works have been exhibited worldwide. 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. His international debut came with The Bartos Family (1988), which was awarded the Grand Prix of the World Wide Video Festival in the Hague. In 1983, Forgács established the Private Photo & Film Archives Foundation (PPFA) in Budapest, an exceptional collection of amateur film footage which served as the raw data for his unique re-orchestrations of history. In 2002, the Getty Research Institute held an exhibit of his installation “The Danube Exodus: Rippling Currents of the River”. He has received several international festival awards and his films were presented at many international festivals around the world. His highly recognized works are part of numerous public museum and university collections.

  • Ofer Freiman

    Leaving Paradise - director

    Film director, cinematographer, editor and producer He was born in Israel. He is a graduate (with honours) of the School of Film and Television of Tel-Hai College. Leaving Paradise is his first feature documentary film, which was developed for almost 6 years. It was awarded as the best documentary at the Haifa International Film Festival in 2020.

  • Marek Gajczak

    Nature Is My Homeland - director

    Cinematographer and film director He was born in 1966. He is a graduate of the Cinematography Department at the Film School in Łódź. He also completed the Masterclass for DOP, a cinematographic workshop in Budapest. In 2006 he debuted as a director and screenwriter with the feature film "Under the Surface". He has collaborated with TVN and the Polish Television. Having completed several dozen documentaries, he currently works as an author of photography and a documentary film director.

  • Anna Gawlita

    1970 - producer

    Producer, director and President of the Board at Kijora Film. She has worked as a production manager of numerous documentary films, such as "The Doctors" (2011) and "The Palace" (2012) dir. by Tomasz Wolski, "Getto Gospel" dir. by Jakub Radej (2011)," A Diary of a Journey" dir. by Piotr Stasik (2013) and "Casa Blanca" dir. by Aleksandra Maciuszek (2015). A co-director of "Festival", she teaches at the Wajda School and offers copyright law workshops. "Krzyżoki" is her independent directing debut.

  • Sushmit Ghosh

    Writing with Fire - director

    Film director, cinematographer and producer He comes from India. In his work, he employs new technologies and creative strategies to increase the impact of narration in the digital era. He is a laureate of the Indian National Film Award. "Writing with Fire", developed for five years, is his first feature-length documentary film. In his free time, he escapes to the mountains and explores the Himalayas on his motorcycle.

  • Silvia Giulietti

    Fellinopolis - director

    Film director and producer. She was born in 1962 in Italy. She was one of the first women in the Italian film industry to become a camera assistant, camera operator and a film director. She has learnt her craft from the master of Italian neorealism, Armando Nannuzzi, an author of photography for the films of Visconti, Pasolini, De Sica, Leone and Cavani. She teachers photography and digital editing at Universita Del Cinema in Rome and film directing at the Architectural Association in London.

  • Gorki Glaser-Müller

    Children of the Enemy - director

    Film director, screenwriter and multimedia artist He was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1973 and came to Sweden at the age of 13. A graduate of the Malmö Theatre Academy, he earned his degree in Film Directing from Valand Academy in Gothenburg. He works as a freelancer experimenting with such formats as VR, MR, 360 degree films and volumetric videos. His first feature film, "Once a Year" (2013), has won critical acclaim. Children of the Enemy is his documentary debut.

  • Tommy Gulliksen

    War of Art - director

    He was born in 1980 in Norway. He studied Journalism at the University in Oslo. He has worked for the television documentary programme Dokument 2 and for the production company Dokumentaravdelingen. Together with other filmmakers, he founded Norsk Fjernsyn AS, a production company in Oslo, in 2013. He has been a lecturer of Journalism at the University of Oslo since 2003. He is best known for his award-winning documentary trilogy about the disastrous terrorist attack on the Norwegian island of Utoya on 22 July 2011.

  • Catherine Harte

    Faith and Branko - director

    Film director . She earned her MA in Documentary Film Directing from NFTS under the tutelage of Kim Longinotto and Sean McAllister. She also works as a PD and DV director for the BBC and Channel 4. “Faith and Branko” premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest 2020.

  • Egil Håskjold-Larsen

    Where Man Returns - director

    Film director and cinematographer. He was born in 1984 in Norway. He is a graduate of Photography from Anadolu University and Film Directing from Volda University. For a few years he has worked as a cinematographer of documentary and feature films. As a director, he has debuted with “69 Minutes of 86 Days”, a national and international award-winner at such festivals as, among others, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc Fest and Copenhagen Docs.

  • Barak Heymann

    High Maintenance - The Life and Work of Dani Karavan - director

    Film director and documentary film producer He was born in 1976 in the North of Israel. Together with his brother Tomer, he runs an independent film production studio, Heymann Brothers Films, where they produced over 30 documentary films in Israel and in international coproductions. Their films have premiered at many festivals across the world, such as Berlinale, IDFA or Hot Docs, winning prestigious awards. Barak teaches at several film schools in Israel and is involved in a number of projects under development. In his films, he focuses on the complicated political situation in Israel, national minorities and human rights.

  • Marc Isaacs

    The Filmmaker's House - director

    Director of documentary films. He has made more than 10 creative documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. His films have won Grierson, Royal Television Society and BAFTA awards as well as numerous international film festival prizes. In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of East London for his documentary work. He is a guest tutor at the London Film School, the National Film and Television School and Royal Holloway University.

  • Filip Jacobson

    Tanaka's Diary - director

    Documentary film director He is a graduate of the Gdynia Film School, Film Studies at the University of Łódź as well as the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. He has participated in the exchange programme with EICTV in Cuba, film workshops of the Berlinale Talent Campus EsoDoc, the Goshort Talent Campus and Poland Doc. He takes part in documentary and social projects, workshops for children and youth in Turkey, Romania and Poland. In his films, he is looking for different forms of expression ranging from cinéma vérité through personal documentaries to mocumentaries.

  • Kuba Januszewski

    My Son Locks Himself in the Bathroom - director

    Director, cinematographer and screenwriter of short films and music videos He is a graduate of Cinematography at the AMA Film Academy. His film "My Son Locks Himself in the Bathroom" has been made as part of the 30 Minutes programme of the Munk Studio.

  • Mateusz Jarmulski

    The Visit - director

    Director and screenwriter of documentary films, animator He graduated in Animation from the Film School in Łódź. He worked for the Se-Ma-For studio developing special effects for the film “Peter and the Wolf” (Oscar 2008). His films have been broadcast on television and screened and awarded at festivals in, among others, Stuttgart, Seul or Hiroshima. He has directed “Hug Me”, a series for children acclaimed by television and festival audiences alike. His prior short film “The Hunt” was selected for screening by over 40 festivals across the world.

  • Alicja Jasina

    Turbo Love - director

    Animated film director She earned her BA from Kingston University in London and MA from the University of Southern California. Her films have been awarded at festivals across the world and her short film "Once Upon a Line" was shortlisted for the Academy Award in 2017. She is interested in the exploration of the possibilities offered by animation. Her creations are unique, conceptual and full of humour. Additionally, she works on commercial projects for such clients as Disney, Airbnb or Swiss Life.

  • Władysław Jurków

    The Disappearance of Johanna Langefeld - director

    Film director, journalist, author of documentary films and television programmes. He collaborates with TVP, HBO and WDR. He has been a member of archaeological missions to Egypt and Sudan. His films include “African Dream” (2008) and “Secrets of the Nile Valley” (2008).

  • Diana Kadłubowska

    Balcony Concert - director

    She was born in 1974 in Warsaw. She is a graduate of the Acting Department at the Film School in Łódź (1993 - 1997). Since 2001 she has been a partner in the company Studio Filmowe Plus Tv. Within 16 years she has directed and produced a number of television programmes, documentary films and features, including "Top Girls" – a short feature film (directing), and such documentaries as "Return"s (2010, director’s assistant) and "Today, Tomorrow … Yesterday" (2019, co-directing).

  • Krzysztof Kadłubowski

    Balcony Concert - director

    Film director and cinematographer. He was born in 1965 in Białystok. He is a graduate of the Cinematography and Television Production Department of the Film School in Łódź (1987-1992) and the Institute of Artistic Photography in Prague (1987-1990). Since 1992 he has done camerawork for many documentary features, films, commercials and corporate videos as well as fiction forms. His filmography includes, among others, such documentary films as "Returns" (2010, directing), "Freedom Like a Flame" (dir. Iwona Sadowska, photography) and "Today, Tomorrow … Yesterday" (2019, co-directing).

  • Karolina Kajetanowicz

    Green - director

    Animator. She was born in 1993. She studied Animation and Special Effects at the Department of Cinematography and Television Production of the Film School in Łódź.

  • Krzysztof Kasior

    Fury - director

    Director of documentary films, film studies and television series, photographer. He was born in 1980. He graduated from Film Directing at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Radio and Television Department of the University of Silesia and the Dok Pro programme at the Wajda School. His films include the short feature film “The War We Go!” (2012) and “The Fourth Man’ (2010), which has been awarded at the International Short Film Festival in Santiago de Compostella.

  • Michał Kawecki

    No Hero At All - director

    Film director and cinematographer who has worked on many commercials and music videos Originally from Łódź, for many years he has lived in Warsaw and Krakow. He is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow who completed camera training at the University of Silesia. Currently, he is working on two documentary films. Lost Children tells the story of Polish children who were taken away from their parents during World War II and secretly deported to Germany. Natural Born Winners focuses on team players with amputated limbs and their struggle in the football field and outside it before the 2021European Championships.

  • Oan Kim

    The Man Who Paints Water Drops - director

    Film director, photographer and musician He was born in 1974 in France. He is a graduate of Video and Photography at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris (ENSBA) and of Musical Composition from Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP). He creates video installations, films and music videos. He has taken part in almost 20 individual and collective exhibitions across the world. In his work, he combines themes close to a traditional documentary form and formal and conceptual experiments from the world of art exploring the shifting boundaries between the reconstructed reality and the subjectivity responsible for it.

  • Anna Kokoszka-Romer

    Polański, Horowitz. Hometown - director

    Graduate of Journalism and Social Communication as well as Culture Management at the Jagiellonian University. In her MA thesis ‘The Black and White Myth of a Pop Culture Icon’, she focused on the presentation of Roman Polański’s image in the media. She has been working for the media since 2008 writing articles for print and online editions. For five years she has been a television station employee and currently she works on the team of the main news programme. She has also gained experience in a creative agency and in the organisation of mass events.

  • Tom Koliński

    Invincible - director

    Film director and editor He was born in 1975 in Warsaw and grew up in Zürich, Switzerland. With a degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Zürich, he went on to study Film Directing and Editing at the Los Angeles Film School. He collaborates with the artistic cooperative tallyHo!. His films are narrated in a modern, inventive and sensitive way. "And Stil" is his first feature documentary co-produced with HBO.

  • Łukasz Konopa

    High Maintenance - The Life and Work of Dani Karavan - director of photography

    Lukasz’s documentaries have played at festivals, such as Hot Docs, Camerimage, Visions du Reel and SXSW. Currently splitting his time between Tel Aviv, where he works as a cinematographer on documentaries produced by one of the Israelis top production companies, Heymann Brothers Films; and Denmark where he is currently directing two feature length films with Made in Copenhagen. Lukasz has a Master Degree in Documentary Film Directing from the UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) and an MA in sociology from the University of Warsaw, Poland.

  • Piotr Konstantinow

    An Actress in Wonderland - director

    He was born in 1981. He graduated from the Institute of History at the University of Warsaw. After university study he started to work for television (TVN, TV4, Polsat and TVP), where he was a programme host and screenwriter for talk shows and commercial series. He has developed television series formats for major television stations. He has been head of the screenwriting team, also responsible for preproduction and series formatting. He has co-written and co-created “Śląski interes”, a widely acclaimed award-winning documentary produced by HBO Poland.

  • Ákos K Kovács

    Branka - director

    Film director and cinematographer He was born in 1991 in Yugoslavia. He studied Cinematography at the Metropolitan University in Budapest. He made his debut at the Berlinale Generation in 2014 with his graduation film "Away" (dir. Roland Ferge), which earned an honourable mention of the International Jury of Generation Kplus. Following this success, he started to work as a screenwriter and film director. "Branka" is his first short film.

  • Zofia Kowalewska

    Only the Wind - director

    Film director She was born in 1995 in Krakow. She is a student of Film Directing at the Film School in Łódź. Her documentary "Bonds" (prod. by the Munk Studio) has won over 40 awards at prestigious festivals in Poland and abroad (Krakow Film Festival, IDFA or DOK Leipzig) and was shortlisted among ten films competing for an Oscar in 2017. She is a laureate of the Talent Trójki competition in the film category and a three-time recipient of the scholarship granted by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Currently, she is working on her graduation film at the Film School in Łódź.

  • Maciej Kowalewski

    An Actress in Wonderland - director

    He was born in 1969. He is a graduate of the National Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow. He is a director and author of award-winning theatrical plays, such as “Ballady o Zakaczawiu”, “Obywatel M”, “Poczekalnia” and “Bajki o sercu ze strychu”.

  • Karolina Anna Kuta

    Common Place - director

    Documentary filmmaker and reporter. She is a graduate of Documentary Studies of Warsaw University, who also studied at Zagreb. She has collaborated with the biggest Polish media outlets as a reporter. In her projects she focuses on minorities, women’s rights and identity issues. She makes films for NGOs, including the KARTA Centre. “Common Place” is her first documentary and currently, she is working on her feature documentary debut.

  • Barna László

    Hands of God - director

    Film director and producer. He studied at the Sapientia University in Cluj, where he made over 10 short and documentary films. He has taken part in the Dunaversitas documentary masterclass in Budapest and in three film workshops. Over several months he was studying at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. “Hands of God” is his first feature documentary.

  • Marcin Lenarczyk

    1970 - composer

  • Vladimir Leschiov

    Comeback - director

    Artist, producer and animated film director He was born in 1970 in Latvia. A graphic artist by profession, he graduated from an artistic school in Riga and also studied Animation in Eksjo, Sweden. He has created commercial animation working for television stations, made music videos and animated commercials. Since 2007 he has had his own animation studio Lunohod. In his films, he is looking for balance between traditional narration and fantasy, sometimes quite abstract.

  • Nomin Lkhagvasuren

    The Wheel - director

    She comes from Mongolia. She has worked as a journalist for local and international news services. She has collaborated with human rights organisations and taught journalism. As a communications consultant, she has worked for the UN and its agendas. She also works as a researcher, translator and script consultant on many international film projects. "The Wheel", which has been awarded at IDFA, is her documentary debut.

  • Olga Lucovnicova

    My Uncle Tudor - director

    She comes from Moldova. She is a documentary filmmaker and a beginning researcher in the field of audiovisual arts. Her latest film “My Uncle Tudor” has been awarded with the Golden Bear at the 71st edition of Berlinale. In her films, she combines observational cinema with poetic elements emphasising such key factors as human emotions and feelings.

  • Raluca Lupascu

    God Was Here! - director

    Film director She was born in 1989. After earning a degree in Economics and Management in Bucarest, she went on to study filmmaking. She was accepted to the Dutch Film Academy with her first documentary “Bunica”. During her study, she experimented with a variety of techniques focusing on such themes as the perception of time and human duality. Her inquisitiveness about the depth of meaning and ambivalent characters is employed to describe grand themes that always reappear in her work, such as life, death, identity and an internal struggle.

  • Jacek Łukaszewski

    Solar Voyage - protagonist

  • Jalal Maghout

    Have a Nice Dog! - director

    Animator and visual artist He was born in 1987 in Syria. He studied at the Visual Communication Department of the University of Damascus. He defended his MA in Animation Directing at the Film University Babelsberg in 2019. He has produced several animated films screened at festivals across the world. He has been a jury member at international film festivals, such as Stuttgart and Annecy. Along with animation, he creates other works of art and music videos and has experience in video art, caricature, photography and painting.

  • Maja Markowska

    Cigarettes - director

    She studied at the Wajda School and participated in the ‘First Film’ programme organised by the Władysław Ślesicki Film Foundation. "Cigarettes", a portrayal of her grandfather, is her documentary debut.

  • Monika Meleń

    One More Day - director

    Film director, editor and presenter She has written scripts for several documentary features made for the Polish television. She is a graduate of Film Studies at the Radio and Television Department of the University of Silesia in Katowice and Journalism at the Jagiellonian University. Her documentary features have been screened and awarded at many national film festivals. Currently, she is working on a documentary series for TVP1.

  • Rafá Moles

    Lobster Soup - director

    Journalist, screenwriter and documentary film producer He was born in 1974 in Spain. He earned a degree in Information Science. He is a professor at the Communication Science Department at Jaume I University. In 2012 he was awarded the title of the Journalist of the Year by the Jury of Journalistic Awards of the Community of Valencia. In 2003 he co-created an investigative team at the Spanish public television and since then has collaborated on the making of 18 documentaries on socially important issues.

  • Raffi Movsisyan

    Homecoming - director

    Film critic and director He was born in 1988 in Armenia. He earned his degree in Film from the Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography (YSITC). In 2012-2018 he was a programmer of the International Film Festival Golden Apricot in Yerevan. At present, he is working at the TUMO Centre for Creative Technologies as a film programme curator. He is an author and host of a television programme on contemporary Armenian films in Armenia Public TV. “Homecoming” is his directing debut.

  • Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda

    Testimony of Ana - director

    He comes from India and is an engineer by profession. At present, he is studying Film and Media Production at the University of Texas at Austin as part of the MFA programme. In his films, he is trying to tell stories which enable him to make contact with people, places and communities that are slowly disappearing. Through cinema, he wants to confirm their presence preserving their existence and memories.

  • Michalina Musialik

    Dog's Field - director

    Animator and animated film director She was born in 1994 in Silesia. She is a graduate of the Cinematography Department of the Film School in Łódź with a degree in Animated Film and Special Effects. She has collaborated with such animated film studios as Yellow Tapir Films, Animapol, Fumi Studio or Letko. She has worked as an educator at the Museum of Cinematography in Łódź organising animation workshops for children and museum lessons in film history.

  • Jessica Nettelbladt

    Prince of Dreams - director

    Film director. She was born in 1972 in Sweden. She graduate in directing and documentary at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. She holds a master in Film Directing from Valand Academy in Göteborg. She has made several international reconized documentaries. Her movie “I Am My Own Dolly Parton” has won critical acclaim and the award-winning “MonaLisa Story” was nominated to the Guldbaggen award for the best documentary film in 2017.

  • Wiktoria Niewiadomska

    Last Chance - director

    Third-year student of Film Directing at the Warsaw Film School. So far, she has primarily worked as a director of film studies and school projects. She has always wanted to make the cinema that matters focusing on people and their problems. For her, a film is an encounter with another human being. She loves all audiovisual forms that inspire reflection, emotions and change in the viewer.

  • Jayil Pak

    Georgia - director

    Film director born in South Korea. As a child he emigrated with his parents to New York. After graduating from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts he worked in the film industry as a director of education films, music videos and commercials, both in the US and in South Korea. His most recent film "Georgia" (2020) has won the Sonje Award for the best short film at the Busan International Film Festival and a nomination to the Blue Dragon Award.

  • Aliaksei Paluyan

    Courage - director

    Film director and screenwriter He was born in 1989 in Belarus. In 2012 he moved to Germany to study Film and Television Directing at the Art Academy in Kassel. In 2012 his picture "Lake of Happiness" won a nomination to the European Film Award in the category of the Best Short Film. "Courage", which premiered at the festival in Berlin, is his documentary debut.

  • Krzysztof Piątkowski

    Solar Voyage - protagonist

  • Mikołaj Piszczan

    The Case of Jan Pampuch - director

    Author of several short films as well as commercial and social campaigns. He is a graduate of Film Production Organisation at the Radio and Television Department of the University of Silesia in Katowice. Having completed a directing course at the AMA Film School in Krakow, he is currently studying Film Directing at the Film School in Łódź.

  • Izabela Plucińska

    98 kg - director

    Animation film director Born in Poland, she currently lives in Germany. She is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź (in the field of Design) and Film Animation from the Cinematography Department of the Film School in Łódź, where she also earned her PhD in Animation. Her filmography includes "Jam Session" (2005) – a winner of the Silver Bear at the International Film Festival in Berlin, "Esterhazy" (2009), "Sexy Laundry" (2015) and "Portrait of Suzanne" (2019). At present, she is a lecturer at the Arts Academy in Szczecin and runs her own production company ClayTraces. She specialises in plasticine animation. "98 kg" was her first animation film.

  • Monika Proba

    Light Years - director

    Author of documentary films and features, podcasts, video installations and music videos She was born in Montreal in 1987. She is a graduate of Cultural Studies from the University of Warsaw and Sorbonne. She also studied at the Indonesian Art Institute of Yogyakarta as a fellow of the Darmasiswa programme. In Java, in collaboration with her sister, she shot her first documentary, "Dreams of Java", presenting local shamanism. She has completed the DOK PRO programme at the Wajda School. In her work, she focuses above all on rituals in culture.

  • Jakub Prysak

    Headfish - director

    Film director and screenwriter He was born in 1993. He is a fifth year student of the Film Directing Department at the Film School in Łódź. He has made several short films. His picture "A Tale of Two Sisters" was screened, among others, at such festivals as Fipadoc, FilmFestival Cottbus and Alcine. In his films he is looking for natural simplicity and the unique character of the world created on the screen.

  • Joanna Quinn

    Affairs of the Art - director

    Film director and animator She comes from the United Kingdom. She completed an art course at Goldsmiths College at the University of London and a programme in Graphic Design at Middlesex University. Her first film “Girls Night Out” (1987) has won three main awards at Annecy. She has also received 90 major animated film awards, including an Emmy, Baftas and two Oscar nominations for “Famous Fred” (1998) and “The Wife of Bath” (1999). She holds lectures and practical workshops at the most important universities in the UK and abroad. Her latest picture, "Affairs of the Art", has won the best animation award at the festival in Clermont Ferrand.

  • Jay Rosenblatt

    When We Were Bullies - director

    American experimental film director who has been working as a freelance filmmaker since 1980. He has made over 30 films. He is a fellow of the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation. His films have received numerous awards at international festivals. His retrospective was organized, among others, during the New York Film Forum and at MoMA in New York. His work has often been critically reviewed, including in the New York Times and such magazines as Sight&Sound and Filmmaker. He is the programming director of the Jewish Film Festival in San Francisco.

  • Dorota Roś

    Universes - director

    Film editor and director. She is a graduate of the Film School in Łódź, who also studied at the Jagiellonian University and Bahcesehir University in Istanbul. She has co-created over 20 short feature and documentary films screened across the world.

  • Per Anders Rudelius

    Dad Shot Them - director

    He was born in 1968 in Karlstad, Sweden. Since 1995 he has been directing and producing documentary films. He has taken part in many international and Swedish documentary projects. He has collaborated on Chinese and Italian documentary series. In his documentaries, he focuses on strong individuals who are fighting for their rights.

  • Julia Sergina

    Far Eastern Golgotha - director

    She was born in 1995 in Moscow. She completed a documentary course under the tutelage of Sergei Miroshnichenko at the Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK). She is a laureate of the Laurel Branch Award for the best documentary debut ("Therapy") and other Russian festival awards. She has co-founded the documentary film studio STAYA.DOC.

  • Renato Borrayo Serrano

    Life of Ivanna - director

    Film director, screenwriter and producer He was born in 1992 in Guatemala. Since 2012 he has been living and working in Russia. He is a graduate of the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography with a documentary specialisation. He completed a course of Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov at Moscow’s School of Documentary Cinema and Theatre. Since 2014 his films have been screened at many international festivals. His picture Film for Carlos received an honourable mention at Dok Leipzig 2017. His latest work "Life of Ivanna" premiered at the main competition of CPH DOX and Hotdocs.

  • Tomasz Siwiński

    Love in Times of Coal-Based Economy - director

    Film director, screenwriter, painter and animator He was born in 1982 in Koszalin. He studied at the Multimedia Communication Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań (in the field of Photography) as well as at the Painting Department and the Animated Film Studio of Jerzy Kucia at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. Along with his artistic films, he also develops documentary animations, such as, e.g. "Moczarski’s Case". His films have been screened and awarded at festivals in Poland and abroad. His picture "A Blue Room" (2014) has won the Silver Hobby Horse at the 55th Krakow Film Festival.

  • Magnus Skatvold

    Blue Code of Silence - director

    Screenwriter and director of over 150 commercials and corporate videos He obtained his practical and theoretical training in film and journalism at universities in Trondheim and New York. In 2006 he launched the Spætt Film company. In 2018 he debuted with "Home Town", an archival documentary. In 2020 he made a hybrid documentary, "Life According to Havnes", which was shot and broadcast live. At present, he is working on two documentary films.

  • Zuzanna Solakiewicz

    The Soil - director

    Film director and screenwriter She is a graduate of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities at the University of Wrocław. In 2005-2009 she stayed in Israel where in 2008 she studied at the Sam Spiegel Film and TV School in Jerusalem. She continued her education on an internship at the Film School in Łódź. She has participated in the following film workshops: the Berlinale Talent Campus, the New Horizons Studio, EAVE, the Jerusalem Film Lab and ScripTeast. In 2019 she completed her feature course Studio Prób at the Wajda School. Her film "15 Corners of the World" (2014) has been awarded at the prestigious festival in Locarno.

  • Olga Stefanova

    Buromsky Island - director

    Film director. She was born in 1981 in Russia. She studied Journalism at Moscow State University and after that, Film Directing at the Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK). Her films have been screened at IDFA, Stalker, Docpoint and other film festivals. She has been a member of many expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic. She spent 2010 at the South Pole where she developed her documentary “Wintering”. Her most recent film “Buromsky Island” is devoted to the pioneers of polar exploration.

  • Annie St-Pierre

    Like the Ones I Used to Know - director

    She studied Film at Université du Quebec in Montreal. She directed “Migration amoureuse”, a French-Belgian coproduction awarded with the Pierre Perrault Best Documentary Hope Award, and “Fermières”, a feature film screened at the closure of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM). Her first short feature film “让-马克-瓦雷” has won the best French script award at Festival REGARD.

  • Kinga Syrek

    Too Late - director

    She was born in 1995 in Krakow. At present, she is a PhD student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. In 2019 she received a Diamond Grant of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage to fund her study ‘Immersion in animation. Virtual reality as a new tool in the animated film which enables the viewer to identify with the protagonist in the script and feel the protagonist’s emotions’ and the scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for her artistic achievement. "Too Late" is her directing debut.

  • Piotr Szczepański

    @miriamfrompoland - director

    Cinematographer, author of photography, director and screenwriter He was born in 1975 in Łódź. He is a graduate of the Cinematography Department at the Film School in Łódź. He is a member of the Polish Film Academy, the Directors Guild of Poland and the Documentary Directors Guild of Poland. He specialises in long observational documentaries in the direct cinema style. His documentary debut, "Cool Kids of Death Generation", brought him the Golden Hobby Horse at the festival in Krakow in 2004.

  • Rintu Thomas

    Writing with Fire - director

    Freelance director and producer of documentary films She comes from India. She is a co-founder of Black Ticket Films, an award-winning creative agency based in New Delhi. She was a fellow of the Sundance Institute in 2018 and of the Bertha Foundation and Sundance Stories of Change in 2019. She has been awarded with a number of distinctions, including the medal of the President of India. In her films, she focuses on themes related to the environment, climate change, women’s rights and public health.

  • Katya Ustinova

    Shtetlers - director

    Documentary filmmaker. She was born in Russia and lives in New York. For over a decade she had worked as a television producer and reporter until she started making documentary films. In 2012 she graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement in Social Documentary Film. “Shtetlers” (2020), which has won the Russian Laurel Branch for the best debut, is her first feature documentary debut.

  • Mordechai Vardi

    Marry Me However - director

    Film director and screenwriter. He was born in 1958 in Israel. He earned his MA from the Film and Television Faculty at Tel Aviv University. For 20 years he was head of the Scriptwriting Department of the Maaleh School of Film and Television. He is the artistic director of the SHOMRON Regional Film Fund. He has produced and directed documentary films for a variety of channels and written a script for a television drama aired on Channel1. At present, he is editing his own feature film.

  • Jan Vardøen

    Descent into the Maelström - director

    Film director and producer. He was born in 1962 in London and grew up in Ireland. After travelling the world, working as a chef, he went back to Norway and learnt his family profession: wooden boatbuilding. He owns a film production company, Beacon Isle Productions.

  • Tomasz Wolski

    1970 - director

    Film director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer and editor He was born in 1977. He is a graduate of Journalism at the Jagiellonian University and of a documentary course from the Wajda School. He has taken part in the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Berlin Today Award. He was a fellow of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2011 and 2019 and the Young Poland programme of the National Centre for Culture. He has made several documentaries, which include The Clinic (2006), "The Lucky Ones" (2009), "Doctors" (2011), "The Palace" (2012), "Not for Everyone" (2012), "Festival" (2017) and "An Ordinary Country" (2020). He is a laureate of last year’s Golden Hobby Horse at the 60. Krakow Film Festival for his film "An Ordinary Country".

  • Tomasz Wysokiński

    Walk With Angels - director

    Film director and screenwriter who also works as a cinematographer He has been an author of promotional campaigns and happenings in Poland, Germany, Hungary and Malesia. He draws his inspiration from more than a decade of journeys to over 50 countries of the world. He is especially interested in other cultures, art and bonds between people. At present, while planning his journeys in search of a theme of a new feature-length documentary, he is writing a feature film script based on a short story by Jorge Luis Borges.

  • Mehdi Zarei

    In the Dark - director

    He was born in Shiraz, Iran. He graduated from the Shiraz Art University in 2006 and developed his cinematic interests attending two-year film courses under the tutelage of Abbas Kiarostami. His films have been screened and awarded at various festivals. “In the Dark” was made in 2020 on the basis of a short story by Samad Taheri.

  • Adam Żądło

    Solar Voyage - director

    An audiovisual artist, born in 1993. He graduated from the Faculty of Graphic Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He specialises in animation, computer games, photography, and film. He grew up in the countryside, combining his experience of farming with the latest technologies. He actively supported scientific circles involved in the construction of cyborg and space exploration. Winner, finalist and participant of international festivals, competitions, and exhibitions (including Sony World Photography Awards, Smithsonian.com Photo Contest, ADOBE ADAA, Sitges IFF).