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Meet directors

  • Kijek/Adamski

    Slow Light - director

    Katarzyna Kijek and Przemysław Adamski are a creative directing duo with exceptionally diverse filmmaking skills who successfully use live action, stop-motion, computer and traditional animation as well as elements of video post-production in their work. Their films have been screened at hundreds of film festivals around the world winning the acclaim of professionals and audiences alike.

  • Edris Abdi

    Laboratory No.2 - director

    Edris Abdi was born in 1984 in the city of Marivan in the Iranian Kurdistan. Graduated in filmmaking _film editing from Tehran University of Applied Sciences and Technology. I have Sound recorded and Sound design more than 40 short films, feature films. As a writer and director, I have produced the films “The Sperm” and “Thirst Flight” , “Laboratory No. 2” , I have written more than twenty articles about cinema on websites and newspapers.

  • Edyta Adamczak

    Blooming Brain - director

    Director and animator. She was born in 1984 in Poznań. She graduated from the Faculty of Graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków and defended her diploma at the Animated Film Studio. She is the author of animated films Duende (2008), Here and Now (2010) and Eatself (2018).

  • María Alvarez

    Near and Dear - director

    María Álvarez directed “Las cinéphilas” (2017), “Le temps perdu” (2020) and “Near and Dear” (2021), a documentary trilogy that relates the passage of time and art. Her films have been screened at international festivals such as IDFA, Semaine de la Critique Locarno, Thessaloniki, Göteborg, DocAviv, Mar del Plata, Cartagena, Gijón, DocLisboa, BAFICI, Femcine, Havana, Sydney, among many others, winning several awards. She wrote “Burned before reading”, theatre play that won the Second Prize Fray Luis de León from Valladolid, Spain, published in 2016.

  • Toby Andris

    Chiatura - director

    After two self-produced experimental short films, Memorybox (2014) and The Belt (2017), Toby Andris turned to more conventional narrative techniques for Chiatura (2021), shot in the Republic of Georgia with support from the G.R.E.C. in France, to great acclaim. His second Georgian film, Tskaltubo (2022), made with support from the Canada Arts Council, is currently in post-production.

  • Jindřich Andrš

    A New Shift - director

  • Barbora Bereznakova

    Strigov - director

    Barbora Bereznakova is a film director and artist from Slovakia based in New York City, USA. Barbora’s work contextualizes contemporary social challenges through film, site-specific interventions, music videos, and video art installations. Her feature documentary debut, Never Happened, nominated for National Awards Slnko v Sieti 2020, premiered at Warsaw International Film Festival in 2019. She is currently developing her debut fiction film.

  • Noa Berman-Herzberg

    Holy Holocaust - director

    Screenwriter & film creator. She works as a teacher in Bezalel Academy of Arts and a "serial pickler" who hosts events that combine storytelling and culinary. Among her works: MABUL with director Guy Nattiv, winner of a special mention, Berlinale, 2011, based on their short MABUL, winner of the crystal bear in Berlinale 2002, SNOWSALT with Amit Cohen and HOLY HOLOCAUST with Osi Wald. In pre-production: HARMONIA, a feature film, with Guy Nattiv and "GOING SOUR", a documentary TV series.

  • Karina Będkowska

    My Place Ozerna - director

    Film director. She graduated with honours in Documentary Filmmaking from Goldsmith University in London and Photography from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. She participated in the international film workshops Film Spring Open in Krakow and INTERDOC in Serbia as well as the Doc Development and DOC LAB Poland programmes. Her film Tutka was screened at the international festivals Benicia FF in California and Short to the Point in Romania in 2017. She has had photographic exhibitions in England, Denmark and Poland.

  • Cecilie Bjørnaraa

    Without Us - editor

  • Michał Bolland

    Zasada - director

    Film director and writer. His famous documentary 7th of August presenting the stories of four people detained during protests in defence of an LGBT activist in Krakowskie Przedmieście in Warsaw has been awarded at many national festivals. Zasada is his feature-length documentary debut.

  • Betina Bożek

    Dessert Dachshund - director

    Director of animated films and illustrator. She was born in 1993 in Kraków. She graduated from the Animated Film Studio of the Academy of Fine Arts. She has created several animated films admired across the world (e.g. O Jezu, Kaprysia). She is a laureate of international competitions, artistic scholarships and film festivals.

  • Alexandra Bratyshchenko

    Fragile Memory - producer

  • Christoph Büttner

    In His Mercy - director

    Born in 1986 in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, Christoph didn’t had a clue of his artistic career for a very long time. He worked as a Deutsche Telekom technican, graduated in media technology, has been a call center agent and finally animated computer games. Filmuniversity Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF was his life saver in 2015. There he delved into side streams of film making. Six years and two kids later he climbed out of the animation dungeon, glady gasping for air: His first movie was finished!

  • Tadeusz Chudy

    The Pack - director

    Film director and cinematographer. He studied Philosophy and Film Studies at the Jagiellonian University and Film, Television and Photography at the Radio and Television Faculty of the University of Silesia. He is a visual artist working with film and photography. He published a photo book ‘Vulnerable’, which had its premiere at the Leica 6x7 Gallery.

  • Denis Dobrovoda

    The Cathedral - director

    Denis Dobrovoda is a Slovak director whose short films include the award-winning short Savage, which was screened at multiple Oscar-qualifying festivals and broadcast on the BBC, and Apparition which was screened at 40 film festivals across all continents and received 12 awards. He has directed and shot TV programmes for ITV2 and Channel 4, and his TV documentary They Never Came Back was broadcast on RTVS last year. He studied at the University of Oxford and EICAR. The Cathedral is his feature length debut.

  • Michał Edelman

    Performance - director

    Born in 1995 in Łódź. He was a student of Inter-area Individual Humanistic and Social Studies at the University of Warsaw. Currently, he is a third-year student of Film and Television Directing of the Film School in Łódź. He has worked as a second director on many feature films and commercials. He directs short feature films, music videos and documentaries.

  • Julie Engaas

    Without Us - director

    Born in 1968. She is educated at the National College of the Arts in Oslo, Norway, as well as studies in animation at Volda University College where she graduated in 1998. Since then she has directed several animated shorts, as well as animated documentaries, screened at numerous international festivals and sold to severa

  • Georg Michael Fischer

    Black Mambas - editor

  • Ana Sofia Fonseca

    Cesária Évora - director

    Film director and producer. Storytelling is her way of life. For years she has been dedicating herself to telling compelling stories with a focus on human rights themes. With a two decade successful career in journalism, only recently, she had courage to dive in her passion for cinema. "Cesária Évora" is her second documentary feature length, and she's working on it for 5 years.

  • Anna Gawlita

    The Fence - script

    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.

  • Eliza Godlewska

    Only Until Dawn - director

    She took her first steps in the industry as a production assistant. She quickly abandoned tables for directing and is currently completing her studies at the Warsaw Film School. She is a laureate of the City of Warsaw artistic scholarship, as part of which she is developing a documentary project about the SPATiF Club. In her free time between her artistic projects, she works as a second location manager and has already made two full-length feature films.

  • Giorgi Gogichaishvili

    10:45 - director

    Film director. Born in 1984. Studied at „Shota Rustaveli University of Film and Theatre“, Faculty of Film Directing. Currently working on a full length movies “Inga” and “Anatori” for which Georgian National Center of Cinematography has awarded funding.

  • Jack Gray

    Menagerie - director

    Jack Gray graduated with a BFA in Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017. He has been a visiting lecturer at Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art and has had his work screened at GLAS Film Festival, MONSTRA Festival, and Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival. His approach to animation fuses traditional and experimental techniques with playful characters and looping sequences. He is based in Philadelphia, PA.

  • Fabien Greenberg

    Little Axel - director

    French director and photographer living in Norway, with BA Film & Photography from Napier University (Edinburgh). He has filmed, directed and produced several short and documentary films which have been shown in international film festivals. Co-founder of Antipode Films which produced independent and creative documentary films which are rooted in human experience and intend to raise social and/or political awareness. Latest documentary film produced, Radiography of a Family, won Best feature film at IDFA 2020.

  • Gilad Inbar

    Shlomo Bar – a Musical Documentary - director

    Born in 1973, Gilad Inbar is a director, editor, and film producer. A graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film School with a high distinction, Gilad directed two documentaries. His most recent documentary, about the Israeli folk music legend Shlomo Bar was screened at DocAviv Festival. As an editor, Gilad worked on The Testimony, which screened at the Venice Film Festival and won the Best Film Award at the Haifa Film Festival, as well as Suicide, which screened on Netflix.

  • Alexander Niakaris Irvine-Cox

    Beneath the Surface - director

    Alexander Niakaris Irvine-Cox has made several films and series for BBC and. Channel 4 in the UK. This is his first feature length film.

  • Igor Ivanko

    Fragile Memory - director

    Born 1992 in Odesa, Ukraine. Alumni of Karpenko-Karyi Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television (Cinematography Master Degree, 2016). Since 2014 Igor collaborates as a cinematographer with BABYLON’13 documentary filmmakers collective, filming Maidan protests and the Russian-Ukrainian war.

  • Łukasz Iwanicz

    7 Words About Passing Away - director

    A student of film directing at the Warsaw Film School, he is interested in photography and psychology.

  • Władysław Jurków

    Mr. Inkblot in Love & War - 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).

  • Robert Kaczmarek

    Zbigniew Seifert. Interrupted Journey - director

    Film director, screenwriter and producer. Born in 1958. He graduated from the Directing Department of the Film School in Łódź and also studied sociology at the Social Sciences Faculty of Warsaw University. He is a co-founder of the Film Producers’ Association. His films focus on political, historical and cultural issues. Their leitmotif remains the truth which does not bend under the impact of the mainstream. He has won numerous film awards.

  • Tymoteusz Kałużewski

    When I'll Be... - director

    Director. He was born in 1996. He graduated in Art History from the University of Łódź, and since 2019 he has been a student of Film and Television Directing at the Film School in Łódź. His feature study Angel was screened at festivals abroad. He made a film commissioned by the State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw for the exhibition ‘Diversity. The Collection of Tomasz Armada’ as well as visualisations accompanying the works of Aleksandra Pulińska, presented at the International Paper Art Biennale in Taiwan.

  • Karolina Karwan

    Moody - director

    Visual artist, traveller and tantra facilitator. She was born in 1986 in Warsaw. She graduated from the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava (ITF) and the Faculty of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw. Her short films include Dive Into, Bumi Bulao and Penne God. She was awarded the Darmasiswa scholarship, under which she studied music and traditional dance at the Indonesian Institute of Arts (ISI) in Yogyakarta.

  • Marjan Khosravi

    The Dream of a Horse - director

    Marjan Khosravi, born in 1995, is an Iranian women filmmaker who studied Cinema and Media Art. She made her first short documentary, The Price of Blood, in 2018. VADIYAR is her second short fiction film, nominated for grand prix Award at 40nd Uppsala short FF. Her mid-length documentary “The Snow Calls”, selected for IDFA's 33rd and won Big Sky feature film award. She is making her first feature documentary, A Woman's Path, which won Hot Docs Crosscurrents Fund and participated at Hot Docs Forum. She usually focuses on women's rights and their social problems are the leitmotiv in her films.

  • Alexander Koridze

    Atonal Glow - director

    Alexander Koridze is a director and screenwriter living and working in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has extensive experience in shooting both television and creative documentaries. Koridze makes films on various topics, from political to social issues, as well as artistic portraits of famous people.2018 – “Institution # 16” - documentary 2013: "F5"- feature film - musical

  • Natalia Koryncka-Gruz

    Simona - director

    Film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Her documentaries include "The Moon Valley" (1993), "A Short Film about Krzysztof Kieślowski" (1996), "Błota po wodzie" (1998) and "Zbig" (2000). She has also made feature films, such as "Amok" (1998) and "Warsaw by Night" (2014). She is a member of the Polish Film Academy, the Polish Filmmakers Association and the Polish Directors’ Guild.

  • Bogna Kowalczyk

    Boylesque - director

    Director, animator and illustrator. She studied at the Film School in Łódź and the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology. In her work, she combines traditional styles with the possibilities offered by new technologies. Her documentary Boylesque was awarded at the Hot Docs Festival.

  • Zofia Kowalewska

    Cat - director

    Film director born in 1995 in Kraków. She is a graduate of Film Directing at the Film School in Łódź. Her documentary Bonds won more than 40 awards at prestigious festivals at home and abroad (Krakow Film Festival, IDFA, DOK Leipzig) and was shortlisted for an Oscar nomination in 2017. Her next documentary Only the Wind premiered at the Krakow Film Festival and HotDocs 2022. She is a winner of the Trojka’s Talents Award in the Film category and a three-time holder of the scholarship awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Cat (produced by the Film School in Łódź) is her graduation film.

  • Lucie Králová

    Kapr Code - director

    MgA. Lucie Kralova, Ph.D. is acclaimed Czech film director, scriptwriter and lecturer at FAMU Prague. Her docs, often on 16mm film, were screened at many international film festivals and received number of award, e.g. ILL-FATED CHILD (2003) and SOLD (2005) were both awarded as Best Czech Documentary at Jihlava IDFF; documentary detective story, LOST HOLIDAY (2007), distributed internationally on 35mm, received the Crystal Globe for Best Feature Doc at Karlovy Vary IFF and other prizes.

  • Konrad Królikowski

    Identity - director

    He is a photographer, video artist and musician. The film Blocks was his feature-length documentary debut.

  • Katarzyna Kuczyńska

    Boylesque - producer

  • Alison Kuhn

    The Swarmers - director

    Alison Kuhn is a German-Vietnamese director, actress and writer. She was born in 1995 and is currently studying directing at Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Her film THE CASE YOU was awarded the German Documentary Film Award for Arts & Culture. FLUFFY TALES, which she directed and wrote, was nominated for the German Short Film Award and selected for the Next Generation Short Tiger. THE SWARMERS is the graduation film of her bachelor studies.

  • Mariam Kvitaishvili

    10:45 - actor

  • Marcin Lesisz

    The Rocking Horses - director

    Director and cinematographer. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Cinematography at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School of the University of Silesia. His film Goran the Camel Man has been screened at festivals in Poland and abroad, winning a number of awards. He is the producer and cinematographer of the short feature film Ricochets. He also works as a cinematographer and camera operator on spots, documentaries, features and TV series.

  • Kacper Lisowski

    Judges under pressure - director

    Director and cinematographer. He was born in 1972 in Warsaw. He is a graduate of the Cinematographic Department of the Film School in Łódź and the Studio Prób feature programme at the Wajda School. He has worked as a cinematographer on a number of feature and documentary films, including "I’m Looking at You, Mary" (1999), "Chemia" (2009), "The Real End of the Cold War" (2011) or "You Have No Idea How Much I Love You" (2016). He has won the Silver Hobby Horse for his film "Father’s Day" (2014).

  • Jason Loftus

    Eternal Spring - director

    A Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and four-time Canadian Screen Award nominee, Jason’s work spans documentary, VR, games, and animation. In 2019 he produced #NoJoke, a bullying documentary featuring Sir Patrick Stewart and Jeff Goldblum, directed by Hot Docs winner Manfred Becker. Jason produced the docuseries Confucius Was a Foodie, which was named Best Food Series on TV at the 2021 Taste Awards. His directorial debut in a documentary feature, Ask No Questions, premiered at Slamdance in 2020. Eternal Spring is his follow-up documentary feature film.

  • Sergei Loznitsa

    MR LANDSBERGIS - director

    Ukrainian director of documentary and fiction films. In 1987 he graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. Between 1987 and 1991 he worked as a scientist at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics. In 1997 Loznitsa graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow. He has been making documentary films from 1996, 16 of which won awards at numerous festivals. His fiction films include My Joy and In the Fog.

  • 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.

  • Ilya Marcus

    Gila Who Walks Alone - director of photography

  • Klementyna Margolis

    Music of Sonny - director

    A graduate in Animation from the Faculty of Visual Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. She has made several short film projects and music videos. She also designs sets, costumes and puppets for films, theatre plays and performances.

  • Silke Merzhäuser

    Anna - script

  • Maciej Miller

    Tell Me My Story - director

    Director and cinematographer. Born in 1994 in Olsztyn, he holds a degree in Film Directing from the Gdynia Film School. His graduation documentary Between Us, which premiered at the Busan International Short Film Festival, has been screened at nearly 30 international festivals and won 11 awards. As a cinematographer, he represented Poland at the Cannes Film Festival, being the author of photography for a short film competition nominee.

  • Dominika Montean-Pańków

    The Voice - director

    Film director. She is a graduate of English Philology from the Jagiellonian University and Film Directing from the Radio and Television Faculty of the University of Silesia. Her documentaries include, among others, The March of Solitary Women, awarded at the Debut Film Festival in Koszalin in 2007, Kazimierz Is Open and For a Hatful of Pears. She is the author of the film The Author Leaves made as part of the Munk Studio’s Youth Debuts programme. Her latest work is a full-length documentary, The Voice.

  • Hadar Morag

    It's Time You Died Already - director

    Film director and writer. She directed the award winning short, SILENCE (Cannes, Cinéfondation 2008) and award-winning feature, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME (Orizzonti, Venice 2015). Currently she is working on TALITHA KUMI, a feature film in early financing (Jerusalem International Film Lab, Berlin 3 Months 24/7 Residency by the Medienboard & the FFA) and a full length documentary TZIPORA AND RACHEL ARE NOT DEAD, in the editing (Won the TLV rough cut DOC Lab DocAviv 2021).

  • Pedro Morato

    En mis zapatos - director

    Born in 1988 in Fuerteventura, Spain, Pedro Morato studied Audiovisual Communication with a specialisation in Film at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca before pursuing a Master's degree in Videography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Liege, Belgium. He started as a freelance photographer and videographer and worked on the production and script of the short film Los Paralelos in 2013. In 2021, he directed his first feature documentary "En mis zapatos".

  • Jan Naszewski

    In The Circle - director

    He studied Linguistics and European Studies in Edinburgh, then worked for media companies in London. After returning to Poland in 2010, he worked for several years as an organizer of industry events at the New Horizons IFF and developed his own production company, New Europe Film Sales. A fan of comedy.

  • Elwira Niewiera

    The Hamlet Syndrome - director

    Director and scriptwriter born in 1976. She is the author of well-known and award-winning documentaries made together with Piotr Rosołowski, such as The Domino Effect (awarded with the Golden Horn and the Golden Hobby Horse at the 54th Krakow Film Festival as well as the Golden Dove at the IFF DOK Leipzig) and The Prince and the Dybbuk (including the Golden Lion for the best documentary on cinema at the 74th Venice Film Festival and the Polish Film Award 2019 for the Best Documentary Film). In her artistic work, she focuses primarily on political, social and cultural transformations in Eastern Europe. She is the winner of the Young German Cinema Award 2020 and the prestigious American Chicken & Egg Award 2021.

  • Tara O'Callaghan

    Call Me Mommy - director

    Award winning director Tara O'Callaghan is a rising star. Dynamic, experimental and constantly pushing creative boundaries. Her love for realism is often blended in a visually experiential journey. Tara's work focuses on emotional impact in a non-linear way and her passion for working with actors and non-actors alike grounds the emotional core of her work. From Kinsale Shark Awards and Vimeo Staff Picks to Galway Film Fleadh, Tara continues to demand attention.

  • Awara Omer

    Laboratory No.2 - director

    Aware Omar was born and raised in 1983 in Silêmanî, Kurdistan he started his to work on media in 2004, he worked as gaffer for more than 8 national and international TVs and also for more than 10 films, he also graduated from filmmaking Major at Slêmanî art-university, Labatory No 2 is his last film Co-Directed with Edris Abdi.

  • Marta Pajek

    Impossible Figures and Other Stories I - director

    Director, graphic artist and painter. She was born in 1982 in Kielce. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, where she studied at the Animated Film Studio under the guidance of Jerzy Kucia. As part of a scholarship, she also completed an internship at the Turku Arts Academy at the University of Finland under the direction of Priit Pärn. She is the author of the short animations After Apples (2004), Next Door (2005) and Sleepingcord (2011). Her film Impossible Figures and Other Stories II (2016) has won critical acclaim and over 20 awards, including the Grand Prix of the Stuttgart Animation Festival and the GLAS Animation Festival. Her latest work Impossible Figures and Other Stories I (2021), the first and final part of the trilogy, is a co-production of Animoon and the National Film Board of Canada.

  • Simon Plouffe

    Forests - director

    Simon Plouffe lives and works in Montreal. His experiences working with sound have led him to explore sonic worlds for both experimental and design purposes. L’or des autres (2011) was shown at 15 international festivals (including RIDM, Dok.Fest Munich, Guadalajara, Big Sky). Ceux qui viendront, l’entendront (2018) won the Iris Award in 2019 for Best Sound, the Jury Prize at the Ann Arbor Festival, and the award for Best Documentary at the Ficwallmapu Festival in Chile. He is currently developing a documentary on blindness caused by armed conflicts.

  • Jakub Radej

    Followers. Live Shooting - director

    Director and scriptwriter born in 1991 in Cieszyn. He is a graduate of Film Directing at the Radio and Television Faculty of the University of Silesia and the DOK PRO documentary course at the Wajda School. He has won dozens of awards at Polish and international festivals, including the best documentary in Clermont-Ferrand and the best feature film and documentary at ‘The Youth and Film’ Debut Film Festival in Koszalin. He is one of ten European young directors invited to the prestigious section ‘Future Frames’ at the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary. A winner of the Trójka’s Talents Award in the Film category, he believes that films can be an invitation to dialogue and reflection, not just entertainment.

  • Britt Raes

    Luce and the Rock - director

    Britt was born in Belgium in 1986. She lives in the cosy town of Ghent. She teaches animation at the KASK School of Arts, where she graduated herself in 2011. Since then she’s been finding her way in illustration and animation, doing both her own independent projects and commissioned work. In 2016 she finished her first professional short film CATHERINE. It travelled the world to over 200 festivals, winning prizes along the way, and Britt happily travelled along! In 2022 she finished the film LUCE AND THE ROCK which she will also adapt as a children’s book.

  • Tomasz Ratter

    Moody - director

    Visual artist and cultural anthropologist. Born in 1982 in Warsaw, he is a graduate of the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava (ITF) and the Interdepartmental Individual Studies in the Humanities at the University of Warsaw. He has had numerous photographic exhibitions in Poland (at Zachęta and MOCAK) and abroad (in Berlin, Prague, Bratislava and Oxford). As a director and cameraman, he is the author of music videos and short video forms. He lived in Indonesia for over two years, where he began work on the film Moody.

  • Julia Roesler

    Anna - director

    Director, Producer, Script - studied cultural studies and aesthetic praxis in Hildesheim and was a visiting student in Freiburg and Argentina. She is co-founder of the independent artistic company werkgruppe2 in 2006, which produces mainly theatre productions. She also had teaching positions at the HBK Braunschweig, Mozarteum Salzburg, Uni Hildesheim and the Federal Academy Wolfenbüttel. Since 2018 she realizes film projects: MARINA (2018), FREDDA MEYER (2021), ARBEITERINNEN/PRACUJACE KOBIETY (2021) and ANNA (2022). At the moment she is working on her first Feature Film.

  • Bård Kjøge Rønning

    Little Axel - director

    Norwegian writer and producer with a master's degree in religious history from the University of Oslo. Writes about politics and culture on a freelance basis. He has directed and produced several documentary films which have been shown in international film festivals. Co-founder of Antipode Films which produced independent and creative documentary films which are rooted in human experience and intend to raise social and/or political awareness. Latest documentary film produced, Radiography of a Family, won Best feature film at IDFA 2020.

  • Piotr Rosołowski

    The Hamlet Syndrome - director

    Director and cinematographer born in 1977. He graduated from the Radio and Television Faculty in Katowice and received a scholarship from the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. He is a co-author of the Oscar-nominated documentary Rabbit a la Berlin and a co-director of The Prince and the Dybbuk awarded at the 74th Venice Film Festival. He has worked on the cinematography of many award-winning documentaries and feature films, including the Oscar-nominated short film On the Line directed by Reto Caffi. He won the Young German Cinema Award in 2020, as well as the awards of the Society of Cinematographers, the PSC and the American Cinematographer Magazine Award for his cinematography for the documentary The Wall of Shadows directed by Eliza Kubarska.

  • Sanne Rovers

    Crazy Days - or Making an Opera in Pandemic Times - director

    Sanne Rovers is a Dutch documentary and multi media director. In 2019 her film The Long River Slides premiered at IDFA and had a special live event combination of film and musical performance in the IDFA Live on Stage section. Her documentary films have a strong cinematographic and playful approach.

  • Alan Ruczyński

    Only Until Dawn - director

    Graduate of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw and Cinematography at the Warsaw Film School. Currently, he is a student at the Media Art Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He has won national and international scholarships and participated in film courses in Germany and Denmark. He is the uglier half of the artistic duo which he co-creates with Eliza Godlewska.

  • Tirso Diaz Jares Rueda

    Near and Dear - director of photography

  • Anna Sałacińska

    Music of Sonny - director

    Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. She has received scholarships and participated in group and individual painting and fabric exhibitions. Her first contact with animated film was at the secondary school of fine arts, where she used this medium in her diploma work. She works in a team with her friend Klementyna Margolis, and Music of Sonny is her directorial debut.

  • Yuval Shapira

    Gila Who Walks Alone - director

    Israeli-Romanian director based in New York, Yuval Shapira participated in the Berlinale Talents Program in Sarajevo and the Reykjavik IFF Talent Lab. His short film Babies was awarded the school’s Filmnation Production Award for best narrative movie, as well as Special Jury Prizes at Festival International du Film d’Amiens, Mammoth Lakes International Film Festival and Trinity International Film Festival. His previous short films were screened in numerous international festivals. In 2021, he shoots the short film Gila who walks alone in Jerusalem.

  • Jan Sikl

    Reconstruction of Occupation - director

    Born in 1957, Prague. Graduated from FAMU in 1982. From 1984 to 1990 he was employed as a director at Krátký film Praha. In 1991 he founded his own production company, Pragafilm. He is a collector of amateur family archives that he works with also in his films, especially in his documentary series Private Century (2004-2007) that was awarded in Czech republic and abroad (Best Czech documentary at Jihlava IDFF, Pavel Koutecký's award, Trilobit award, Elsa TV award and others).

  • Laura Sistero

    Tolyatti Adrift - director

    Laura Sistero was born in Barcelona in 1986. In 2008 she obtained a degree of Audiovisual Production at EMAV. In 2012 she obtained a bachelor’s degree in film at the ESCAC school in Barcelona, specializing in documentary direction. She currently combines her work as a photographer, advertising and television director, with more personal fiction and documentary film projects. “Tolyatti Adrift” is her first feature-length documentary.

  • Piotr Szczepański

    Our Tenement - director

    Cinematographer, photography director, director and scriptwriter. Born in 1975 in Łódź, he is a graduate of the Cinematography Department of 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 applies a Direct Cinema approach to his long observation documentaries. His documentary debut Cool Kids of Death Generation brought him the Golden Hobby-Horse at the Krakow Festival in 2004.

  • Wojciech Szumowski

    Edge of Light - director

    Director, documentary filmmaker and producer born in 1961 in Bielsko-Biała. He earned his film directing degree from the Film School in Łódź. He is an author of several dozen films and documentary series broadcast by Polish television stations as well as a two-time winner of Grand Press in the category of television reportage (for The Survivors and The Price of Syrian Dreams).

  • Hirotoshi Takeoka

    Adamiani - director

    Director, born in Osaka, Japan. He studied Japanese literature at the university of Kinki before entering the Image Forum Institute of the Moving Image to study filmmaking. In 2010, He made TV documentaries about people trying to cope with the Chechen conflict in Pankisi Valley of Georgia. For his work on “Chechen’s heart of Life” was awarded Japan’s Best New Director Award (2014). “Mothers of change”- a winner of the ATP Best Documentary Award (2019). “Adamiani” is his feature film debut.

  • Ran Tal

    1341 Frames of Love & War - director

    Ran Tal is an independent filmmaker whose documentaries focus on Israeli reality through a social and historical perspective. He is the recipient of numerous Israeli and International Awards such as the Ministry of Culture Cinema Art prize. His filmography includes Children of the Sun (2007), The Museum (2017), What If? Ehud Barak on War and Peace (2020).

  • Simon Target

    Warrawong... the Windy Place on the Hill - director

    Simon Target’s self made films take you to unfamiliar and often beautiful landscapes, revealing ordinary lives of unlikely heroes with raw honesty and care. THE POLISH MISSIONARIES (KFF 2019) showed villagers struggling against poverty and disease in remote Papua New Guinea. A TOWN CALLED BRZOSTEK uncovered forgotten stories of Jewish life in rural Poland. A graduate of Britain’s National Film School, Simon lives in Sydney with his Polish wife, doctor and author Beata Zatorska.

  • Michał Toczek

    A Dead Marriage - director

    Film director born in 1996. He is a student of Film and Television Directing at the Film School in Łódź. His short films have been awarded at home and abroad, including a distinction from the Krakow Film Festival for his documentary debut Strawberry Boys. He is a winner of the Papaya Young Directors 2021 competition.

  • Sergio Tréfaut

    Paraíso - director

    Director, producer and journalist. He was born in Brazil in 1965. A graduate of Philosophy at the Sorbonne, he started his career in Lisbon as a journalist and soon became a producer and director. His award-winning documentaries Outro País (1999), Lisboetas (2005), The City of the Dead (2009) and Alentejo, Alentejo (2014) have been screened in over 50 countries and distributed in cinemas. Sérgio was the director of Doclisboa and the president of the Portuguese Documentary Association.

  • Helena Třeštíková

    Anny - director

  • Armand Urbaniak

    30 Years of Excuses - director

    Director, photographer and cinematographer. Born in 1970 in Zgorzelec, he graduated from the Television and Film Faculty of the University of Silesia in Katowice, where he studied cinematography. He works on both documentary and feature films.

  • Artur Wierzbicki

    Boulevard - director

    Director and cinematographer born 1975 in Warsaw. He graduated from the Camerimage Film School in Toruń and holds a degree in Television Production from the Cinematography and Television Production Department of the Film School in Łódź.

  • Tomasz Wolski

    The Fence - 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".

  • Artur Wyrzykowski

    Unburial - director

  • Sławek Zalewski

    Fortress - director

    He studied at the Faculty of Graphics of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and obtained his diploma from the Animation Studio of Professor Jerzy Kucia. He collaborated with the Animation Film Studio in Kraków, the British Council and the Ludowy Theatre in Kraków. Later, he set up his own drawing/animation/multimedia studio to create animated films and multimedia.

  • Sobiesław Zasada

    Zasada - protagonist

  • Adam Ziajski

    Mandatory Presence - director

    Theatre director, actor and producer. He was born in 1972 in Poznań. He is a graduate of Cultural Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, the founder and leader of the Strefa Ciszy Theatre, one of the most acclaimed Polish street theatres. He collaborates with the Śląski Theatre in Katowice and the Nowy Theatre in Poznań. Permanently associated with Scena Robocza, a performance art project of which he is the originator and artistic supervisor

  • Bartłomiej Żmuda

    God and Lunaparks' Warriors - director

    Film director born in 1981 in Nysa. He studied at the Film and Television Directing Department of the Łódź Film School. His short films have been screened at international festivals in Poland and abroad bringing him a number of awards, including the Grand Prix in Teheran and Bucharest. He is currently involved in the pre-production of his first feature film More, which is scheduled to be shot in January 2023.