International Documentary Competition

Łukasz Żal


Cinematographer, nominated twice for an Academy Award: for “Ida” (2013) and “Cold War” (2018) by Paweł Pawlikowski. His cinematography for “Cold War” also gained him the prestigious award from American Society of Cinematographers and numerous awards worldwide. As a cinematographer he worked on various documentary films, e.g. “Icon” (dir. Wojciech Kasperski), Oscar-nominated “Joanna” (dir. Aneta Kopacz) and “Paparazzi” (dir. Piotr Bernaś). Earlier he shot “Dovlatov” (dir. Aleksiej German Jr.), which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival this year and “The Here After” (dir. Magnus von Horn), which premiered at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes Film Festival in 2015. He was one of two cinematographers of an Oscar nominated animation “Loving Vincent” (dir. Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman) in 2017. In 2019 he began working with Charlie Kaufman on a film entitled “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” which is expected to be released in 2020.

Renata Santoro


Programmer, film researcher and Head of Programming at Giornate degli Autori, the independent section of Venice Film Festival since 2010. Jury member in many festivals (Inconvenient Films, CPH:DOX, CinEast Luxembourg, among others) and lecturer in Berlin and Cannes for the ScripTeast Program. Before that, she worked in a company specialized in education and training in the audiovisual field.

Tod Lending


Producer, director, cinematographer. An Academy Award nominated (for feature length documentary “Legacy”) and national Emmy winning filmmaker. His work has been screened theatrically and awarded at national and international festivals and has been televised through major broadcast networks worldwide. He is the president and founder of Nomadic Pictures, a documentary film production company based in Chicago. He is also the director of Ethno Pictures, a nonprofit film company that produces and distributes documentary films.

Eva Mulvad


Documentary filmmaker. Born in 1972 in Denmark. She graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2001. From here she embarked on her career starting by creating films intended for television, winning the Nordivision Award for Best Documentary in 2005 for her poetic portrait of aging “The Last Dance”. Mulvad got her breakthrough in 2006 with “Enemies of Happiness”, which won IDFA Amsterdam’s Silver Wolf Award and the World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance.

In 2011 Mulvad received the prestigious Roos Award for her entire filmic oeuvre. Other awards include the Golden Mermaid from WIFT (Women in Film and TV) given to young talents in filmmaking and Steen Baadsgaards Pris, given to a young documentary filmmakers. Her film “A Modern Man” (2017) is part of this year’s “Focus on Denmark” section.

Martin Horyna

Czech Republic

Programmer and film critic, started his university studies in the field of theoretical physics. Since 2011 he has been working for the Karlovy Vary IFF, where at present he programs documentaries from all around the world and fiction films from the Latin America and South/Southeast Asia. Three years later he joined the programming team of the Prague Short Film Festival. His experience as film journalist includes co-founding, a Czech website specialized in independent and auteur cinema, and writing festival reports, reviews and other journal articles for various Czech film magazines or dailies. He is a member of International Documentary Association, Slovak Audiovisual Fund’s expert committee, and FIPRESCI, and has worked as a script consultant on several documentary films. In 2019, the Screen International listed him among “Future Leaders” of film programming and curation. 

International Short Film Competition

Jan Komasa


Film director, scripwriter, producer. Nominated for Academy Award for “Corpus Christi” (2019) which won over 40 awards at more than 70 festivals. His films were presented and won numerous awards on world’s most renowned film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Toronto, Palm Springs, AFI, Chicago, Rotterdam and Busan and gathered over 5 millions of viewers in Polish cinemas. His work covers a broad spectrum ranging from a feature film blockbuster, independent movies, tv series, documentaries, music videos, commercials to live multimedia spectacle. He studied film directing at the Lodz Film School where now he is a lecturer. He is also the Polish Film Institute expert.

Marko Škop


Director and writer, born in 1974 in Prešov, Slovakia. He studied journalism at Comenius University and documentary film directing at Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. He gained his PhD from the Faculty of Philosophy at Comenius University. Director of full-length documentary films “Other Worlds” (2006) and “Osadné” (2009), both awarded at Karlovy Vary IFF. He produced documentary film “Blind Loves” (2009) by Juraj Lehotsky, which was awarded in the frame of the Quinzaine des Realisateurs in Cannes. His fiction feature debut “Eva Nová” (2015) was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at Toronto IFF. His second fiction feature “Let There Be Light” (2019) received 2 awards at Karlovy Vary IFF.

Dekel Berenson

United Kingdom

Director, writer, activist. Drawing inspiration from traveling to more than sixty countries, Dekel explores real-world social and humanitarian issues. His short film, “Ashmina” (2018) won numerous prizes, including Best Short Film award at the 59th Krakow Film Festival and Best Live Action Short at the Jerusalem Film Festival. His next short film, “Anna” (2019), premiered as Official Selection in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Best British Short Film award at the BIFA awards. He’s currently working on his first feature, “Adva”.

Paola Orlić


Producer of the World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb, art historian and independent curator. She graduated with a degree in art history and philosophy from the University of Zagreb and from the College of Art at Ohio University. After returning to Croatia, she continued working as a freelancer on cultural and media projects and as an associate at several prominent film festivals in Croatia. She is also an independent curator and lecturer. She wrote, edited and published several art monographs and collaborates with FoAM laboratory in Brussels on the long-term project called PARN (Physical and Alternate Reality Narratives).

Csilla Kato


Programmer, artistic director at Astra Film Festival. For several editions she has been coordinating the programming department of the festival, including Astra Film Junior and DocumentaryTank @AFF. She has served in international film festival juries and was appointed as an expert in various international industry programmes in documentary film festivals across Europe and beyond. She studied cultural anthropology and film at ELTE in Budapest, as well as studies at the London School of Economics.

DocFilmMusic competition

Stephen Nomura Schible


Director, producer. Based in New York, born and raised in Tokyo. He studied Film/TV at the New York University and produced various media projects from theatrical films to branded content. He served as co-producer for Sofia Coppola’s Oscar-winning “Lost in Translation” (2013). Thereafter, he began directing documentary projects which often involved music and the arts, including a collaboration with Eric Clapton titled “Eric Clapton: Sessions for Robert J.” (2004). His more recent documentary film “Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda” (2017) premiered at the Venice Film Festival and “Ryuichi Sakamoto: async at the Park Avenue Armory” (2018) premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. “Coda” has garnered critical acclaim as well as awards all around the world, including the Golden Heynal for the Best Film in DocFilmMusic Competition at the 58th Krakow Film Festival.

Rachel Leah Jones

USA/ Israel

Documentary film director and film producer. She was born in California in 1970 and grew up between Berkeley and Tel Aviv. She obtained her BA in gender Studies and MFA in Documentary Media. Her films, shown at many festivals and by television (,,500 Dunam on the Moon” (2002), ,,Ashkenaz” (2007), ,,Targeted Citizen” (2010), ,,Gypsy Davy” (2012), ,,Advocate” (2019)) are politically involved and often focus on the Palestinian-Israeli problem. Along with working on her own films Rachel also cooperates with other artists, e.g. on the award-winning production “Wall” (2004, dir. Simone Bitton). Her co-directed with Philippe Bellaiche film “Advocate” won the top prize of the International Documentary Film Competition at the 59th Krakow Film Festival.

Leszek Możdżer


Jazz pianist, music producer and film music composer. Born in 1971 in Gdansk. He started playing the piano at the age of five. In 1996 he graduated from The Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk. Jazz cought his attention during the senior year at high school. Możdżer gained experience in clarinettist Emil Kowalski’s band and had his first practice with the band Miłość on the 20th birthday. Early in in his musical career, he was also a member of Zbigniew Namysłowski quartet. He has played with other leading Polish jazzmen and acclaimed international musicians. On many occasions he recorded film music with Zbigniew Preisner and also regularly works with Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (their collaboration includes the Oscar-winning soundtrack to “Finding Neverland”). For music score to “Icarus. The Legend of Mietek Kosz” (2019) he won award at Gdynia Film Festival and also received the Polish Film Award.

National Competition

Magdalena Łazarkiewicz


Director, screenwriter. She studied Culture Studies at the University of Wrocław. In the years 1977-1978 she was the literary manager of Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Olsztyn. In 1982 she graduated from the Radio and Television Faculty of the University of Silesia in Katowice. In the 2005/2006 season she was the artistic director of Teatr Nowy PRAGA. Since 2006 she has been lecturing at the Warsaw Film School, since 2012 – at the Multi Art Academy in Cracow. She makes documentary and feature films and numerous theatre plays and Television Theatre plays, as well. Her many awarded films include, among others, “Into Deep Water” series (2012-2013), “Drugi brzeg” (1997), “White Marriage” (1992), “Departure” (1991), “The Last Schoolbell” (1989) , “By Touch” (1985).

Joanna Szymańska


Producer, activist. She was involved in development and production of numerous fiction and documentary projects, including international co-productions. For producing a short fiction “Milky Brother” (dir. Vahram Mkhitaryan) she was awarded Best Producer of Shorts and Documentaries Award at 54th Krakow Film Festival. Berlinale Talent Campus (2011) and EAVE Producers Workshop alumnus. Head of Studies at script development programme “Atelier Scenariuszowe”. As a documentary consultant, she co-operates with HBO Poland. Actively involved in her local film industry – since 2017 she is a member of the Polish Film Institute Board and a Board Member of the European Film Academy. Her recent coproduction “Adventures of a Mathematician” (2020) premiered in competition at Palm Springs. 

Elwira Niewiera


Director, scriptwriter. Born in 1976. She studied acting at the European Theater Institut Berlin and the Academy for Theater Practices Gardzenice (Poland). The author of renowned and awarded documentary films: “Domino Effect“ (directed with Piotr Rosołowski) was shown worldwide at more than 50 festivals and won many awards, among them: the Golden Horn for the Best Film of the International Competition and the Golden Hobby-Horse for the best Polish film at the 54th Krakow Film Festival and the Golden Dove for the best film in the German Competition at DOK Leipzig. Her latest film “The Prince and the Dybbuk” (directed with Piotr Rosołowski) was awarded at Venice Film Festival in 2017 and won the Polish Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2019.

Izabela Plucińska


Animated film director. Born in Poland, she is now living in Germany. She is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz and Film Animation of the Cinematography Department at the Lodz Film School, where she also completed her Ph.D. in the field of animation. She specialises in clay animation. Her filmography includes “Jam Session” (2005) – a winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, “Esterhazy” (2009) and “Sexy Laundry” (2015). Currently she is a teacher at the Academy of Art in Szczecin, in the same time she is working at her own production company, ClayTraces. Her film “Portrait of Suzanne” (2019) won Golden Dragon for the Best Film in International Short Film Competition at the 59th Krakow Film Festival.

Paweł Dyllus


Cinematographer and director. In 2020 he was awarded for Best Cinematography by the Polish Society of Cinematographers (PSC) for his directorial debut “Weirdy” about Polish photographer and director Bogdan Dziworski and in 2017 he won the same award for his work in “Jestem mordercą” by Maciej Pieprzyca, for which he also received a nomination from the Polish Film Academy. He was nominated for the Golden Frog Award at Camerimage 2013 for “Life Feels Good”, also directed by Pieprzyca. His other DOP credits include: “The Atlas” directed by Maciej Kawalski (awarded the Silver Hobby-Horse in Polish Competition at 58th Krakow Film Festival), “Super Unit” (dir. Teresa Czepiec) “Emily cries” (dir. Rafał Kapeliński) as well as feature films in Armenia and India. 


  • Jan Storø

  • Jihane Bougrine

  • Nachum Mochiach



  • Mira Bernardes-Rusin

  • Terry Cloke

    United Kingdom
  • Chris Hormann

    New Zealand

Students’ Jury

  • Karolina Hołub, Paweł Kędziora, Jędrzej Kościński, Dominika Laszczyk-Hołyńska, Mateusz Leśniak, Małgorzata Mączko, Marta Pęcak, Monika Pietras, Krzysztof Strumiński, Bartek Tesarz, Wojciech Tutaj, Dorota Żak