Director of SCARS. Award winning documentary film director. Her last film The Queen of Silence (2014) premiered at IDFA in the main competition and was screened at over 40 festivals worldwide, awarded over 20 times and coproduced by such TV stations as HBO Europe, ZDF/ARTE, SVT, YLE and RAI.
Director of TIME BUSTERS. Artist and journalist. Director of music videos and documentaries. Aleksandra is involved in charities for the benefit of increasing the quality of life and raising social awareness. A celebrated figure in the motoring and artistic world, she is an active and competing biker, enduro license holder. She has organized many tournaments and participated in them as a rally driver.
Co-director of UNDERAGE ENGINEERS. Journalist, director and screenwriter. She studied journalism at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, at the Warsaw University, and directing & cameraman specialization at Film and TV Academy in Warsaw. More than 20 years ago, as a teenager, she stared her career as a journalist. She worked in many different roles with i.e. Télé Bruxelles, TVP, Życie Warszawy.
Director of LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON “THE EXORCIST”. Guest of online meeting. Holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is Creative Director at Exhibit A Pictures. Most of his films take on the role of unpacking the most influential works of master filmmakers, and dissecting seminal screen moments.
Co-director of WOMAN. Guest of the online meeting. A Ukranian-born film director and journalist whose work has always focused on social and humanist topics. Among other things, she worked as a journalist for documentaries dealing with issues such as illegal immigration, organ trafficking, or surrogate mothers.
Director of ANDREY TARKOVSKY. A CINEMA PRAYER. Guest of the online meeting. The son of Andrey Tarkovsky, he has devoted his life and career to the preservation and promotion of his father’s work. He lives between Florence, Paris and Moscow. President of the Andrey Tarkovsky International Institute, he is a documentary filmmaker.
Co-cinematographer of TIME BUSTERS. He’s had a camera in his hand since childhood. Photographer, cinematographer and director based in Władysławowo. He graduated from Film & Television Academy in Warsaw. Along with a theater group he directed a film “Testament” based on a short story by Kashubian writer Jan Dżerzdżon. DP of the film “Świtem” and many TV projects and music videos.
Producer of LET'S TRY TO JUMP INTO THE WELL. Awarded as best producer at Era New Horizons International Film Festival (2008) and Krakow Film Festival (2017). She is dedicated to make documentaries and fiction movies with strong author's vision. Co-owner and chairwoman at KIJORA FILM. A member of the Polish and European Film Academy.
Producer of LESSONS OF LOVE. Graduated from Cinema Studies (University Paris X), Creative Producer’s Course (Wajda School) and Philosophy (University of Warsaw). Has gathered experience in different areas of cinema as a production manager, co-director, first AD, screenwriter, manager at film festival. Currently working on creative documentaries and running workshops for documentary filmmakers.
Chopin’s Nose Competition juror. Composer, singer and songwriter, music arranger, instrumentalist. Raised in a musician family, Barbara Wrońska has been playing the violin since she was four years old. At 12 she began her concert career with the band Powolny, performing at student music festivals around the country.
Co-director of CAUGHT IN THE NET. Guest of the online meeting. Czech film director of the new young generation. Her filmography starts with the student film TRANSITION (2014). The following film ARMS READY (2016) looked into the enormous increase in the number of applicants for a firearms license in the Czech Republic.
Protagonist of THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF. Guest of the online meeting. She was born in 1983 in Prague, Czech Republic. For several years she lived in Berlin, Germany where she worked as an assistant to several artists in addition to working on her own artworks. She eventually moved to Oslo, Norway where she still has her home base and has worked as an artist for several years now. She currently splits her time between Oslo and a hideaway in the Swedish forest. She's working on a new painting series called Manikarnika in addition to new works featuring her Muse, Bertil (the Thief).
Director of THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF. Guest of the online meeting. Benjamin Ree (b. 1989) has made 15 short documentaries, including Dreaming of the Golden Eagle, which premiered at IDFA in 2012. His first feature documentary, Magnus, about the best chess player in the world, premiered at the Tribeca FIlm Festival in 2016 and was sold to 64 countries.
Directors of BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS. Guests of the online meeting. The Ross Brothers are an American filmmaking team whose credits include the award-winning films 45365 (2009), TCHOUPITOULAS (2012), WESTERN (2015), and CONTEMPORARY COLOR (2017). Born and raised in Sidney, Ohio, and both graduates of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Best Polish Film Competition juror. Brigid O’Shea is an Australian native who has worked for European film festivals and documentary organisations since 2008. Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts obtained in Melbourne and Berlin, she started as an intern at the Berlinale Talent Campus. She worked for various Berlinale departments as a freelancer until 2014, including the EFM and also Co-Production Market, until taking a more focused approach on creative documentary.
Protagonist of COLLECTIVE. Guest of the online meeting. Tolontan is a sports journalist and editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor. Over the last years, he gained great notoriety by leading a series of investigations on corruption in Romanian sports and politics which brought several resignations of ministers and a series of court cases that ended with the imprisonment of several politicians.
Co-director of FROM WITHIN. Polish film producer, director and editor, born in 1963. He is the owner of the Blue dReam Film studio and lecturer at the Krakow Film School AMA. He has worked as an editor on many well-known Polish productions, including „Destined for Blues” (2005), „Little Rose” (2010), „Imagine” (2012), „Once Upon a Time in November” (2017).
Director of WELCOME TO CHECHNYA and HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE. Guest of the online meeting. An Oscar® nominated filmmaker, bestselling author, and award-winning investigative journalist. His directorial debut, HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, is hailed as an innovative and influential piece of storytelling and is regularly screened in university classrooms, and by community groups and AIDS service organizations.
Author of music to TIME BUSTERS. Composer, flutist, vocalist, improviser, performer and journalist. He’s a versatile artist fascinated by every aspect of music. His body of work includes albums, concerts and single events with improvised music. He plays and composes modern jazz, contemporary, electronic and theater music, noise and post hip hop.
Director of BETWEEN US. She is a graduate of the Wajda School and of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied stage design. She took part in the 2014 edition of the Academy’s Coming Out exhibition, a presentation of the best graduation works, and has collaborated with the Dramatic Theatre of Warsaw, TR Warszawa (Teatr Rozmaitości) and the Polish National Opera.
Amnesty International Polska Competition juror. Graduate of the University of Warsaw’s Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights’ School of Human Rights, and the Leadership Academy for Poland, she took the helm of Amnesty International Poland in 2007.
Director of THE CAPOTE TAPES.Guest of the online meeting. Ebs Burnough has nearly two decades of public and private sector experience. He served as an Advisor to First Lady Michelle Obama during the 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign as well as, serving as Deputy White House Social Secretary to the President and First Lady during the Obama’s first term in the White House.
Director and screenwriter of THE WALL OF SHADOWS. Eliza is a director, alpinist and traveller. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and Wajda Film School in Poland. Since 2004 she directed awarded world-wide documentary films, often produced in extreme locations: What happened on Pam Island (TVP, 2010), made on Greenland; Walking Under Water, ZDF/Arte, 2014), filmed on the seas around Borneo and underwater.
Co-director of SPACE DOGS. Elsa Kremser studied Film at the University of Vienna and the Filmakademie Ludwigsburg. As an author and producer, she realized several documentaries that were shown worldwide. Her diploma film Nebel premiered at the Berlinale. In 2016 she founded the Vienna-based production company RAUMZEITFILM with Levin Peter.
Protagonist of TONY HALIK. Art historian, sinologist, traveler, director and cinematographer of documentary films, author of many books, TV and radio shows, articles and contemporary art exhibitions. With her partner Tony Halik she made around 300 documentary films on all continents for Polish Television and she was a host of a popular travel TV show Pepper and Vanilla.
Director of THE CAVE. Guest of the online meeting. An award-winning filmmaker who has received particular recognition for his work on contemporary Syrian issues and the political transformation of the Arab world. His most recent film, LAST MEN IN ALEPPO, earned him a 2018 Academy Award nomination and an Emmy for Best Documentary Feature. The film followed a small group of volunteer rescue workers with the White Helmets civil defense organization.
Co-director of ONCE UPON A TIME IN POLAND. Czech director, cinematographer and producer. In 2005 he graduated at FAMU – documentary directing department. His film, Village B., was named best documentary film at the 2002 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and at the 2003 FAMU Festival, and it received the Don Quixote Award at the 2003 Art Film festival, as well as several other prizes at festivals in Europe and the United States.
Protagonist of AN IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT. Since his early childhood Florian “Doc“ Kaps specialized in running towards the opposite direction. To the digital revolution and its tendency to neglect the existence of our 5! senses as well as the magic of analog technologies, Doc reacted by founding The Impossible Project in 2008, rescuing the last Polaroid factory in the Netherlands and bringing back iconic Polaroid photographs to the world.
Director of HELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. Guest of the online meeting. Born in Hanover, Germany in 1954, Gero von Boehm is a director, journalist and radio and television presenter. Since 1982, he directed more than 100 documentaries for ARD, ZDF, ARTE, France 3, RAI, Sundance Channel and received many awards in Germany.
Protagonist of FAT FRONT. Student and body activist from Aarhus, Denmark. For the past 5 years she has been working towards and advocating for body acceptance in Denmark and Scandinavia, and particularly fat acceptance. She's working with social and traditional media as well as doing talks in schools and organisations to spread awareness of body liberation to anyone who is willing to listen.
Director of EPICENTRO. Hubert Sauper was born in Kitzbühel in the Tyrolian Alps and for the past two decades has been based in France after living in Great Britain, Italy, United States, Tanzania, Congo, and South Sudan. Sauper is known for his socio-political documentary films which have garnered over fifty major international prizes including at Berlin, Venice, Sundance, the European Film Academy Award, the Austrian Academy Award, as well as the French “Cesar."
Director of THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE. Guest of the online meeting. Graduated from Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinematography and Television in TV directing in 2005. Her previous short films were presented and awarded at various international film festivals, including Commemoration which premiered at Berlin International Film Festival in 2012. In addition, Tsilyk has been working as a writer.
Amnesty International Polska Competition juror. Film scholar, columnist, writer. Majmurek’s focus is film criticism, but he also writes on literature and visual arts. Graduate of film studies in Krakow and the Jagiellonian University’s Faculty of International and Political Studies, he also studied at the School of Social Sciences affiliated with the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His articles appear in “Tygodnik Powszechny”, “Gazeta Wyborcza”, “Oko.press”, “Aspen Review”, and other publications.
Co-cinematographer of TIME BUSTERS. Cinematographer and photographer from Warsaw. He studied photography at Marian Schmidt’s Warsaw School of Photography and University of Arts in Poznań. Co-creator of music videos for such bands as Kult, T-Love, Pablopavo, Piotr Bejnar. Collaborator of Wajda School. In 2016 he made a documentary for Al Jazeera about Sławmoir Idziak and Film Spring Open, where film’s premiere took place.
Protagonist of PHOTOGRAPHER OF WAR. Has over the course of his twentyfive-year career photographed many of recent history’s defining human rights and conflict issues. Grarup’s work reflects his belief in photojournalism’s role as an instrument of witness and memory to incite change, and the necessity of telling the stories of people who are rendered powerless to tell their own.
Chopin’s Nose Competition juror. Artivist, visual artist, director, academic and pre-school teacher. Since 2011, author and initiator of a multidisciplinary operations on the border of art and social activism with the former workers of the Ursus tractor factory including i.a. site-specific activities in the public space, social and artistic actions, performance, happenings, independent films and the full- length creative documentary Symphony of The Ursus Factory (Film Award, The Polish Film Institute, Museum of Modern Art and Wajda School Film).
Director of AN IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT. Berlin-based filmmaker Jens Meurer started his career as a local reporter and photographer at the Rand Daily Mail in South Africa. He studied at Balliol College, Oxford, Sciences-Po in Paris and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He has always worked internationally, at first directing documentaries in the Soviet Union, South Africa, Israel and the US, and then producing films all over Europe, as well as in the US, Africa and China.
Polish Documentary Competition juror. Born 1972, filmmaker, screenwriter and producer. Co-creator of award-winning films Papusza, Plac Zbawiciela and My Nikifor. President of the Directors’ Guild of Poland trade union between 2013-2018, currently serving as vice President of the Guild. Chairwoman of the Polish Screenwriters’ Section (2006-2013), member of the Art Council at Andrzej Munk Film Studio as well as the Polish and European Film Academies.
Protagonist of LESSONS OF LOVE. An eccentric, colorfully dressed woman approaching 70. After 50 years of marriage, she gathers the courage to leave her abusive husband in Northern Italy and return to her hometown of Szczecin. There, she is finally able to lead the life she had always wanted to have: she dances, sings, and writes poems and songs. Her lyrics often deal with love that she herself had never experienced. One night she meets a man called Wojtek on the dancefloor of Café Uśmiech… In her eyes, the world is full of romance, colors and drama. Her lust for life is contagious!
Chopin’s Nose Competition juror. Works with film, photography, painting, installations and creates interdisciplinary projects. His archive-based methodology, crosses multiple cultural, historical, religious, social and gender references. Since 2005 he is publisher and editor-in-chief of DIK Fagazine, and has founded the Queer Archives Institute in 2015.
Green Warsaw Competition juror. Climate activist and expert on biodiversity. Member of the Organic Farming Council at the Polish Ministry of Agriculture between 2014-2018, advocate for sea and ocean preservation, diving instructor, translator and traveler. A longtime frontline Greenpeace activist and co-creator of the organization’s Adopt a Bee / Adoptuj Pszczołę campaign. In 2016, Jagiełło occupied the rooftop of the Polish Ministry of the Environment as part of a campaign to turn the whole Białowieża Forest into a national park and then blocked the harvesters logging the trees in the forest.
Co-director and cinematographer of LESSONS OF LOVE. Filmmaker and photographer, graduate of Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland from the fac- ulty of Film and TV. She’s worked as a director, cinematographer, editor, sound technician and producer. She made short documentaries and experimental films in Scotland, Irleand, Argen- tina, Bolivia, Peru, Mongolia . Her documentary „Silence on the way to the Reindeer People” won awards at the festivals in Brazil, Romania, Portu- gal and in Poland. She conducts film workshops for disadvantaged youth.
Co-director of FROM WITHIN. He graduated film direction from the faculty of Radio and Television in Silesia University. In 2005-2007 he took part in Film Kindergarden classes organised by Andrew Wajda Movie Direction Master School during which movie "Cold" shown on 7th International Film Festival Era New Horizons was made. In 2015 he finished documentary "Little Big Team" also shown on a few film festivals like: Millennium Docs Against Gravity or Kraków Film Festival.
Best Cinematography Competition juror. Film and theater director representing an interdisciplinary approach to art. Creator of the HBO Europe series Blinded by the Lights / Ślepnąc od świateł (2018), an independent debut feature film Hardkor Disko (2014) as well as a few theater productions including Magnolia (based on PT Anderson’s film) and On the Silver Globe / Na Srebrnym Globie (based on the eponymous film by Andrzej Żuławski) and a number of cult music videos.
Director of LA MAMI. Guest of the online meeting. Laura studied a Master in Creation Documentary at Pompeu Fabra University. As La Sandía Digital co founder in Mexico, she has directed over 20 short documentary films. She had worked as Director and Director of Photography during the last 10 years. Her feature-length debut, “El Remolino” premiered at the Locarno Film Festival.
Director of THE KINGMAKER. Guest of the online meeting. Named by the New York Times as “America’s foremost visual chronicler of the plutocracy,” Emmy Award–winning filmmaker/photographer Lauren Greenfield has produced groundbreaking work on consumerism, youth culture, and gender for the last 25 years. Her films Generation Wealth, The Queen of Versailles, and Thin, and photography books Generation Wealth, Fast Forward, and Girl Culture have provoked international dialogue about some of the most important issues of our time.
Director of the Infrastructure Department at the Warsaw City Office, Drogosz is in charge of maintaining and securing the supply of power, heat, gas, water, and waste treatment in Warsaw. He also handles climate protection issues. Professionally associated with the capital of Poland for the entirety of his career, Długosz had been managing and overseeing numerous municipal institutions, including public transport, water management, waste management, and heating.
Co-director of SPACE DOGS. Levin Peter studied at the Filmakademie Ludwigsburg where he realized several documentaries that were shown worldwide. His diploma film Beyond the Snowstorm won the German Upcoming Film Award and was presented as a Guest at the Berlinale. In 2016 he founded the Vienna-based production company RAUMZEITFILM with Elsa Kremser. As a directing duo, they are currently working on their first fiction feature, The Green Parrot, which received the Berlinale Kompagnon Script Award.
Director of WHALE FROM LORINO. Born 1972 in Bydgoszcz, Maciej Cuske has been creating independent 8 mm and 16 mm films since high school years. In 2004, he graduated from Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing and has since been making mostly documentaries. Cuske is fascinated by everyday life, in which he seeks out the extraordinariness, humor and warmth. He studies other people in the world around him, regardless of whether it is outside his own window or somewhere more remote, and finds cinematic moments in their lives.
Amnesty International Competition juror. Film and radio director, producer, screenwriter, professor at the Film School in Łódź. Graduate of filmmaking studies at Moscow’s Cinematography Institute and then assistant director to Krzysztof Zanussi and Krzysztof Kieślowski. His works have garnered many awards, including the 1991 Felix Prize for Europe’s best documentary feature Usłyszcie mój krzyk / Hear My Cry.
Producer of SCANDAL. Warsaw-based creative film producer, SGH Warsaw School of Economics graduate. He has previously worked at the National Centre for Culture Poland and Poland’s National Audiovisual Institute. In charge of Raban Foundation’s activity and development. He is currently working on documentary projects about the Warsaw Sports Club AKS ZŁY and Maciej Parowski, one of the creators behind the Witcher character.
Co-director of LESSONS OF LOVE. A documentary filmmaker with an artistic background. Małgorzata graduated from the DocPro course at Wajda School in 2012 and POLSKA. DOC. She received a master degree in Multimedia Art. She worked in the Department of Experimental Film (Academy of Fine Arts in Szczecin). She works with different media: documentary film and contemporary art, often combining these two fields.
Director of TONY HALIK. Screenwriter, director and film expert. Director of documentary films, commercials, video clips and television programs. He teaches directing in Gdynia Film School and avant-garde cinema, contemporary documentary filmmaking at Gdansk University. Member of the Polish Film Academy (PAF) and the European Film Academy (EFA).
Green Warsaw Competition juror. Polish actor working in theater, television and film industry, film producer and activist. Author of the book "Na ratunek". He's been nominated for Orły Awards six times for his roles in THE OFFSIDERS (2008), REVERSE (2009), ROSE (2011), MANHUNT (2012), JACK STRONG (2014), THESE DAUGHTERS OF MINE (2015). He's received the Polityka's Passport Award in 2012 in film category.
Juror in the Main Competition. Film director and scriptwriter. She made nearly 50 films. Her films have been screened at numerous international festivals winning many awards (The Office, 1986, awarded with the Golden Dragon and the Golden Hobby Horse in Cracow and winning the Grand Prix at Cinéma du Réel. The documentary „I love Poland” has been awarded Best documentary at Wiesbaden Film Festival Go East in 2009). She is also a professor at Film School in Łódz at the Directing Department.
Producer of THE WALL OF SHADOWS. An independent film producer, who works on fiction and documentary films with international production companies and broadcasters. Born in Cracow/Poland where she completed her MA in Film Studies at the Jagiellonian University she has lived in the UK since 1995. She curated and organized numerous film festivals and film events in the UK.
Director of SUMMERWAR. Moritz grew up in Berlin and studied history, political and Islam science. Afterwards he started working as a freelance journalist and in 2017 finished his first mid-length documentary Roadside Radiation in Ukraine. In 2017 he also started to study directing as a second degree at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, where he has currently finished his first feature documentary Summerwar in the fall of 2019.
Co-director of MARGARET ATWOOD: A WORD AFTER A WORD AFTER A WORD IS POWER. Guest of the online meeting. Producer, director, writer, Lang co-produced the documentary feature film West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson, which was honoured with 5 awards, including the Directors’ Guild of Canada Award for Best Documentary.
Producer of TIME BUSTERS. In film industry since 2000. First at Silver Screen then Monolith Films where handled marketing, promotion and PR. While working for the Polish Film Institute she was responsible for the foreign promotion of Polish cinematography. She cooperates with producers and film directors and handles festivals strategies for Polish and International documentary and feature films.
Director of SAY YES/NO. Paweł Hejbudzki studied filmmaking in the Warsaw Film School and received many awards for his documentary A State of Mind / Stan umysłu and for his short feature Charon; the latter received Grand Prix at the 40th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia (2015). In 2020, in cooperation with the Polish Film Institute and Fog Content Agency, he completed his full-feature documentary Say yes or no.
Polish Documentary Competition juror. Polish director, cameraman and producer of documentary films. Graduate of the Directing Department at the Film School in Lodz. He was Krzysztof Kieślowski’s assistant on the set of “Three Colors: White”. Łoziński lectures in documentary film direction at the National Film School in Lodz and Gdynia Film School. Author of more than 20 award‐winning documentary films.
Juror in the Main Competition. Pawel Pawlikowski was born in Warsaw and left Poland at the age of fourteen first for the UK, Germany and Italy, before finally settling in the UK in 1977. He studied literature and philosophy in London and Oxford. Pawlikowski started making documentary films for the BBC in the late 1980s. His documentaries, which include From Moscow to Pietushki, Dostoevsky’s Travels, Serbian Epics, and Tripping with Zhirinovsky, have won numerous international awards including an Emmy and the Prix Italia.
Co-director of MARGARET ATWOOD: A WORD AFTER A WORD AFTER A WORD IS POWER. Guest of the online meeting. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, journalist and writer, Raymont has produced and directed over 100 documentaries and two major television drama series. Recipient of many international awards, Raymont’s documentary features include Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire, A Promise to the Dead: Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson.
Co-cinematographer of TIME BUSTERS. Graduated from cinematography department in Łódź Film School. Produced the film Motór and post-produced films directed by Hanna Polak: Children of Leningradsky (nominated for an Acdemy Award) and Something Better To Come (40 awards in main competitions on various film festivals). Associated with the film and television industry for 30 years. Nowadays makes mostly aerial films and documentaries.
Co-writer and cinematographer of THE WALL OF SHADOWS. Co-creator of Oscar-nominated Rabbit a la Berlin (dir. Bartosz Konopka) and co-director – with Ewelina Niewiera - of Domino Effect and The Prince and the Dybbuk, which received the Venice Classics Award for Best Documentary on Cinema. Director of photography in many award-winning short- and full-feature films, including the Oscar-nominated On the Line (dir. Reto Caffi).
Co-director of LET'S TRY TO JUMP INTO THE WELL. Filmmaker, director of photography, editor, author of creative documentaries, graduate of Andrzej Wajda Film School and Warsaw University (Institute of Applied Social Sciences). Member of the European as well as Polish Film Academy. Director of internationally acclaimed documentaries including.
Director of THE EUPHORIA OF BEING. Guest of the online meeting. Graduated in mathematics and informatics, meanwhile she fell in love with contemporary dance. Now she is the artistic director of The Symptoms, one of the most significant contemporary dance-theatre companies in Hungary. The company recognizes no gener- ic boundaries. They treat everyday problems that preoccupy all of us, addressing these themes in a deeply personal tone.
Protagonist of THIS IS NOT A MOVIE. Guest of the online meeting. Robert Fisk has been Middle East Correspondent for The Times and The Independent of London since 1976 and has won more than 15 international awards for his reports from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Algeria. He reported from the Bosnian war and Kosovo -- covering the entire area of the old Ottoman Empire. Fisk, born in England in 1946, holds a PhD in politics from Trinity College, Dublin.
Best Cinematography Competition juror. Samir Ljuma is an acclaimed cinematographer and producer. He worked as DOP on several documentary films and collaborated with various macedonian and foreign film directors. For the last 5 years he has worked closely with the Oscar nominated directors Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska particularly on the projects related to nature conservation and environmental issues such as “Lake of Apples” and "Honeyland".
Juror in the Main Competition. Producer Sigrid Dyekjær has produced more than 30 documentary films during the last 20 years. She is the producer of the Oscar nominated film and 4 times Emmy nominated film 2020 The Cave by Feras Fayyad. She has produced the Oscar-nominee Hanna Polak’s Something Better to Come, which had theatrical release in the US and won more than 80 awards. For this, Sigrid was nominated at the Producers Guild of America Awards 2016.
Author of music to TONY HALIK. Polish composer, violinist and music producer. Graduate of Académie Musicale de Villecroze in France. Associated with American record label Important Records, French Ici D'ailleurs and British Mute Song. He has composed music to theatrical plays, films and art installations.
Best Cinematography Competition juror. Tala Hadid is a photographer and filmmaker and made her first feature documentary film, Sacred Poet, on Pier Paolo Pasolini. Her films have screened at film festivals around the world, including Berlin and Venice and shown, among other venues, at the MoMA and Lincoln Center in NYC, The Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, La Cinémathèque Française in Paris, the Smithsonian Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C, the Los Angeles County Museum and the Photographer’s Gallery in London.
Co-director of FROM WITHIN. Inhabitant of Sanok. Graduated in law from University of Rzeszów. In 2009 he came up with an idea for Love Never Dies festival - an event to commemorate Tomasz Beksinski. Making a short documentary Doctor Jimmy was a part of the event with Tomasz Szwan as a co-director. The film had a screening at the 50th Cracow Film Festival.
Director of iHUMAN. Guest of the online meeting. Tonje is an award-winning documentary director who has worked with independent documentary since 1996. Her films mainly focus on human rights, power structures in society with a focus on technology and the changing relationship between man and machine.
Director of FOR SAMA. Guest of the online meeting. In January 2016 Waad al-Kateab started documenting the horrors of Aleppo for Channel 4 News in a series of devastating films simply titled Inside Aleppo. The reports she made for Channel 4 News on the conflict in Syria, and the most complex humanitarian crisis in the world, became the most watched pieces on the UK news programme – and received almost half a billion views online and won 24 awards – including the 2016 International Emmy for breaking news coverage.
Director of photography of “Between Us”. Cinematographer, graduate of the Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice, member of the Polish Society of Cinematographers. She shot over a dozen award-winning documentaries and short films. Golden Tadpole winner at the 2009 Camerimage Festival, she also received the Jan Machulski Polish Independent Cinema Award in 2014 and 2018. Her first feature film, “How to Disappear Completely” (2014), was directed by Przemysław Wojcieszek. Her recent works include “Camper” and “A Coach’s Daughter” directed by Łukasz Grzegorzek, Grzegorz Zariczny’s “Waves”, and Katarzyna Klimkiewicz’s “Autumn Girl”, currently in post-production.