Guests

Anna Bielak

Script consultant and story editor working on a regulars basis with two production companies (Aurum Film and Centrala Film) and on a freelance basis with writers and producers. Co-founder of Script Atelier and Artistic Director of Script Fiesta (since it’s 7th edition, 2017/2018) – festival for upcoming and professional scriptwriters organised by Warsaw Film School where she also holds classes about script development. She has been evaluating film projects for NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema (2013-2014) and French La Maison Des Scénaristes (2014). Since 2016 she is assistant of Philip LaZebnik at Kids Film.PRO – program dedicated solely to the development of screenplays for young audiences. A graduate of the Film Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and participant of several workshops for script consultants and writers (e.g. Midpoint – Training for Trainers; Six Days of Practice and Script Circle with Francoise von Roy i Franz Rodenkirchen as tutors).

Tomasz Bilicki

He’s the chairman of the board and coordinator of the Aid and Intervention Center of Innopolis Foundation. He got PhD at the Faculty of Science of Education at the University of Lodz. He finished multiple postgraduates studies, eg: Marketing and Finances at MBA; Pubic Relations; Company Image Management; MSSTC; Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at the Stanford University (USA). He works as educationist and therapist for people with mental health issues, perpetrators and victims of violence. He’s the creator of MOTIVATION PUNCH which is a programme for support and prevention. He’s an expert at risky behavior prevention, especially among generation Y and Z. He works as branding and PR specialist. He created workshops and attended multiple study visits in Finland, GB, USA, Portugal, Switzerland, Russia and Italy. He’s scientific interests are focused on positive psychology, motivation, psychoanalysis and its connection with modern education; concepts of leadership, in particular peers and leaders prevention; social capital idea.

Grzegorz Brzozowski

He graduated from Directing at Wajda Film School. He got into documentary under the guidance of Marcel Łoziński, Jacek Bławut and Vita Zelakeviciute. He also studied Sociology, Psychology and Reportage at the University of Warsaw, University of Utrecht and Yale University. Currently he’s getting doctor’s degree from Sociology at the University of Warsaw. Editor and the chief of visual reviews in Kultura Liberalna.

Anna Gawlita

Educated for legal counsel. She is the founder of Kijora Film, producent and documentary production manager. She has worked with Tomasz Wolski (‘Pałac’, ‘Lekarze’, ‘Szczęściarze’ and ‘Złota rybka’), Jakub Radej (‘Getto Gospel’), Piotr Stasik (‘Opera o Polsce’, ‘Dziennik z podróży’) and Aleksandra Maciuszek (‘Casa Blanca’). She took part in Berlinale Talents 2017 and EKRAN+ 2017 at the Wajda School. She received scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Winner of Best Polish Short Films and Documentary Producer Award on Cracow Film Festival 2017 where she’s also presented her debut film ‘Krzyżoki’. She gives lectures named ‘Creative Producer’ at Wajda’s School and on copyrights workshops. Currently she’s working on Agnieszka Polska’s full-lenght eature film ‘Hurra, wciąż żyjemy’.
Laureatka Nagrody dla najlepszego producenta polskich filmów krótkometrażowych i dokumentalnych na Krakowskim Festiwalu Filmowym 2017 gdzie prezentowała także swój reżyserski debiut – „Krzyżoki”. Wykładowczyni kursu „Kreatywny Producent`` w Szkole Wajdy oraz na warsztatach w zakresie prawa autorskiego. Obecnie pracuje nad produkcją pełnometrażowej fabuły artystki wizualnej Agnieszki Polskiej „Hurra, wciąż żyjemy!``.

Jan Kozub

He was born in 1990. He studied Law and Journalism at the University of Wrocław. He’s the organiser of Documentary Academy in DCF, Wrocław. He was publishing in eleWator magazine and on kulturaonline.pl website. He’s a fan of The Beatles, Jim Jarmusch and Michel Houellebecq.

Magdalena Kreis

She graduated from Cultural Studies at the University of Wrocław, Cultural and Social Animation at the Center of Education for Animators and Librarians in Wrocław and Art Education at the ASP, Wrocław She the creator, educator and animator. She’s worked as the producer and coordinator of audience interaction in WRO Art Center since 2013. She’s also works with multiple art institutions in Poland, such as: Dizajn BWA Gallery in Wrocław or ‘ę‘ - Creative Initiative Association.

During Okiem Młodych Festival she’s going to present video works from WRO on Tour #17, which is a travelling set of works from International Biennale WRO 2017 DRAFT SYSTEMS.

Mikael Lypinski

Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. Traveler, photographer and marathon runner. Graduated from Directing and PWSFTviT in Łódź. He directed a few short films and about 200 advertising spots for international clients such as: Toyota, Coca-Cola, IKEA and T-Mobile. „Desert Coffee” is his medium-lenght documentary debut that had it’s premiere on international Cracow Film Festival. „Desert Coffee” had been sold to TV channels in Sweden and Norway. It also had it’s screenings on MIASTOmovie Festival in Wrocław and Przeźrocza Festival in Bydgoszcz.

Maciej Mandelt

He was born in Jelenia Góra, Poland. He graduated from Wrocław University and from Academy of Social Democracy. He’s been actively working at Nomada association since 2013. He is the Roma people assistant, the author of handbooks and schoolings (in range of work with UE migrants and refugees) for representatives of public institutions. Spokesman and interpreter of migration subject and social attitudes towards intercultural integration. In the past he used to publish his journalist work. Now he’s focused on searching for partners and supporters for Nomada.

Beata Moskal-Słaniewska

President of Świdnica since 2014.
A graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Sciences at the University of Warsaw. She worked as a press journalist, she was among others secretary of the editorial office and editor-in-chief of ``Wiadomości Świdnickich``. She also managed other local magazines and dealt with running her own business.

Natalia Nikolska

She gradueated from Russian Philology at the Moscow State University and from Directing at Pracownia MIR-2, where she was taking lectures from Boris Juchananow. Currently she works as a translator. She is the producer and co-author of couple musical performances and festival shows, one of which took place during De Musica Festival, and Breslauer Cocktail projects. Since 2011 she’s hosting her film programme ‘Russian Filmography Evenings’ in Świdnica.

Krzysiek Orłowski

He was born in 1983. He works with Nowinart Association in Wroclaw. He graduated from AFA School of Photography in Wroclaw. Currently he studies Art Photography at the University of Opawa. He lives and works in Wroclaw. Lately he’s been trying out he’s skills as photo editor. He created a few exhibitions and publications. At the beginning of this year, he and Piotr Pytl, started a zin publishing house called ‘89/91 publishing’. Their motto is: ‘Do not keep your photos in the drawer’. As a photographer he’s interested in human and his environment. He’s focused on identity and roots - where do we come from.

Jan Pelczar

A film journalist, host of the Strefa Kina show on Radio RAM and the Klaps film magazine blog ianpelczar.blogspot.com. He is a lecturer for the New Horizons of Film Education who works with Stopklatka and has published countless articles in numerous dailies, weeklies and other periodicals. His Klaps radio program (which he created) has been on the air uninterrupted since 1998, currently under the moniker Strefa Kina. Janek hosts film premieres, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and has conducted hundreds of interviews with filmmakers and movers-and-shakers of culture. You can find him working every day in Wrocław and Warsaw as an author of programs, host and producer of shows on Radio RAM and as a member of the Przegląd Sportowy editorial team.

fot. Miłosz Poloch

Karol Piekarczyk

Graduated from Film Studies and Sociology at the University of Glasgow. He has been bounded with documentary for many years. He worked at WATCH DOCS Film Festival in Warsaw and as coordinator and programme director at Document International Human Rights Film Festival in Glasgow. He is an author of the intro to the coursebook for film festival organisers (published by Human Rights Film Network). Currently he works as a selector at Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival and as a chief of distribution division in Against Gravity.

Piotr Pławuszewski

He received PhD degree from, and works for Film, Media and Visual Arts Institute at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He is interested in the history and theory of documentary films, and the history of polish filmography. He also tries to popularize documentary among young audience. He wrote Po swojemu. Kino Władysława Ślesickiego (Kraków 2017); edited Pogranicza dokumentu (Poznań 2012). He has been publishing in collective publications and in magazines („Kino”, „Kwartalnik Filmowy”, „Images” i „Ekrany”). He was the curator of the exhibition „Władysław Ślesicki – jest niepowtarzalny” (2013).

Maciej Przestalski

He is Radio RAM and Radio Wroclaw Culture journalist. He’s hosting shows about new technologies, culinary, music and visual arts. He’s been working on the radio since high school. He’s co-founder of KulturaNatychmiastowa.pl which is a website about contemporary art. In his free time: cultural activist.

Jakub Radej

Director and screenwriter of short feature movies, documentary and music videos. Graduated from directing at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia and from the DOK.PRO at the Wajda School. He worked as the director’s assistent with Wojciech Smarzowski (‘Wołyń’, ‘Drogówka’), Maciej Żak (‘Konwój’) and on sets of advertising spots.
His last movie (‘Sweet Home Czyżewo’) has won special prize at Gdynia Film Festival 2017. Documentary ‘Proch’ (2017) has been rewarded multiple times (International Documenatry Film Festival Okiem Młodych in Świdnica, Jihlava Documentary Film Festival, ‘Młodzi i Film’ Festival) and has been awarded on Cracow Film Festival.

Hans Rombach

Graduated from Film and Television Technology at the State Collage of Opitics and Phototechnique in Berlin. In years 1973-1984 he worked at Freies Berlin TV station. Then he has started his career as an independent camera operator at documentries and feature films. In years 1986-1995 he was the co-owner of production company Cine-Impuls Berlin where he had worked as camera operator, author and director. He won German Camera Award 1994 for cinematography in ‘Balagn’.In 1995 he founded ‘Rombach & Partner’ – post-production company. Four years later – ‘Seven Years Film GmbH’ – production company. He was giving lectures at Film Academy in Ludwigsburg and in Beuth Film and Technology Collage in Berlin. He also led workshops for Goethe-Institute.

Michał Syska

Lawer, columnist, activist. He’s the director of F.Lassalle Social Thought Center in Wroclaw. He worked with human rights organisations and trade unions. He published in ‘Gazeta Wyborcza’, ‘Rzeczpospolita’, ‘Dziennik’ and ‘Przegląd’. He’s the commentator in Radio’s TOK FM Poranek.

Mariusz Szczygieł

He has been working for ‘Gazeta Wyborcza’ since 1990. He’s an author of bestsellers: ‘Gottland’ and ‘Make Your Own Paradise’. First one won European Book Prize 2009 and Readers Nike 2007. Both of them became Books of the Year according to Warsaw Literature Premiere. His books had been translated into nineteen languages. He is also an author of polish reportage anthologys.

For his reportage ‘Śliczny i posłuszny’ at ‘Duży Format’ he has been reworded with Andrzej Woyciechowski Prize (2013); Mediator Award (2013) and he has also received the name of the Journalist of the Year 2013 at the Grand Press Contest. In years 1995-2001 he was hosting ‘Na każdy temat’ talk-show. He’s one of the founder of Reportage Institute which includes: bookshop Wrzenie Świata, publishing house Dowody na Istnienie and Polish School of Reportage.

Urszula Tes

Film researcher and lecturer at the Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow. The author of the books Man, Community and Memory in Irena Kamieńska’s documentary films (Kraków 2016), The Cinema of Beat Genaration (Kraków 2010), The Cinema of John Cassavetes (Kraków 2003). The editor of the anthology Towards Philosophical Film (Kraków 2011) and co-editor of In view of Metaphysics. Philosophy, Art, Film (Kraków 2012). She is interested in documentary cinema, Polish films and relationship between film and socjology.

Petr Vlček

Graduated from Polish Philology and Film Science at the Palacký University in Olomouc. In years 2007-2017 he worked as Head of Production of International Festival of Science Documentary Film Academia Film Olomouc, one of the oldest film festivals in Czech Republic. Since 2007 he has been working as a film curator at the Summer Film School in Uherské Hradiště, one of the most important film festivals in Czech Republic. Currently he works as the project manager at FAMU, Prague.
He is the member of Council of Artistic Outputs Register in the Ministry of Education and the member of Evaluation Committee of the Media and Audiovisual Department in the Ministry of Culture in Czech Republic. His professional interests include Polish cinematography and development of cultural relations between Czech Republic and Poland. He organized retrospect of prominent polish filmmakers, such as: Krzysztof Kieślowski, Agnieszka Holland, Jerzy Hoffman, Wojciech Smarzowski, Daniel Szczechura, Piotr Dumała, Mariusz Wilczyński and many others. He also publishes texts focusing on polish cinematography and occasionally translates from Polish.

Tomasz Wolski

Graduated from Journalism at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and Documentary Course at Wajda School. He took part in Berlinale Talent Campus, Berlin Today Award 2005 workshops and EKRAN+ 2017 programme. He received scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage at the Młoda Polska programme.
Director of documentary such as: ‘The Clinic’, ‘Goldfish’, ‘The Lucky ones’, ‘The Actors’ and ‘Festival’. He has been reworded on many festivals including ones in Neubrandenburg, Pampeluna, Wrocław and Cracow. He also made short film ‘Daughter’ which received the Grand Prix Award and the Audience Award at Angers Premiers Plans. He edited such as ‘A Diary of a Journey’, ‘21xNY’ and ‘Krzyżoki’.

Anna Zamecka

Polish film director, screenwriter and producer. A member of the European Film Academy, she has studied journalism, cultural anthropology and photography in Warsaw and Copenhagen. Her 2016 debut feature film „Communion” received numerous national and international awards including the European Film Award for Best European Documentary 2017, the Critic's Week Award at Locarno IFF, The Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize at Yamagata IDFF and the Grand Prix at Warsaw Film Festival amongst others.