Jury

Jury of the Main Competition

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.

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’.

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.

Photo: Bartek Kowal

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.

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.

Jury of the Youth Competition

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).

Photo: Tosca Joséphine Weinfeld

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.

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.