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Jury

  • Karolina Bielawska

    Karolina Bielawska

    Karolina Bielawska graduated from the Directing studies at the Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Additionally, she holds a diploma from Wajda School in Warsaw. Bielawska is a director of fiction school films as well as documentaries which have been presented and awarded during many Polish and foreign festivals. Her last documentary entitled "Call me Marianna" won twenty-seven awards during Polish and foreign festivals like Cracow, Locarno, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, and Chicago. She was also awarded the Audience Award during the Gdansk DocFilm Festival in 2016.

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  • Kinga Dębska

    Kinga Dębska

    Head of jury in the international documentary Main Competition  Kinga Dębska graduated from Japanese studies at the University of Warsaw as well as directing studies at Film and Tv School of Performing Arts in Prague. Dębska is also a director, scriptwriter, and author of three feature films. Among them, there is "Hel", a movie awarded for its script during Młodzi i Film festival in Koszalin, another multiple award winning film "These Daughters of Mine", as well as her recent project "Plan B". Furthermore, Kinga Dębska directed more than dozen feature films. "Aktorka", a portrait of Elżbieta Czyżewska was amongst the awarded ones during Eagles festival. She is also wrote the book bestseller "These Daughters of Mine". Her new feature fiction film "Fun, Fun" is about to be released soon.

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  • Leszek Starzyński

    Leszek Starzyński

    Leszek Starzyński is a movie editor, producer as well as a member of Polish Film Academy and the Polish Association of Editors. What is more, Starzyński is co-owns a post-production company Monternia.pl and he is its managing director. He is also a co-owner and producer at Iron Films. Starzyński teaches at Gdynia Film School. He was the editor of several Theatre Television productions, TV series and narrative films such as "Silent Night" (dir. Piotr Domalewski), "I'm a Killer" and "Splinters" (dir. Maciej Pieprzyca), and "Courage" (dir. Greg Zgliński). Leszek Starzyński is also a producer of multiple award winning films which include "The Fastest" (dir. Łukasz Palkowski) and two films by Maciej Pieprzyca - "Life feels good" and "I'm a Killer".

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  • Rick Minnich

    Rick Minnich

    Rick Minnich is an American independent filmmaker based in Berlin, Germany. His award-winning films include: "Heaven on Earth" (50 min., 2001, IDFA, Fipa d'Or Biarritz), "Homemade Hillbilly Jam" (80 min, 2005, HotDocs, True/False), "Forgetting Dad" (84 min, 2008, IDFA - Special Jury Award, True/False, Full Frame, Hot Docs, Grand Jury Prize - GZ DOC Guangzhou, China, Shortlisted for the German Film Award "Lola"), "The Bomb Hunters" (52 min., 2015). Currently he is working on "The Strait Guys" (about the proposed Bering Strait tunnel project) and "Mr. Greenfield" (about Holocaust survivor and presidential tailor Martin Greenfield).

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  • Ryszard Bugajski

    Ryszard Bugajski

    Head of jury in the Polish short fiction competition  Ryszard Bugajski was born on the 27th of April 1943 in Warsaw. He is a Polish movie and TV director, writer and scriptwriter. Bugajski has Philosophy diploma at University of Warsaw and he has completed Directing studies at the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź which he graduated from in 1973. He was a member of Andrzej Wajda's Zespół Filmowy "X" from the beginning till its very end in 1983. He took his participated in the production of Krzysztof Zanussi's "The Illumination" as an assistant director. Bugajski was also a director of several documentaries, television shows, narrative films and Theatre Television productions. "Interrogation", one of his most controversial productions, was banned from public viewing by the Polish government. After the martial law was introduced, he could not find a job in his profession. As a result, he emigrated to Canada where he worked on TV series and directed the movie "Clearcut". He decided to come back to his homeland permanently in 1997. Bugajski was also a director of several Television Theatre productions including "Taking Sides", "Lost in Yonkers", "Collabo Teddy", "News", "The Professional", and "The Death of Captain Pilecki". He has also published three novels: "Interrogation", "I Confess" and "Salt and Pepper", as well as a book on his controversial movie "Interrogation".

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  • Anna Próchniak

    Anna Próchniak

    Anna Próchniak is a graduate of the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź. She is considered one of the most promising film and theatre actresses of the young generation. At the beginning of her career she was a ballet and contemporary dancer. She was recognized with Best Debut Award during "Pierwszy Kontakt" festival and Best Acting Duo (together with Joanna Osyda) during "Kolada - Plays" festival in Jekaterynburg for her role in the play "Marzenie Nataszy" of Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw. Her debut as a movie actress was the part of Irmina in "Shameless" for which she was nominated for Golden Duck award. Furthermore, she also received many awards for her role as Kama in "Warsaw 44" (dir. by Jan Komasa), including Elle’s Rising Star award during the 39th Gdynia Film Festival, the Piotr Łazarkiewicz Award for young talents during Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles and a nomination to the Zbyszek Cybulski Award. What is more, got a part in Anne Fontaine’s movie entitled "The Innocents" (which got an Oscar nomination) with a premiere during Sundance festival in 2016 as well as in an Irish film "Bad Day For the Cut" (dir. by Chris Baugh), having been firstly shown during Sundance in 2017. The movie, "The Fastest" by Łukasz Palkowski, in which she has played one of the main roles, was highly recognized and got many awards both in Poland and abroad. Two more films in which she appears, "Vultures" (dir. by Börkur Sigthorsson) and "Oleg" (dir. by Juris Kursietis), are about to be released soon.

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