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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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