A member of Krzysztof Warlikowski’s ensemble, she also starred in movies by Peter Greenaway, Andrzej Wajda, and Jerzy Skolimowski. Buzek’s roles won her several of Poland’s main film awards. Recently we’ve had the opportunity to admire her in Anne Fontaine’s The Innocents. In addition to playing Kobro herself, Buzek performs all female roles in Kobro / Strzemiński: Gaia Giving Birth, Eleonora, Fanny Kaplan, Clara Haber, and Nurse.
National Geographic Best Photo Competition juror. Editor-in-chief of National Geographic Poland, National Geographic Traveler, and Kaleidoscope. Graduate of the Faculty of Geology at the University of Warsaw. Her interests include history, traveling, and photography. Book editor as well as a juror at photography contest, Franus edited a travel guide to Poland alongside a number of other publications. Former editor-in-chief of National Geographic Kids and lifestyle magazine “Inspire”.
Chopin’s Nose Competition juror, press and radio journalist affiliated with TVP Kultura and the Trójka radio station. Szydłowska thinks life is pointless without art; that’s why she promotes cultural events, interviews artists, and tries to encourage as many people as possible to make culture a part their daily lives.
(depicted in “The Trial of Ratko Mladić”) Attorney, prosecutor, UCLA and Santa Clara University graduate. Former federal prosecutor in the United States Department of Justice (1987-1994). Seconded to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from 1994 to 1996. Prosecuted Ratko Mladić in 2001.
One of the directors of „ISIS. The Lost Souls of Mosul”. Photographer. His photos are on the pages of prime international newspapers: Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, L'Espresso, Der Spiegel, Paris Match, and Stern. His work focuses on wars and migratory phenomena. He portrayed the Arab Springs before devoting himself to the Syrian conflict. He was one of the first photographers who documented the protests against Bashar al Assad’s regime and then the war in Syria.
The protagonist of the film "The Dispappearance of My Mother". Benedetta Barzini is an Italian actress and model, daughter of Italian journalist and author Luigi Barzini, Jr. and his first wife, heiress Giannalisa Feltrinelli. As such, she is the stepsister of Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, the Italian publisher and left-wing political activist.
The director of "Architecture of Infinity". Born in 1958, Christoph produces his first films at the film production company Zürcher Videoladen. They show in particular the world of experience of a young political filmmaker. Christoph gives up his German studies, when his cinematic career as a director begins to shape in the early eighties. He develops the skills independently. He steadily gains experience by assisting in directing, camera and editing.
Amnesty International Poland 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. Member of the Programming Council of the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in 2013-2016. In 2014, the President of Poland awarded her the Gold Cross of Merit. Nadażdin focuses on human rights issues, culture, art, civic liberties, and social campaigns. The fight for human rights is her mission and way of life.
The director of "Warsaw: a city divided". Director/writer born in Halifax, Canada. He lives and works in Warsaw. Bednarski studied history and filmmaking in North America and Europe. His documentary film work with the National Film Board of Canada has garnered him a Gemini Award and a Writers Guild of Canada Award nomination, and he was awarded the Decoration of Honour “Meritorious for Polish Culture” by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2015.
One of the directors of „Dicktatorship”. Gustav Hofer was born in 1976 in Sarnthein (South Tyrol, Italy). After his studies in Communication Science at the University of Vienna and Cinema at Middlesex University in London, he moved to Rome. He works as a freelance journalist and independent filmmaker and for the French-German broadcaster Arte as a correspondent from Italy.
Main Competition juror. Polak graduated from the cinematography department at Moscow’s VGIK film school under the guidance of eminent cinematographer Vadim Yusov, who worked with Andrei Tarkovsky and other renowned Russian directors. In 2003 Polak received the Bolesław Chrobry Best Producer Prize at the Krakow Film Festival. A year later her “The Children of Leningradsky” was nominated for the Academy Award as well as for two Emmy categories, winning the International Documentary Award and a number of other prizes.
Amnesty International Poland 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.
Chopin’s Nose Competition juror, substituting for the director of the National Audiovisual Institute, Dariusz Wieromiejczyk. Programming expert at the National Audiovisual Institute. Part-time culture writer with the “Tygodnik Powszechny” and “Przekrój” magazines, his articles also appeared in “Polityka”, “Machina”, “Wprost” and other periodicals. Former reporter of the Program Drugi radio station. Author of “The Dom. Nowojorska bohema na polskim Lower East Side” [“The Dom. New York bohemians at the Polish Lower East Side”].
producer of the film "Piano to Zanskar". Jarek Kotomski is an internationally renowned photographer working across commercial and editorial fields. Frequently commissioned by the biggest-selling polish travel magazine ‘Podroze’, he travelled all over the world and published photo essays accompanied with his own copy visiting Chernobyl, Mongolia, Siberia, Israel, Colombia, Mexico to name just few. “Piano to Zanskar” is his debut feature film, but as the co-founder of Between Friends he has over three years of experience in the production of commercial videos and musical documentaries, his latest project being “Scriabin in the Himalayas” (currently in post-production), which became the highest publicly attended piano concert in history.
National Geographic Best Photo Competition juror. A graduate of the movie direction department at the University of Silesia’s Faculty of Radio and Television, she studied under the guidance of Andrzej Wajda, Wojciech Marczewski, and other eminent Polish filmmakers. Bielawska directed a number of feature films and documentaries screened and recognized in Poland and abroad.
Green Warsaw Competition juror. Works with the World Wide Fund for Nature Poland. With 18 years of experience in the media and public relations, Kukielska coordinates communication between WWF’s nature initiatives and oversees social and educational campaigns organized by the foundation. For the last 5 years Kukielska has been in charge of encouraging citizens across Poland to turn their lights out for Earth Hour, the world’s biggest environmental campaign.
Krishan Arora is a producer and documentary consultant. He was previously at the BBC in London for ten years, first as Commissioning Editor and then as the Independents Executive, responsible for the BBC’s strategic relationship with the Indie sector across all genres. He also worked in France for three years as a programming exec for Arte. He moved into producing after starting as a documentary director.
Main Competition juror. Born in 1974 in Tehran, Iran. In 2001 she started working in the international section of the Documentary & Experimental Film Center (DEFC). Since then she’s been translating movie scripts, promoting and distributing Iranian films abroad, and participating in many film festivals (sometimes sitting on the jury) and international markets. In 2008 she became a festival programmer and selection commitee member with Cinema Verite – Iran International Documentary Film Festival.
Green Warsaw Competition juror. 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. Participates in several EU-funded projects on sustainable and responsible cities.
Protangonist of the film "Shooting the Mafia” by Kim Longinotto. Letizia Battaglia is one of Italy’s preeminent photographers. Her black-and-white documentation of the violence of the Sicilian mafia served to starkly illuminate the brutality of those times and shattered the romantic image of the mafia. "Shooting the Mafia" is a multifaceted portrait of the famous Italian artist.
Green Warsaw Competition juror. Documentary director and producer, partner at Vision House Productions. Lukasz works with major global TV networks, such as BBC, Discovery Channel, Al Jazeera English, or NHK. He produces series, news and documentaries on current political, cultural and social situation in Poland. In 2017 he directed The Tipping Point – first Polish feature documentary on climate change, awarded at Docs Against Gravity. In the last years he wrote documentaries for BBC World and Al Jazeera, covered Smolensk plane crash story for Al Jazeera English, Euro 2012 for BBC, abortion stories for BNN, gang wars for Discovery UK, prison life in Poland for Channel 5. Right now he directs a new documentary, on Polish politics.
A versatile and multitalented actor, he has several dozen film and stage roles under his belt, along with numerous awards. Simlat starred in major HBO productions and in the movies of recent Silver Bear recipient Małgorzata Szumowska. Simlat performs all male roles in Kobro / Strzemiński: Władysław Strzemiński, Curator, Tsarist Officer, Fritz Haber, Lenin, Executioner, and Viewer.
producer of the film "Kobro / Strzemiński. A Fantastic Tale". A long-time journalist and film critic of Polish biggest daily "Gazeta Wyborcza" and feminist weekly "Wysokie Obcasy", former editor of the film department of “Dziennik". She wrote, directed and conducted cultural programs in Polish Television. Today he is writing film scripts ("Dark, Almost Night", "Special Characters"), comic books (her “Anastazja” was listed one of the best European Comics of 2017 by Paul Gravett) producing films ("Author Solaris", "Kobro / Strzemiński. A Fantastic Tale”). She is the Chair Woman of the Directors' Guild of Poland.
Writer of the film "Kobro / Strzemiński. A Fantastic Tale". Poland’s most frequently staged playwright, the author of widely discussed Loose Screws and The Suitcase. Her plays were translated into English, German, French, Ukrainian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovakian, Rumanian, Swedish, Spanish, Russian, and Hebrew. Sikorska-Miszczuk also creates operatic works – she collaborated with Mariusz Treliński on The Dead City, as well as with Andrzej Chyra and Paweł Mykietyn on The Magic Mountain.
producer of the film "Diagnosis". She has graduated from the National Film School in Łódź (PWSFTviT) - MA Degree – Film & TV Production, Program for Creative Producers at Wajda School and Marketing Strategies at Warsaw School of Economics (SGH). She also finished National Music School (piano class).
Chopin’s Nose Competition juror. Deputy director of Warsaw’s Museum of Modern Art, Velez has been associated with this institution from its inception in 2007. Former longtime journalist with the “Przekrój” magazine, where he wrote on art, architecture, and social issues. His articles have appeared in Polish and international papers. A graduate of the cultural anthropology department of the University of Warsaw, he’s in charge of the Museum’s development and communications.
National Geographic Best Photo Competition juror. Cinematographer, screenwriter, feature and documentary director, two-time recipient of the cinematography award at the Gdynia Film Festival and the Bronze Frog at Camerimage, three-time nominee to the Eagles and the Romanian GOPO award. Member of the Polish and European Film Academies. Recipient of numerous documentary awards at festivals in Karlovy Vary, Berlin, Chicago, Leipzig, Nyon, Krakow, Tampere, Tehran, Trento, and elsewhere. His best-known works include “Such a Nice Boy I Gave Birth To”, “Existence”, “User-Friendly Death”, “Till It Hurts”, “Let’s Run Away from Her”, “Declaration of Immortality”, and “Lust Killer”.
Main Competition juror. Directed “All These Sleepless Nights”, “Fuck For Forest”, “At the Edge of Russia”, and a number of music videos for artists like Radiohead, Mark Pritchard & Thom Yorke, Brodka, or Jacek Sienkiewicz. Recipient of numerous prizes at Sundance, Millennium Docs Against Gravity, Hot Docs, Nowe Horyzonty, Nyon Visions Du Reel, Jihlava IDF, Cinema Eye Honors, and other film festivals.
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 (including Birthplace, Sisters, The Way It is, Chemo, Father and Son and You Have No Idea How Much I Love You) at international festivals: Cinema du Reel, DOC Leipzig, Krakow Film Festival, International Film Festival in Moscow and New York Film Festival.
director of the film " Hunting for Hedonia". Acclaimed and award winning director Pernille Rose Grønkjær (1973) graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1997. Her international feature length documentary ”THE MONASTERY – Mr. Vig and the Nun” won the Joris Ivens Award and 11 other international awards. ”THE MONASTERY” has become an important milestone in the strong international brand that Danish documentaries are today and film established Pernille as a storyteller with a universal language and a cinematic vision.
The cinematographer of "Honeyland". A North Macedonia based Cinematographer and photographer, whose focus is on capturing human behavior, intimate relations and authentic interaction. Faces as source and motivation he's able to draw multiple layered vivid canvases with his camera and his honest and heartfelt approach towards protagonists. Visible in various successful collaborations with Macedonian and international directors like Ilija Cvetkovski “ Avec L´Amour”, Hanis Bagashov “Mishko”, Dimitar Orovchanec “Comrade”, Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov “ Lake of Apples”.
The co-writer of "Dicktatorship". She was born in Switzerland and graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Rome "La Sapienza". After earning a master's degree in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Amsterdam, she began working as a Scientific Consultant and then as Author and Creative Producer of documentaries and television programs and formats for major Italian and International Broadcasters, such as National Geographic Channel, Fox, Rai and La7.
Stefanie Schulte Strathaus is the head of the Berlinale Forum Expanded programme. She is also currently interim head of the Forum section, alongside Milena Gregor and Birgit Kohler. Schulte Strathaus was born in Frankfurt in 1969. She studied German philology, as well as philosophy and theatre studies in Cologne and Berlin. While she was studying, she also worked on experimental exhibition and cinema projects.
The director of "Aquarela". Director, writer, cinematographer, editor. He began his career as assistant cameraman, assistant director and editor at the St. Petersburg (Leningrad) Studio of Documentaries at 1978. He studied Script writing and directing in Moscow 1986-1989. In 1993 his feature "Belovy" ("The Belovs") won both the VPRO Joris Ivens Award and the Audience Award at the IDFA. Since then he made ten films and won over hundred awards. He is the member of European Film Academy and The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences OSCAR.
Director of the film „Putin’s Witnesses”. He studied at All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography. Since 1989 he has shot more than 30 films. His works were presented at more than 400 international film festivals. He was awarded with more than 50 awards and prizes in Russia and abroad. His films were shown on the leading channels in practically all European countries, as well as in Japan, Australia, China, Canada and other countries.
National Geographic Best Photo Competition juror, visual artist, photography theorist. Creates photographic installations, still photos, and video art. His artistic practice tends toward post-conceptual photography. A graduate of the University of Warsaw’s Philosophy Department, he’s currently working on his PhD at the Intermedia Department of the University of Fine Arts in Poznań and lecturing at the Szczecin Academy of Art’s Faculty of Painting and New Art. Orski lives and creates in Warsaw. His works were exhibited in numerous Polish institutions.