DOC LAB POLAND is the most important initiative of the Władysław Ślesicki Film Foundation. The Foundation focuses on training and development programs, mainly concentrated on documentary films, film production and promotion of Polish cinema. One of the goals of the foundation is also popularising films of Władysław Ślesicki, one of the most renowned Polish documentary filmmakers of the ‘50s and ‘60s.
The founders: Adam and Katarzyna Ślesicki, while working for many years for Wajda School & Studio, have produced dozens of documentary films, awarded at international festivals, including Oscar nomination. They have also run training programs for emerging producers and documentary directors.
Our mission is to strengthen the position of Polish, especially feature documentary films on the international market. We believe this goal can be achieved by linking high artistic values with the audience-oriented approach.
WLADYSLAW SLESICKI FILM FOUNDATION
head of studies, executive director
DOC LAB POLAND
adam.slesicki @ fundfilm.pl
Founder and president of The Władysław Ślesicki Film Foundation; head of DOC LAB POLAND – training and pitching program for documentary filmmakers; producer or executive producer of documentary movies, including the Oscar nominee ‘Joanna’ and the EFA nominee ‘Paparazzi’. Board member of Producers’ Section at Polish Filmmakers Association.
Born in 1973, in 2001-2015 worked for Wajda Studio and Wajda School: as deputy program director (since 2011), as executive producer and Documentary Program coordinator (since 2009), as head of promotion & PR (2005-2010), as well as head of 9 editions of SCRIPT PRO – the biggest Polish Screenwriting Competition (first 5 editions named Hartley-Merrill Scriptwritng Contest).
Graduated from the Warsaw University: International Relations Department, American Studies Department and Center of Latin American Studies, then worked as a journalist, a translator and a screenwriter (1995-2002).
As the producer in the Wajda Studio has over 20 documentary films presented and awarded across the world (incl. the Oscar Nomination, Nomination for European Academy Award, Grand Prix at New Horizons Festival, The Best Documentary at Palm Springs Film Festival and The Best Documentary at Los Angeles Film Awards).
Filmography as the producer or executive producer (Wajda Studio):
Miejscy kowboje [Urban Cowboys], dir. Paweł Ziemilski, 2016
Dos Islas [Two Islands], dir. Adriana F. Castellanos, 2016
Wariacja na wiolonczelę solo [Right Side of Chello], dir. Aleksandra Rek, 2016
Ślimaki [Snails], dir. Grzegorz Szczepaniak, 2015
Budzik [Out of the Blue], dir. Piotr Małecki, 2015
Wyspa [The Island], dir. Natalija Krasilnikova, 2015
6 filmów o miłości [6 Films About Love] – a set of shorts, 2014
Pieśń pasterza [Shepherd’s Song], dir. Vahram Mkhitaryan, 2014
Superjednostka [Super-Unit], dir. Teresa Czepiec, 2014
Kolaudacja [This Film Has Been Approved] – a set of shorts, 2014
Galeria [S-MALL PORTRAITS] – a set of shorts, 2014
Niewiadoma Henryka Fasta [Love Equation of Henry Fast], dir. Agnieszka Elbanowska, 2013
Joanna, dir. Aneta Kopacz, 2013
Inny film [The Odd Movie], dir. Brygida Frosztęga-Kmiecik, 2013
8 filmów o miłości [8 Films About Love] – a set of shorts, 2013
Dziś w Warszawie, jutro gdzieś w świecie [Today in Warsaw, Tomorrow Wherever], dir. Grzegorz Brzozowski, 2013
Halina Paszkowska – wybór materiałów, [Halina Paszkowska – Materials] dir. Anna Grzelewska, Anna Czerwińska, 2012
Mój dom, [My House Without Me] dir. Magdalena Szymków, 2012
Paparazzi, dir. Piotr Bernaś, 2011
Decrescendo, dir. Marta Minorowicz, 2011
3 dni wolności, [3 days of Freedom] dir. Łukasz Borowski, 2011
Oj Boże, drogi Boże, [Oh God, Dear God] dir. Julia Popławska, 2010
Przyrzeczona, [Little Bride] dir. Lesław Dobrucki, 2010
Przełamując mury, [Beautiful Misunderstanding] dir. Paweł Ferdek, 2009.
WLADYSLAW SLESICKI FILM FOUNDATION
head of studies, international relations and market
DOC LAB POLAND
katarzyna.slesicka @ fundfilm.pl
Producer of films, programmer and coordinator of training and cultural events. In years 2001-2015 working for Wajda School and Studio, for 10 years as Executive Director and Board Member at both Wajda School Foundation and Wajda Studio (2005-2015).
She created and run for 5 years the Creative Producers’ Programme at Wajda School, a training for up and coming professionals in film production.
She produced numerous films, many of them screened and awarded at most important festivals, such as: Locarno FF, HOT DOCS in Toronto, Rotterdam FF or Berlinale.
Chosen projects as a producer/ executive producer/ co-producer:
End of the World, dir. Monika Pawluczuk, documentary, 2015
K2. Touching the Sky, dir. Eliza Kubarska, PL/UK/DE, documentary, 2015
When I Am a Bird, dir. Monika Pawluczuk, documentary, 2013
Sanctuary, dir. Norah McGettigan, fiction, PL/IRL, 2012
Losing Sonia, dir. Radka Franczak, documentary, 2012
Glasgow, dir. Piotr Subbotko, fiction short, 2010
The Dog Hill, dir. Grzegorz Zariczny, documentary, 2010
Little bride, dir. Lesław Dobrucki, documentary, 2009
Beautiful Misunderstanding, dir. Paweł Ferdek, documentary, 2009
Viva Maria, dir. Agnieszka Smoczyńska, documentary, 2009
North from Calabria, dir. Marcin Sauter, documentary, 2009
Andrzej Wajda: Let’s Shoot, dir. Paladino Film Group, documentary, 2008
Aria Diva, dir. Agnieszka Smoczyńska, fiction short, 2007
What it’s Like Being My Mother, dir. Norah Mc Gettigan, fiction short PL/IRL, 2007
The Cupboard, dir. Jacob Dammas, PL/DK documentary, 2007
Three for the Taking, dir. Bartek Konopka, fiction short, 2006
Reflection, various director, PL/DE, 2006
At The Datcha, dir. Thierry Paladino, documentary, 2006.
program coordinator DOC LAB POLAND
monika.zarzycka @ doclab.pl
DOC LAB POLAND coordinator and documentary films lover. She is an experienced cultural events organiser – she has produced and promoted National Audiovisual Institute (NINA) events and before worked for Contemporary Art Centre (CSW) and its Kino.Lab Cinema. She has also organised numerous cultural events in the most popular Warsaw clubs (Powiększenie, Chłodna 25, Plan B, Kosmos Kosmos, Kurort) as well as for music and film festivals (such as Film Festival Watch Docs). She is dedicated to promotion of Polish documentary by organising series of public screenings, for example: ‘You can’t find it on torrents’ – together with a journalist Anna Serdiukow or ‘Decalogue today – survive in the city’ – together with dr Iwona Kurz from the Warsaw University Polish Culture Institute.
coordinator DOC LAB POLAND CO-PRODUCTION MARKET
market @ doclab.pl
Warsaw-born Filmmaker and Digital Producer with over 10 years experience in AV production.
Her arthouse documentary & VR projects have been presented at Hot Docs Forum in Toronto, Venice VR Biennale, Visions du Réel in Nyon, Cross Video Days in Paris, East Doc Platform in Prague.
Ana has an extensive experience in directing and producing TV shows, promotional videos, documentaries and digital experiences. She had been developing stories for TVN Discovery, writing reportages and interviews for AGORA (major Polish media company), as well as storytelling marketing strategies.
She was a new media consultant for The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in Poland, as well as many other public institutions and private companies. She teaches Immersive Journalism at SWPS University in Warsaw, and travels the world as a VR expert.
She is a Documentary Campus Masterschool alumni, and a former EURODOC participant. She received training in TV journalism at Thompson-Reuters & TVN24. She holds a Master’s degree in Drama Directing.
Currently, Ana is working on docs and XR pieces including: “Welcome to the other side – a diary of grief”, “Mindscapes AR”, “Crossed-out Warsaw VR”, and ”Abortion is OK – a story of female solidarity and sisterhood”.
She runs Petersdottir Media – a creative initiative that focuses on modern storytelling: from high-end audiovisual productions, immersive and interactive experiences, digital challenges, to media education and marketing solutions.
DOC LAB POLAND PR manager
edyta.borkowska @ doclab.pl
PR and Culture manager. An intellectual property law specialist in the Law Offices of MKZ Partnerzy. She has been working for DOC LAB POLAND for 4 years. Previously she worked as a culture journalist in one of the biggest Polish newspaper „Rzeczpospolita”, where she founded and maintained the Cultural Online Service. At that time Edyta has been working with the Polish Film Institute to promote Polish young cinema. She published articles for magazines: „Przekrój”, „Sukcesem”, „Zwierciadło” and Weekend Gazeta.pl, where she also worked as an editor. She graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Warsaw University (specialization copyright and financial law), Faculty of Journalism and Political Science of University of Warsaw, Digital Media Production – the Film School in Lodz, as an auditor student participated in the Creative Producers Programme at the Wajda School.