Strona główna Programme EXPERTS



Maria ZmarzKoczanowicz

A graduate of the Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice (1982). A director of the fiction film ‘Kraj świata’ (1993) and almost 50 documentaries, among them: ‘I Am a Man’ (1985), ‘The Office’ (1986), ‘The Bread Monger’ (1988), ‘I Don’t Believe Politicians’ (1989), ‘Bara, Bara’ (1996), ‘Turn Me into a Long Snake’ (1997), ‘A Night with the General’ (2001), ‘Generation 89’ (2002), ‘’ (2004), ‘The Professor – about Leszek Kołakowski’ (2005), ‘Zwyczajny marzec’ (2008), ‘Wiera Gran’ (2013), ‘Adam Michnik: Be a Realist, Strive for the Impossible’ (2015). A winner of numerous festival awards in Paris, Gdańsk, Krakow and others.

Lidia Duda

Director, scriptwriter and reporter. Directed numerous documentaries, such as ‘Here vodka is God, and faith addiction’ (2001), ‘I do not accept the world in which my heroes live’ (2002) or ‘Here in Pietrasze’ (2002). She has won many prestigious awards, for example The Golden Hobby Horse of Krakow Film Festival for ‘Entangled’ (2012) and ‘Hercules’ (2004). She also has received awards in Prague (‘Entangled’) and in Moscow (‘Hercules’). The author of documentary series: ‘Only Dad’ and ‘Young Sharks’. In her latest film she proves that ‘Everything is possible’, telling the story of a woman, who started travelling when she was 65 years old and visited Scandinavia, North and South America, Asia and Africa.

Paweł Łoziński

Director, scriptwriter and producer of documentary and fiction films. Born in 1965 in Warsaw. He earned his degree from the Film Directing Department of Łódź Film School. His documentary films (including ‘Birthplace’, 1992, ‘The Way It Is’, 1999, ‘Sisters’, 1999, ‘Between the Doors’, 2004, ‘Wygnańcy’, 2005, ‘Kitty, Kitty’, 2008, ‘Chemo’, 2009, ‘Father and Son’, 2013) won many prestigious awards at festivals in Leipzig, Bornholm, Paris, Krakow and others.

Rafał Listopad – editor and tutor in Film School Lodz (PWSFTviT). Member of European Film Academy (EFA), Polish Film Academy (PAF) and Polish Association of Editors (PSM). Editor of numerous fiction and documentary films – awarded in Poland and abroad – including ‘Katyn’ by Andrzej Wajda, ‘Poste Restatnte’ by Marcel Łoziński, ‘Abu Harza’ by Maciej Drygas and ‘Embassy’ by Juliusz Machulski.

Mariusz Włodarski – graduated from the Department of International Relations at the University of Lodz, with his thesis about using the marketing approach in film distribution in Poland. He completed post graduate studies of Film Production at The Polish National Film School in Lodz. He has worked for Polish studio Opus Film and at international co-productions such as ‘Simon Konianski’ produced by Versus Production/Belgium or ‘The Flying Machine’ produced by Breakthru Films/UK. In 2010 together with three friends he founded production company Lava Films, where he produced the diploma film of Magnus von Horn ‘Without Snow’ which premiered during Cannes 2015.

Tomasz Wolski – graduated of the Wajda School, participant of Berlinale Talents and Berlin Today Awards, scholar of Ministry Of Cultre and National Heritage, NCK Young Poland Program, leader and expert at Polish Film Institute, member of Society of Polish Filmmakers and European Film Academy. Director, editor and cameramen awarded documentaries such as ‘The Clinic’, ‘Goldfish’, ‘The Lucky Ones’, ‘Actors’, ‘Slowly’, ‘Doctors’, ‘Palace’. Director of short feature film ‘Daughter‘ awarded at Angers Premiers Plan (Grand Prix and public award). Editor of such movies as: ‘Diary of Journey’, ’21xNY’ and ‘Krzyżoki’.

Wojciech Staroń – Polish cinematographer of many documentaries and fictions, documentary director. Graduated of the Cinematography department at the Film School in Lodz. His debut ‘Siberian Lesson‘ won awards as IDFA, Krakow IFF and Paris (Cinema du Reel). ‘Argentinian Lesson‘ won many awards as Cinema Eye Honor, DokLeipzig, RIDM. He is a Silver Bear winner at the 61st Berlinale for Artistic Contribution for cinematography to ‘El Premio‘ (The Prize), dir. P.Markovitch and Bronze Camera on Manaki Brothers FF for Papusza dir. Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze.


Leena Pasanen 

Director of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig). Previously director of the Finnagora cultural institute at the Finnish Embassy in Budapest. At the Finnish public broadcaster YLE, where she was responsible for documentaries on YLE 1 and later led the cultural and documentary programming division of the special‑interest channel YLE Teema. From 2005 to 2008 Leena Pasanen was the Director of European Documentary Network.

Paul Pauwels

Director of European Documentary Network. Before he was the Managing Director for the Belgium production company Congoo bvba. Paul Pauwels has a long track record of working with international documentary co‑productions from both a commissioning and production point of view. He has been the managing director of the media academy ETMA, commissioning editor for the Belgium public service broadcaster VRT and has almost 30 years of experience with producing documentaries for the national and international market. He has been a tutor, moderator and expert at many European workshops and seminars, member of Eurovision Documentary Workgroup and one of the first Chairmen of EDN.

Rada Šešić

Filmmaker, lecturer, film critic and festival programmer. She is specialized in South Asian (lived in India for some time) and Eastern European cinema. She is on selection comity of IDFA and IFFR, member of Hubert Bals Fund as well as IDFA Bertha selection. At Sarajevo Film Festival, Rada heads the Documenary competition and co‑heads Docu Rough Cut Boutique. Teaches at the Master of film at the NFTA Amsterdam. Artistic director of the festival Eastern Neighbours in The Hague. Directed four award winning shorts and documentaries in the Netherlands and several in Sarajevo where she lived before.

Lise Lense-Møller is a producer and the managing director of Magic Hour Films – a Copenhagen based production company that has produced and co-produced over 60 films, many of which have received international acclaim, the top winner being ‘Burma VJ’ with 52 international awards and the Oscar nomination. In addition Lise has been lecturing and leading international workshops continuously over the last 25 years, a.o. for the MEDIA training programme EAVE. Lise also runs a small publishing house.

Brigid O’Shea has been head of DOK Industry Programme since 2013. She started her career at the Berlinale and went on to work for other documentary programmes including the IDF institute of Documentary Film, Documentary Campus and freelanced as a producer. Her areas of speciality include festival and co-financing strategies for new documentary projects and regularly tutors and gives workshops on these subjects.

Peter Jäger

Born in Belgium, Peter studied law and philosophy. As a young film fanatic starting for a Film‑magazine became ‘Commercial & Marketing Director’. Following his passion for film, Peter became ‘Marketing and Acquisitions Director’ for Benelux theatrical distributors and cinema‑exhibitors handling over a 100 films like ‘Mulholland Drive’, ‘The Lord Of The Rings’. In 2005 Peter founded Autlook Filmsales together with Austrian producers becoming CEO. Today Autlook is a leading global distributor for documentaries and Peter is Partner & consultant for Autlook, a Jury member of the Flemish Film Fund & Vienna Film Fund, distribution/ sales expert and lecturer/tutor at Film Academies, Workshops and Festivals.

Special guests:

AGNIESZKA NIBURSKA – Marketing Deputy Director – Public Relations | HBO Polska & Content & Commercial PR Director | HBO Europe.

MARCIN PIEŃKOWSKI – Art Director of New Horizons Film Festival and American Film Festival in Poland.

ALEKSANDRA DEREWIENKO – sales manager for Eastern European, Far East and Asian territories at Taskovski Films.

JOANNA PAWLUŚKIEWICZ – screenwriter, producer, writer and performer at Klub Komediowy.

Tutors 2015 & 2016

BARTEK KONOPKA – the Oscar nominee for the ‘Rabbit a la Berlin’ (2009) documentary that was shown at more than 70 festivals, received a dozen prizes and had been sold to 40 countries. His feature fiction debut ‘Fear of Falling’ (2011) premiered at Montreal IFF (awarded at Mannheim, Mumbai, Lecce, Vincennes, Gdynia) and was released in cinemas in France, Spain, Iran and Poland. Author of many documentaries and couple of fictions that gained an international acclaim. Bartek is a graduate of film studies at the Jagiellonian University Krakow and Film Directing at the Silesian University in Katowice. Member of European Film Academy and the Board of Polish Film Institute.

ANNA DOROTA WARDĘSZKIEWICZ – director and editor (primarily of documentaries). She graduated from Film School in Lodz and became an academic teacher in this school.  For many years she was associated with the Educational Film Studio in Lodz. She served as an expert Polish Film Institute in 2014. She has edited more than 150 films – among them Pawel Lozinski’s films, including ‘Father and Son’, ‘Chemo’, ‘Werka’ and ‘Divorce’; Krzysztof Kieslowski’s ‘Seven days a week’, Maciej Drygas’ ‘State of Weightlessness’ and ‘Hear My Cry’ Michal Marczak’s ‘Fuck For Forest’ and ‘The End of Russia’. She also directed many films, including ‘The boundary’, ‘The Scar’, ‘Seller bread’, ‘Hospodi pomiluj’ and ‘The offer’.

JAROSŁAW KAMIŃSKI – film editor. He graduated from Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and received his Ph.D. from this school. He has won the first Gdynia Film Festival editing award for ‘Z odzysku’ (by Sławomir Fabicki) and has been awarded  Polish Film Award – the Eagle three times: for ‘Żurek’ (Ryszard Brylski), ‘You are God’ (Leszek Dawid) and ‘Ida’ (Pawel Pawlikowski). Among many films he has edited are  ‘The Lure’ (Agnieszka Smoczynska), ‘Jack Strong’ and ‘Aftermath’ (Wladyslaw Pasikowski). He edited Jacek Bławut’s documentary series – ‘I am an alcoholic’ and ‘Our general census’. Founding member of the Polish Association of Editors, its president in 2011-2013. He is a lecturer at the Lodz Film School, a member of the Polish Film Academy, European Film Academy and the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

MIKAEL OPSTRUP – European Documentary Network Head of Studies & Co-production Guide Editor. A dedicated documentarist since his first S-8mm documentary in 1977.  In 1979 he graduated in film from the University of Copenhagen. Most of the 80’s Mikael worked with distribution and theatrical release of documentaries. Producer of international documentaries since the 90’s. Production Adviser at The Danish Film Institute 1998-2002. From 2002 – 2008 co-owner of Final Cut Productions in Copenhagen.

ELIZABETH RADSHAW – Industry Programs Director, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival . She oversees the Hot Docs Collection, a family of documentary films that have screened at past Hot Docs festivals, received financing through one of Hot Docs’ production funds or have been selected to participate in the Festival’s premium film financing programs; and directs the Corus-Hot Docs Funds for Canadian documentaries, Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund for filmmakers living and working in Africa, and the CrossCurrents Doc Fund for emerging doc makers from historically underrepresented communities. At Hot Docs she curates the conference, workshops and market events. The marquee events are the Hot Docs Forum and Hot Docs Deal Maker, both unique pitching forum and work-in-progress meeting services that put filmmakers in front of financiers. She leads delegations of Canadian documentaries to festivals and markets around the world, cultivating relationships and funding opportunities for filmmakers. Prior to this appointment, Elizabeth was the Head of Acquisitions at TVF International, joining from the National Film Board of Canada, and has a history of dramatic and factual production of film and TV in North America. She was an elected member of Pact Council in the UK in 2007 and directed the Brooklyn-based Rooftop Short Film Festival at its Montreal premiere in 2005.

HANKA KASTELICOVA –  Head of Original Production in HBO Europe.

TUE STEEN MULLER –  international film consultant and film critic.

XAVIER HENRY-RASHID – Managing Director at Film Republic, a London-based world sales agency specialised in art house fiction and cinematic documentaries.

ANNA WYDRA – producer of numerous documentary films awarded across the world (including the Oscar nomination), owner Otter Films.

IZABELA ŁOPUCH – Head of Original Production in HBO Polska.

SZYMON LENKOWSKI, PIOTR BUJNOWICZ – owners of Trailer and More (trailer production).

BARBARA ORLICZ-SZCZYPUŁA – vice-chairman of Krakow Film Fundation and Director of Programme Office of Krakow Film Festival.

KATARZYNA WILK – Head of Promotion of Krakow Film Fundation, Polish Docs Coordinator  and Industry Zone Coordinator Krakow Film Festival.