POLISH COMPETITION & INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Simone Späni studied Film Science, German Linguistics and Literature and History of Art at the University of Zurich (without a diploma). She is a member of the selection committee for Berlinale Shorts and was a long-time programmer for Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. Apart from being a programmer, she also works as a consultant for festivals and their workshop programs (film, theater and music), mainly in Switzerland (Zurich and Geneva), Berlin and Kigali (Rwanda). Simone recently founded her own boutique indie film production company COCOON PRODUCTIONS in Zurich, which produces short films, feature films (documentaries and fiction) and video installations. Cocoon is a partner of the Pan-African incubation program REALNESS - A SCREENWRITERS RESIDENCY in South Africa (conducted by URUCU MEDIA). The production company has a strong focus on a diverse film scene, national and international.
Short film programmer at IndieLisboa - International Film Festival, one of the director of Portugal Film - Portuguese Film Agency, which represents Portuguese films worldwide. Master in Social Anthropology. She has been working in films for the past 20 years, both in documentary research and production, and collaborating with several film festivals in Portugal. Currently lectures Anthropology at the university.
Art historian, university lecturer, curator, writer, screenwriter, director. Curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, initiator of Filmoteka Museum, a Polish online archive of audio-visual art. Academic lecturer with Ph.D. degree specializing in art history, aesthetics, history and theory of film at Polish and foreign universities including Princeton University and Columbia University in New York. Lecturer at The Faculty of Psychology in Warsaw at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Researcher and expert on experimental film. Screenplay author and director of film Performer (together with Maciej Sobieszczański), which won the Think: Film Award at Berlinale 2015 . Director of film Heart of Love, which was screened, among others, at the Berlinale and IFFR in Rotterdam.
DANCES WITH CAMERA
Graduate of the State Music School of the I and II degree in the rhythmics faculty. She completed a BA. degree in Culture and Sport Animation at the University of Zielona Góra. She is an educator and instructor of contemporary dance recognized by the National Centre of Culture. Furthermore, she is an alumnus of SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw with an MA in Cultural Studies. She is also a graduate of R. Laban’s Kinetography course at the Choreology Institute in Poznań. She graduated in Cultural Management faculty at the University of Warsaw and in theatre production at the University of Łódź. As a choreographer she has already created 18 choreographies including: ‘Variations on the theme of food’ or ‘Hybrid’, which were shown at Polish and international festivals. She is highly engaged in the cultur scene in Warsaw through lively and immediate art at Re:Wizje - the Warsaw Festival of Independent art where she worked as a dance curator during the years 2008-2012. She was one of the organizers of Warsaw Dance Platform in the years 2014-2016 and organized the Polish First Contact Improvisation Festival Warsaw Flow in the years 2010-2016. Currently she takes part in creating Artistic Foundation PERFORM through which she produces artistic, social and educational projects in collaboration with artists of different fields and directions.
Studied Theater, Film and Television Studies in Sydney, Berlin and Bayreuth, and gained his doctorate in the field of Media Studies at the University of Cologne. In 2007, he became assistant to Pina Bausch and from 2009-2013 Development Manager of the Pina Bausch Foundation. Since 2016, he is member of TANZRAUSCHEN (Wuppertal) and was director of the screen dance market of the dancescreen 2019 + TANZRAUSCHEN Festival Wuppertal in 2019. He works internationally in theory and practice as dramaturge, cultural manager and creative producer.
Received her BFA in Film Production from Concordia University, studied in the graduate programme at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1999 received a Pew Fellowship in Dance Media at the University of California, Los Angeles. Thirty years of filmmaking was recently celebrated in Marlene Millar’s solo exhibition of 30 works including her most ambitious work, the installation Witness, at Threshold Artspace. The Migration Dance Film Project series directed by Marlene, choreographed by Sandy Silva, has been honoured with over twenty awards at festivals such as Shortwaves, Aesthetica, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Cinematica, Cinedans. With Philip Szporer, Marlene has collaboratively created an acclaimed body of work since 2000 through their dance media company, Mouvement Perpétuel. Committed to supporting the creative process of independent filmmaking, Marlene leads workshops worldwide.
POLISH EXPERIMENTAL FILM COMPETITION
Visual artist, filmmaker, performer and creator of spatial forms. During the years 2002-2013 she co-created the Main Judge Group with Karolina Wiktor. Since 2014 Aleksandra Kubiak has been working on her autobiographical series of works where she brings together often intense, familiar statements with experiments in the realm of film - at the intersection of performance, documentary film and theatre. Aleksandra Kubiak works with actors and is also the author of scripts and other texts, she also directs. In the course of her series she made the film “You’re cute, doll” with actress Elżbieta Lisowska-Kopeć and “Elephant meat” - a video performance with Monika Buchowiec and “Live, fool!” with Arutr Belling. Since 2017 she has been working at the Institute for Visual Arts at the University of Zielona Góra.
Film curator, exhibitor, researcher and author working at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, a leading art institution in Poland where he is in charge of the film programme and runs an art-house cinema with various programmes – from experimental films to midnight movies. He curated a number of film events and retrospectives. He was a member of international juries (Venice, Berlin, Cannes) and published several articles on Virtual Reality and animals in film. His most recent projects relate to VR and cinema and non-human perspective in film.
Born 1965 in Vienna, Austria. He studied history, geography, philosophy and film studies in Vienna and Barcelona. co-founder of ``projektor - discussion forum on film, video and new media`` and co- organizer of the international symposium filmSUBJECTtheory. since 1997 permanent staff member of sixpackfilm, international distribution & sales agency of Austrian short and experimental films and videos. He is curator of numerous film programs in Austria and for Film Festivals, Cinematheques and other venues worldwide. Since 2004 deputy CEO of sixpackfilm. Lectures, hosting of filmtalks & workshops on film curating, independent film programming and writing on film and media.