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A philosopher by education (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), a playwright by profession, and since 2007, a dramatist of the Białystok Puppet Theatre. One of the most often staged Polish playwrights, the author of several dozen plays presented in Poland and abroad. The winner of numerous contests, among others: Competition for the Staging of Polish Contemporary Play, Competition for Theatre Play for Children and Youth, Competition for the Treatment of Animated Film (Polish Film Institute). She was awarded the Bronze Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis (2010).
A graduate of the Drama School of the Theatre in Genoa where he was later involved in the production of several plays, Andrea has also completed a RAI screenwriting course in Rome. His work has gained wide recognition, including an Academy Award nomination for the Best Short Film for ‘The Substitute’ and the David di Donatello nomination for his feature film ‘Banana’. He teaches screenwriting and directing at the Holden School in Turin.
Arne Lindtner Naess
At the beginning of his career, Arne Lindtner Næss worked an actor, director, and theatre dramatist. In 2001, he started writing and directing for film and TV productions. So far, he has written 8 movie scripts and directed 16 feature films, as well as several television series for children and young viewers. For his work, he has been rewarded at numerous festivals around the globe. In recent years, he became famous for directing the series ‘Casper and Emma’, which not only won the hearts of Polish audience, but were also awarded at both Ale Kino! and Kids Film Festivals.
INTERNATIONAL JURY / FEATURE FILMS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Clay Riley Hassler
Clay graduated from the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts, where he specialized in writing, directing, and cinematography. He is an award-winning writer and the director of feature films, documentaries, commercials, and music videos. Following the release of his debut feature ‘Homeless’, which gained acclamation of both critics and viewers at several dozen festivals in USA and Europe alike, Way to Indie described him as the “director to watch”. Together with his wife, he manages a creative collective and film production company, Wet Paint.
Born in Finland in 1962, he graduated from the University of Industrial Art. Esa started his career in the film industry as a director and screenwriter of documentary films. In the 90s, he became interested in feature film. He wrote and directed over 20 documentaries and shorts. He is the author of several television films and two full-length feature films. He has won awards at both national and international festivals. Currently, he is involved in the production of a documentary film about Generation Z and the challenges it is facing.
He studied acting in his home city of Manchester, where he developed an interest in dance and physical theatre, which inspired him to set up a theatre company together with his partner. After moving to London, Peter focused mainly on working in TV and the West End, but he also started writing short film scripts for Seahorse Film – the production company founded by Rebekah Fortune. His short ‘Something Blue’ was shot in 2011 and went to many festivals around the world to win numerous awards. In 2017, ‘Just Charlie’ – a movie based on Peter’s first feature script – was produced and gained recognition, winning awards at the festivals in Zlin and Edinburgh, just to name two. Peter is now working on a TV series and another feature for Seahorse Film, as well as a potential theatre project.
Artur studied directing and screenwriting. In 2007, he founded Artcore, a Warsaw-based studio dealing with production and post-production, focusing on advertising. The director and producer of a short animation for young viewers entitled ‘Klingert’s Diving Suit’ (in production), and the scriptwriter and producer of a spectacular musical for the family audience ‘The Gingers’ (in development). He watches over 250 films a year and analyses Polish productions on his popular blog, Nieskończone Teksty (Unfinished Texts).
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An award-winning animation director, designer, and animator. She gained experience working on animated and live-action films, as well as commercials. In 2008, Magdalena graduated from Łódź Film School, where she made her films ‘Joyets’ and ‘Zbigniev’s Cupboard’. In cooperation with Breakthru Films, she directed ‘Spirits of the Piano’ – a 3D stereoscopic puppet animation that was awarded, among others, the Best of the Fest 3D Shorts at the Hollywood 3DFF Festival. She has also directed numerous commercials, including the award-winning ‘Share the Orange’ for Alzheimer’s research UK, featuring Bryan Cranston and Christopher Eccleston, and was the Animation Director of Jan Jakub Kolski’s latest feature film. Currently, she is working on two feature films.
Roberto Paganelli was born in Bologna in 1968. He is educated in the field of Arts, Music, and Cinema and specialises in designing and organizing film events, as well as developing educational initiatives. He runs workshops on film language and filmmaking. In 2005, he co-founded the OTTOmania Association and since then he has organized over 150 workshops in the field of animation for children, youth, and adults.
A Belgian animation director, Aline graduated from l’École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre in 2012. In 2015, during her residency at Folimage Studio in France, she co-directed a short animation film, ‘The teeny-weeny fox’, with Sylwia Szkiladz. The film won severals prizes and was screened at over 70 festivals all around the world. Since then, she has been working on severals animation productions for children, such as ‘The Pocket Man’ and ‘Petit Poilu’. Currently, as a resident at Zorobabel Studio, Aline is preparing a new short film.
During her studies in film, Romance languages, literature, and business, Julia opened a renowned, award-winning arthouse cinema that she run for the next six years. Since 2006, she has worked on different projects at the Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum in Frankfurt. Before becoming the director of LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers – she was the head of the SchulKinoWochen in Hessen for five years. For Julia, cinema is the original and genuine environment for the film art – the art that she strives to keep alive and vivid in her work.
The President of the Board of the IKS Foundation and a legal counsel, for many years she has developed her professional career as a legal advisor for non-profit organizations popularizing film culture and education, especially among children and youth. She was the coordinator of the Galicia Children Film Festival (later known as FFDD). From the first edition in 2015, Monika has been involved in organization of the International Film Festival for Children and Youth KINOLUB, actively participating in the works of the KINOLUB programme team and providing legal assistance in relation to the organization of this cyclical event.
Floor von Spaendonck
The General Director of Cinekid – a festival for children dedicated to such areas of art as film, television, and digital media. This international event comprehensively introduces young audiences, filmmakers, and the media to all aspects of the industry, offering excellent quality workshops and master classes. Although based in Amsterdam, the festival operates throughout the country (40 cities in the Netherlands). Floor van Spaendonck is an expert in digital and visual culture and a specialist in the field of international cultural policy. Previously, she worked at Het Nieuwe Instituut (Dutch Institute of Architecture, Design, and Media); she was the CEO of Virtueel Platform (National Institute of Digital Culture) and the head of the Film and Digital Art Department at the Amsterdam Arts foundation. She graduated in contemporary history, pedagogical sciences, and museum studies at the University of Amsterdam and the Reinwardt Academy.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S JURY / SHORT FILMS
She has always been sensitive to art – in high school, she fell in love with the tenth Muse. Barbara is particularly interested in short forms – mainly animation, video clips, and short films. Currently, she studies at the Poznań University of Technology where she tries to hide among the scientific minds and cultivate her passion, which is creating her own etudes.
I am studying at the St. Mary Magdalene High School, in a humanistic education class. My main interest lies in cinema, but I’m also keen on music, history, and the culture of other countries. I have been watching films and TV series since my early childhood, raised on old American westerns and war movies, hence my fascination with American cinema. My favourite director is Clint Eastwood, but I also value Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin Scorsese, and Ridley Scott.
She is a 19-year-old graduate of the 1st degree music school and a military high school. This year, she has started studying Finnish studies at the University of Warsaw. Her greatest passions – music, literature, film, foreign languages, and her Polish mother tongue – combined with her interest in the world and a thirst for knowledge, play an important role in the process of shaping her life independently. In making decisions, Ingeborga tries to balance reason and emotions. In every field, she values diversity and the creator’s commitment to their work to the viewers and reducing the distance between the art and the audience.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S JURY / FEATURE FILMS
An author of two budgetless short films, winner of the ‘Skrytykuj!’ competition and the 2nd Film and Social Communication Knowledge Contest. A finalist of the ‘Krytyk Mówi’ competition at the Kamera Akcja Festival, winner of the award for the best video review at the Bytom Film Festival. Currently studying psychology, but things may change... An enthusiast of philosophy, Samuel Beckett’s dramas, and everything that has spinach in it. In her free time, she plays chess and embroiders. An activist for women rights and the LGBT+ movement. In her statements, she balances on the verge of merit (counter) argumentation and insolence.
She is 18 years old and looking to pass her final exams. A malcontent and an unfulfilled humanist, in cinema, she wants to see emotions and in the director – a fellow human being. She would like to be able to tell stories, but she still hasn't found the right language. She is a little bit anxious about the future, but she remains active in fear of stagnation. Hopelessly addicted to collecting old stuff, which she later end up having nowhere to put. She enjoys solo train travels, but the Trans-Siberian railway is beyond her budget for now.
This year’s high school graduate and hence an ardent opponent of compulsory math as a part of the final exam. She knows she doesn’t want her professional future to be a full-time job, but she’s still unsure what she would want it to look like. A fan of Haneke and Tarantino, inconsistent in her life just as she is in her film preferences. She does not know why she chose to write about herself in the third person. During the process of choosing the field of study, it turned out that I am interested in many things that, unfortunately, cannot be studied at the same time. Shoot. I can, however, draw the main axis of my interests – film and film-related fields, like cinematography, editing, photography.
She loves showy super-productions and intelligent cinema. She does not shun away from any genre in cinema or television. A fan of Star Wars, comic books, TV series, and cats.
This year’s high school graduate. For the last 18 months, he has been cooperating with the Muza cinema as part of the Young Ambassadors programme. He prefers the great filmmakers of the European cinema to the American film industry, highly valuing the works of Tarkowski, Bergman, Tarr, Fellini, and Angelopoulos. He is also interested inliterature, music, and history.
CHILDREN'S JURY / SHORT FILMS
Optimistic and positive about life. From his early childhood, Tymoteusz has shown an interest in films and film-related matters: at the age of three, he was the biggest fan of Buzz Lightyear in the world. He is particularly interested in fantasy films and action movies, especially anything related to the Star Wars saga. Carpentry is his other great passion.
She loves reading books, especially fantasy books, and watching movies, in particular the deeper, thought-provoking ones. In her free time, Natalia likes to play board games and make stop motion films. She also enjoys active leisure, like hiking in the mountains.
She is 12 years old and she is passionate about books, especially fantasy books. When Tosia reads, she often forgets about the real world. Scouting is her hobby, too – She likes working in a group and meeting friends. When it comes to film, her interests are fantasy, of course, but also war drama.
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A student of the 5th grade in Poznań. Her favorite subjects are history and physical education. She loves sport and trains judo on a daily basis. Her favorite books are: ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Spirit Animals’. Sonia is still looking for her favourite film. Maybe she will find it at this festival.
A student of the 6th grade at the St. John Paul II Primary School in Radłów. Her world is filled with many activities, including music, self-defense martial arts, and film. Gabrysia belongs to a theater and film club. A fan of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Star Wars’.
She is 12 years old and she studies at the School Complex in Lotyń. She is also a student of the music school. Her passions are playing the flute and the piano, as well as singing. She is interested in the culture of the Far East. In her free time, Magdalena likes to read books or watch interesting movies. One of her favourite film series is ‘Harry Potter’.
She enjoys fantasy and horror films the most. Frania spends a lot of time drawing. She also likes cycling, roller-skating, and skiing. An animal lover – she has a dog, a cat, and a rabbit at home – who has a flair for languages – she learns English, German, and French. She would like to work as a lawyer one day.
A student of the 6th grade at the Primary School in Szczecinek. Cheerful, sensitive, curious about the world. Interested in film and movie animation. A member of the Action Animation School Team. Her passions include horses and mountain hikes. Zuzanna trains basketball – she’s a player of GKS Grom Turowo. Being a juror at the Ale Kino! Festival is a dream adventure for her.
Małgorzata is a certified teacher of English at the Primary School in Jakubów and a headmistress of a language school in Mińsk Mazowiecki. An experienced educator working with children and teenagers, carefully tuned in to their interests and expectations. Recognizing the students’ passion for film, she values every opportunity to put them in contact with this domain of art. Having played an episodic role in a documentary film, she understands perfectly well how much effort is needed to build a good film role. Her dream is to make a short film in English together with her students. Małgorzata is an enthusiast of cinema, cycling, and every form of physical activity.
Polish language teacher (Primary School no. 2 in Kraków) and a lecturer at the J. Has Kraków Film School. Co-organizer of ‘KSF Youth Camera – Festival of Youth and Children Films in Kraków’. He completed the course of ‘Participatory Video’ in Reading, England, as part of the project ‘Mobility of Audiovisual Cadre’. A member of the ‘Cotopaxi Film Studio Association’ in Warsaw, Jacek has also cooperated with Polish Television. He is interested in the axiological potential of cinema in didactics, contemporary drama, as well as the use of new means of expression, forms, and methods in the broadly defined space of audiovisuality.
A teacher-consultant for the Mazovian Local Government Centre for Teachers’ Improvement, merit coordinator of the New Horizons of Film Education, doctoral student at the Department of Film and Audiovisual Culture at the University of Gdańsk, film education instructor of the Polish Film Institute, media education coach, School Film Archive leader, vice-chairwoman of the Main Committee of the Film and Social Communication Competition, member of the SUPERBELFRZY RP group, author of methodical scenarios and publications on film and new media, co-author of the Polish textbook ‘Ponad słowami’ (“more than words”).
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A mathematician by profession. From the early 70s, he has been involved in cultural initiatives in the region of Opole. For more than 20 years, he has been responsible for organizing events at the Youth Culture Centre in Opole. It is also there that, 16 years ago, he brought Studio cinema back to life. For 12 years now, he has been co-organizing the Zero Nudy Children’s Film Festival. Since 2011, on behalf of the New Horizons Association, he has been the coordinator of the New Horizons of Film Education project in the city of Opole, as well as the Opole New Horizons project. As a member of the board of Arthouse Cinemas Network, he is responsible for film education. Wishing to screen premiere films in the cities of the Opole region, he founded the digital Opole Travelling Cinema.
She has been working in the film and cinema industry for over twenty years now. From 2003, she has been one of the managers of the Rialto cinema in Poznań. Jolanta is the co-creator and coordinator of the media education programme implemented in the cinemas and schools of Wielkopolska (since 2006). She completed training organized by the International Art Cinema Confederation (CICAE), ARTCINEMA = ACTION + MANAGEMENT, Venice 2OO7. She was a member of the CICAE Off Prize jury at the Circuito Off Venice International Short Film Festival 2007. In 2016, she received the SKSiL award “Kiniarz roku” (Cinema Manager of the Year).
A deputy head of Amok – an arthouse cinema in Gliwice. She has initiated and is currently running many projects in the field of broadly defined cultural education, among others the Preschool Film Academy and the Children’s Film Club. Agnieszka received the Award of the President of the City of Gliwice in the field of Culture in recognition of her efforts to spread and preserve culture, as well as the Sunflowers 2016 Award – for the best initiative for children in the Silesia and Zagłębie regions. One of the people behind Amok’s success – in 2013, the cinema was recognised by the Polish Film Institute as the Best Cinema in Poland, whereas in 2017 it was awarded the title of the Best Film Education Unit in Poland.