Jury

Jury Main Competition

Marcin Koszałka

Cinematographer, two-time winner of the award for cinematography at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia and the Bronze Frog at Camerimage, three times nominated for Orły. Member of the Polish and European Film Academy. He is also a director of documentaries and fictional films. After making two school etudes, in 1999 he made his debut as the director of the film “Such a nice son I gave birth to”, a documentary about relations in his own family. The film won awards on festivals in Berlin, Kraków and Nyon. Subsequent films by Koszałka were awarded many times, incl. in Karlowe Wary, Chicago, Leipzig, Kraków, Tampere, Teheran, Trento. The most famous movies include: “Existence”, “Death with a human face”, “All day together”, “Till it hurts”, “Let’s run away from her”, “Declaration of immortality”, ” The Lust killer”. The latter document, indirectly telling the story of a serial killer from Bytom, was the inspiration for his feature debut. This is how the artistic thriller “Red Spider” was created, which was warmly welcomed at festivals in Karlowe Wary, Arras, Cairo, Chicago, Haifa, Wiesbaden, and after its premiere in Poland, it was appreciated by critics and viewers longing for a successful artistic cinema rubbing about species affiliation. “Red Spider” received, among others awards at festivals in Łódź, Koszalin, Sopot, Arras and Cairo, award for directing in Wiesbaden, Orenburg as well as nominations for the awards of the Association of Cinematographers and the Polish Film Academy Orły 2016. The film also won the Special Jury Prize at the Gdynia Film Festival. Habilitated doctor of film art, professor at the K. Kieślowski Film School at the University of Silesia in Katowice and the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków.

Damian Romaniak

PhD – film and literature specialist, PhD in Humanities, film culture animator, film and literary critic, publicist, lecturer. He is a true horror fan and loves to discuss about them in film meetings. He hosted “Kino Konesera” cycle in Helios multiplexes and Academic Film Club “Cyklino”. Damian also played in a few independent films that were shown on film festivals about strange and defiant cinema. Author of lots of articles and reviews about film and literature (including “Modern interpretations of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, “Trance and extasy. Szamanka by Andrzej Żuławski years later”, “Death symbols in Noicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now”, “Kafka’s and Różewicz’s Prague”). He cooperated with film sites such as Onet Film and Horror Online. A member of selection team and Program Committee in Szczecin Film Festival since 2015, also associated with Splat!FilmFest International Fantastic Film Festival in Lublin. In 2017 Damian became an editor-in-chief of literary and cultural quarterly “eleWator”. Now he is hosting Szczecin Literary Thursdays in House of Culture “13 Muz” and is co-hosting Film Evenings with OFFICYNA.

 

 

Magdalena Myszkiewicz

Born in Poznań. She studied at the Theater School Ludwik Solski in Kraków at the Puppetry Department in Wrocław, graduating with a master’s degree in art. Her debiut was in Jan Kochanowski Theater in Opole. Since 1988, she has been associated with Teatr Współczesny in Szczecin. As an actress she did theater, radio, television and film roles (also having experience in dubbing). In Teatr Współczesny played lots of roles in dozens of plays. In stage work, she is also interested in in the small form as a special kind of meeting with the audience. In 2016, as part of the Stage Initiative Actors, she wrote a screenplay based on a short story by Katarzyna Kotowska, from which she created a monodrama in her performance. In 2020 received a Creative Scholarship from the City of Szczecin, thanks to which a film was made, which is her debut in this field of art.

Jury Senior Topic:

 

Michał Kulik

Born in 1954, his interests lie in producing documentary films, photograpy and designing photo albums. A shipbuilding engineer and IT specialist by education. He created a lot of EU projects related to cultural events. He thinks that well functioning Polish-German borderland is the guarantor of Poland’s development and its worthy place in Europe.

 

 

 

 

Magdalena Richter

President of University of Third Age Association in Szczecin, before that a treasurer. University of Third Age student since 2011. For many years she was creatively active in the Foto-Video circle. Jury member in the District Court in Szczecin since 2018.

 

 

 

 

Paulina Ratajczak

Producer, foundation president, curator and co-creator of TWORZĘ SIĘ gallery in Szczecin. She procuces mainly animated films, exhibitions and artistic events for children and youth. Co-produced last 3 films of Izabela Plucińska: „Sexy Laundry” (2015 r), „Portret Suzanne” (2019), „Siłaczka” (2021). They are films produced internationally with France, Canada and Germany. From 2020, she conducts classes on the organization of production at the Art Academy in Szczecin.

 

 

 

 

Klaudia Piotrowska

Social work major, doctor of Doctor’s school at Szczecin University, works at Senior Center in Szczecin. Her research and scientific interests focuses on social gerontology. Member of Polish Gerontology Society in Szczecin. Film and graphics enthusiast.