8th May 2017
Maciej Pieprzyca – the Chairperson of the Jury
Photo by Szymon Nawrat
A scriptwriter and director, born on 5th May 1964 in Katowice. He graduated from journalist studies at the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Graduate of Film and Television Directing at the Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice.
For his picture Splinters, he received an Award for Directing Debut at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia. His two subsequent feature films: Life Feels Good (2013) and I'm a Killer (2016) were awarded Silver Lions at the same festival. His films have received many awards, not only at Polish but also at international film festivals in Houston, New York, Chicago, Montreal or Moscow, etc.
He made the She is Different, By Knockout, A Legend Will Remain, I Am a Murderer documentaries which have been appreciated at multiple documentary festivals. Apart from that, he is the author of the following TV theatre productions: Hairdresser, Down, Family Show and Who Do You Believe.
Photo by Krzysztof Harańczyk, The Kosciuszko Foundation
Born in 1982 in Tarnowskie Góry. Graduate of the Jagiellonian University's Institute of Audiovisual Arts. Film critic and a translator, assistant professor at the Faculty of Artes Libertates at the University of Warsaw. His articles have been published in many Polish and foreign periodicals. The author of The Bitterness of Exile. Terence Davies's Cinema book and co-author of tens of publications on film. In 2013-16,the Artistic Director of Gdynia Film Festival.
Martina Parenti was born in 1972 in Milan. An Italian documentary maker who has worked on documentaries together with Massimo D'Anolfi for 10 years. The author of awarded and documentaries which have been appreciated at many renowned film festivals (in Locarno, Toronto, Los Angeles, Venice, Berlin): I promessi sposi (The Betrothed) (2007), Grandi Speranze (Great Expectations) (2009), Il Castello (The castle) (2011), Materia oscura (Dark Matter) (2013), L’Infinita fabbrica del Duomo (2015), Spira Mirabilis (2016).