Director, animator, scriptwriter, illustrator. She debuted in 2006 with her short film Caracas. Anna is also a graduate of the European Animation Masterclass in Halle, Germany. She took part in several editions of the European Exchange Forum – Perspectives for Animated Film in Dresden. As part of DAAD Scholarship, she created a short animation Return in co-production with Potsdam HFF Konrad Wolf. Besides animation, Anna is a book and press illustrator. Anna has created illustrations for the graphic novel about Marie Curie’s life and work, A Quest for Light. She is one of the directors of the Kitty Kotty series and the lead director (starting from the second season) of the animated series for children Hug Me and the feature film about little bears and their adventures Hug Me. Honeyseekers.
Producer and director. Director and co-author of award-winning short films (The Big Leap, The Naturals) and TV series (The Elements of Sasha – Fire, Professional Secrecy, Better Half). Kristoffer’s feature debut, Into the Wind, premiered on Netflix in 2022 and ranked among the top ten non-English language films worldwide.His second feature film Too Old for Fairy Tales (released in cinemas in March 2022) had the best opening weekend for a family film since 1989 in Poland, and after its premiere on Netflix, it was the number one most-watched non-English language film in the world in July 2022. Since 2020, Kristoffer has been the head of the Polish branch of the international production company Paprika Studios.
Journalist, reporter, and radio presenter. Urszula writes, edits, and tells stories. On RMF Classic, she talks to creators about music and cinema. She is a scriptwriter and host of concerts for young listeners (Film Music Festival FMF 4 Kids or the Sinfonietka concerts organised by Sinfonietta Cracovia). Besides her work on the radio, she combines sound and image by editing films.
Film journalist and broadcaster with 15 years of radio experience. She used to work for Polish Radio Three, and now she has her own film broadcast Ekranizacja on Radio 357. Katarzyna was a host of Aktualności Filmowe on Canal+, and of the Netflix Studio YouTube channel. She also created POPcast – a podcast on popular culture. Katarzyna is a fan of Batman and stop-motion animation.
Philosopher, columnist, and translator. Radio has been in her life since an early age, as she calls herself “a great-granddaughter of the Merry Wave of Lwow”. Kasia is on the editorial team of the philosophy and literature journal Przegląd Filozoficzno-Literacki, and a regular collaborator at Kultura Liberalna and Szkło Kontaktowe on TVN24.
Director, scriptwriter, and documentary filmmaker. Doctor of philosophy, graduate of psychology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and of the Creative Development Programme at Wajda School. He is an author of numerous publications about cinema, a lecturer at the Lodz Film School, and a member of the European Film Academy.
Young Horizons Jury
Student of the second grade at Bednarska Real School in Warsaw. An active consumer of books, films and comics. She learns life through them, so she especially appreciates the good ones. In the future, she plans to work in the film business. This is the second time she has been on the jury at a film festival – previously it was the European Young Audience Award in 2021.
Juliusz is fascinated by the animation of Central and Eastern European countries and film representations of socio-political changes at the 1960s and 1970s, as well as experiments in the area of film music. He enjoys film festivals, both for youth and the elderly. He is a second-year student at a secondary school in Poznań. Holder of a scholarship from the National Children’s Benefit Fund.
Maja is 13 years old and goes to the eighth class. She loves to read books, especially fantasy. Apart from that, she is passionate about acting and singing. Her second home is the mountains, and she also loves climbing.
Creation is her passion. She is telling stories, which she sometimes writes down, but she also writes poems. She is a book-lover. Interested in nature, she loves wolves and draws them all the time. Besides school, she mostly goes to museums, theatres, cinemas and at concerts. She gives a voice to issues that are important for children. Goes her own way with an open mind.
Olga is almost 16 years old. She loves art and literature, and her favourite film type is animation. She could watch Studio Ghibli and Studio Laika films endlessly. She is fascinated by the film ‘Your Vincent’, as every frame of the film was hand-painted. She also watches cartoons (e.g. ‘The Owl House’, ‘Amphibia’), which keep her inner child alive.
Educator, teacher, educational activist, doctor of pedagogy. For 18 years now, she has collaborated with social organisations whose goal is to bring change in education. Iga is the leader and co-founder of the “Free School”, she has also co-founded “SOS for Education” – an initiative aimed at creating proposals for amending the education system. For 15 years, Iga has been a lecturer in educational programmes; she is also a school culture researcher. She is the author of the book about boredom at school Nuda szkolna i jej oblicza and the president of the “Space for Education” foundation.
Documentary and feature film director, cinematographer, lecturer. Author of award-winning documentaries in Poland and around the world: 21 x New York, Dziennik z podróży, Koniec lata, Opera o Polsce. His feature film Ćmy premiered at the New Horizons IFF in 2021 and Film dla kosmitów at the Kids Kino IFF in 2022.
Editor-in-chief of Newsweek Psychologia, philosopher, business psychologist, co-author of a book on human rights Masz prawa, człowieku, owner of a small publishing house.
ECFA – European Children’s Film Association
Markéta Pášmová started working at the Zlín Film Festival in 1999, in 2013 as artistic director. She is focused on European cinema for young audiences and is active in educational programs for children and youth. She is a member of the board of directors of the FILMTALENT ZLÍN foundation, which supports young talented filmmakers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Markéta Pášmová is also the head of Zlín Industry Days – a program for film professionals.
Janne Vierth is commissioner of film for children and youth at the Swedish film institute and a member of the board of ECFA. He has a background writing for animation, live action and puppets. Apart from his 25 years of experience as a writer, he has worked as a coach for other screenwriters and has been nominated for many awards and won a few.
Kärt Väinola has been involved with the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival since 2005. Since 2012, she has expanded her responsibilities to include the festival’s largest sub-event, Just Film. Currently, Kärt is in charge of Just Film Industry Days, a new initiative by Just Film and Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event. Outside of festival activities, she works as a casting director. These experiences have given her a comprehensive view of the entertainment industry, spanning indie films to blockbuster productions and commercials.
Society of Authors ZAiKS
Founder of Koi Studio and creative producer at Aurum Film. Her first film, Little Crushes, received the award for the Best Polish Producer Debut. Agnieszka has completed a number of prestigious training programmes: EAVE, EAVE Puentes, and ACE. In 2023, she was nominated for the Female Voice at the Mastercard OFF Camera Festival. She also received the Best Producer award at the Krakow Film Festival for her documentary Radical Move. Her latest films include Dangerous Gentlemen (dir. Maciej Kawalski), Delegation (dir. Asaf Saban), and Stepne (dir. Maryna Vroda), a co-production awarded at Locarno Film Festival.
Director and scriptwriter, graduate of Gdańsk University of Technology and of the Film Direction Department at the Film School in Lodz. After graduation, he took an internship at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, collaborating with Roman Polański on Rosemary’s Baby. Then, he worked as an assistant director with Krzysztof Kieślowski and Roman Załuski as well as with the Danish director Søren Cragh Jacobsen. Marek Piestrak has directed numerous documentary and fiction films, including the first Polish sci-fi film, based on Stanisław Lem’s stories – Pilot Pirx’s Inquest – and the horror The Wolf, which represented Polish cinematography at many film festivals. He has also directed Odlotowe Wakacje – a fantasy story for children which was one of the first Polish films to use CGI.
In 2005–2010, he studied animation and special effects at the Direction of Photography Department at the Lodz Film School. Piotr is a co-founder of the Polish Animation Producers Association (SPPA). He co-created special effects for Suzie Templeton’s film Peter and the Wolf. He produces both short and feature-length films. Currently, Piotr co-creates two animation studios, Animoon and Letko, where he is both a producer and a director. He is also a co-producer of five feature animated films (Moomins and the Winter Wonderland, Even Mice Belong in Heaven, Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs, Kill It and Leave This Town, Born Happy) and one of the two directors of the series Odo, currently distributed in 175 countries around the world. In 2023, Piotr became a member of the European Film Academy.
Film educator, teacher, tutor, and coach in Polish educational programmes and his original projects. Basaj works with teachers and parents and offers inspiration for a smart use of smartphones and apps. He constantly perfects his communicative skills and approaches technology as a tool rather than a goal of his classes. With his students, he creates documentary, animated, and live-action films. He is the originator of journalist workshops, which he has organised and run periodically since 2004 during the International Gombrowicz Festival. As a leader of the “Filmoteka Szkolna” programme in the Masovian Voivodeship, he runs film workshops for teachers and students. In 2015, he received the Polish Film Institute Award for film education. He is also an educator in the Masovia Programme of Cultural Education.
Educator, psychoeducational coach, and director at the Theatre for Children and Youth. For 20 years, he has combined theatrical activities with education. Marcin teaches drama, narrative, and improv methods, using them on a daily basis in his work. For more than 15 years now, he has supported class tutors and teenagers in Polish schools as part of his educational workshops. In the Amok cinema in Gliwice, he co-created and implemented the “Good Time with Film and Family” project. He also cooperated with the Generator Foundation, running workshops as part of its film education programmes. Currently, he is employed at the Department of Pedagogy at the Medical University of Silesia. His role is to develop teaching competencies among students of medicine, obstetrics, and physiotherapy. In his blog, “Dzieckiem po Oczach”, he examines the situation of today’s children and teenagers in their relations with adults and society as well as the general concept of childhood.
Graduate of cultural studies (specialising in film studies) at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Silesia in Katowice and of film and TV production organisation at the Faculty of Radio and Television at the same university. Passionate about Balkan cinema and Michael Haneke’s films. Cinema specialist at the arthouse cinema Kadr in Dąbrowa Górnicza, where she organises meetings as part of the KinoSzkoła Media and Social Education Programme and implements the ZEF – Film Highway to Europe project. She also collaborates with the Muza cinema in Sosnowiec. Kamila is a co-founder of the Kanapowy Klub Filmowy film club. Film festivals are the best holiday destinations for her.
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