A graduate of the renowned Lodz Film School, Katarzyna Lesisz’s short documentary Dancing for You won Best Children’s Documentary at the IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs in 2018. Her recent fiction short Sashka picked up both the Grand Prix at the Ca 'Foscari Short Film Festival in Venice and the Małopolska Film Award at the Gdynia Film Festival.
Her credits as a director include My Brother's Life, A New Tomorrow and Taka nasza gra/Our Little Game which screened at numerous Polish and foreign festivals.
Independent documentary filmmaker and writer Carin Goeijers has made many documentaries that have received high praise both in the Netherlands and abroad, including God Is My DJ (2006), Bahar (2013), Soccer Millionaire from the East/Voetbalmiljonair uit Oost (2015), Ola’s Borgen (2016) and But Now is Perfect (2018). But Now Is Perfect won the IDFA Special Jury Award for Best Dutch Documentary in 2018. Her films are visually strong; the cinematic form is an important element of her inventive and poetic way of storytelling. In her work, she engages in stories with a social urgency and stays close to the human experience.
Having studied German, Petra Rockenfeller started out as a cinema manager in Oberhausen. There, she and her young team created a program that has won awards since 2005 from the Film and Media Foundation NRW and the Commissioner of the Federal Government for Culture and Media. She has participated in numerous selection committees (including the BKM screenwriting & production promotion of program-driven children's and youth films and special children's film) as well as sitting on juries at LUCAS, the Berlinale and Der Besondere Kinderfilm. She has been a member of German national funding body FFA’s marketing & distribution committee since 2017.
Since 2010, she has been a guest lecturer at the Confédération Internationnale des Cinémas d'Art et d'Essai, as well as a cinema manager, and a member of the Board of the AG Kino Gilde cinema guild since 2015.