Krzysztof Ptak – cinematographer (1954 – 2016)
For over 30 years he collaborated with the most influential Polish documentary and feature film directors, such as Wojciech Marczewski, Jan Jakub Kolski, Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze and Andrzej Wajda, co-authoring the unique visual style of Polish cinematography. He received numerous national and international awards, including the eight Eagles for the Best Cinematography (awards of the Polish Film Academy), the Best Cinematography Prize at the Camerimage IFF (twice), the Best Cinematography Prize at the Gdynia and Kraków FFs, as well as the nomination for the Best Cinematography Prize of the European Film Academy in 1989. Selected films: Bogdan Dziworski’s A Few Tales About a Man / Kilka opowieści o człowieku (1983); Witold Starecki’s Dog Eat Dog (1993); Grzegorz Królikiewicz’s Klejnot wolnego sumienia / The Supreme Value of a Free Conscience (1980); Andrzej Barański’s Taboo / Tabu (1986); Leszek Wosiewicz’s Kornblumenblau (1988); Andrzej Wajda’s Ms Nobody / Panna Nikt (1996); Jan Jakub Kolski’s The Story of a Cinema from the Village of Popielawy / Historia kina
w Popielawach (1998), Pornography / Pornografia (2003), and Jasminum (2006); Wojciech Marczewski’s Weiser (2001); Piotr Trzaskalski’s Edi (2002);
Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze’s My Nikifor / Mój Nikifor (2004), Papusza (2013) and Birds Are Singing in Kigali / Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali (2017).
Józefina Gocman – cinematographer
Student of the 5th year at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice, Poland. She worked as an in game cinematic designer at the TopWare Interactive, as well as a director of photography of a number of short and documentary films, like Anna Urbańczyk’s Doctor Faustus / Doktor Faustus (2015), presented at the Camerimage IFF, or Jakub Radej’s Dust / Proch (2017), awarded at the Kraków IDSFF. Birds Are Singing in Kigali / Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali (2017) is her feature-length film debut. She is currently working with the Romanian director Ciprian Mega on his film The Nobel Prize.
Wojciech Staroń – cinematographer
Born in 1973. Graduate of the Cinematography Department at the Łódź Film School. Cinematographer of numerous feature and documentary films which have achieved international success, like Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze’s Saviour Square / Plac Zbawiciela (2006) and Papusza (2013), Marcin Janos Krawczyk’s Six Weeks / Sześć tygodni (2009), Jerzy Śladkowski’s Vodka Factory / Fabryka wódki (2010), or Paula Markovitch’s The Prize / El premio (2011) – the one that earned him the Silver Bear for the Best Cinematography at the Berlinale 2011. He directed several documentary films of international renown, including: Siberian Lesson / Syberyjska lekcja (1998), awarded at IDFA, Cinema du Reel, and Kraków IFF; Argentinian Lesson / Argentyńska lekcja (2011), that won Cinema Eye Honor, DOK Leipzig, and Camerimage FFs, and recently Brothers / Bracia (2015), awarded at the Locarno IFF’s Critics Week 2016.