aga Agnieszka Drzewiecka-Protić − originator and organizer.

Film buff. She graduated from College of Management and Marketing in Warsaw, the topic of her thesis being the management of film distribution. She had studied film production at PWSTiTV (National School of Theatre and Television). She had always known she would work within film industry. Her beginnings originated in the field of film distribution, later she was involved in the production stage. The last few years have been taken up by the final phase of post-production. For 5 years she was responsible for the preparation and the draw out of films at the Two Riversides Film Festival.

I grew up watching films for kids and, later, for teenagers. Now, I know cinema like the back of my hand but every new film I still watch with unchanged interest. Emotions are most important. Pionier Cinema in Strzelce Opolskie was located practically just opposite my family house. Every Sunday my older brother and I were dropped off at the matinee screenings. It is actually one of my first cinema memories: the head of Koralgol Bear above the heads of a whole lot of kids fixating their eyes on the screen. In the screen of Pionier Cinema I would always sit in the very last row and from time to time I would stand on my seat to be able to have a quick peek into the projection room. I remember the feeling of awe and excitement after I saw The Water Babies, as well as the massive queue which I was a part of for nearly half a day in order to get the tickets to see Mister Blot’s Academy. But I truly lost my head for E.T. Everything I had was themed with E.T.! When I got older – old enough to cross the street by myself – the cinema became a meeting point for me and my friends. We would go there with sleeping bags, when during crisis, cinemas would save on heating. We were prepared to go all the way for the tenth Muse. The fascination with cinema sticks for good.

ania Anna Stadnik − originator and organizer.

Ardent film buff. She graduated from the University of Economics in Cracow. She had also studied Gender Studies at the University of Warsaw and screenwriting at the Schools of Screenwriting in Cracow. She has been connected with the film industry for over 10 years. She was involved in implementing of the MEDIA program in Poland, she worked in film distribution, in the field of co-production in Polish Television; also for 4 years she was the head of the programming department at the Two Riversides Film Festival. For a few years now she has been fascinated by writing and improving of scripts.

Films for the youngsters have always made me a bit restless. It is probably because I remember very well my first cinema in Ustronie Morskie called Syrena. Its seats were green and my favourite one was located in the last row, seat no. 1. I used to go there with my mom as a pre-schooler for the matinee screenings; and later for the films for the not-so-slightly older audience. It was there that I saw my first film rated 12 while personally being a good few years short to meet the criteria (it was White Dragon by Jerzy Domaradzki and Janusz Morgenstern). The last few years of primary school and the whole of secondary school were about going to the cinema with friends – to hang out but most of all to discover oneself – those fights for a film’s meaning – that was something! Although I began to watch films starring adult characters quite early, the ones about my age group were the most important to me. I still know the exact place where one very important box is located. In the attic of my family house a box full of tickets stubs, those really old ones, from a roll.

hanmysz Joanna Hanusiak – organizer & marketing director.

Film buff. Graduated from Jagiellonian University where she did her MA in Polish Philology. She translated films and books from Italian, English and Russian. She’s been linked with the film industry since 1998. She introduced the Warner Home Video DVD format to the Polish market; she was the PR Manager and then the Director of Marketing at SPI International Poland, as well as the Director of Marketing at Monolith Films. She cheated on film briefly when she took the position of the Director of Marketing at LEGO Poland. She was co-operating with the following festivals (programming, advertising, translating): Planet Doc Review, The Film and Art Festival “Two Riversides”, The Bulgarian Film Review, Transatlantic

It all started with before-bedtime cartoons – Reksio (very classy gentleman, I was a huge fan!), Um The Dolphin (oh, his worldliness and fantastic sense of humour!). After ‘Teleranek’, ’The Battle of Stalingrad’ was on. I always watched it with my mount half-open. Later I’ve sampled different variations of Polish cinema – I treasure each and every one of them. Film was always the first choice, it even declassified my weekly choir practice – sure enough they kicked me out. I went on to high school and ‘Confrontations’, then college in Cracow. My eyes were never open wider than at the Mirko cinema, then I hung from the window ledge but at least had access to oxygen. And when 1989 arrived, it all started for good. My rule: films should only be watched in a cinema.

karolina Karolina Wierzbińska – Facebook whisperer.

Journalist and Publisher working for the VU MAG, the best fashion portal in Poland, copywriter linked to the most interesting topics. She flirts with many different projects, she’s THE contact person and a knows-it-all when it comes to the internet. An ethnologist and a feminist, who gets a bit fidgety and restless when her upcoming itinerary just happens to be empty. A few years ago she started taking photographs of the mannequins at the shop displays telling everyone that they’re, in fact, alive. Surprisingly enough, either of those didn’t go down well with the security – they kind of have been chasing her since. She prepared cultural news for the WAWA Radio and took care of the text writing and coverage from films sets and festivals. Within a year, she can last approximately 5 days without access to the internet and that is only because she’s on flight, but can’t help feeling that something is missing.

The memories of my first cinema trips take me back to Moskwa cinema with its proud lions (neither of which exists anymore), and the luscious carpets of Luna cinema that I wandered across holding my dad’s hand. In primary school I’d skip school to hop on a tram and go to Femina or Atlantic cinema – of which my parent had obviously no idea! I will never publicly reveal the title of the first film I watched in a cinema but I will tell you that these were magical times.

niebieski1 Anna Klamczyńska – author of the festival’s graphic design.

Art buff. She graduated from Warsaw’s College of Fine Arts where she majored in graphic design. She was linked to the film industry earlier as an actress, she also did dubbing. Back then theater film and music were the most important in her life. That hasn’t really changed but the approach slightly shifted – she focuses of posters, editing, implementation. On an everyday basis she collaborates with theaters in Warsaw and Washington.

When I was a kid we lived in a small town on the outskirts of Warsaw so a trip to the cinema was always a huge event in which the entire family would participate. First we had to drive for hours on end (or more like 30 minutes, really), then it was the whole ticket purchasing business and the long wait for the show to actually start. Every time when something sad happened on screen, I’d cry my eyes out (along with my mom). It kind of stuck with me to this day. This, and place number 13 in the 11th row where I sat even if the screen was practically empty.

Jola Prochowicz Jola Prochowicz – schools coordinator and source of positive energy.

Marcin Radomski Marcin Radomski – editor.

PaulaPaulina Stadnik – sworn translator into English.

Studied English and Spanish as well as film at the University College Cork in Ireland. She cooperated with The TWO RIVERSIDES Film and Art Festival in Kazimierz Dolny, where she translated films and took care of the foreign guests. She translated films and scripts for Polish distributors. During college she worked as a projectionist, where she took care of the film screenings, as well as technical coordination of film festivals (Cork Film Festival, French Film Festival, Asian Film Festival) and screenings of independent filmmakers. Recently, she began a mild flirtation with screenwriting.

Film was always there at home – partly because of my mum who worked in a cinema for a while, and partly because o my older sister, who passed her love of film to me. From primary school I remember that every year for The Truant’s Day the entire school would attend a screening of “The Water Babies”. Later was the big boom and “The Lion King” came out – I sat in the first row of ‘Syrenka’ cinema and cried my eyes out when Mufasa died. When I started working in the cinema and held a 35 millimeter copy in my hands, I couldn’t help but feel that the quality of the picture rests solely with me and somehow I’m the final link of the creation process – due to that I was a perfectionist and my films would never get scratched. I still fondly remember the long hours spent in the screen 6 projection room at The Gate Cinema, where I had to manually push the platter with “Bridge to Terrabithia”. I watched that film through the projection window about 30 times. At times, I would lie down by a running ‘Christie’ projector to think and relax – I can only compare this feeling to one thing – when on Christmas Eve I would lie down with my siblings underneath the Christmas tree that we just decorated and turned the fairy lights on.

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