The 2019 edition of FUTURE DOCS has brought together filmmakers from all over Western and Eastern Europe and includes both award-winning legends in the documentary field and rising stars new to the industry. Bios are listed in alphabetical order.


Łukasz Bluszcz

is a documentary director and producer. Lukasz works with major global TV networks, such as BBC, Discovery Channel, Al Jazeera English or NHK. He produces films, news pieces and series on current political, cultural and social situation in Poland. In 2017 he directed The Tipping Point – the first Polish feature documentary on climate change, awarded at Docs Against Gravity. He's also a producer of entertainment documentary series for major Polish networks, such as Sanatorium of Love (TVP, awarded at MIPTV Cannes and NAPTE Budapest) or Station Bieszczady (3 seasons on Discovery Channel). In the last years he wrote and co-produced documentaries for BBC World and Al Jazeera, covered Smolensk plane crash story for Al Jazeera English, Euro 2012 for BBC, abortion stories for BNN, gang wars for Discovery UK, prison life in Poland for Channel 5. Lukasz studied sociology in Warsaw, Poland and Urbino, Italy.

Joakim Demmer

was born and grew up in southern Sweden. After studying photography, he began working as a cameraman in Scandinavia. From 1995-2001 he studied directing at the German Academy of Film & Television in Berlin. Since his graduation he is working as an independent filmmaker and producer based in Berlin and Malmö with an international work field. Over the years Joakim has been realizing numerous documentaries mainly with political and social issues. Several of his works have been awarded at festivals and found international distribution. One of Demmer’s most recent work is the international coproduction - „Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas”. The documentary about landgrabbing in Ethiopia, has been screened in over 40 countries. In 2019 Joakim releases the documentary „The daughter of…”, a personal story of a young woman in the shadow of trafficking in Argentina.

Igor Devold

is a Polish-Norwegian film director educated at the Polish National Film School in Lodz, the University in Oslo and Lillehammer University College. Igor has directed, written and produced over 12 documentaries and short films that have been shown on TV internationally (BBC, NRK, TV2, DR3, SVT, YLE, TVP, Planet+, Kino Polska etc.). His films have been screened at Annecy, Warsaw, BIFF, Kosmorama, Dubai, Beirut, IDFA and over 40 other international film festivals. His films have won the Norwegian Amanda award for best editing, the award for best sound at Trondheim int. film festival Kosmorama, and he has been nominated to best Scandinavian documentary at CPH:DOX, won Filmweb's Kanon award for best Norwegian film in 2015 and been nominated for Prix Europe in 2017 and more. He is an assistant professor of film at the Department of Art and Media Studies at the University in Trondheim.

Iwona Harris

born in Warsaw in 1973. Producer and production manager, alumna of the Faculty of Film Production at the Łódź Film School. Before entering the film industry, she spent many years in marketing working at Hachette Filipacchi, Saatchi& Saatchi and Wprost, among others. Since 2010 she creates under the brand Lollipop Films. She has produced feature-length coproductions as well as short films and documentaries. As an independent producer she debuted with the documentary „The Lady of Korczew” (2018), directed by Sławomir Rogowski. Together with Kacper Lisowski she is currently producing a documentary about the rule of law in Poland.

Marianna Kaat

award-winning director and producer, graduated from the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, Russia in 1986 – PhD. She started her career as an AD at Studio Eesti Telefilm very quickly ending as a Member of the Board. After Estonia regained the independence, she was proposed the position of acquisition executive at the Estonian Public Broadcasting where she worked for several years, being responsible for films and series. In 1998 she founded her own production company Baltic Film Production (BFP). Since then she has produced and directed documentary serials and TV shows for different Estonian broadcasters, but her main professional interest stays with the production of creative non-fiction films with the strong focus on East-European subjects. She directed several award-winning feature documentaries, among them the latest are 14 CASES, A WORKING TITLE WUNDERKIND, PIT NO 8, THE LAST PAHNTOMS. As a producer she worked with world famous directors Vitaly Mansky and Yuri Khashchavatski. Marianna is also Associate Professor at Tallinn University for Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School, where she teaches documentary history and documentary practice to both postgraduate and undergraduate students. She has been a guest tutor at numerous workshops for producers, film schools and universities outside Estonia. Marianna is the member of European Documentary Network (EDN); one of the founders of Estonian Documentarians Guild.

Daniel Karslake

is an award-winning American director and producer, whose work deals with social justice issues. Karslake’s most recent feature, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO, premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and is a follow-up to his acclaimed debut film, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, won many major audience awards, and was short-listed for a 2008 Academy Award. Karslake, who lives in Berlin, Germany, with his husband and two cats, is a proud member of the Director’s Guild of America and is in pre-production for his next feature, HITLER’S MAN IN HOLLYWOOD.

Andrei Kutsila

was born in 1983 in Baranovichi in Belarus. In 2007 he earned a degree in journalism from the Belarusian State University. In 2009 he finished the Belarusian State Academy of Arts. Currently he works as a freelancer for studios and TV. He made more than 10 short and mid-length films. Andrei was a participant of many international educational projects (IDFAcademy, Berlinale Talents are among them). In 2018 Andrei got the IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary for his film “Summa”. "Strip and War" is his first feature-length documentary film.

Kacper Lisowski

born in 1972 in Warsaw. Alumnus of the Łódź Film School where he studied Direction of Photography and the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw. Currently works as scriptwriter, director of photography and director. Proffessionally interested in socially engaged film. His work as DOP in documentaries include, among others : „The Real End of the Cold War“ by Jerzy Śladkowski, „Every Touch Leaves a Trace“ by Anna Zakrzewska and „Chemo“ by Paweł Łozinski, which won Prix Europa in 2009. The most recent film with his photography, „You Don’t Know How Much I Love You“ by Paweł Łozinski, received the Silver Prize at the Cracow Film Festival and numerous other prizes.

Chiara Minchio

born in Treviso, Italy is a contemporary Artist graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Since 2008 she’s based in Berlin. Even if her main field of work is painting, she increasingly has been working with film. After working as script and edit consultant on „Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas”, she collaborated as co-director on „The daughter of…”

Michalina Musielak

is a visual anthropologist, an artist and documentary filmmaker based in Warsaw, Poland. Studied Documentary at the University of Warsaw as well as Liberal Arts at Tel Aviv University. She received her master’s degree in New Media at Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and in Visual and Media Anthropology at Freie Universitat in Berlin. Member of Polish Filmmakers Association. She has worked on exhibitions such as Warsaw Under Construction at Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and films such as ‘Miss Holocaust’ which premiered on Berlinale Short competition 2017.

Kirill Nenashev

was born 18 November 1985 in Pavlovski Posad, Moscow Region. In 2003-2008 he studied in the Law Faculty of the State University for Land Management. In 2010-2012 he studied in the Artkino Film School. In 2012-2014 he studied at the Higher Courses of Film Directors and Film Writers at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, in Alexander Proshkin‟s workshop

Masha Novikova

Masha Novikova was born in 1956 in Moscow, USSR. She studied pedagogy at the University of Moscow. And later worked as a teacher Russian language and literature. In Kazachstan she worked as a director-assistant in a German drama theater. Short before the fall of the Berlin Wall she came to the Netherlands, since then she has been living and working in Amsterdam. First Masha Novikova worked as interpretot and as a teacher Russian. She also worked as a guide in the 'Szar Peter House' in Zaandam. Later Masha started to work as an executive producer for Dutch television. At the same time she studied by Stefan Mayakowski at the 'Kunstweb' camera, script writing and filmdirection. Since the year 2000 she also started to film herself, she worked with mini-dv as the second film photographer for several documentaries. In 2005 she directed her first film 'Fallen Engel', documentary about traffic in East -European women who were brought to the Netherland to work as prostitues. Before making 'Three Comrades' Masha Novikova did some earlier work in Chechnya for documentary by Leo de Boer entitled 'Train to Grozny'. That was in April 2000, just after Grozny's total destruction. Driven by a feeling of shame about her own country, she has felt very much involved with the Chechnyan war ever since. In 2002 Masha Novikova did some shooting in Grozny for Jos de Putter's film 'Dance Grozny Dance'.In addition, she did several film reports on Chechnya. She also worked in 2003 with Amnesty International on a film about Lidya Yusupova, who won the Martin Ennals prize in Geneve.

Anders Østergaard

was born in 1965 in Copenhagen and graduated from the Danish School of Journalism in 1991. After five years in journalism and public relations, he wrote and directed his first documentary Johannesburg Revisited in 1996. An international breakthrough followed in 2004 with Tintin and I and in 200 he launched Gasolin’ - the best-selling documentary in the history of Danish cinema followed by the Oscar-nominated Burma VJ – Reporting From A Closed Country, which caught global attention and received 47 international awards. He went on to write and direct 1989 on the events that led to the fall of the Wall – awarded with the Prix Italia - and has just released his first feature film, ”Winter Journey” starring the late Bruno Ganz.

Oliwia Tonteri

is originally Polish-born Finnish filmmaker based in Helsinki Finland. She graduated with a Master of Arts for Aalto University ELO Film School Helsinki and have made several low budget short films since 2004. The Blackouts is her first feature documentary film, which sheco-directed with her husband Jerem Tonteri.For her each film is a different journey to find new perspectives and ways of making it. She believes in intuition that the subject itself tells how it should be told.

Paweł Ziemilski

A graduate of directing at the Film School in Łódź and DOK PRO at the Wajda School. Author of such documents as "in Touch", "Rogalik" and "Miejscy Kowboje" awarded at numerous festivals around the world (IDFA, Zagreb Dox, Oberhasuen, Beijing, Bucharest). Since 2018, he has been conducting documentary film classes for directing students at the Łódź Film School. In 2013-2017 he co-hosted a film course for teachers organized by the New Horizons Association. Earlier he dealt with activities combining film with social animation. He conducted workshops for residents of former state collective farming villages, Chechen refugees, and children from community centers. Currently, together with Mateusz Wajda, he is working on a film about the energy and causative power of women of retirement age.