Jacek Szumlas is the owner of the Solopan Distribution Company. He is the first independent film distributor in Eastern Europe, who started his business activity in Poland, in 1990. Solopan has reached a wide audience, thanks to its active promoting and an unconventional advertising strategy. The repertoire offered by the distributor is mostly based on artistic cinema. Since the very dawn of its existence, it was Solopan that brought films made by outstanding, international film directors to Polish cinemas, including: Robert Altman, Emir Kusturica, the Coen brothers, Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Agnieszka Holland, Jim Jarmusch, Ken Loach, David Cronenberg, Carlos Saura, Todd Haynes, Wim Wenders, Pedro Almodóvar, or Takeshi Kitano. Jacek Szumlas is also a member of the European Film Academy.
Kinga Dębska has graduated from the Faculty of Film Directing at the Film School of Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), following Japanese studies at the University of Warsaw. She has made between ten and twenty award-winning documentaries, the last of which is a full-length The Actress about Elżbieta Czyżewska. Her debut full-feature entitled Hel brought her an award for best screenplay at “The Young and Cinema” Koszalin Debut Film Festival. These Daughters of Mine is her sophomore full-feature film that brought her the Audience Award, the Journalists’ Award, and the Award given by Art Houses and Local Cinemas at the 40th edition of Gdynia Film Festival, and more than 10 other awards, both in Poland and abroad. These Daughters of Mine has attracted more than 720,000 people to Polish cinemas.
Tómas Lemarquis was born in 1977, in Iceland, and now lives in France. He has graduated from theatre studies at Cours Florent drama school in Paris and from the Reykjavík School of Fine Arts in Iceland. His film début came in 2001 in Villiljós, but it was Nói Albínói (2003) that gained him great popularity — he played the main protagonist in that film. The film brought him the Edda Award (an award given by the Icelandic film industry) and two nominations for the European Film Awards. In recent years, he has played in such films as: Painless directed by Juan Carlos Medina (2012), Snowpiercer (2013), 3 Days to Kill (2014), or Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2016), and X-Men: Apocalypse directed by Bryan Singer (2016). He is also featured in a music video shot to the song Sirens composed by Artur Rojek. Tómas Lemarquis is also an active artist, who creates collages, installations, illustrations, and sculptures. He has published a book entitled Chimera that features his own illustrations, in which he combined Greek mythology with problems of contemporary people.
Sonja Richter — Danish actress, born in 1974, based in Copenhagen. Sonja has been working in film, TV and theatre since 1994. In 1999 she graduated from The National Theatre School in Odense, Denmark. With more than 30 theatre productions, 10 tv-series and 25 movies on her resume today, she is one of the best known actresses in Scandinavia. Outside Denmark she has worked in Sweden, Norway, Germany and in 2013 in USA, where she played a leading part in The Homesman directed by Tommy Lee Jones. Her theatre work includes a.o. Madame De Sade, Hedda Gabler, Antigone, Lulu and in 2007 she was awarded with The Crown Prince Couples Award for her work. The same year she received the Nymph D’Or at the Monte Carlo Tv Festival for her part in Performances, directed by Per Fly. In 2004 she received a Shooting Star at Berlin Film Festival, for her part in Open Hearts directed by Susanne Bier. In 2014 she was awarded a Svend as Actress Of The Year in Denmark for her part in the movie The Keeper Of Lost Causes. Sonja has also been a jury member for the Nordic Film Price at Göteborg Film Festival, Sweden in 2008 and at Spot Film Festival in Århus, Denmark in 2014.
Małgorzata Sadowska is a journalist and film critic working for Newsweek weekly, and the author of the blog entitled “Widzi mi się” published on Canal+ website. She writes for the “Kino” monthly, on a regular basis. She takes part in pre-selections for T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival and Watch Docs ― she conducted a workshop on documentary cinema for volunteers working for the latter of the two (2015). She also worked with students of the Film Factory International Film School in Sarajevo (2015) and young German film critics, during the filmPolska festival organised by the Polish Institute in Berlin (2016). She is a co-author and author of texts published in the following books: Zanussi (Krytyka Polityczna, 2014), Polish Cinema Now!·(IAM, 2010), and Chełmska 21 (WFDiF, 2001).