guests of honor 2023

Tadeusz Łysiak

Tadeusz Łysiak, graduate of Cultural Studies at the University of Warsaw, student of Directing at the Warsaw Film School. Creator of two award-winning short films in Poland and abroad: "Techno" and "The Dress". Participant of the prestigious program FUTURE FRAMES – Generation NEXT of European Cinema within Eastern Promises at the Karlovy Vary Festival. Winner of the "Discovering Eye" award for young talented filmmaker at the Polish Film Festival in Chicago. “The Dress” which brought its creators, among others, victory at the Atlanta Film Festival and a Bronze Tadpole at the Energa Camerimage has been nominated for an Oscar in Live Action Short category.

anna henckel donnersmarck ©anjula schaub

Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck works with the moving image in various ways. She has conceives and realises video installations for exhibitions, stage works and concerts, for example for Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hygiene Museum Dresden, Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Bauhaus Archive Berlin, Constanza Macras/DorkyPark, Mathilde Monnier, Schauspiel Köln, The Wooster Group NYC, the Berlin Philharmoniker and opera houses in Berlin, Frankfurt and Zürich. She has been active as a programmer (Filmwinter Stuttgart, Kasseler Dokfest, ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, etc), moderator, jury member (Szpilman Award, REGARD Quebec, Tel Aviv Int. Student Film Festival, Filmfest Dresden, Fantoche, etc) and panel participant for more than 20 years. Her primary focus is on the short film format. In 2019, after having served as a member of the selection committee for 12 years, she became head of Berlinale Shorts. She teaches film theory and video practice at various art schools. Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck grew up in Indonesia, Japan, England and Bavaria and studied animation and documentary filmmaking at Film Academy Baden-Württemberg/Ludwigsburg.

Lamia Chraibi

Is the producer and founder of the production companies Moon a Deal Films created in 2011 in Paris and La Prod, created in 2007 in Casablanca. After completing her studies in audiovisual communication management in France, she worked for 9 years for various Parisian productions. Lamia develops fiction in its broadest sense by combining imagination and rigour without compromise or self-censorship. She works for a committed, free and independent cinema. She accompanies directors in the creative process, including Hicham Lasri, Narjiss Nejjjar, Ismaïl Ferroukhi, Mohcine Besri, co-produced Oliver Laxe’s “Mimosas” (Grand Prize of the Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016) as well as Balint Kenyeres’ “Tegnap” (Locarno Film Festival). She produced Talal Selhami’s Achoura, a Moroccan fantasy film (Best Film Award - Hardline Festival, Special Mention of the Jury - Sitges Fantastic Film Festival). Her last two documentaries Ziyara by Simone Bitton (Grand Prix at Filmmaker Milan) and School of Hope by Mohamed El Aboudi (Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs - Special prize at Tampere) were very well received by the critique and participated to many festivals. Lamia also produced various feature film projects and television programs.



Moroccan actor, born May 10, 1970 in the village of Ain Taoujdat. He participated in several Moroccan films and series, such as Alal Al-Qelda, Al-Zero and the series Maqato` min Shajarah. Said Bey obtained a diploma in dramatic art from the Higher Institute of Cultural and Theatrical Animation of Rabat in 1995, before working in several artistic works in the fields of theater and cinema, including some works which were presented in international festivals in Spain, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, Sweden and Belgium. Saeed Bey won the Arab Muhr Award at the 2009 Dubai International Film Festival for his role in the film The Man Who Sold the World, based on a novel by Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Katarzyna Malinowska

Katarzyna Malinowska is responsible for programs for young creators of the Munk studio of the Association of Polish Filmmakers. Katarzyna Malinowska graduated in Cultural Studies from the University of Warsaw and also completed postgraduate studies at the Reportage Laboratory of the University of Warsaw. Since 1999, she has worked as a journalist and editor in culture and lifestyle magazines, in theater and on television. For 10 years she headed the film editorial office of TVP Kultura, responsible for the channel's film strategy. She works as a script consultant and development producer, as well as an expert and selector of the film industry (Mazowiecki Film Fund, arts grants from the Warsaw Capital Cultural Office, international training program DokIncubator). She is the artistic director of the Script Fiesta festival.

Hesham Nazih

music composer

Nazih landed his first major English language project with his Emmy-nominated score for Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight, which was directed by Mohamed Diab and streamed on Disney+. The excellence of the soundtrack earned the renowned composer an invitation to become a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a nomination for the Television Composer of the Year Award at the World Soundtrack Awards in Belgium. Nazih’s other notable achieve- ments include scoring the viral Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in 2021.And in addition to being the first and only composer to ever receive the honorary Faten Hamama Excellence Award from the 2018 Cairo International Film Festival, he has recently been awarded and honored by several key regional and international festival such as; Honorary Achievement Awards from the Arab Music Festival and Luxor African Film Festival, The Artistic Creativity Award from the Egyptian Catholic Center for Cinema, and Breakthrough Composer of the year 2022 from the International Film Music Critics Association.