Our lecturers

We employ a highly qualified, professionally active teaching staff of Polish and
international filmmakers and film scholars.

Mateusz Pastewka

Katarzyna Taras

Ewa Mazierska

Jarek Kupść

Emilian Okruciński

Dorota Roszkowska

Filip Hillesland

Mateusz Pastewka

Intro to the cinematography

Director of photography. His job at lighting department at first episode of Game of Thrones became his inspiration to start a professional career at cinematography. When in 2014 he graduated from Warsaw Film School he was already nominated and awarded for several of his short drama and short documentary films. He worked frequent as a second unit DP and CO at feature drama and TV series. While working on film he puts a lot of attention in preproduction process which helps him to make the most from even tight budget and achieve previously created vision.

Katarzyna Taras

Art of the image in film

She graduated at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. She is a Professor of Polish National Filmschool in Łodz and Warsaw Film School. Taras is also a film critic. Her academic interests could be described in three points: the borderlines of film and literature, contemporary Polish cinema, the art of cinematography. She wrote three books: Witkacy and Film “An Egoist” or Edi? The Characters of the Latest Polish Films – the Reconnaissance, Frustrated People. Film and Literature Characters in the Face of Polish Reality after 1989. This year I will publish „Make an eye. The story about Krzysztof Ptak”.

Ewa Mazierska

History of world cinema

Polish film critic, journalist and film lecturer. She graduated philosophy at the University of Warsaw. She defended her PhD thesis at Łódź University. Miazerska is one of the two Poland-born scholars leading the field of Polish films studies outside Poland. Her publications include various articles and a number of monographs. She publishes books and articles on Polish and European film, and postmodernism in filmmaking, in Polish periodicals.

Jarek Kupść

Intro to film directing

He received his education in cinema from San Francisco State University. He wrote and directed five feature-length narrative films, winning multiple awards at international film festivals. His book, „The History of Cinema For Beginners”, remains a recommended reading in numerous film schools around the world. In addition to screenwriting and directing, Jarek is also an editor and cinematographer. For many years, he worked as a storyboard artist in New York and Los Angeles. Parallel to his film work, Jarek is an accomplished painter, graphic artist, and photographer.

Emilian Okruciński

Intro to the cinematography

Born and raised in Singapore. At the age of 18, he moved to Poland to Study Directing in Warsaw Film School. After studying in WFS he started to perusing his career in the lighting department, working in commercials and television, whilst working on short films. In 2020, Emilian joined OpenMedia as one of the key Gaffers on their roster. He gaffed “Skowyt” (2021) which won the Golden Tadpole Award at Camerimage Festival, and “Sukienka” (2020) which is nominated for the Oscar in the short film category.

Dorota Roszkowska

Intro to film production

Film producer and scriptwriter, educator and consultant. Founder of film studio ARKANA. She graduated the Polish Philology Dept. at the University of Warsaw. She also studied Media Academy in Hilversum while working in the audiovisual industry and marketing. She also worked as the Commissioning Editor in the cultural department of TVP2 Polish Television. Dorota Roszkowska is a member of: European Film Academy, Association of Polish Filmmakers (member of the board), National Chamber of Audiovisual Producers, New Horizons Association (founding member) She works also as a tutor at international film workshops and expert for film funds. The coordinator of Warsaw Film School Online.

Filip Hillesland

Short film, Exercises in filmmaking

Film and game director. Warsaw Film School graduate. Also studied psychology at SWPS University. One of the directors of “The Land” – a black comedy, available on Netflix worldwide. His short films gained recognition at many film festivals. During his internship at CDProjekt, he took part in directing and implementing scenes in the CYBERPUNK2077 video-game. He has directed an adventure game “Best Month Ever!”. He has also worked on film sets as 1st A.D. and 2nd A.D. In the years 2017-2019 member of the jury in the “Short Film” category at Script Fiesta screenwriting festival.

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