17th European Film Festival
3rd - 7th November 2020.

Film contest jury


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Jowita Budnik – an actress. She has learned acting in the Machulskis’ drama circle by Ochota Theatre in Warsaw, she is also a graduate of the Institute of Applied Social Sciences of the University of Warsaw. She debuted at the age of 11 in a film titled ‘Kochankowie mojej mamy’ by Radosław Piwowarski and two years later she had a main role in a theatre drama ‘Eksperyment Magdalena’ by Halina Machulska in Ochota Theatre. She has acted in more than 60 Polish and foreign films and TV series also as a guest actress in Warsaw Theatres: Powszechny, Kamienica, Studio and Prezentacje.

A turning point in her professional life has been a meeting with a couple of directors Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze. She has started their cooperation from an episode in ‘Dług’ /Debt/ and continued it in all their following films. They have created six films together among which the most important are: ‘Plac Zbawiciela’, ‘Papusza’ and the newest ‘Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali’. They have been appreciated by critics, audience and festivals around the world.

Jowita Budnik is a laureate of many awards for actors including the Crystal Ball in Karlove Vary, the Golden Lions in Gdynia and the Eagles.