Participant profile: Maciej Karpinski

We arrive in Poland, where we look in on screenwriter and producer Maciej Karpinski.

Maciej Karpinski

Maciej Karpinski

Maciej is considered one of the leading film writers in Poland, and the author of several books, including a text on screenwriting: An Imperfect Reflection – considered essential reading in his country – as well as plays for theatre and television, stage adaptations and numerous essays.

He has written screenplays for sixteen feature films, produced in Poland and abroad. As a screenwriter Maciej has worked with a number of internationally acclaimed directors, among them Agnieszka Holland (Solitary Woman), Andrzej Wajda (Nastassya – prod. Japan, The Ring with the Crowned Eagle) Márta Mészáros (Daughters of Luck – prod. Poland-Germany-Hungary) and Volker Schlöndorff (Strike – prod. Germany-Poland).

His films have won a number of prestigious national and international awards, including the Prix Europa for The Miracle of Purim.

He also worked as a creative producer for a number of companies in Poland collaborating with leading European directors on international projects, including Unkenrufe (Poland-Germany), John Paul II (Poland-USA) and Spring 1941 (Poland-Israel).

Maciej is a Professor of Screenwriting at the prestigious State Film Academy in Lodz, Poland. He was a founder and first president of the Polish Screenwriters Guild, and served as Vice-President of the Polish Filmmakers Association. For many years he was the Artistic Director of the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, and at present he serves as a Deputy Director of the Polish Film Institute, responsible for international co-productions and promotion of Polish and European films worldwide. He is a member of European Film Academy.

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