He was born in the village of Kokotow near Krakow where he still lives today. He went to the 15 K.K. Baczynski high school in Nowa Huta. During this time he participated in Jerzy Ridana’s film workshops which took place in Nowa Huta. He was also a member of the Jagiellonian University Slowianki dance and song troupe. After two years, he stopped his studies in geography to begin film studies in directing at the Film and Television University in Silesia in 2005. He finished in 2012.
In 2008 he took part in a documentary contest at the Wajda School where he completed his documentary film Marysina Poland, which was awarded both in Poland and abroad. In 2012 the director completed a short genre film, Our Bad Winter. It was his diploma film for his studies in directing at the Film and Television University in Silesia. His artistic film mentors were Jerzy Stuhr, Krzysztof Zanussi, and Jerzy Ridan. For this film, in 2012 the director received a special Jury Award in the “Young Polish Cinema” contest at the Gdynia Film Festival of Polish films. In 2012, the director completed his short documentary Whistle, shown at festivals in Poland and abroad. The film came into existence thanks to the Munk Studio and Association of Polish Filmmakers under its First Document program and brought the director the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance film festival in 2013.
In 2016 his first full length debut feature film “Waves” will come into theaters. The director’s films are shown throughout film festivals in Poland and the world, as well as on various television channels such as Canal +, Arte, TVP Kultura. The director is a Talent laureate in the 3 Polish Radio’s film section (Polish Radio 3 Program Award) as well as a Creative City scholarship winner.
Born in Wrocław in 1983, Weronika Bilska graduated in Cinematography from the Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Her work includes a number of award-winning documentaries and short features and she made her full-length feature debut with the cinematography for Przemysław Wojcieszek’s How to Disappear Completely. She worked with Grzegorz Zariczny on both his documentaries, The Dog Hill and The Whistle and his feature etude, Nasze zima zła (Winter’s Icy Grip).
Weronika has the ability to clear away everything non-cinematic in me. She is capable of working like a demon. She never lets up. She drives me on to greater efforts. Time and again, as we have collaborated on one film after another, she has demonstrated her readiness to work beyond the shooting schedule and beyond financial concerns. I am deeply grateful to her for that. The Grand Jury Prize for “The Whistle at the Sundance” was just as much down to her, because she agreed to run over schedule on the shooting, which took twice as long as originally planned. And she is perfectly capable of giving me an earful… and I like it when she does, because it means that something really matters to her.