LONDON — The Polish Film Institute, which backed Oscar winner “Ida” and Berlin Silver Bear winner “Body,” has a new chief. Magdalena Sroka will take over in October from Agnieszka Odorowicz, who steps down after 10 years at the helm.
Sroka was appointed by Minister of Culture and National Heritage Malgorzata Omilanowska, following a recommendation by a committee of film professionals, whose members included Agnieszka Holland, Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Zanussi.
During Sroka’s pitch for the job, she emphasized “the role and significance of the regional film funds and local film commissions and how cooperation with the Polish Film Institute could help them develop,” she told Film New Europe.
Sroka is serving as deputy mayor of Krakow, where she is responsible for culture and promotion. Sroka was responsible for several cultural projects that took place when Krakow was the “European Capital of Culture” in 2000. From 2008-2010 she was the director of the Krakow Festival Office, and helped set up the Krakow Film Commission, the Krakow Regional Film Fund and the Polish Culture Congress.