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Our faculty

Robert Tutak

mfa founder, professor, writer-director

MFA Founder & Director, Professor of Film at Brooklyn College/CUNY, writer-director-producer of four feature films: "ELLIS ISLAND: THE MAKING OF THE MASTER RACE IN AMERICA," 2016, "DUBAI: A CITY OF DREAMS," 2010, "NOBODY'S PERFECT," 2003, and "MATCH" ["MECZ"], 1988, as well as numerous short fiction films and documentaries. Tutak's work has been exhibited internationally in Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, among other countries, as well as in the United Sates, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Ella Sloboda

actress, acting coach

A graduate of the renowned ACTORS STUDIO DRAMA SCHOOL in New York City. Her stage and screen acting career spans three continents: Europe, Australia, and the US.

Slawomir Idziak


An Oscar®, BAFTA, American Film Institute, and CEZAR nominee [BLACK HAWK DOWN, 2002], winner of many awards, including at Venice Film Festival and Berlin Film Festivals. His cinematography credits include sixty films, among them: Harry Potter and Order of Phoenix (2006), King Arthur (2003),  BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001),  Three Colours: Blue, and THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE. Collaborated with many outstanding directors and actors, including Ridley Scott, Antoine Fuqua, David Yates, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Meg Ryan, Russel Crow, Clive Oven, Ralph Fiennese, and Josh Hartnett.

Agnieszka Holland


Three-time Oscar® nominee [IN DARKNESS, 2012, EUROPA, EUROPA, 1991, & ANGRY HARVEST, 1986], winner of  Golden Globe Award [1991], Cannes Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize Award [1980], New York Film Critics Circle Award [1991], Boston Society of Film Critics Award [1991], and National Board of Review award [1991]. Her credits include writing & directing  thirty feature films, including "THE SECRET GARDEN”, her first Hollywood studio production starring Maggie Smith, WASHINGTON  SQUARE, a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production starring Jennifer Jason Leigh & Albert Finney, TOTAL ECLIPSE starring  Leonardo DiCaprio & David Thewlis, THE THIRD MIRACLE starring Ed Harris & Anne Heche, and many others. She collaborated with prominent American and European directors: Francis Ford Coppola [THE SECRET GARDEN], Sydney Pollack, Krzysztof Kieslowski [WHITE, RED, BLUE], and Andrzej Wajda [DANTON starring Gerard Depardieu].

Yann Seweryn


After finishing studies in Classics and Comparative Literature at University Paris IV - Sorbonne, and completing a 3 year experience of teaching French in Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Yann Seweryn entirely dedicates himself to film-making and enters the Polish National Film School in Lodz in Cinematography Department. He's currently finishing his M.A. Degree, and has already shot around 30 films as a director of photography, including one feature film. "La etiuda", a movie that he wrote and shot as a DOP, won the 2nd award in the Polish Short Film Competition in New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland in 2015.

Allan Starski

art director

An Oscar® and CESAR winner, BAFTA and EMMY nominee. His credits include art direction for: SCHINDLER’S LIST, OLIVER TWIST, THE PIANIST, EUROPA EUROPA. Collaborated with outstanding American and European directors, including Steven Spielberg, Roman Polanski, Agnieszka Holland, and Andrzej Wajda.

Foster Hirsch

author & professor

Renowned American film historian, accomplished author of sixteen books on film and theater (THE DARK SIDE OF THE SCREEN: FILM NOIR, DETOURS AND LOST HIGHWAYS: A MAP OF NEO-NOIR, A METHOD TO THEIR MADNESS: THE HISTORY OF THE ACTORS STUDIO, OTTO PREMINGER: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, ELIZABETH TAYLOR, ACTING HOLLYWOOD STYLE), and Professor of Film at the City University of New.

Ira Spiegel

sound designer & sound editor

An  EMMY award winner and three-time EMMY nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Editing. His film credits include120 films both fiction & documentaries, among them with such directors as Spike Lee [SCHOOL DAZE], M. Night Shyamalan [PRAYING WITH ANGER & WIDE AWAKE], Nora Ephron [SLEEPLESS N SEATTLE], Brian De Palma [CARLITO'S WAY & SNAKE EYES],Robert Altman [SHORT CUTS], Milos Forman [THE PEOPLE VS.  LARRY FLINT],  PalmaAndrei Konchalovsky [MARIA'S LOVERS], the most prominent American documentary filmmakers Ken Burns [BASEBALL & LEWIS AND CLARK] & Ric Burns [THE CIVIL WAR & NEW YORK], and many others. The films on which he worked received awards at Sundance Film Festival as well as Oscar® an EMMY nominations.

Marlena Grzaslewicz

sound & picture editor

Two-time EMMY nominee for Outstanding Sound Editing. Her picture & sound editing credits include 60 films both fiction & documentaries, among them with such directors as Woody Allen [CELEBRITY], Robert Altman [SHORT CUTS], Milos Forman [THE PEOPLE VS.  LARRY FLINT], Night Shyamalan [WIDE AWAKE], Brian De Palma [CARLITO'S WAY & SNAKE EYES], the most prominent American documentary filmmakers Ken Burns [BASEBALL & LEWIS AND CLARK] & Ric Burns [THE CIVIL WAR & NEW YORK], and many others. The films on which she worked received awards at Sundance Film Festival as well as Oscar® an EMMY nominations.

Joe Pennella


His TV credits include cinematography for GOLDEN GLOBE and EMMY winning TV series MONK and LIFE GOES ON, GOLDEN GLOBE and EMMY nominated TV series ED and THE DREW CAREY SHOW.

Saud Jubaer

writer-director; international relations; program coordinator

Write-director and painter. Graduate of the City College CUNY. His first short film "Hands" screened at the Girls Impact The World Film Festival at Harvard University. His most recent medium lenght film "The God of Small Things," a Bengali-U.S.-Polish co-production, won "Best Film" at the Reel City Film Festival in New York. It also won "Best Screenplay" and "Best Cinematography" and was nominated for "Best Picture," "Best Directing," and "Best Editing" at the CUNY Film Festival in New York, April 2017. The film screened at Marche du Film, Festival du Cannes, May 2017.

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