Hanna Polak



Hanna Polak is the Oscar-nominated director of the 2004-film The Children of Leningradsky. She is also a producer and a cinematographer. She gradutated from the cinematography division of VGIK in Russia. Her first film to win critical acclaim was Railway Station Ballad in 2002. Later she was nominated for an academy-award and won several other awards for the film The Children of Leningradsky.

Hanna Polak is not only a critically acclaimed filmmaker, but also a dedicated humanitarian. Alongside the film projects that she run, she also has an intense political and humanist agenda, and it is for certain that any film made by Hanna Polak is not just a film for the sake of the film, but one that has a purpose. This has rewarded her both a Golden Heart-Award and a Crystal Mirror-Award. Hanna has just finished the film Something Better To Come, which she has been shooting for the past 14 years, even before she made The Children of Leningradsky.


Something Better To Come (2014)
Love and Rubbish (2012)
Children of Leningradsky (2004)
Railway Station Ballad (2002)


Something Better To Come
Golden Funnel award at East Documentary Forum, Prague for Best Project in Development (2012)
HotDocs Forum, Toronto, Canada. Cuban Hat award / Best Pitch award for Something Better To Come (2012)

The Children of Leningradsky
Fargo Film Festival, Fargo, North Dakota.  Awards in three categories: Best Documentary, Best Director, Best of Show (2008).
Emmy Award nominations in two categories: Best Documentary and Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Editing (2006)
Gracie Allen award, given by Women in Radio & Television (U.S.- 2006)
Cinemanila International Film Festival (Philippines) award, Best Documentary (2006)
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Nomination in the category of Best Short Documentary subject (2005).
“Platinum Goat” award, “Ale Kino” Film Festival, Poznan (2005)
International Documentary Association Annual Documentary Achievement award for Best Documentary (2005)