Director and Scriptwriter

Katariina Lillqvist is a Finnish-born director and scriptwriter who lives and works in Czech Republic and in Sweden. She is the chairperson of film co-operative Camera Cagliostro (FI/CZ), curator of the Mikulandska Art Recidency in Prague and one of the key developers of free cultural centrum Kulttuurimeijeri in Salo, Finland. 

Lillqvist has been working over 30 years with Czech animation artists, creating 20 stop-motion animations and documents, radio features and installations. Her works have won numerous prizes and awards from major film festivals world-wide, including the Silver Bear of Berlin Film Festival, Special Prize of Annecy Animation Festival and Master of Animation-award from Lleida Animation Festival.

Beside of her artistic activities, she has been active in the Roma civil right movement since the Eighties. She cooperates with organizations like the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno / CZ, Romedia-foundation in Hungary, RomArchive of Berlin and currently she is also developing the Museum of Finnish Roma Culture in Lapinlahti Cultural Center in Helsinki, together with Finnish Roma singer Hilja Grönfors.