Pola Rader is an award-winning director, photographer and media artist with Russian roots, who now resides in Germany.

 

2004-2009 she obtained a teaching degree for English and French philology at the Murmansk Arctic State University.

Then she moved to Germany, where in 2014 she completed her bachelor degree in film and theatre studies from the Free University of Berlin.

 In 2019 Rader graduated in MA Film from University of the Fine Arts HFBK Hamburg.

 

In her eye-catching work Pola engages with social related issues using film, photography and media art as her main mediums of expression. 

Pola Rader’s vivid surreal art invites us into a magical world combining elements from different cultures and times.

Her conceptual motion designs, films or photography balance on the edge of beauty and weirdness creating a genuine kind of visual poetry.

 

Rader is on the board of the association "Filmkultur Schleswig-Holstein eV." and co-founder of "multicArts" media art group. 

Pola is curator of the Short Film Festival "Lokale Held'innen" in Kiel, Germany and also participates in the Project "Kinolino", including film talks and screenings for children since 2017.

Education

2019 | University of the Fine Arts Hamburg HFBK, Master of Fine Arts, Film

2014 | Free University of Berlin, bachelor degree in film and theatre studies 

2009 | Murmansk Arctic State University, teaching degree for English and French philology 

 

 

Selected Shows 

2021 | FilmFest Schleswig-Holstein , Kiel, Germany

2021 | Athens digital Arts festival, TĀCTUS,  Athens, Greece

2021 | HER Docs Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland

2021 | Hochkantfilmfest, media art open-air gallery, Bremen, Germany 

2020 | solo exhibition, KirchenKAI Gallery, Kiel, Germany

2020 | Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, Germany

2020 |  Regard Bleu Filmfestival, Völkerkunde Museum, Zürich, Switzerland

2019 | Lockvögel, Baby!, group exhibition, HFBK Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

2017 | Filmfest Schleswig-Holstein 2017, Kiel, Deutschland

2015 | Monsters of film, International short film festival, Stockholm, Sweden

2015 | International short film festival Detmold 2015, Detmold, Germany 

2015 | Västerås film festival 2015, Västerås, Sweden

                                  

Grants & Awards

2021 | Gesa-Rautenberg film award 2021, FilmFest Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany​​​​​​​ 

2021 | Audience award 2021, FilmFest Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany​​​​​​​ 

2021 | Concept development funding by MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Germany​​​​​​​

2021 | Idea funding by MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

2019 | Short List, Felix Schoeller Photo Award “Best Work by an Emerging Photographer”, Germany 

2019 | Short List, Boutographies, photo-competition, Montpellier, France 

2016 | Nomination for film award „Serge Daney of diffusion”, Paris, France

2015 | Best short film Preis, international short film festival for social advertisement „Ladoshka“, Minsk, Belarus

 

 

Publications 

https://mini-maven.com/iso-sun/

https://www.floatmagazine.us/portfolios/pola-rader-iso-sun

https://www.floatmagazine.us/portfolios/pola-rader

https://parabola.org/2019/08/13/icon-and-mirror-a-photo-project-by-pola-rader/

https://www.plough.com/en/topics/community/icon-and-mirror

http://www.squaremag.org/resources/PolaRader.pdf

http://ortaformat.org/icon-and-mirror-27