Pola Rader is a Germany-based film director and visual artist with Russian roots.
2004–2009, she obtained a teaching degree in English and French philology at the Murmansk Arctic State University, Russia.
Then she moved to Germany, where in 2014 she completed her bachelor's degree in film - and theatre studies from the Free University of Berlin.
Rader received his MA in Film from the University of the Fine Arts HFBK Hamburg in 2019.
In her surreal art, Pola engages with social related issues, combining elements from different cultures and times. Her films, animations, images, and digital installations balance on the edge of realistic and fabulous aesthetics.
Rader is co-founder of the "multicArts" media art group and curator of the experimental filmforum "Blickfang" at "FilmFest SH" in Kiel, Germany.
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
Grants & Awards
2022 | CineStar-Award at 64th Nordic Film Days for the short film "And Died Together One Day"
2022 | Prototype development funding for immersive project "Terra Media" by MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
2022 | Gesa-Rautenberg film award 2022 for "Habitat", FilmFest Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany
2021 | Gesa-Rautenberg film award 2021 for "And Died Together One Day", FilmFest Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany
2021 | Audience award 2021 for "And Died Together One Day", 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 | Shortlist, Felix Schoeller Photo Award “Best Work by an Emerging Photographer”, Germany
2019 | Shortlist, 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
2022 | 64th Nordic Film Days, Lübeck, Germany
2022 | "Länskonstmuseum Autumn Tour" curated by The Contemporary Art Museum Konstmuseet i Norr, Kiruna, Sweden / "Habitat", October 2022
2022 | Debut Performance of "Unter Druck" immersive theatre Project within Lübeck Museum Night, St. Catherine's Church, Lübeck
2022 | Artfair ARTe Konstanz, Germany, Juli 2022
2021 | Présence autochtone / First Peoples Festival, Montréal, Canada
2021 | FilmFest Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany
2021 | ILLUSTRATIO Lichtkunstfestival, 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