Pola Rader, a Germany-based film director and visual artist with Russian roots. She pursued her teaching degree in English and French philology at the Murmansk Arctic State University, Russia, from 2004 to 2009. After relocating to Germany, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in film and theatre studies from the Free University of Berlin in 2014.

Driven by her passion for storytelling and artistic expression, Rader went on to complete her MA in Film from the University of the Fine Arts HFBK Hamburg in 2019. Her artistic endeavors explore thought-provoking social themes, skillfully weaving together elements from various cultures and artistic approuches. Through her films, animations and images she adeptly navigates the boundaries between reality and fantasy.

Rader co-founded the "multicArts" media art group, which develops multimedia arts interactive audiovisual formats for children and actively curates the experimental film forum "BLICKFANG" at "FilmFest SH" in Kiel, Germany. She also heads the film production company 'Kleinformat Pro', specializing in the production of experimental short films and animations.


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


Selected Shows 


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