04.09 - 09.10.2020


IFF Workshops X Kasia Bielska X FDA


Date: 4.09.2020, 5-15.09.2020, 21-25.09.2020

Place: Studio 99, Fort Mokotów, ul. Racławicka 99 budynek 2, Warszawa

Participant limit: 10 photographers (+ 10 designers) – FDA finalists

Cost: 1600 zł 

This IFF workshop series is presented in cooperation with the Fashion Designer Awards (FDA). Ten workshop participants are paired with FDA finalists in photographer-designer teams working together for two weeks to create a unique fashion shoot concept, under the guidance of Kasia Bielska. The photographs created as part of the workshop series will be presented as an exhibition at the FDA competition finale on 9 October 2020.


Online applications open: 28 July - 23 August

Workshop participants announced: 28 August

I stage (setting up workshop teams and initial consultations with Kasia Bielska): 4 September 

II stage (group work and online consultations with Kasia Bielska): 5-15 September

III stage (photo session production): one day between 21 and 25 September

Final – exhibition at the FDA gala: 9 October


  • Workshop leader
  • Professional photo studio
  • Studio equipment and assistant
  • Models from Uncover Models,
  • Make-up artist and hair stylist


Candidates should apply for the workshops as per the following: 

  1. Fill out the application form by do 23 sierpnia (11:59 PM) - including all contact details and a gogle link to the candidate’s portfolio → application form
  2. Candidates will be informed of whether they have been chosen for the workshop series by email before 25 August. 
  3. Candidates selected for participation should pay for the workshop series by 28 August by bank transfer.  Only candidates who have paid the fee in full are eligible for participation in the series. 


Kasia Bielska is a graduate of the Cinematography Department at the Lodz Film School. She was born in Warsaw and lives and works there today. After graduating, she won a number of prestitious photography competitions, including the Sony World Photography Awards in the category of ‘Contemporary Issue’. She was a finalist in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, as well as the Viva Photo Awards in the ‘Beauty’ category. She won the Golden Sword award for commercial photography from the Polish Club of Advertising Creators (KRT) three times: in 2014, 2015, and 2018. As a finalist of the New York Photo Awards, she spent a year in New York, working on commissions for the Pratt Institute, Lab Magazine, Nylon, Founders & Followers, Gods Magazine, IMG Models and others. Kasia Bielska’s work has been featured as part of the World Photography Festival in London and at Riga Photomonth. Bielska’s minimalist approach to form and her subtle sensibility to fashion photography places her work at the intersection of commercial photography and art. 


The Fashion Designer Awards is an annual competition held since 2018, initiated by fashion entrepreneur Joanna Sokołowska-Pronobis. The competition aims to spotlight young designers who are looking to gain knowledge and practical expertise in the field of fashion design and production. All young creators who are passionate about fashion are welcome to take part. The initiative gives young Polish designers a chance to make a name for themselves in the press, as well as to gain experience working at home and abroad, to broaden their horizons and build their portfolios. 

From its start, the FDA has invested in the education and development of young talents in fashion. The range of prizes offers young people internships with fashion publications, companies and seasoned designers. Previous winners have taken part in internships in Lisbon, Beirut, Copenhagen, Milan, Tel Aviv, and more. Many of them grow to become full-fledged designers in their own right, including Sarbina Pilewicz, Piotr Drzał, Zuza Szamocka, Serafin Andrzejak, Ola Jendryka, Dominika Syczyńska, Celina Wesołowska, Adrian Krupa.  

Each year, the honorary host of the FDA competition is a world-class designer who also offers the winner an internship in their studio. There is no other fashion competition in Poland that joins together so many renowned experts in one place. 

For more information, see here.

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