Katarzyna Kochany is a voting member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Her work has earned over 35 awards and 200 official selections at festivals, including two projects at the Oscar-qualifying Indy Shorts 2019 presented by Heartland Film. She recently directed second unit and is part of the producing team on a feature film drama, The Marijuana Conspiracy, based on a true story that took place in 1972, about a disturbing human experiment on a group of young women. The film is slated for its world premiere at Whistler Film Festival.
Katarzyna has directed over 40 short films that have earned over 200 official selections at festivals in USA, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, India, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands and Kingdom of Swaziland. In 2018 she directed the winning film for ACTRA 24 Hour Challenge. After graduating from York University film school, she took continuing education classes at Sheridan College. She further honed her craft by shadowing directors on scripted TV shows, and taking various directing workshops through WIFT, LIFT, AWD, and Film Independent.
Katarzyna has served on several juries, including the nomination jury for Canadian Screen Awards (Canadian Emmy). Her affinity for western-themed adventure stories led to a Grand Prize win at the Nevada Sesquicentennial Celebration Historical Fiction Competition. Several of her projects feature horses.
In 2015 Katarzyna became the first Canadian member of Los Angeles-based Alliance of Women Directors, a professional association that was started nearly twenty years ago by alumni from the American Film Institute and has grown to include 300 directors whose work has been recognized by the creative community.