SPARK Magazine is online magazine on arthouse and experimental cinema as well as documentary and short films. Focused on emerging talents and new waves in cinema, SPARK Magazine concerns writing about film as a way of creation contemporary arthouse cinema through spotlighting interesting titles all over the world and drawing attention on their creators, cultural background of the film and personal story behind it. Reviewed films are hand-picked at several international film festivals including Cannes IFF, Berlin IFF, Rotterdam IFF, San Sebastian IFF, Locarno IFF, Venice FF, Transilvania IFF, Karlovy Vary IFF and Tallinn Black Nights FF. The magazine contains also interviews with established filmmakers as well as festival reports.
Team of SPARK Magazine
Urszula Lipińska is a founder and editor in chief of SPARK Magazine. She has been working in the film industry since 2005, mostly as a journalist writing for Film Pro Magazine, SFP Film Magazine, Kino, KMag, Onet and Senses of Cinema among many. The majority of her works is dedicated to young filmmakers, emerging talents, experimental cinema and new waves in contemporary world cinema. Since 2010 she has been participating at the most important film festivals, including Cannes IFF, Berlin IFF, Venice FF, San Sebastian FF, Rotterdam International Film Festival and Locarno IFF. She also collaborates with several film festivals like New Horizons International FF, Transatlantyk International Film & Music Festival and Millenium Docs Against Gravity FF. In 2012 she won a Special Mention in 16th Krzysztof Metrak Competition for young film critics. She used to be a member of European Short Pitch selection committee and a tutor at Nisimisa European Network of Young Cinema. Urszula is also a alumna of Script Circle, workshops led by Franz Rodenkirchen and Francoise von Roy. Currently she is involved in the production of „Werewolf” by Adrian Panek.
Thomas Humphrey is co-founder of the community cinema Nottingham Alternative Film Network. He also works at Rich Mix cinema in London. As a freelance film critic Thomas specialises in covering art-house, independent and world cinema at a number of international film festivals around the world for Cineuropa, Screen Anarchy and Spark Magazine.
Elena Lazic is a French freelance writer based in London, UK who regularly contributes to Little White Lies magazine. She has also written for The Seventh Row, Movie Mezzanine and the Mubi Notebook amongst others. She attends the Cannes IFF, Berlin IFF and Toronto IFF every year.
Manuela Lazic is a French film critic based in London, UK. She regularly contributes to Little White Lies Magazine, and has written for The Film Stage, The Seventh Row and the British Film Institute (BFI). She visits Cannes IFF, Berlin IFF and Toronto IFF each year.
Alysia Urrutia is a freelance writer based in Toronto. She is currently researching the films of Matías Piñeiro as part of her thesis for the Cinema Studies MA program at the University of Toronto. Her work can be found in Cinema Scope Magazine and Spark Magazine.