Katariina Lillqvist is a Finnish-born director and scriptwriter who lives and works in Czech Republic and also in Sweden. She is the chairperson of film co-operative Camera Cagliostro (FI/CZ), curator of the Mikulandska Art Recidency in Prague and one of the key developers of free cultural centrum Kulttuurimeijeri in Salo, Finland.
Lillqvist has been working over 30 years with Czech animation artists, creating 20 stop-motion animations and also documents, radio features and installations. Her works have won numerous prizes and awards from major film festivals world-wide, including the Silver Bear of Berlin Film Festival, Special Prize of Annecy Animation Festival and Master of Animation-award from Lleida Animation Festival.
Beside of her artistic activities, she has been active in the Roma civil right movement since the Eighties. She cooperates with organizations like the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno / CZ, Romedia-foundation in Hungary, RomArchive of Berlin and currently she is also developing the Museum of Finnish Roma Culture in Lapinlahti Cultural Center in Helsinki, together with Finnish Roma singer Hilja Grönfors.
Despite the practical problems and quarantines of the corona spring, Prague-based team managed to create a new puppet animation for adult and adolescent audiences. The Last Matador is now in the final stage of postproduction, estimated to be ready in September 2020. New film is the 20th animation written and directed by Katariina Lillqvist, with Film Cooperative Cagliostro as a main producer and three indie companies from Sweden, Czech and Spain as co-producers: Zigedaire Animations, studio Mamiwata and FilmsIFotos. Read more and see the photos!
Lillqvist released her puppet animation Radio Dolores in March 2017. It is a film based on documentary histories of shoe factory workers during the dark years of the late 1930´s in Tampere, Finland. Radio Dolores describes the common fears and dreams of the antifascist movement in a Northern industrial town, it´s clandestine radio stations hidden in cold attics and damp cellars, telling thus the story of a young shoemaker Arvo, who disappears in the Spanish Civil War.