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Renowned directors, producers, actors and other cultural professionals act as jury members and decide on the winners in the various sections of the festival.


Martina Haubrich

Martina Haubrich is a producer and managing director of CALA Filmproduktion in Berlin and CALA Film Central in Erfurt. After working as a director and assistant editor at VOX, SFB and ARTE, she was executive producer at the Berlin branch of LooksFilm until 2016. Among the films she has produced are Stay Still, Mademoiselle Paradis and Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas.

Julian pörksen

Julian Pörksen is an author, director and dramaturge. He has published several plays, the essay »Waste Your Time« and most recently the short story collection »Brief an die Kanzlerin« (Letter to the Chancellor). His first feature film Whatever Happens Next premiered at the Berlinale. Most recently Julian Pörksen directed the series Aus dem Tagebuch eines Uber Fahrers and Tilo Neumann und das Universum. He has been awarded the DEFA-Förderpreis, the Kompagnon-Förderpreis of the Berlinale and the Ivan Illich-Preis, among others.

Arman T. Riahi

Arman T. Riahi, born in Iran and raised in Vienna, is a director and screenwriter. His first documentary film for the cinema, Darkhead, won the audience award at the Diagonale 2011 and celebrated its international premiere in competition at the 17th Sarajevo Film Festival. Riahi’s feature film debut The Migrumpies won, among others, the Audience Award of the Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis 2017, as well as a ROMY for Best Screenplay and was one of the three most successful Austrian cinema films that year. At this year’s Max Ophüls Preis Film Festival, Riahi won three awards for his film Fox in a Hole, including Best Director and Best Screenplay. Since 2015 he has been teaching pilot development at the Film & TV master class at FH St. Pölten.

Hamburg ProducerS Award for INTERNATIONAL Cinema Co-Productions


Andrew Bird was born in England. He has been editing feature films and documentaries for the cinema since the early 1990s. In 2008 Bird was awarded the German Film Award in the category Best Editing for his work on the film The Edge of Heaven (2007). He received a nomination for the German Film Award in 2021 for his film editing of A Symphony of Noise, among others. He lives and works in Hamburg.

Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah

Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah is an Iranian cinematographer, producer and director. He has worked with Jafar Panahi (Closed Curtain, Silver Bear 2013), Vahid Vakilifar (Taboor, 2012), Ali Jaberansari (Tehran: City of Love, 2017) and Praveen Morchhale (Widow of Silence, 2018), among others. Jahanpanah directed the visuals for Firouzeh Khosrovani’s documentary Radiography of a Family, which won the grand prize at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2020. He also produced own films as a director (Lighting the Shadows, 2013, Scenes from a Divorce, 2015). Jahanpanah is on the board of the Iranian Short Film Association (ISFA).


Marie Luise Schmidt is the founder and managing director of the Berlin agency die agenten for actors, directors and image designers. Her professional stations included Premiere and Grundy UFA TV. From 1986 to 1989 she was the managing director of the Green party parliamentary group in the Hamburg parliament.

Hamburg ProducerS Award for German TV Productions


Lisa Blumenberg worked as a dramaturge at Saarländischer Rundfunk after studying German, journalism and psychology. In 1996 she first started as a producer at Studio Hamburg Produktion, and since 2007 she has been a member of the management team at Letterbox Filmproduktion. Her television film productions have received numerous awards and nominations, such as the international drama series Bad Banks (including the Grimme Award, German Television Award, International Emmy Award nomination). She is also the producer of the Berlinale competition film I’m Your Man (director: Maria Schrader), which was sold to around 80 countries, for which Maren Eggert received the Silver Bear and which is in the Oscar race for Germany. Lisa Blumenberg is a member of WIFT (Women in Film and Television), the German Academy for the Performing Arts and the International Emmy Academy.

Luise Wolfram

Luise Wolfram is a German theatre and film actress. She was member of the ensemble of the Schaubühne Berlin from 2010 to 2015. With this theatre ensemble, Luise Wolfram was awarded the Russian theatre award »The Golden Mask« for Miss Julie (2013) and Tartuffe (2015), among others, and the Friedrich Luft Prize for For the disconnected child (2014). Parallel to her work as a stage actress, Luise Wolfram shoots for film and television. She has appeared in the television films Two People Meeting and Neben der Spur, among others. Since 2016, Luise Wolfram has been playing Linda Selb in the Tatort Bremen. At the end of 2017, she was seen in her first international role in the historical drama Mathilde by Alexei Utschitel, alongside Lars Eidinger, which screened at FILMFEST HAMBURG in 2018. In 2021 Luise Wolfram celebrated her Tatort Bremen premiere with a new team and will be seen in the 3rd season of the internationally acclaimed series Das Boot on SKY at the end of the year.


Max Zähle, born in Hanover, switched to directing after ten years as a film editor and studied film directing at the Hamburg Media School. His graduation film Raju won over 50 awards worldwide, including the Student Oscar in 2011. The short film also received an Oscar nomination in 2012. After his cinema debut Schrotten!, awarded the Audience Prize at the Max Ophüls Preis Festival, he directed, among others, the feature film Bist Du glücklich? which screened at FILMFEST HAMBURG in 2018, won Best Television Film at the 40th Biberach Film Festival and was nominated for the Grimme Prize in 2019. In 2020, the film received the German Television Award for Best Television Film. For Tatort – Limbus, which was the second most successful programme on German television in 2020 with 13.15 million viewers, Max Zähle was awarded the Jupiter Award in the category Best TV Film in 2021.


Didi Danquart

Didi Danquart is a director, author, producer and lecturer. As a co-founder of the Medienwerkstatt Freiburg and filmmaker in the collective in the 1980s and 1990s, he first realised documentaries. His feature film debut Bohai Bohau in 1995 was followed four years later by the film adaptation of the play Viehjud Levi by Thomas Strittmatter, which gave him his international breakthrough. From 2001 to 2007 he taught artistic film full-time at the Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) in Karlsruhe. From 2009 – 2021 Didi Danquart held a professorship for feature film/directing at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne.

Marco Arellano Gomes

Marco Arellano Gomes is editor and head of the film department at the city magazine SZENE HAMBURG. He studied political science at the University of Hamburg. Growing up in Hamburg-Eimsbüttel, he discovered his passion for cinema in his youth. Where his favourite cinema once stood (Ufa Grindel Filmpalast), there is now a drugstore.

Caroline Mutz

Caroline Mutz is a freelance author, journalist and has been the culture editor at Arte GEIE in Strasbourg for over twenty years. After studying German, Romance studies and art in Hamburg, Bordeaux and Florence, she completed a traineeship at Gruner und Jahr/NDR and then realised many small and large film projects in Europe. Her passion is working in a European, transnational context, between different identities and always in the area of tension between the best research, good text and unusual image.


Ioana Dragomirescu

Ioana Dragomirescu is the coordinator of Cinema Elvire Popesco, the cinema of the French Institute in Bucharest and one of the most important independent cinemas in the city. In addition, Ioana directs the French Film Festival in Romania, which took place simultaneously in twelve cities in 2021.

Tanja HElm

Tanja Helm is the managing director of the Otto Preminger Institute, an association for audiovisual media in Innsbruck. In this position, the art historian is responsible for the programme of the two arthouse cinemas LEOKINO and the Cinematograph.


Benedikt Poßberg is a projectionist, programme staff member and social media editor at the ZOOM cinema in Brühl. The media educator has been on the board of ZOOM Brühler Kinotreff e.V. since 2021.


Shirin Barghnavard

Shirin Barghnavard is an award-winning documentary film director and editor from Tehran, Iran. In her documentaries, she combines social issues with specific questions about the role of women in society. She has made films including 21 Days and Me (2012), Profession: Documentarist (2014), Scenes from a Divorce (2015), Poets of Life (2017) and Invisible (2019). In addition to her work as a filmmaker, Shirin Barghnavard gives documentary film workshops and master classes in Germany and abroad, including at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Potsdam, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Kunst und Medien Stuttgart and the Zurich University of the Arts (Zhdk).

Paulina Lorenz

Paulina Lorenz studied film, music and visual culture at the University of Hildesheim and Brown University and holds an M.A. in Migration Studies from the University of Copenhagen. In 2015, she co-founded the film collective Jüngline, which explores queer feminist and post-migrant perspectives in film, television and popular culture. Together with Faraz Shariat and Raquel Dukpa, she develops and produces feature films and series, such as the feature film Futur Drei, which premiered in the Panorama of the Berlinale in 2020, won two Teddy Awards, two First Steps Awards and the Civis Cinema Award 2021, among others, and has reached over 40,000 cinema-goers in Germany to date. She also worked as a writer for the sixth season of Druck, the German adaptation of the Norwegian youth series Skam.


Sabine Böbbis has been a costume designer since 2000 for numerous award-winning films such as Neue Vahr Süd, based on the novel by Sven Regener, A Faithful Husband, Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huck Finn, based on Mark Twain. She has worked with director Hemine Huntgeburth for many years. In 2020 she was awarded the German Film Award for Best Costume Design for Lindenberg! Mach Dein Ding. Since 2021 she has been on the board of the German Film Academy. Furthermore, she is a member of the European Film Academy.


Ofir Raul Graizer

Ofir Raul Graizer, born in Israel, lives and works as a writer and director in Germany. He is a graduate of the film school at Sapir College in Sderot. His short films have been shown at numerous festivals. His debut feature film, The Cakemaker, received international acclaim from audiences and critics alike and screened at FILMFEST HAMBURG in 2017. Graizer’s second feature film, America, shot in Tel Aviv during the Covid 19 lockdown, is currently in post-production. Graizer has published a cookbook in German and is currently involved in several film and literary projects.


Philine Rosenberg studied German and Film Studies in Bamberg, Barcelona and Berlin. During her studies, she worked at Studio Hamburg in Berlin, now Real Film. After completing her traineeship at Studio Hamburg, she worked there as a junior producer and since 2012 has been an editor in the Film, Family and Series department of NDR. There she supervised, among others, Großstadtrevier, Tatort and Der Tatortreiniger. Her current film projects include Bjarne Mädel’s directorial debut Sörensen hat Angst, which premiered at FILMFEST HAMBURG in 2020.

Lysann Windisch

Lysann Windisch managed several art house cinemas in Munich and Berlin for over 5 years, and also curated and organised festivals and film events with a focus on Eastern European film. In 2018, she joined the Chinese-European producers’ association Bridging the Dragon as manager for festivals and partnerships. Since 2019, she has led the international training programme NEXT WAVE at the Berlin Film School DFFB, which focuses on innovative exploitation strategies in the film market. She is a mentor of the CICAE training in Venice. Since 2020, she has been in charge of the marketing activities of MUBI Germany and is responsible for the project MUBI GO.


Christoph Petersen

Christoph Petersen is editor-in-chief of the online film portal FILMSTARTS.de. He has been writing reviews and festival texts for newspapers such as the Hamburger Morgenpost since his student days and was instrumental in building FILMSTARTS.de from a passionate hobby project to what is now the largest German-language film review portal on the internet and the most staffed German film editorial office. In addition to managing the editorial team and writing reviews, he regularly reports from film sets and festivals around the world and conducts interviews with German and international screen stars.

Philipp Stadelmaier

Philipp Stadelmaier is a film critic (Süddeutsche Zeitung, Filmbulletin, sissymag), film scholar and author. He studied comparative literature and Romance studies and earned a doctorate in film studies on Jean-Luc Godard and Serge Daney. Verbrecher Verlag published his diary essay Die mittleren Regionen in 2016, awarded the Clemens Brentano Prize 2018, and his debut novel Queen July (2019).

Yun-hua Chen

Yun-hua Chen holds a PhD in film studies, is a critic and curator. She writes scholarly articles and film reviews in English, Chinese and German for Directory of World Cinema, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Film International, Cinephilia and several anthologies, among others. Her monograph Mosaic Space and Mosaic Auteurs: On the Cinema of Alejandro González Iñárritu, Atom Egoyan, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Michael Haneke, funded by the Geschwister Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung, was published in 2017 by Neofelis Verlag in Berlin. Yun-hua Chen worked as festival director of dokumentART, an annual film festival in Neubrandenburg and as a Fipresci jury member at EMAF and DOK Leipzig.


Karin Franzke, born in Stuttgart in 1955, started as a trainee at the Cannstatter/Esslinger Zeitung. After working at Memo magazine and the Stuttgarter Zeitung, she joined Hamburger Abendblatt in 1987. There she was editor of the weekend magazine, the television and media departments and the culture section. Most recently, Karin Franzke was responsible for the weekly Live magazine. She has been a freelance journalist since 2018 and a jury member for the »Critics’ Choice Award« at FILMFEST HAMBURG since 2017.


Wenke Husmann is culture editor at ZEIT online. For years, she has been intensively involved with films. An exciting subject, she thinks, not only because film as the youngest art form combines the visual with the narrative, but also because it is currently having to reinvent itself once again. Streaming services are changing the conditions of production and serial storytelling offers invigorating impulses.


Danny Marques Marcalo is a reporter at NDR Landesfunkhaus Hamburg. Every week he reports on radio and television about films and books that everyone should know. Before that, he wrote print reviews for various magazines, newspapers and online portals and produced his own radio programmes. After completing his traineeship at NDR, he has been constantly checkecking out the city’s cinemas. He has known FILMFEST HAMBURG for a long time, first as a fan and most recently as a live reporter from the red carpet.


Hanns-Georg Rodek has been film editor for Die Welt since 1995 and editor of the work Showbusiness-Enzyklopädie des 20. Jahrhunderts. He has been a member of various juries (Cannes, Gerd Ruge Prize, Helmut Käutner Prize, Around the World in 14 Films).

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