30.09. - 09.10.2021


This year, FILMFEST HAMBURG could once again win renowned directors, producers, actors and other creatives as jury members to determine the prize winners in the various sections of the festival. The first six juries have been selected.

Since last year, the Hamburg Producer Award for German Cinema Productions has been presented in the newly introduced section GROßE FREIHEIT - Films from Germany. The producer of the winning film will receive 25,000 euros. The prize money will be provided by the Ministry of Culture and Media.

Susanne Wolff

Studied acting at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover. From 1998 to 2009 she belonged to the ensemble of the Thalia Theater Hamburg. Together with the director Ulrich Khuon she then moved to the Deutsche Theater Berlin. At the theater she worked with directors such as Armin Petras, Robert Wilson, Andreas Kriegenburg, Stephan Kimmig, Michael Thalheimer and Johann Kresnik. She was awarded the 3Sat Prize and the Rolf Mares Prize for her theatre work. Susanne Wolff's film roles include Return to Montauk (2017, R: Volker Schlöndorff) and Styx (2018, R: Wolfgang Fischer).

Sebastian Thümler

Completed his training as an editor after various internships at NDR between 1995 and 1997. After completing his training, he worked as a freelance film editor from October 1997. Thümler was involved in the NDR children's series Die Pfefferkörner from 1999 to 2001 and won the German Film Prize for Best Editing for his first feature film Chiko (2008). Thümler later worked together with director Özgür Yildirim on Blutsbrüdaz (2011) and Only God Can Judge Me (2017). Since 2002 he has also worked as a lecturer for film editing at the IFS Cologne and at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.

İlker Çatak

was born in Berlin and grew up in Istanbul. Çatak studied Film & Television Directing in Berlin and at the Hamburg Media School. His graduation film Sadakat won many international awards before winning the Student Oscar in Gold in 2015. In 2017 Çatak's feature film debut followed with the adaptation of the award-winning youth novel Once Upon a Time... Indianerland (2017). Catak's second feature film, I Was, I Am, I Will Be, was awarded the prize for the best screenplay at the Munich Film Festival and is currently shown in the cinema. His third feature film, Räuberhände, is expected to be screened in 2020.

The films of the Freihafen section are nominated for the Hamburg Producer Award for European Cinema Co-Productions. The prize is endowed with 25,000 euros, which are provided by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and awarded to the German co-producers. The foreign co-producer of the same winning film will receive a cinema grading worth around 15,000 euros from the Hamburg post-production company Optical Art.

Ivan Marković

Serbian cameraman and director. His most recent works as a cameraman include All Cities of the North (2016) by Dane Komljen, You Have the Night (2018) by Ivan Salatić and I Was At Home, But by Angela Schanelec, who won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale 2019. The short film White Bird, which he directed with Linfeng Wu, premiered at the Berlinale Shorts 2016, and his experimental documentary Centar premiered at the Doclisboa Film Festival in 2018. From tomorrow on, I Will, a feature film he directed together with Linfeng Wu, ran at the Berlinale Forum in 2019 and received the Grand Prize at the International Film Festival Jeonju in 2019.

Ivan Madeo

Since graduating in film journalism and psychology, Madeo has worked as a producer in some of the largest advertising agencies in Switzerland and Italy. He directed short films before founding the production companies CONTRAST FILM Bern and Zurich in 2009, with which he still produces award-winning films such as The Circle (2014 D: Stefan Haupt), Wonderland (2015, D: Lisa Blatter, Gregor Frei) und Midnight Runner (2018, D: Hannes Baumgartner). Madeo was awarded the Swiss »Producer on the Move« prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. He is on the board of the Swiss Film Producers Association, a member of the European Film Academy, the Swiss Film Academy and the Documentary Film Commission of the Federal Office of Culture.

The Hamburger Produzentenpreis für Deutsche Fernsehproduktionen is awarded in the TV section TELEVISIONEN. The producer of the winning film will receive 25,000 euros. The prize money will be donated by VFF, the collecting society of film and television producers.

Natja Brunckhorst

Became famous at the age of 13 when she took on the leading role in the feature film Christian F. (1981) Later she studied at the acting school in Bochum and was seen in Dominik Grafs Löwe, Tiger, Panther (1989) as well as The Princess and the Warrior (2000) von Tom Tykwer. Today Brunckhorst works successfully as a scriptwriter and director. Her screenplay for the feature film Wie Feuer und Flamme (D: Connie Walther) was awarded the German Film Prize in 2002. Her last film Amelie rennt (D: Tobias Wiemann) celebrated its premiere at the Berlinale 2017. With her production company Green Room Film Brunckhorst has also been working as a producer since 2012.

Friedrich Wildfeuer

studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. He began his professional career in 1988 at VPS Filmentertainment, then as head of department at ZDF in Mainz, and from 1992 to 1998 as head of the fiction department at RTL, where he was responsible for Hinter Gittern, among other things. 1999 Wildfeuer was co-founder of Typhoon AG, where he worked as partner, board member and producer until June 2008, where he produced Das Experiment (2001, D: Oliver Hirschbiegel) und Freischwimmer (2007, D: Andreas Kleinert), among others. He has been working as a producer at Constantin Television GmbH since September 2007. From 2007 - 2018 he also held the position of Managing Director at Constantin Television GmbH.

Ilona Schultz

Ilona Schultz studied film at the University of Hamburg where she met Ulrike Grote, with whom she founded the production company Fortune Cookie Film in 2006. In 2011 she produced the documentary Wärst Du lieber tot? (Director: Christina Seeland), who received the German Television Award for Best Documentary. This was followed in 2012 by the first feature film Die Kirche bleibt im Dorf, directed and directed by Ulrike Grote. The film brought almost 500,000 viewers to the cinemas and led to the production of a television series of the same name for SWR.

With the Sichtwechsel Award, donated by the Federal Foreign Office, FILMFEST HAMBURG honours directors who work and produce films in other countries across national and cultural borders. Films from various sections are nominated for the prize, which is endowed with 10,000 Euros.

Tatjana Turanskyj

Studied literature, sociology and media studies in Frankfurt am Main. Before and during her studies, Turanskyj acted in productions by Einar Schleef. Her films, which have been shown at international festivals, include Petra (2003), Remake (2005), The Drifter (2010), Top Girl (2014) and Disorientation isn't a Crime (2017) together with Marita Neher. Turanskyj also teaches at various universities and is co-founder and board member of Pro Quote Film, an organization that promotes equality and diversity in film and media in Germany.

Rita Thiele

After studying history, German and theatre studies in Cologne, Thiele worked from 1984 at the Landestheater Tübingen and then at the Schauspielhaus Kiel. From 1990 she was dramaturge and member of the management of Claus Peymanns Burgtheater in Vienna. In 1999 she joined the Berliner Ensemble in the same function. From 2001 to 2006 she was chief dramaturge and deputy artistic director at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, from 2007 at Schauspiel Köln, where she was voted »Dramaturg of the Year« by the magazine »Theater heute« in 2011. Since the 2013/14 season, Rita Thiele has been chief dramaturge and deputy artistic director at the Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg.

Slawomir Sierakowski

Sierakowski is a Polish sociologist and political commentator, who writes for The International New York Times and Die Zeit, among others. He is the founder and chairman of Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), an Eastern European movement of liberal academics, artists and activists. He is also the director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw, president of the Stanisław Brzozowski Association and senior fellow at DGAP (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V.). As an actor and author, Sławomir Sierakowski collaborates with the Dutch-Israeli artist Yael Bartana. This led to the 2008 project Mary Koszmary, from which a film trilogy has now been developed, And Europe Will Be Stunned, which represented Poland at the 2011 Venice Biennale.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung honours socially committed cinema. Documentaries and feature films in the Veto! section compete for the prize endowed with 5,000 euros. A jury from Hamburg awards the prize to the best directorial work.

Barbara Duden

Barbara Duden has been a member of the SPD since 1976 and is a trained librarian. From 1978 to 1991 she was a member of the Hamburg-Wandsbek District Assembly. Barbara Duden has been a member of the Hamburg Parliament since 1991 and a directly elected member of the constituency of Wandsbek since 2015. Barbara Duden has served as Vice President of the Hamburg Parliament since 2004. In the SPD faction, she holds the office of education policy spokeswoman. Between 2001 and 2004 she was deputy state chairman of SPD Hamburg and district chairman of SPD Wandsbek.

Helena Wittmann

After studying media sciences and Romance studies, Wittmann attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, where she graduated in 2014 and worked as a research assistant from 2015 to 2018. Her films have been shown internationally at film festivals and exhibitions. Her debut film Drift celebrated its world premiere at the 2017 Venice Film Festival in the »Settimana della Critica« section, has since been shown at more than 40 international film festivals and has received several awards. Wittman also works as a camerawoman on films by other directors such as Luise Donschen.

Catarina Felixmüller

From 2000 to October 2017 he headed the cultural department of the NDR Landesfunkhaus. She trained as a journalist at Harburger Anzeigen und Nachrichten. She studied German language and literature and theatre studies in Hamburg and Vienna. She worked as a dramaturge at the Schauspielhaus Wien. Back in Hamburg, she worked as a freelance journalist and presenter for NDR and Radio Bremen for ten years. She moderated numerous congresses, workshops and discussions on urban development, architecture, politics and culture.

The Norddeutscher Rundfunk awards the NDR Nachwuchspreis to filmmakers who show their feature film debut or second directorial work at FILMFEST HAMBURG. The prize is endowed with 5,000 euros and can be awarded to films from all sections.

Marc Brummund

Studied at the ZELIG School for Television and Film in Bolzano and has been working as a director of international commercials since 1999. After studying directing at the Hamburg Media School, Brummund directed a number of short films and was nominated for the Student Oscar in 2007 with Land Gewinnen. His first feature-length film Freistatt premiered in 2015 at the Max Ophüls Film Festival and was awarded both the Audience Award and the Youth Jury Award. Most recently, he repeatedly stood behind the camera for the crime series Mordkommission Istanbul.

Dagmar Jacobsen

Dagmar Jacobsen produced films by Raoul Peck (Lumumba, 2000), Jeanine Meerapfel (Anna's Summer, 2001) and Benoît Jacquot (Tosca, 2001). Since 1995 she has been managing director of alias film & sprachtransfer GmbH, whose latest projects include the dubbing of The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez (2016) and Grenzenlos (2017) by Wim Wenders as well as Return to Montauk (2017) by Volker Schlöndorff and the subtitling of Jupiter's Moon by Kornél Mundruczó, which ran in the International Competition of the 70th Cannes International Film Festival. From 2006 to 2010 she headed the Institute for Production at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. From 2012 to 2016 she was a board member of the European Film Academy.

Knut Elstermann

was born in East Berlin and studied journalism at the Karl-Marx-University Leipzig. He subsequently worked as an editor for various GDR media such as Neues Deutschland and regularly wrote reviews for Filmspiegel. Since the fall of communism he has been a freelance presenter and film journalist, especially for the MDR and the RBB, where he presents the film magazine »12 Uhr Mittag« on the radio station radioeins. Elstermann is also the author of books as well as numerous features for television and radio, among others about the cinema in Israel and Russia as well as the DEFA history. Elstermann also played a radio presenter on Andreas Dresen's film Halbe Treppe.


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