The Jurors of FILMFEST DRESDEN

Each year, FILMFEST DRESDEN appoints several independent juries which decide on the winners of the Golden Horsemen awards. Beside the International Jury and the National Jury these include the Jury Sound Design, GenderDiversity and two Youth Juries.

International Jury 2019

ENA SENDIJAREVIĆ, NETHERLANDS /BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

is an Amsterdam based, Bosnian-born filmmaker. She attended film studies at the University of Amsterdam and the FU Free University Berlin, before graduating from the Netherlands Film Academy as a writer and director in 2014. She wrote and directed several awarded short films, including TRAVELLERS INTO THE NIGHT (2013) and FERNWEH (2014). Her latest short IMPORT (2016) premiered at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs selection of the 2016 Cannes Film festival. Ena’s debut feature film TAKE ME SOMEWHERE NICE (2019) had its world premiere in the Tiger Competition at the 2019 Rotterdam Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award.


JULIEN WESTERMANN, FRANCE / GERMANY

has worked at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival since 2014. He studied audio-visual communications and cultural management in France and Mexico, and graduated in documentary film production before joining the Clermont-Ferrand ISFF team. He is a member of the International Selection Committee there, in charge of the digital tools and co-coordinator of the Short Film Market. Clermont-Ferrand ISFF is the largest short film festival worldwide and also the second largest film festival in France after Cannes in terms of audience and professional attendance. Its renowned Short Film Market is the favourite place for exchanges between delegates from all branches of short film production worldwide. The next edition takes place from 31 January to 8 February 2020. The event is managed by the European-based non-profit organisation Sauve qui peut le court métrage, with a 41-year history of promoting short film culture. It also runs the leading short film submission platform Shortfilmdepot.com.


ANETA OZOREK, NETHERLANDS / POLAND

Aneta Ozorek is Artistic Director of the KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival, as well as a film curator and education expert. She has 15 years’ industry experience in the production of film events, educational workshops, exhibitions and festivals on the Polish and European market. She is programme advisor of the Cinema in Sneakers Film Festival in Warsaw and Head of Short Section at the CEE Animation Pitching Forum. She is the Polish Ambassador of the European Animation Award and a member of the European Children Film Association. She has also illustrated seven books for children. She was a jury member at the Berlinale, the Odense Film Festival (Denmark), Barnefilmfestiwalen (Norway), Primanima (Hungary), Kineko (Japan), the Baltic Pitching Forum (Lithuania) and many others. She cannot live without ice creams.


National Jury 2019

JON FRICKEY

was born 1979 in Stade. After being awarded his Diploma in Communications Design from the HAW Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, he worked as Art Director with Scholz und Friends Berlin. Since 2006, he has been a freelance animation director and illustrator. He wrote and animated more than 50 contributions for the satirical TV show extra3. With the production company SFA, which he founded together with Till Penzek, he has produced animations for WDR Quarks und Co., Arte Karambolage, Sesame Street (NDR/KiKa), etc. His short film CAT DAYS/NEKO NO HI premiered at the 2018 Berlinale. The animation film has received numerous international awards, including two prizes at FILMFEST DRESDEN, and qualified for the Academy Awards. CAT DAYS was nominated for the German Short Film Prize and the European Animation Awards. Jon Frickey regularly does illustrations for magazines, packaging and advertising, for which he has received an ADC award. Jon Frickey lives and works in Hamburg.

 


SIGRID LIMPRECHT

is Head of the Bonner Kinemathek /Kino in der Brotfabrik, an arthouse cinema that has won numerous awards in the German Federal State of North Rhine­Westphalia (NRW), among others. For many years, the cinema has made a name for itself through innovations in the events, film marketing and customer loyalty areas. Moreover, Sigrid Limprecht is Head of the International Silent Film Festival Bonn, as well as a lecturer in film market ing and exploita­tion at various institutes, including the Berlinale Talents. She is a member of the Cinema Commission at the German Federal Film Board (FFA) and a member of the Grand Jury at the Film und Medien Stiftung NRW support foundation. She has developed and organised numerous film series and cinema projects, such as the Film Nights on the Roof of the Bundeskunsthalle Ar t Hall in Bonn. As a board member of the AG Kino­Gilde German cinema association, she has been involved in the Filmkunstmesse Leipzig film art fair, among others. Film policy issues are a particular interest of hers.

 


KONRAD HIRSCH

born 1976 in Dresden. His first film in 1984 was a short animation shot on 16 mm ORWO colour footage with Playmobil figures in his father’s studio, the director of photography Ernst Hirsch. Between 1993 and 2005, he was involved as an assistant, assistant director and production manager in the production of several feature-length cinema documentaries by the director Peter Schamoni. Konrad Hirsch has worked as a director with the German BR, ZDF and 3sat public TV broadcasters. His documentary on the 100th birthday of the dancer Palucca was the closing film at the 2002 DOK Festival Leipzig. From summer 2006, Konrad Hirsch was the press spokesperson for the Palucca Dance School and worked from 2010 in the press and PR section of the Saxon State Representation Office in Berlin. In 2012, he assumed the management of the company Schamoni Film und Medien GmbH and has administered the filmic estate of Peter Schamoni since then. Konrad Hirsch directs documentary projects regularly and produces his own film projects, which are mainly artist portraits and dance documentations, as well as image and music videos.


Youth Jury International Competition 2019

MAGDALENA PÄTZOLD, 17

I first went to the cinema when I was seven years old. If I remember correctly, the atmosphere there aroused my love of films. At eleven I then decided to become an actress, an ambition I still have to the present day. Last summer I got the opportunity to be in front of the camera in a short film during the Arendsee Youth Film Camp. For this reason, I regard the Filmfest and the youth jury as a chance to get to know people who, just like me, do not see films and the cinema as a mere pastime, but rather as art.


PETER M. WACKER, 20

At the age of five I asked my parents how they manage to make the Sandman cartoon figure move. They explained it to me, and in the process aroused my interest in film and in animation especially, which has remained with me to today. My absolute no. 1 favourite pastime is watching films – and short films most of all. The offer a little glimpse into a world capable of being regarded as far, far bigger with our imagination. Makers of short films are able to provide a brief and precise insight into their world of thoughts. And if I don’t like it, it’s only just ten minutes. I’m really looking forward to the shorts.


MILENA TÄSCHNER, 21

What fascinates me about movies is the way they can make people think and feel. And it fascinates me even more to see how short films can create whole worlds of emotion within a short amount of time. Especially in times where fact-based information and scientific truth are losing their fundamental value for democracy and free coexistence, movies are assuming an important, almost political duty. With this fascination in mind, I am looking forward to FILMFEST DRESDEN, to the artists, discussions, worlds of emotions and thoughts. As a European, cosmopolitan and student of international relations at the TU Technical University Dresden, I am full of anticipation for the international contributions.


Youth Jury National Competition 2019

DANIEL HOLZWARTH, 19

When I had my first contact with the festival last year, I was quickly enthused by the multitude of artistic, humorous and meaningful short films, each of which told their own unique stories. I like to let myself be captivated and challenged by a film, just like I enjoy discovering surprising details. I’m excited about April, as well as about discussing selected short films with Lilia and Robert. I’m really looking forward to the 31st FILMFEST DRESDEN and being permitted, as a layperson, to be right in the middle of it all.


LILIA SOBOTTA, 17

What thrills me most about films is delving into strange and alien worlds. Getting to know new angles and possibilities, the landscapes and feelings that the filmmakers fashion and convey to us – this is exactly what sweeps me away time and again. Likewise, I am always highly fascinated by the ways in which specific effects and impressions are created that captivate people over and over. For this reason, being a jury member at FILMFEST DRESDEN is the ideal place for me to be, because I have the opportunity there to discuss and exchange opinions with other film fans about the short films and their most varied of interpretations.


ROBERT ARNOLD, 16

Since I was a small child and discovered the "making of" section in the menus of DVDs, I have had an abiding fascination with how films are made. I’ve tried to explore the medium in several of my own short film projects and assimilated my own ideas in them. And I am equally fascinated by delving into the atmosphere of films and then recalling what I saw later on. Short films shows the essence of an idea as they are obliged, through their limited time, to present their content in the most intensive way. I’m excited about the highly diverse array of images, impressions and situations in the short films at the festival and I am looking forward to exchanging opinions in the youth jury.

 


Jury for Sound Design 2019

ALESSANDRO DE ROSA

Alessandro De Rosa (b.1985) undertook his study of music composition following Ennio Morricone’s advice. He studied with Boris Porena in Rome and then graduated from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands. As a composer and arranger, he collaborated with Jon Anderson of the band Yes. Together with Ennio Morricone he is the author of the book "Ennio Morricone - In his own words" (Oxford University Press, 2019) Morricone's autobiography in form of conversations, published in 2016 in Italy by Mondadori Libri and translated in the most widely spoken languages. De Rosa currently works as a freelance musician and collaborates as author and speaker with the RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana) and the RSI (Radiotelevisione Svizzera di lingua italiana).


MIRYAM CHARLES

Trained in cinema at Concordia University, Miryam Charles has produced and photographed several short films, as well as the feature films LE PAYS DES ÂMES and NOUVELLES, NOUVELLES. She is the director of FLY, FLY SADNESS (best art and experiment at the Rendezvous du Cinéma Québécois 2016), TOWARDS THE COLONIES, A FORTRESS, THREE ATLAS (jury special mention/new alchemists at the Festival du nouveau cinéma 2018) and SECOND GENERATION. She works poetically on the sound design of her short films, always in search of a plurality of stories. Her films have been shown at various films festivals in the world.


JOHANNES GERSTENGARBE

Born in Halle, lives in Dresden and has a weakness for his much-missed second home of Nashville, Johannes works as a producer, teacher and creator of music. This has resulted in cooperative work with various artists, ranging from soundtracks for Jens Rosemann to recordings with CJ Ramone through to videos with Deichkind and Bela B. Thanks to their extensive network, the Ballroom Studios have developed into a location that facilitates encounters between the most diverse creative heads. He mainly works there, but also lectures in arrangements at the University of Music Carl Maria von Weber Dresden and likes to pick up and play the guitar, bass, piano or whatever else is lying around – whether he is asked to or not.


Jury for Gender Diversity 2019

SUSANNE SEIFERT

studied culture, literature and linguistics at the TU Technical University Dresden, as well as at Belmont University in Nashville. From 2009 to 2012, she was employed by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, where she was in charge of its film section among others. From 2011 to 2018, she was the public relations and cultural work specialist at the *sowieso* KULTUR BERATUNG BILDUNG women’s advocacy association. She curated the annual Women’s Short Film Night event in Dresden since 2012 for the association. Moreover, as the curator of the short film programme series KLARSICHT_STREIFEN, which has been a permanent component of the Diversity Days at the TU Dresden since 2015, she prepares audio descriptions for the visually impaired and subtitles for the hard of hearing, so as to permit access to the unique experience of short film for as many people as possible.  She receives requests on a regular basis from various organisations and educational bodies to compile theme-based film programmes. She represents the Saxon Gender Competence Centre in the jury.


ENRICO DAMME

born 1971, is the press and public relations specialist for the LAG Jungen- und Männerarbeit Sachsen e. V. men’s advocacy association in Saxony, as well as a freelance journalist and filmmaker from Dresden. The communications science graduate has worked independently since 2003 as a journalist, television editor, cameraman and video podcaster. For FILMFEST DRESDEN, he has produced the video podcasts documenting the festival highlights, among others, which are viewable on the internet. He works as a producer and cameraman in these and other documentary and reportage formats. Moreover, he is committed to gender equality – and that especially in a constructive-critical sense for men’s interests, such as for their protection against domestic violence in sheltered housing for men, for instance, or in their health care. His work as a press and public relations specialist for the LAG Jungen- und Männerarbeit Sachsen e. V. association includes organising campaigns, and he is one of the initiators of the "Golden Horseman for GenderDiversity in Short Film". Yet again this autumn, the prize-winners with the best gender diversity short films are going on a tour of Saxony, so as to provide access to this subject in rural areas.


VERA OHLENDORF

The LAG Queeres Netzwerk Sachsen network is an umbrella organisation representing the interests of the LSBTTIQ community in Saxony. The network currently has 15 members. We regard ourselves as an interface between the political and administrative spheres, civil society and the community, and are committed to gaining more visibility and presence for the needs of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans and inters. We fight for acceptance of sexual and gender diversity in all areas of our society. Vera Ohlendorf is sitting on the jury for us. She studied philosophy and culture management at Leipzig University, as well as culture and media management at the FU Free University Berlin. From 2014 to 2018, she was a programme coordinator at the Cinémathèque Leipzig arthouse cinematic association, where she curated several thematic film series. She has worked at LAG as a project assistant since March 2018.