28. FILMFEST DRESDEN - National Competition

International Selection Committee 2016

Andreas Körner

Andreas Körner

born 1962 in Dresden. Not only does he like to go to the movies, he even writes about them. He has been a music and film critic since 1984 and held a permanent position as an editor until 1994. Since then he has worked regularly as a freelancer for the Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten and the Sächsische Zeitung regional newspapers, as well as for the PLAYER Leipzig cinema review magazine. In addition he works on the side – presenting an evening show on Radio Energy, running workshops, writing for catalogues, and even acting as a jury member at FILMFEST DRESDEN. In 2002, the Endlich Daunchen/Finally Daunchen (mlm) family music book with the saxophonist Michael Schulz was published. In 2006, the DVD DEPOT. (mlm/MehrKorn Filme) was released, containing a 20-minute experimental film and more of his own short films about the Lyonel Feininger gallery in Quedlinburg among others. Reading tours and live performances were held in Germany for both projects. Since 2011, his event series Körner's Corner – Film Talk has been running in Dresden's Programmkino Ost cinema with more than 40 editions held so far. In 2016 Andreas is a member of the screening commission of FILMFEST DRESDEN for the second time.


Sylke Gottlebe

Sylke Gottlebe

born 1964, has been involved with short film since 1996. She was the director of FILMFEST DRESDEN from 1997 to 2001, worked for the Film Nights on the Banks of the Elbe open-air summer screenings and organised week-long film events and cinema projects. When the German short film association AG Kurzfilm was founded in May 2002 Sylke Gottlebe managed the development and expansion of this federal German body representing short film and was its managing director until August 2013. She was a member of the Administrative Council of the FFA (Germany's main federal film funding body) from 2004 and a member of the Supervisory Board of German Films (the German film exporting body) since 2010. From 2008 to 2013 she was appointed to the Cinema Programme Award Jury of the German Federal Representative for Culture and Media (BKM). In addition following many years of jury work in the FBW, the German film and media evaluation body, she was a member of numerous film councils and groups, such as those in the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony and the Culture Office of the State Capital of Dresden. Since 2014 she is a member of the short film section Pardi di Domani at Festival del Film Locarno and joined the jury of FILMFEST DRESDEN in the category Fictional Film now two years ago. Sylke Gottlebe has three children and lives in Dresden.


Anne Gaschütz

Anne Gaschütz

born 1983 in Dresden. She had her first contact with short films at a small local television station as a teenager. However, she had been to the cinema very rarely up to then. It was only when she moved to Great Britain after completing secondary school, that a campus cinema in sleepy little Warwick became a refuge for her. Six years later, with numerous film pearls and her film studies behind her, Anne Gaschütz returned to her homeland and experienced all of the stages in film production at the Dresden-based production company filoufilm. Since then she has worked as a production assistant and production manager on numerous film projects. Anne Gaschütz has been a member of the selection committee since 2013 and is currently responsible for the festival coordination and the forum Visegrád in Short(s).


Danny Mellenthin

Danny Mellenthin

born 1982 in Plauen, Vogtland, already wondered at a tender age how the Sandmann was able to run around without any strings and envied the cameraman who had the honour of working with the little cartoon boy Pumuckl. His interest in the magic of what happens behind the film scenes took him from drawing small flip books to studying media production and computer graphics. And his weakness for the enchantment of what can be created on the computer for the monitor or silver screen has been a constant preoccupation of his since then. Dresden has been his adopted home since 2002. After completing his studies, he worked as a technical director for effects at the Dresden-based 'PiXABLE' Studios, on the short film 'Grisella' among others. Since 2011 he has worked as a freelancer in the field of visual effects. Danny joined the FILMFEST DRESDEN selection committee in 2013.


Stephan Raack

was born in 1975 in Lauchhammer, Brandenburg. Already during his school time, he took his first cinematic steps with a self-created home cinema and his first photo film Möpschen hat Zahnschmerzen/Puggle Has Toothache. The film Concorde Affaire/Concorde Affair (1979), which was screened at the Rundkino cinema in Dresden, gave him his first serious contact with the cinema virus. Finally his encounter with the owner of the Casablanca arthouse cinema infected him completely with the result that he became a permanent feature there as an employee. Since 2004 Stephan Raack has been the owner and operator of his own "THALIA – Cinema. Coffee and Cigarettes" monoplex as he calls it in Dresden's Neustadt.


Ines Seifert

Following the completion of her studies in English, American and German literature at the Technical University Dresden, Ines Seifert worked from 1999 to 2005 as a festival assistant and programme coordinator at Filmfest Dresden. She worked in regular freelance assignments for the short and animation film scene e.g. the German Short Film Association. At the German Institute for Animated Film (DIAF) her responsibilities have included especially the presentation and organization of film series and exhibitions as well as editorial and press related tasks. Since 1999 she’s passionately connected to FILMFEST DRESDEN as a programmer, curator, perennially member of the selection committee for the international competition and organizer of the opening and award ceremony.

 

 

National Selection Committee 2016

Katrin Küchler

Katrin Küchler

born and reared in Weida, Thuringia, she had a fascinating preoccupation with the hypnotic Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse in her youth. However it is doubtful whether this was a potential impulse for her subsequent media and communications studies at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. By that time she was already tending more towards an analytical viewpoint of film rather than to any social-science empiricism. In 2005 and 2006 she studied media and culture at the University van Amsterdam with a particular focus on the historical, theoretical and analytical aspects of motion pictures. After her first year at FILMFEST DRESDEN in 2007 her heart started beating for short film. She wrote her master's thesis on the subject of short.film.time – Temporal Variations in Short Film. Following her studies, she worked as an assistant at the Berlinale Shorts and conducted teaching assignments at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. Since 2010 she has been, in addition to Alexandra Schmidt and Karolin Kramheller, one of the trio managing the international short film festival where she has also become a member of the viewing commission.


Mandy Müller

Mandy Müller

born 1976 in Marienberg, the Ore Mountains, first intended to be an art teacher. However several minor but significant experiences during her teaching studies at the Technical University Dresden, matched by her desire for creative, artistic activities and animated music videos, caused her to take a detour away from her planned profession and embark on a career in the animation film industry. She has been working for animatic and puppet animation for several feature and short films as well as TV series for several years and has been part of the selection committee for FILMFEST DRESDEN since 2011.

 


Frank Pawella

Frank Pawella

was born in 1971 in Gotha, Thuringia. Following his apprenticeship and work as a carpenter and organ builder, he completed his studies in art history, economic and social history as well as philosophy at the Technical University Dresden. Since 2005 he has been a research assistant at the university's Art and Music Studies Institute, focusing on modern art. He has released numerous publications, talks and research work on the subject of film music, adaptations and the iconography of pop stars in feature films as well as in propaganda films during the Nazi period. Since 2009 Frank Pawella has been a member of the selection committee for FILMFEST DRESDEN.

 


Simone Lade

was born in 1973 in Aue, Saxony. However already by the mid 1990s she was drawn from the Ore Mountains region where she lived to Dresden, the capital of Saxony. Here she initially worked as a restaurant manager. From 2002 she worked for the PAN Veranstaltungslogistik und Kulturgastronomie GmbH Dresden event and catering company at the Film Nights on the Banks of the Elbe events. This was followed by several years with the German Short Film Association and various freelance positions such as for instance as a curator for FILMFEST DRESDEN and the Dresden State Art Collections. Simone Lade is Co-Founder and Project Head of the Palais Summer. Since 2006 Simone Lade has been a member of the selection committee at FILMFEST DRESDEN.


Dani Barsch

Dani Barsch

born 1973 in Riesa. Dani Barsch already assembled a collection of the GDR magazine Filmspiegel (Film Mirror) as a teenager and decorated her room with posters ranging from Romy Schneider and Lino Ventura to Alain Delon. Following her literature and art history studies, as well as journalism, festival work and teaching activities, during her year of German-French film studies in Paris, she watched at least one film in the original language each day there and got to know at least half of the cinemas in Paris in the process. Following this glorious time, the serious side of film life began for her: From 2001 to 2008, Dani was underway right across Germany as a location scout, as well as a unit and production manager for large and major productions. Following these years rich in learning, she founded her own production company filoufilm in Dresden, which went on to produce several prize-winning films. In the meantime, Dani is now dreaming of her own small film festival out in the countryside with its own screenwriters' workshop. It is her second year as member of the selection committee of the FILMFEST DRESDEN.