28. FILMFEST DRESDEN - National Competition

International Selection Committee

David Buob

David Buob

David Buob, born 1972 in Calw, Schwarzwald, commenced architecture studies in Kassel after finishing school, before deciding after three semester to transfer to training as a stone sculptor. In 1998, he moved to Dresden to attend sculpture studies at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts (HfBK), which he completed with a diploma and master student certificate in the media class under Lutz Dammbeck. After several scholarship stays in New York, Columbus, Ohio, and Helsinki, he decided in 2008 to devote his artistic efforts to short film, creating films such as DAS HAUS, UTÖ and ME BY YOU, which were screened at numerous international festivals, as well as at Filmfest Dresden. In 2012, David Buob was a jury member at the Kurzsüchtig/Addicted to Shorts festival in Leipzig, and in the selection committees for the animation film festivals in Hiroshima und Varna in 2016. David Buob joins the FILMFEST DRESDEN viewing and selection committee for the first time in 2018.


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.


Susann Arnold

Susann Arnold

Susann Arnold is an illustrator, animation filmmaker and animation film curator, who focuses on up-and-coming international filmmakers with an artistic background. Born in 1984 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, which is Chemnitz today, she studied cinematography at schools in Leipzig, Berlin and Tallinn. Her films have been screened globally at international festivals. At the same time, she deepened her knowledge and skills by assisting on various analogue animation film productions. Since 2013, she has run the event label "LÆ.nimation", with which she organises pan-regional, full-length animated film screening events – such as the Horror Animated Film Special on Halloween – and screens animation films in cinemas as pre-films to the main feature. Susann Arnold joins the FILMFEST DRESDEN viewing and selection committee for the first time in 2018.

 


Ricardo Brunn

Ricardo Brunn

Ricardo Brunn, born 1980 in Dresden, studied the history of art and philosophy – rather than learning something proper – in order to discover his boundless enthusiasm for the cinematic there, and then move over "to the film biz". After numerous positions on the most diverse film sets, he worked as a production manager (among others, on "End of the Milky Way" from Leopold Grün and on "The Big Eden" from Peter Dörfler) for several years, until he finally decided to switch sides in 2012 and began to write about film. After a further stopover in the film synchronisation business, which rounded off his insights into how films are created, he has been the editor-in-chief of the online film magazine Filmgazette.de since 2017. Otherwise, he hires himself out as a passionate presenter at various film festivals. Ricardo Brunn joins the Filmfest Dresden viewing and selection committee for the first time in 2018.


National Selection Committee

Sylke Gottlebe
Neue Festivaldirektorin Sylke Gottlebe

Sylke Gottlebe

Sylke, 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 German Film- und Medienbewertung (FBW) 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. She leads FILMFEST DRESDEN again since June 2017.


Linda Kujawski

Linda Kujawski

Born in 1987 and with little access to film growing up in Dresden, Linda moved to Mainz in 2007 to study media dramaturgy at the Johannes Gutenberg University, with the aim of becoming a dramatic advisor for radio. But already the first lectures she took there in one of her main subjects of film ignited her passion for the collective reception of moving images. Since then she has regarded it as her mission to make cinematic treasures and other formats neglected in terms of sales and distribution accessible to the public. In this regard, among others, she was a member of the festival management from 2009 to 2012 of FILMZ – Festival of German Cinema. Linda has been closely associated with Filmfest Dresden since 2013, including positions such as presenter and being responsible for the film print logistics. Since 2015, she has been in charge of the Soirée Allemande/SHORT EXPORT Film Market Cannes project and the Short Tiger project at the German Short Film Association, through which she regularly attends film festivals. For Linda, on principle she first leaves the cinema auditorium after the end of the closing credits. Linda joins the FILMFEST DRESDEN viewing and selection committee for the first time in 2018.

 


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.

 


Steffi Karn

Steffi Karn

Steffi Karn was born in 1968 in Leipzig. Already during her science of education studies at the TU Technical University Dresden, she focused on media pedagogy. In 1993, she was one of the founding members of the Summer Film Camp for Children and Youths in Saxony. Held more than 20 times, this creative workshop introduced the participants to all aspects of filmmaking, both in front of and behind the camera.  Several prize-winners at Filmfest Dresden also began their cinematic careers at the Film Camp in Saxony.

Since 2012, Steffi has been in charge of and supervised the national and international youth juries at FILMFEST DRESDEN. This is the first year that she has been appointed to the festival’s viewing and selection committee.