Each year, FILMFEST DRESDEN appoints several independent juries which decide on the winners of the Golden Horsemen awards. Beside the International and the National Jury, these include the Jury for best Sound Design, for GenderDiversity and our two Youth Juries. In 2021 two new juries are added: for the film award "fully political" and for the Film Critics Award.



born 1984, is a film curator based in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. After completing his Master in Sociology, he focused on journalism as a freelance writer and as a programmer of public debates on social issues at the local art institution. Born from his love for films, he co-founded the screening collective Deep End Film in 2013. More recent projects of Deep End Film include D.R.E.A.M. (Data Rules Everything Around Me) with short films and discussions on the future of living in cities and “Craving for Narrative”, an exhibition with short visual works on the power of narratives. In 2018, Mathieu started his work at Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen. As a part of the programme team he is, among others, responsible for the competitive sections and part of the selection committee. At the festival he also curates programmes for the theme focus, country focus and other out-of-competition programmes, as well as for the collaborative international platform This Is Short.


born 1987 in Casablanca, currently lives and works in Paris. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Fine Arts, Tetouan, Morocco (2010) and the School of Fine Arts, Angers, France (2013). She was also awarded a diploma from Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing, France (2015). She was an Artist Member of the Academy of France in Madrid from 2017 to 2018. Belonging to the generation growing up in an era dominated by image, she collects them with as much eagerness as suspicion, and ceaselessly questions their veracity. She prefers to put her fictions in the service of reality, and the field of her experimentation encompasses the occupation of public space and gender issues, of which she highlights the founding mechanisms. Her recent group exhibitions include: Museo de Reina Sofía, Spain (2021); New Museum, NY (2020); MA Museum, Quebec (2019); Biennale de Dakar, Senegal (2018); Sharjah Biennial, Lebanon (2017); International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2016); the Marrakech Biennale, Morocco (2014), etc. She has received many awards for her films LE PARK (2015), and BAB SEBTA (2019).


grew up in Podlachia, Poland, and graduated from the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts and Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice. She is a PhD student at the Polish National Film School in Łódź. After festival successes with her student film WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT?, her debut animated short TO THY HEART was nominated for a Golden Bear at the 2014 Berlinale Shorts competition and won the Grand Prix at the Animateka Festival in Ljubljana. She took part in the JAPIC Animation-Artist-in-Residence programme in Tokyo and in the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. She has also created social ads for the Polish public “Kultura” TV channel and the Arsenal Art Gallery. She works and lives in Warsaw. Her other works include KTOŚ MNIE POKOCHAŁ (SOMEONE WHO LOVES ME), NIE UTONIEMY (WE WON’T SINK) and CEBULOWA PANNA (THE ONION GIRL).



His animated films WIND, LINK and ISLAND have received numerous awards at international festivals. In his short films, Löbel merges the performances by expressive figures with narrative humour and social metaphors. He is a co-founder of the animation collective Klimpa. Klimpa combines 2D with stop motion to create a personally handcrafted, colourful and abstracted style. He runs the interview podcast “Trickfilmforscher” and has lectured in animation at the Hochschule Wismar University of Applied Sciences Technology, Business and Design.


After finishing her studies of Slavonic and German literature Alexandra Gramatke worked as a freelance interpreter for literature and documentary films. In 1994 she joined the thede, a Hamburg based group of documentary filmmakers. Here she made several films, such as 20 VIOLINS IN ST. PAULI. In addition, she worked as a production manager and publisher. Since 2008 she has been the managing director of the Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg, a short film distributor and host of the annual Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg.


The Berlin artist and filmmaker focuses on the limitations of space caused by curtailments, borders, rules, architectures and barriers. Through interventions in quasi-natural order systems, he provokes situations that generate temporary irritations and open up spaces of opportunity for code conversions. Especially the border areas between public and restricted or non­public spaces serve him as a means to expand his artistic scope of action. His cross-media artistic oeuvre includes performative interventions, video installations, films and photography. His work has been shown globally at film festivals, as well as in museums, galleries and exhibition spaces. These include the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Kunstmuseum Bonn, ZKM Karlsruhe, Manifesta 11, Moderna Museet Stockholm, or Helsinki Art Museum.



For seven years now, the film medium has been my companion: With my own short films, TV reports and image films created to date, and more still in the planning. Through this passion, I have been able to get to know great people and gain amazing expe­ riences. Now I also want to have a look behind the silver screen. So many differing impressions, perspectives and opinions rub up against each other there. Together with my teammates, we will watch films till we keel over and then choose our favourites. What could be better! I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and really looking forward to intensive exchanges at the festival.


Especially in times like these when art and culture seem so far away for me, being involved in the festival is really important. Finally, there is an opportunity for the filmmakers to have a stage and thus gain recognition and attention as well. After having tried myself to shoot some short films, I am well aware of the arduous struggle it is to have a good idea, the weeks of work shooting and editing, and the doubts you have when you must shorten your footage in the end. I have great respect for the art of producing a good short film, for which reason I am looking forward to the short film marathon, as well as to the exchanges with others.


Nature and music are my main thing, but cinema is part of that for me too. An enthusiastic film fan for the last 15 years, and most recently a regular part of the team, I am delighted that I can finally settle into the cinema seats and view the complete International Competition programme. However, this amazing task is linked to a cruel one: Comparing films. Because there are so many factettes in films, and even more in short films. I am looking forward to fresh thoughts, new images, sounds and routes, or simply experiencing what has never been there before. I value having a wealth of ideas, indepth themes and interesting characters. For me, (good) cinema means: If you are not musing afterwards, something is wrong.



In 2015, I had my first contact with the crazy world of film festivals at a DOK Leipzig workshop. Already then, I became enthusiastic about the intensive work and the shared discussions on the various films being screened. At the latest since that, my love for film has developed. So much in fact, that since last year I have been on the education advisory committee at DOK Leipzig and been shooting my own first film for the last few months. So of course I am delighted at the opportunity to be part of the youth jury of FILMFEST DRESDEN this year. I am excited about the films and looking forward to the shared exchanges in the jury.


For me, film means having exchanges, getting to know new perspectives – as a confrontation with a story and oneself. On the one hand, as a viewer I am fascinated by creating a connection with a film, but also with what happens behind the scenes. For this reason, I am completely excited about experiencing both of these during the festival. I regard short film as a truly unique medium that can be totally effective – and as an art enthusiast, I am delighted to become more familiar with this artform.


The film that seems to have accompanied me the longest is Damien Chazelle’s LA LA LAND. And while I do believe that there are even better films, when Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling first sing about life in the art world, I would love to dance along to it. For me exactly this is movie magic, something special that I look for in every film. And it is the reason why I view films over and again, or make them myself. Being part of the festival located here in my home city brings all of this film magic to life, as it has done so for so long now, together with Cannes and Sundance.



is a musician, composer, music producer, sound designer, director, actor and author. He assumed all of these positions in the short films UNDERGROUND ODYSSEY and ON AIR. Both of them received the German Short Film Award. ON AIR was also awarded the Golden Horseman Short Fiction Film in the National Competition at the 28th FILMFEST DRESDEN in 2016. The accompanying WDR radio play version has been aired frequently. For more than 25 years, he has released music as a solo artist, in constellations and across music genres. For 20 years, he has composed and produced music for film and television. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has played in theatre pieces for the Kölner Schauspielhaus, among others, under Johan Simon. He has created his multi-channel sound concepts, among others, in installations by Rebecca Horn with music from Hayden Chisholm, as well as in music theatre works from GAMUT INC. As FOH, he has toured worldwide, including with Puramon, Julee Cruise, Burnt Friedman, Jaki Liebezeit, Flanger and Zeitkratzer.


is a German film composer who lives in Berlin. She already received her first piano and composition lessons at the age of five and won numerous prizes with her own compositions for various instrumentations. This was followed by major studies of piano at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin, her Music Theory Diploma awarded by the University of the Arts Berlin, and finally film score studies at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Since then, she has had a successful international career as a film score composer and been awarded an array of prizes for her music, such as on BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ (director: Burhan Qurbani), which received the European Film Award and the German Film Award, among others. For the music in the documentary LOVEMOBILE, she received the Best Sound Award at the Moscow International Documentary Film Festival.


who was born in Halle, lives in Dresden and has a weakness for his much-missed second home of Nashville, works as a producer 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, in addition to touring with his own band and his own songs.



is a media scientist, editor and film critic with a feminist focus. She is a member of the team on, the only German language feminist film magazine. In the past, she organised and curated the film programme for the prizewinning traumakino event in Marburg, among others. She discovered her love for the short film format as a member of the jury at the OpenEyes Short Film Festival. She is currently the editorial head of the goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Films at the German Film Institute.


born 1990 in Brandenburg, he studied history, as well as German linguistics and media sciences. As the co-head of the Filmgalerie Phase IV in Dresden, he maintains and expands its archive consisting of more than 13,000 titles. The Filmgalerie’s programme also includes queer films, which are represented with 300 works. Furthermore, he curates film series for the Phase IV e. V. association and organises screenings with audience discussions. He focuses especially on the application and further development of gender film theories to the science fiction and horror genres, for which he has written several essays. At the same time, he works as a freelance theatre critic. And finally, it must be said that he is always trying to see lots and lots of films.



born 1982 in East Berlin, she studied politics at the FU University Berlin and, following her traineeship at the NDR broadcaster, worked for ten years from Hamburg as a reporter and features writer with the NDR, arte and Deutschlandfunk broadcasters. In 2019 she moved to the rbb / ARD broadcaster. On a thematic level, she already specialised in extremism research and GDR history during her studies. In 2019, her documentary and multimedia project PREVENTION. HOW DEMOCRACY SHOULD BE SAVED (www.projekt-praevention. de) was awarded the Alternative Media Prize. Her animated film BRAND (screenplay/co-director) about victims of right-wing violence won several short film prizes, including the Golden Horseman at FILMFEST DRESDEN.


has headed the Saxon Centre for Political Education (SLpB) since 2017. He studied evangelical theology in Tübingen, Berlin, Cambridge and Marburg, where he worked as a research associate and a lecturer and received his PhD. After working for a period as a freelance journalist, as a vicar with the Kurhessen-Waldeck Evangelicval Church and as a guest professor at the University of Montreal, he was employed as the managing director of the Herbert Quandt Foundation from 2007 to 2016. In 2017, he worked as the managing director of the Stiftung Westfalen-Initiative foundation in Münster. His focal areas and publications have dealt with themes such as integration and intercultural education, the Middle East, civil society challenges and the future of rural areas, as well as the political culture in the new German federal states. In this connection, he has headed projects in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Hesse. He is involved in numerous foundations and committees, and is committed to German-North European and German-Polish relations. He is not a member of a political party and is married with two children. He likes sports, wine, theatre, classic music and jazz.

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born in Dresden, she moved in 1990 – with the last East German A-levels – to Paris. Following studies of applied theatre sciences, she took film direction studies in Potsdam/ Babelsberg. Her short film HINTEN SCHEISST DIE ENTE was a great success with the audiences (winning the Audience Award at FILMFEST DRESDEN among others) and led to her first feature film, NIMM DIR DEIN LEBEN, 2005. Since then, the Adolf Grimme Award-winner has worked for cinema and television, as well as for the theatre – she has portrayed the actress Corinna Harfouch, the photographer Sibylle Bergemann and spoken about her own generation in ZONENMÄDCHEN. In her much-discussed film MONTAGS IN DRESDEN, she accompanies three people who go to the right-wing Pegida demonstrations. In 2020, her first book “Die anderen Leben – Generationengespräche Ost” was published by be.bra Verlag. In autumn 2021 her contribution to the new ARD broadcaster’s series HERSTORY – HISTORY IN ARD, entitled THE FALL OF THE WALL AND WOMEN, is due to be broadcast. Sabine Michel is married and has four children with her husband.



Film historian, theatrical studies at the Theaterhochschule Leipzig college, dramatist at various East German GDR theatres and at Henschelverlag Berlin publishing house, followed by five years as feature page editor of the “FF Dabei” programme guide. Regular contributions as film publicist. From 1972, research associate for fiction film at the Academy of the Arts Berlin, awarded Dr. phil. from Humboldt University Berlin with thesis on film director Kurt Maetzig. Since 1991 freelance and visiting academic at the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek Berlin foundation and the ZZF Potsdam, lecturer at the FU Berlin, HU Berlin and the HFF Babelsberg universities. Cofounder and long-term member of the CineGraph Babelsberg e. V. association and on the “Filmblatt” editorial staff. Co-curator of the “Die rote Traumfabrik” retrospective at the Berlinale 2012 and the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film 2012. Long-term curator of the “Wiederentdeckt” film series in Zeughauskino cinema of the German Historical Museum Berlin. 2020 scholarship from the German Historical Institute Moscow.


lives and works as a freelance publicist and curator in Berlin and Basel. In addition, she acts as a project manager on cultural and socio-political projects, such as with refugees and in community projects. Following social and cultural science studies in Tübingen, she managed a pilot project on distribution funding at the Hamburger Filmbüro (cultural film subsidies), and then worked as both a freelance and employed journalist in the film sector. She has been appointed to numerous commissions and juries (including Oberhausen, Mannheim-Heidelberg, Rotterdam, Locarno, etc.). She worked as the Festival Director at the VIPER media art festival in Basel and Lucerne (1995 to 2002). As a curator, she was responsible for the “aufnahmen” video art series and was a member of the “Sternstunden” editorial department at Swiss Television, as well as curating various film series.


is a Swiss journalist and political scientist who has lived in Berlin for more than 20 years. He worked in various positions at film festivals in Western Switzerland (PR and programme advisor). He is the editor-in-chief of the international – j:mag – online magazine, with articles primarily published in French and German, as well as a correspondent for various West Swiss newspapers and publications in Berlin. He has worked for more than two decades as a film critic and travelled the festival circuit, with a preference for Eastern and Northern European cinema, as well as for Asiatic cinema. He has been a member of several international juries, was on the jury for the best German documentary in 2017 and was a jury member of the German Film Critics Association (VDFK) for the best German short film from 2019 to 2021.