28. FILMFEST DRESDEN - National Competition

International Selection Committee

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 joined the FILMFEST DRESDEN viewing and selection committee in 2018.


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.


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 discoveries and her film studies behind her, Anne Gaschütz returned to her hometown 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 international selection committee since 2013, became the festival’s deputy director in January 2019 and is also responsible for the festival coordination and the forum Visegrád in Short(s).


Ricardo Brunn

Francisca Villela

Francisca Villela is a Chilean artist and filmmaker. She studied Cinema, Television and Fine Arts in Santiago de Chile and stage and scenography space at the Technical University of Berlin. Since 2003 she has realized several Musical projects and had several exhibitions around South America and Europe. Her animated short “A better situation” (2016) has been accepted into numerous film festivals all around the world. Francisca Villela joins the FILMFEST DRESDEN selection committee for the first time in 2020.


Ricardo Brunn

Tom Grimshaw

Tom Grimshaw, born 1986 in Brighton/ UK, is currently a senior programmer at the London Short Film Festival where he curates both the international competition selection and a number of the festival's special events; including retrospectives, audio/visual performances and commission, with an emphasis on experimental or artist based work. He holds a BA in film studies from the University of Sussex and an MA in documentary filmmaking from the London College of Communication. He has also worked in film distribution at Curzon/ Artificial Eye and is trained as a freelance post-production editor. Tom Grimshaw joins the FILMFEST DRESDEN selection committee for the first time in 2020.


National Selection Committee

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

Linda once studied media and film and can now call herself a media dramaturge. She actually wanted to work for radio until she attended a film festival for the first time. Thereupon she swapped her sound booth for the cosy darkness of the cinema and since then has tinkled through the film festival landscape both professionally and privately. For three years she was the festival director of FILMZ - Festival of German Cinema in Mainz and from 2015 to 2018 project coordinator at AG Kurzfilm, the German Short Film Association. She joined FILMFEST DRESDEN in 2013 as a presenter and has since been involved in various functions at the festival each year. Since the summer of 2018, she has been working for a world distributor of documentary films in Leipzig, viewing, selling and sending documentaries to television stations and festivals all over the world. But after work she still watches short films. Linda prefers her popcorn to be salty rather than sweet and always stays in the cinema until the end of the closing credits. Since 2018 she has been a member of the National Selection Committee of FILMFEST DRESDEN.


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. From 2018-2019 Susann Arnold was a member of the International Selection Committee of FILMFEST DRESDEN. She joins the selection committee for the National Competition for the first time in 2020.


Frank Pawella

Christian Hempel

was born in 1977 in Thuringia and began writing stories, theatre plays and short films at the age of 10. He penned routines for "Die Pfefferlinge" cabaret show at the Theater der Stadt Greiz and taught himself screenwriting and film directing. From 2001 he worked in Berlin as a writer and script developer for various productions, was awarded a short film prize by the 39th Workshop for Young Filmmakers in Wiesbaden, and has worked since 2013 as a freelance script editor and script doctor with the Traumfalter Filmwerkstatt workshop. Since 2010 Christian Hempel has been part of the Filmfest Dresden Team, initially as a guest assistant and driver. In 2018 he preselected the participants for the Script Development Workshop from Csaba Bollók, and he has been a member of the viewing and selection committee for the festival since 2019.


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. In 2018 she joined the festival’s viewing and selection committee.


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