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Pim Zwier is an independent film maker/artist and obtained his MFA at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam in 2003. He makes documentaries, short films and video-installations. His films balance between documentary, experimental film and media-art. His films and installations have been shown at festivals around the world, in exhibitions, or on television. He curated various film programs and was a jury member at several international film festivals. And his films have been part of our competitions in the last few years. This year he is having his own retrospective during this festival.
Alexia Roider was born in Germany in 1975 and raised in Cyprus. In 1993 she attended the Visual Communication Design course at Kassel University in Germany and in 1994 continued her education in the UK at the University of the Arts London where she graduated in 1997 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Film & Video from the London College of Printing. Alexia has been working in the film industry in Cyprus since 1998 directing films, commercials, corporate videos, documentaries and special events, collaborating with local and international production companies. She has worked as an Assistant Director on seven feature films and directed three short films. In 2015 she completed her first feature film, CONVEYOR BELT. She is currently working on her second feature film. Alexia is a member of the European Film Academy and the Artistic Director of the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus (ISFFC) since 2010. She is also the president of the Director‘s Guild of Cyprus since 2014.
Anastasia Lobanova was born in 1977. She lives and works in Saint Petersburg. Since 2007 Lobanova she worked as international depart- ment chief and executive producer at the biggest and oldest film studio in Russia, the Saint Petersburg Documentary Film Studio. During six years work at the studio she is experienced with the whole process of making films in all aspects. In 2012 she has launched her own company Cinedoc which works in several directions: documentary and feature film distribution, sales agent, festival promotion and production service in Saint-Petersburg. There are more than 100 titles of documentary films produced by Russian and CIS countries studios and contemporary Russian feature films in the catalogue, distributed by Cinedoc. Since 2014 works as a Special Program Department Chief at Message to Man IFF, Saint Petersburg, and curates programs at film festivals. The latest is a documentary films program at the French 24th Festival du Cinéma Russe à Honfleur realized along with Fedor Bakulin.
Ludwig Michel, 19, is currently attending the foreign language school in Regensburg. During elementary school, he already tried his talent in producing short films by using his father’s video camera to shoot Lego-films. By now this early curiosity evolved into his favorite pastime. As a passionate actor at the drama group at his school he tries to follow in the footsteps of his big role model Christoph Waltz.
Florian Danner, 21, attended the Otto-Schwerdt secondary school and later on started an apprenticeship as a plant mechanic at Krones AG. As a sideline, he runs the company Filmlook Pictures to fulfill his love for films. Along with his filming crew he participated in numerous film awardings. Some of his biggest successes are the nominations at the Camgaroo Award and the Zeitimpuls short film competition, as well as he first prize at the JuFinale Oberpfalz in the category 18-21. He is passionate about the camera work (in particular recordings with the help of drones) and post-productions.
Marc Roggenstein, 17, is currently attending the Goethe-secondary school in Regensburg. He sees films as a way of giving the audience an understanding of a content through multiple elements, such as the storyline, images and sound. To him, this combination of several components makes film more interesting and exciting than any other manner of presentation. His practical experiences with the medium of film is bound to acting in short films at the Protestant Youth Bad Abbach.
Lola Werner, 16 years old, is attending the Goethe-secondary school in Regensburg. For five years, she has taken part in an autonomous film group at her school. Currently she is working on bringing a new film project to life. As Lola says, film offers the biggest spectrum of interpretation and therefore is able to give the strongest statements among the performing arts. This makes films interesting to her, but to shoot a film is an even more interesting experience for her. She is loo- king forward to seeing thought-provoking ideas and new ways of interpretation during this year’s short film week.
Volker Steinkopff studied film direction at the HFF Potsdam Babels- berg. He then had been working for twenty years as a director and author at DEFA Studio, a film company in Berlin which produces documentaries. During that time, Steinkopff shot several documentaries tailored for children, which were also screened in the cinemas. His award-winning films were presented at many national and international festivals. In 1988 his documentary CHAUSSEESTRASSE 126 was screened in the competition at the Berlinale. In the years that followed, Volker Steinkopff held lectures at the University Oldenburg in art and visual media for about two decades. For many years, he has been a jury member at several film festivals or for the Bremer Filmpreis.
Secret agent Jenni Zylka, born in 1969, is a film critic for newspapers and magazines, writes bestsellers (Rowohlt, Suhrkamp) and film scripts, hosts a radio show about literature on WDR and comments on cultural subjects for RBB and Deutschlandradio. She is also a member of the Berlinale selection committee for fiction films and member of the Grimmepreis-Jury, moderates Q&As, premieres and press conferences, e.g. for film festivals like the Berlinale and the Filmfest Emden, works for the International Filmfest Dresden, surveys TV content for FSF (Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Fernsehen) and teaches journalism at the Academy for Fashion and Design in Berlin.
Born in West-Berlin in 1965, he studied at Hamburg College of Fine Arts from 1984 to 1991. After taking his degree in visual communications he became a research student, receiving a DAAD scholarship to Chicago in 1994. Since 1979 he has produced numerous short films in varying genres and formats. Since 1990 he has his own production company: Staeger-Film. In 1990 he also began working as a filmmaker and artistic contributor (largely as a cinematographer) on film and television projects. His films have been screened worldwide in festivals and exhibitions.
Helena Hufnagel finished her studies at the University of Television and Film Munich in 2015. She received several scholarships and prizes for producing and building up her company COCOFILMS NS. She is the producer and director of several short films, documentaries and commercials. Her documentary THE SAFEST NUCLEAR POWER PLANT WORLDWIDE has been screened at over 50 festivals (Germany shorts in Cannes, London, Paris…) and was nominated for best German short film in 2012. Her short film WILLA after a Stephen King short story has been screened at 45 Festivals (Palm Springs Short Fest, L.A. Shorts … ). Hufnagel also won the Pro7/Sat.1 Mainstream-Prize in 2015. In 2017 she finished her first feature film EINMAL BITTE ALLES (PRETTY FAR FROM OKAY) which had his world premiere on the Max Ophüls Festival 2017.
Farina Palmas started her career in Berlin, where she worked for different movie productions as an assistant director. After she made her Bachelor in dramatics at LMU and her Master at College for Music and Theatre in Munich. During her studies, she worked at the public relations of the Residenztheater in Munich and guided various artists at the in-house agency of the University. She worked at the foundation of Nemetschek for one year after her studies, where she was responsible among other things for the documentary film project IMMER DIENS- TAGS UM FÜNF. Since 2015 she is working at Scenario, a well-known agency for film and TV, where she guides mainly the up-and-coming actors, authors and directors.
Kathrin Anna Stahl
Kathrin Anna Stahl was born in Weiden in der Oberpfalz and had studied drama and vocals and has worked at theatres, television and films since then. During that time, she has gained additional experience as assistant director and producer for example at Claussen+Wöbke+Putz Filmproduktion, Wiedemann&Berg Film and drife Filmproduktion where she has contributed to a couple of dozen short and feature film productions. In 2009, she shot her first short film LETZTE AUSFAHRT WEIDEN OST, which was supported by FFF Bayern and for which she was awarded with the prize for upcoming artists in the categories direction and script at Genzlandfilmtage Selb in 2010. In 2012 followed her short film BAUERNSTERBEN, which was directed by Michael Höllerer and in which she played the main role. BAUERNSTERBEN was screened at several international festivals eg. the Bermuda International Film Festival, the New York City International Film Festival, the Hamburger Filmfestival and managed to win the Award of Excellence Best International and Best Editing International at the Los Angeles Movie Awards. In summer 2014, Katharina Anna Stahl finished the production of her second HFF Bayern funded short film RAUHNACHT, in which she besides direction and editing also plays the leading role. On top of that, the short film was produced within her own company Filmstahl and she also sang the theme music which had its world debut at the Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis. Her first script for a feature film by order of the tnf tenenormfilm GmbH meanwhile is in development.
Ger Duijzings is Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Regensburg and the Graduate School for East and Southeast Europe- an Studies. Before moving to Germany in 2014, he was a lecturer in the Anthropology of Eastern Europe at University College London (UCL) and Co-Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory. In his research, he focuses on urban transformations and social inequality in post-socialist cities, Romania’s capital Bucharest in particular. At University College London he created and curated the first Cities Methodologies event (2009), an exhibition and platform for debate which has become an annual event showcasing innovative urban research. Using moving images in his work, he has also organized documentary film workshops in London and Romania. In 2009 he made a feature length experimental video LEBENSRAUM |LIVING SPACE together with the artist Rastko Novaković. His most recent and relevant publication is “Engaged Urbanism: Cities & Methodologies“ (London 2016, Co-Editor, with Ben Campkin).
Marion Lanzl is a management assistant. Besides that, she works as an independent author for the Mittelbayerische Zeitung, the Wochenblatt and the Ostbayern Kurier. She initiated and manages in a team the Regensburger Fotomarathon and enthusiastic cinema fan. Her “film studies” took place in front of the screen, the TV and in the cinema. From her earliest years, she has been “film addicted,” it doesn‘t matter whether it‘s the TV or the cinema, a world-historical epos or a charming home story. Her passion is the film, travel photography and documentaries. “Each journey tells a story, each story takes you into a journey!”
Michael Mandl is running Klangfarben e.V. and organizes the yearly Klangfarben Festival. He is a musician, composer, DJ and director of a percussion ensemble. As a musician, he makes new scores for silent movies. With his band “5 minute heroes“ he is performing his music in Europe, Asia, Africa und America. A lot of these concerts have been organized by the Goethe-Institute. In recent years, he is also engaged in refugee aid.
The journalist Marianne Sperb, born in 1964, is working for 30 years at the Mittelbayerische Zeitung (MZ), a local newspaper in Regensburg. Her focus is on the city and its people, precisely on monument preservation and contemporary construction and sees her work as “paid learning”. “Architecture is a little bit like journalism”, she says. “Depth and profiles only occur, if the light comes in a room from two different sides. Writing is very similar to this: Conceptual spaces can only emerge, if you’ve looked at the issues from different angles.” Marianne Sperb and her team already won various prizes: In 2011 the German prize for local journalists by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation as well as the Eberhard-Woll-Prize by the press club of Regensburg for her method of reporting about local politics in Regensburg.
The artist and filmmaker Laura Engelhardt was born in 1988 in Bre- men. She studied architecture and art at Central Saint Martin’s Col- lege in London, furthermore at the University and Academy of Art in Stuttgart and finished her Master at the University of art in Berlin Weißensee. Since 2014, she produced several short films, which were shown and rewarded at various national and international festivals. She mixes documentary and experimental strategies in her films and deals with the topics of built environment, the relationship of man and environment, the development of cities and technologization.
Andreas Emminger, born in 1971, worked in Dresden, Venice and Paris. He holds the Diplôme d’Architecte D.P.L.G at ENSA in Paris-Belleville since 1998. In the same year, he started as a freelancing architect in Nuremberg. After being appointed by the Association of German architects in 2002. Currently he is a member of the committee of ar- chitecture in Augsburg and a representative of the Bavarian Chamber of Architects. From 1999 to 2009 he held several lectureships at HTWK Leipzig and TH Nuremberg. Since March 2001 he holds the professorship for architecture at the OTH Regensburg. Between December 2011 and September 2016, he was vice faculty director. By now he holds the full chair.