International Competition | Jury of the Young | German Competition | Window to Bavaria | Window to the Region | Window to the Architecture

International Competition

Doris Bauer

Doris Bauer is co-director of Vienna Shorts, Austria’s only Oscar® qualifying film festival. She’s a cultural manager and curator based in Vienna, Austria and also head of the international competition Fiction & Documentary at the festival. She studied political science at the University of Vienna. Until 2014 co-founder and director of the independent DVD rental store Filmgalerie 8½ and the short film festival espressofilm in Vienna. In 2012 she co-founded the Film Festival Forum, an association of 22 film festivals in Austria. She was the spokeswoman of this Forum until beginning of 2018. Doris works also as a curator for exhibitions, the last one was “shaping democracy“ at the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, a short film exhibition on the occasion of the 100 years anniversary of the Austrian Republic.

Stefan Kruse Jørgensen

Stefan Kruse Jørgensen is a research based filmmaker and visual artist with a background i Graphic Design. In July 2017 he received a Master Degree in Visual Culture & Identity from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Design (KADK). His work reflects an ongoing research into technical image production and the collective  consciousness it shapes.  Stefan’s latest film A Lack of Clarity (2020) won the International Competition at SHORT WAVES FILM FESTIVAL and the Golden Horseman Short Fiction Film Award at FILMFEST DRESDEN. Stefan is currently pursuing a postgraduate at Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln.

Laura Lehmus

Born in 1972 in Riihimäki, Finland, she studied Fine Arts at the F+F School in Zurich, majoring in Video-Clip and Performance Art (1993-1996), and Audiovisual Media, Media Design Group at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne KHM. She graduated with the film NOT GOING DOWN (2001). After a longer stopover in Berlin and Helsinki, Laura now lives and works as a director in Düsseldorf with her husband and child. Her short film ALIENATION has won many awards, including the 2015 German Short Film Award – Lola in Gold in the category of animated film. It is one of the three most successful German short films in 2016 (FFA).

Her feature film debut SWEET DISASTER starring Friederike Kempter, Florian Lukas and Lena Urzendowsky started its festival career in late 2021 with its premiere at the legendary RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, followed by its German premiere in competition at the MAX OPHÜLS PREIS, the US premiere at the prestigious SANTA BARBARA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL. Nationwide theatrical release is August 2022.


Jury of the Young

Valentin Goppel

Valentin Goppel was born in Regensburg in 2000 and studies documentary photography in Hannover. Ever since he can remember, he has loved telling stories, be it in photos, text or film. He especially likes stories about youth and age, about isolation and freedom.

Friederike Hirth

Friederike Hirth, born in 2000, was born in Oschatz, Saxony, and graduated from high school there in 2018. Afterwards, she directly began her studies of Media Studies and English in Regensburg, for which she is currently writing her bachelor’s thesis. Friederike’s passion for film and cinema provided the incentive for this course of study – which she has been putting into practice, among other things, with her work on the organizing team of the local Transit Film Festival since 2020. She enjoyed the viewing process as well as her tasks in the press and marketing area (at the latter as Head) so much that she stayed with it beyond the actual internship and joined the associated Hör und Schau e.V.. Additionally, Friederike is active at the Regensburg student magazine Lautschrift and enjoys writing articles for their film column. She has also recently started working as a projectionist at the Filmgalerie im Leeren Beutel and would definitely like to stay in the cinematic world after her studies. Even though she enjoys going to the cinema as often as possible to see a wide variety of films, it’s even more fun for her to be involved in the festival, cinema and film processes. Even though Friederike is always interested in in-depth film analysis, in her free time she likes to watch trash TV, listen to a lot of jazz and 50s rock-n-roll, and knit while doing so.

Jonathan Market

Jonathan Market was born in Regensburg in 2002 and took a whole 16 years to discover his passion for film. Through photography he came to videography and over time this hobby was even joined by commissions, so that since 2018 he has also been implementing photo and film projects on a part-time basis. However, he is most fulfilled by realizing his own short films, which he started when he was still in school. The film course at the Gymnasium Neutraubling, where Jonathan Market also received his Abitur in 2021, allowed him to implement many ideas and participate in some projects. In 2020, for example, he himself participated in the Short Film Week with the film “The Search” (2019) and “Die Pyjamaparty” (2018). With the film “Laplace” (2021), he most recently won the Youth Film Award Oberpfalz 2022.

At festivals, filmmakers always hope to convince the jury with their films. Now swapping roles and judging the submitted films himself is an extremely interesting change of perspective that he is very excited about.

Pia Schlegl

Pia Schlegl, born in 1999 and raised in Regensburg, has been studying industrial design in Munich for a few years.She loves to playfully rethink things and translate abstract ideas into concrete human experience. In doing so, she is aware of the ecological and social responsibility of design and incorporates this into the design process in order to create a world worth living in. Therefore, her interest in socio-political issues is high and she pursues it passionately. She sees film as an impressive medium for communicating information and emotion. She was able to get to know the world of film more closely during an internship at a film production of the ZDF from the point of view and area of responsibility of the recording director and since then she is even more fascinated than ever.

Luzie Marie Woitsch

Luzie Marie Woitsch graduates from school in 2020 with a specialized baccalaureate at the Gestaltungs-FOS in Straubing. Since then, she has been making intensive use of the window between school and studies. After a federal voluntary service at the Städtische Galerie im Leeren Beutel, she devotes herself to art and politics. In addition to her involvement in the climate justice movement (including Fridays for Future), three jobs and other projects, she is preparing to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg… Free time? Not a chance. The world of film holds a great fascination for her. She is often inspired by the mood and visual language.

German Competition

Katharina Dockhorn

Katharina Dockhorn studied history and cultural science at Humboldt-University of Berlin. She has been working as freelance journalist for TV stations, newspapers and trade magazines for more than 25 years. She is member of FIPRESCI and served as a jury member on several international A-film festivals such as Berlin, Annecy, Cairo and Tallinn.

René Gebhardt

René Gebhardt lives and works in Berlin as an art director, artist and filmmaker. 

René studied at the Bauhaus-University Weimar and was co-initiator of the international lecture series “Projektil” as well as co-author of the reference book “Don’t Panic! Der Praktikantenguide” which was published by Herman Schmidt Mainz. 

As an art director, René worked for many years at some of Germany’s most successful creative and advertising agencies, during which time he won several awards at national and international creative competitions. 

Since 2015, René has been self-employed and became active in the artistic & cinematic field, among others. Together with Beatrice Behn, René shot and produced the documentary feature film “The Artist & The Pervert”, which was presented internationally at film festivals in 2018 and also won awards.

Sophie Linnenbaum

Director and writer Sophie Linnenbaum makes short films, series and documentaries. Her playfully pointed short films have won several awards and screened at numerous national and international festivals, such as the multiple award-winning [OUT OF FRA]ME or PIX, which won the German Short Film Award. Most recently, she received the FFF Förderpreis Dokumentarfilm at DOKFest Munich for her current documentary STORIES OF DADS. Before studying directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, she studied psychology and worked as a playwright. She is currently working on her graduation film and first feature film.

Window to the Architecture

Waleska Defne Leifeld

Waleska Defne Leifeld was born in Munich and studied architecture at the Technical University Munich and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). Upon completing her degree in 2002, she specialised in film architecture with postgraduate studies in Production Design for Film and Television at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). Since then, she has made substantial contributions to the creation of cinematic worlds in numerous national and international productions for film and TV.  With a passion for interdisciplinary projects, Professor Leifeld teaches at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF), the Faculty for Architecture at the Technical University Munich (TUM) as well as the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. As of May 2021, Waleska Defne Leifeld is the Professor for Analog and Digital Design and Representation at the Technical University of Applied Sciences Regensburg.

Chris Neuburger

Chris Neuburger, born in Ingolstadt in 1971, studied architecture at the Technical University of Munich. 1995 – 98 worked in the office of Raupach und Schurk, Munich. 1998 – 2005 independent work as architect with Jan Bohnert, realization of first buildings, first competition successes (1st prize Europan 7). 2005 Foundation of nbundm* architects with Jan and Anick Bohnert in Munich and Ingolstadt. 2008 Entry in the list of urban planners. 2011 Admission to the Association of German Architects BDA. 2012 Elected chairman of the Architekturforum Ingolstadt, curator for exhibitions and events. 2012 – 16 Lectureship at the TH Nuremberg for design, urban planning and building in existing structures. 2013 Elected to the board of the BDA district association Munich. 2016 to the present: jury activity, guest corrections at the TH Nuremberg and the HS Munich. In addition to architecture, his passion is music. Thus, he is a founding member of the band Slut (1995) and has been writing music for plays and feature films since 2000.

Bernd Rohloff

Bernd Rohloff, born in Erlangen in 1966, has been working as a landscape architect and urban planner with his own office in Regensburg for 30 years after studying landscape architecture at the TU Munich.

He is a member of juries for planning competitions, was a guest critic in the landscape architecture course at the TU Munich, and looks back on many years of teaching at the OTH Regensburg, Department of Architecture. From 2010-2012 he was and since 2018 he is 1st chairman of the Architekturkreis Regensburg e.V., which is dedicated to the mediation of building culture in Regensburg and the region through cultural and political work. The Architekturkreis Regensburg is a sponsor and co-initiator of the Architecture Window as part of the Short Film Week.

Window to Bavaria

Katrin Nemec

Born in 1980, studied theater, modern German literature and sociology at the LMU Munich from 2000 to 2005. Subsequently studied documentary film directing and television publicity at the University of Television and Film Munich. 

Her graduation film “Vom Lieben und Sterben” was awarded the Bavarian Television Prize and was nominated for the German Documentary Film Prize and the Studio Hamburg Young Talent Award.

Christian Pfeil

Christian Pfeil, born in Gera in 1970, studied theater, film and television in Bochum from 1991 – 1993, before studying acting at the Academy of Music and Theater in Leipzig and the National Theater in Weimar from 1993 – 1997, graduating with a diploma. From 1997 – 1999 he had an engagement at the Landestheater Marburg. From 2000 engagement at the Schauburg – Theater der Jugend of the Münchner Kammerspiele, until he opened the Monopol Kino in Munich in 2005.

In 2006 he took over (with Markus Eisele) the Arena Filmtheater BetriebsGmbH in Munich and in 2007 the Kino im Schillerhof Jena. Numerous cinema openings, takeovers (most recently Rio Filmpalast 2021) and awards followed (Monopol Kino: award as “Best Cinema of Bavaria” 2014, MDM top prize for Metropolkino Gera 2018). Alongside, theater work and various film appearances, including in the audience success “Shoppen”, the festival hit “Die Hummel” and the literary adaptation “Zwei Herren im Anzug” by Josef Bierbichler.

Since 2015, he has been on the board of the AG Kino Gilde der deutschen Filmkunsttheater.

Valentin Riedl

As a physician and neuroscientist, Valentin Riedl researches the functioning of the human brain. For his efforts to link abstract science with the art form of film, Valentin received the sponsorship award of the Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Rheinland and a scholarship from the Wim Wenders Foundation at the suggestion of Wim Wenders. In the multi-award-winning animated film CARLOTTA’S FACE, together with the animation artist Frédéric Schuld, he tells of the special perception of the face-blind artist Carlotta. The feature-length film LOST IN FACE was released in 2021 and was awarded the prize for Best Debut at the German Documentary Film Award.

Window to the Region

Susanne Just

Susanne Just is a media assistant at the Bavarian Music Academy Schloss Alteglofsheim. She was born in Munich, lived in East Frisia and Cologne, where she completed her master’s degree with a focus on theater, film and television studies. She worked for several years as a freelance journalist for theater, newspapers, radio and television, and as a lecturer in adult education.

adult education. Since 1996 she has lived in Regensburg, where she worked as a television editor for the local TV station TVA until 2001. Part-time she teaches at the University of Regensburg

Hannes Ringlstetter

Hannes Ringlstetter grew up in Straubing, Lower Bavaria.

After graduating from high school, he did his community service and studied. At the same time always music and first attempts at acting. Today he is known and loved far beyond the Bavarian borders as a cabaret artist, actor and musician.

Since 2016, he has been thrilling viewers weekly as host in his late-night show “Ringlstetter” every Thursday 10 p.m. on BR television, and has also been part of the series “Hubert and/ or Staller” as “Yazid” since 2011.

Of course, in addition to various other TV projects, he can also be seen on stage: with his Spezl Stephan Zinner as a duo, and with his band on tour through Germany and Austria.

Philipp Weber

Born in Regensburg in 1978, he moved to Berlin in 2005 to study media studies at the University of Potsdam after training as a media designer for image/sound at TVA. He helped develop EMERGEANDSEE from a film festival into a media art festival and worked on the Berlinale press team for the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section.

On film productions he was involved as set recording manager, sound engineer or post production supervisor. Some films, 35.000 STUNDEN, NEXT, CÜRÜK – THE PINK REPORT, could also be seen during the Short Film Week or in the Film Gallery.

After his studies, Philipp assisted Insa Wiese and Michael Fleig at the 19th Short Film Week, and then tackled the upcoming digitalization of cinema projection.

He also created video stage pictures for the mono-opera Anne Frank at the Junges Theater as well as for the production Zwischen!Welten for the dance company of the Theater Regensburg and was also on stage as a live cameraman for OTELLO.

In 2019, he decided with a heavy heart to leave the Short Film Week team to take on new challenges. However, he has not yet left the festival world completely: at the Hofer Filmtage he is part of the technical team and in 2022 he is a projectionist at the Berlinale.

Currently, Philipp Weber is settling in Meiningen due to family reasons and continues to work from there in and around Regensburg.