Program Team

  • Diana Iljine

    Festival Director

    Born in Frankfurt, majored in communications at Munich University, then went on to work in film and TV for 25 years, mainly in sales & acquisitions. She co-wrote a book on producing, "Der Produzent", which became a standard reference work. In 2008, she went freelance as consultant for international licensing, co-productions and video on demand. She completed her MBA in 2011 at Berlin's Steinbeis business school and became head of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in August 2011.

  • Florian Borchmeyer

    International Program

    Born 1974 in Wasserburg, Bavaria. Studied literature in Berlin, Havana and Paris. PhD in philosophy 2006 with a dissertation on chronicles of the discovery of the Americas. Bavarian Film Prize 2006 for the documentary "Havana - The New Art of Building Ruins". He works as filmmaker and literary critic for Frankfurter Allgemeine, as well as for TV magazine formats. Since 2011/12 he has worked as dramaturg at the Schaubühne Lehniner Platz. For FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, he handles international programming, concentrating on Latin America and the Iberian peninsula.

  • Ulrike Frick

    New German TV Movies

    Born 1970. PhD. in History, and Literature from Munich University 2003, then went to work as a journalist and editor for film, TV and literary subjects. Joined FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2004. Has handled the New German TV Movie section since 2007.

  • Sofia Glasl

    International Program

    Sofia Glasl majored in Theater Arts, German and English Studies at LMU in Munich until 2012. Her doctoral thesis was on the films of Jim Jarmusch. She then worked for German broadcaster ZDF and for various cultural projects at the Literaturhaus in Munich as well as for Filmfest München. She has organized numerous film events and scientific presentations in addition to publishing numerous articles about the cinema. In October 2015, she began an additional post-graduate course in Theater, Film and Television Criticism at the Munich University for Television and Film. At Filmfest München, she heads the International Independents and Series sections and also is the programmer responsible for Scandinavian films.

  • Christoph Gröner

    New German Cinema/ Stars and Strategy 

    Studied in Munich, Venice and Salamanca. Journalist since 2004, International Programmer with FILMFEST MÜNCHEN since 2008, handles New German Cinema since 2012, Stars and Strategy since 2017. Programmer with Black Nights Festival in Tallinn and Program Consultant for Zurich Film Festival. Also introduces films for ARTE.

  • Katrin Hoffmann


    M.A. in Literature 1989. Has handled the Kinderfilmfest Munich since 2005. Writes for epd-FILM and other trades. "Magic Shadows", a children's book on cinema history, published by Filmmuseum Frankfurt 1989. In 2011/12 Katrin Hoffmann ran the KidsFilm tour, sponsored by German theater AG Kino-Gilde.

  • Bernhard Karl

    International Program

    Studied art history and German literature in Munich and got his start as a theatre director’s assistant at the Münchner Kammerspiele under directors such as Dieter Dorn and Peter Zadek. He went on to directed numerous plays in Ulm, Zurich, Tübingen, Oberhausen and the Maxim-Gorki Theater in Berlin. In 2001 he started casting films with Anja Dihrberg for directors such as S. Wortmann, H. Handloegten, E. Atef, S. Schipper, Paul Schrader and Hal Hartley. He is the director and programmer of the “Around the World in 14 Films Festival” in Berlin, which he founded in 2006. He joined the Munich Film Festival in 2008 as a programmer focusing on films from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. As of 2017, he will also be responsible for France, Belgium and Québec. In 2013 he became the director of the F.I.N.D.+ Festival at Berlin’s renowned Schaubühne.