Program Team

  • Diana Iljine

    Festival Director

    Diana Iljine, 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

    Florian Borchmeyer, born 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

    Ulrike Frick studied Ancient and Modern History, Theatre and Literature in Munich and Trier. 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. Since 2007 she has been curating the programme series of New German TV Movies and series at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN.

  • 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 2017 she graduated from an additional post-graduate course in Theater, Film and Television Criticism at the Munich University for Television and Film. At FILMFEST MÜNCHEN she is responsible for independent films from English-speaking countries, Scandinavian films and international series.

  • Christoph Gröner

    Artistic Director / New German Cinema

    Christoph Gröner 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, Artistic Director since 2019. Programmer with Black Nights Festival in Tallinn and Program Consultant for Zurich Film Festival. Also introduces films for ARTE.

  • Bernhard Karl

    International Program

    Bernhard Karl 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 Sönke Wortmann, Hendrik Handloegten, Emily Atef, Sebastian 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 FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in 2008 as a programmer focusing on films from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. As of 2017, he is also responsible for France, Belgium and Québec. In 2013 he became director of the F.I.N.D.+ Festival at Berlin’s renowned Schaubühne.

  • Katrin Miller


    Katrin Miller studied media education, communication sciences and German language and literature at the University of Augsburg. During her studies she worked in various areas of film and TV production. Since 2005 freelance in the field of film education and media culture as a specialist author, film mediating speaker and culture and event manager. From 2007 to 2017 project leader and manager at SchulKinoWoche Bayern. From 2019 she is responsible for the Kinderfilmfest at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN.