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.

  • 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 and he is programmer with Black Nights Festival in Tallinn. Also introduces films for ARTE.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Julia Weigl

    International Program

    Julia Weigl works at the interfaces between the arts. She studied literature at LMU Munich as well as cultural journalism at the University of Television and Film and the Bavarian theater academy. She intensified her experience in cultural education at the University of Oxford and New York University. Since 2014, she has been working as a freelance journalist, writer, translator and moderator. From 2018-2019, she was the head of the press department at DOK Leipzig. From 2015-2019, she worked at the press and editorial department of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN. Since 2019, she has been curating the international film program, focussing mainly on the English-speaking territories, Scandinavia and international TV series.

  • Tobias Krell


    Tobias Krell, born in Mainz, studied sociology and political science in Münster. From 2008 to 2014 he worked as a reporter and film critic for, the young program of SWR. Since 2010, he has worked in various capacities for various film festivals (including Berlinale, Film Festival Max Ophüls-Preis, Interfilm, sehnsüchte). 2014 he received his Master's degree at the Film University "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Since 2012, he has been the presenter of the children's knowledge show "Checker Tobi". For his work as a presenter, he was awarded, among others, the Bavarian Television Award for Young Talent (2016) and was nominated for the Grimme Award (2017). He is responsible for the Kinderfilmfest at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN from 2021.