Diana Iljine

Festival director

Diana.Iljine@Filmfest Muenchen Ohnerotstich

Watching stories and grand performances on the big screen in an auditorium with other people is something I wouldn’t want to do without. I believe that film absolutely needs that setting. This emotional intensity is why I love the cinema! 

I was 18 years old when I sat in the dark with my first boyfriend — very much in love, arm in arm — in a movie theater. We were watching THE STATE OF THINGS (1982) by Wim Wenders. I was overwhelmed. It was truly a unique experience. From then on, I wanted to be a part of the film business.

To this day, cinema is one of the most emotional experiences I can imagine. Watching stories and grand performances on the big screen in an auditorium with other people is something I wouldn’t want to do without. I believe that film absolutely needs that setting. This emotional intensity is why I love the cinema!

While I was a student, I worked on film productions and realized that the inconstant rhythm during the actual production of a film was not right for me. Other people are comfortable with that lifestyle, but I had to find a different path. I became a journalist, then a film program planner. Later I worked in program procurement for a number of years; among other things, I helped to negotiate large packages from American studios for German TV stations. My work often took me to the United States, where I was always impressed by the professionalism with which stories were told and produced.

As time went by, I preferred to become a creative European professional who supports artists and creative minds. This is my vocation and my inspiration, all the more in my position as director of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN since 2011.