We’re very grateful that all our award sponsors immediately pledged their support even in this difficult year. For our four main awards and the film critics’ award as well, we’re proud to welcome jury members from all branches of the arts as well as from the field of cultural education. We’re very much looking forward to it!”
Munich rules! In any case, many of the jury members who will be awarding prizes at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN this year work in Munich — a sign of the close ties between Munich’s cultural institutions. ARRI and OSRAM are jointly sponsoring the ARRI/OSRAM Award for the winner of the CineMasters competition. In 2021, the jury will consist of the president of the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF) Bettina Reitz, actor Max von der Groeben and director of Kunsthalle München Roger Diederen. MPLC Deutschland GmbH (Motion Picture Licensing Company) sponsors the 15,000-euro CineVision Award which is presented within the CineVision competition. The recipient will be selected by a three-person jury: theater director and part of the artistic management team of Münchner Kammerspiele Pınar Karabulut, actor and ensemble member of Residenztheater München Yodit Tarikwa and Mirjam Zadoff director of the NS-Dokumentationszentrum München.
The German Cinema New Talent Award (Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino is sponsored by DZ BANK AG, Bavaria Film, and Bayerischer Rundfunk. In 2021, the recipients will be chosen by the director of the Münchner Kammerspiele Barbara Mundel, actress Sophie von Kessel and actor and ensemble member of Münchner Kammerspiele Komi M. Togbonou. The Bernd Burgemeister TV Movie Award is given to the producer of the best feature film in the New German TV series section. The award is sponsored by the German film and television producers' royalty distributor (VFF). This year's jury is comprised of the former head of FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Prof. Klaus Schaefer, producer, screenwriter and director Dennis Schanz and director Natalie Spinell.
Since 2015, the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) has presented an award at the film festival. This year's jury is comprised of Swedish critic, editor, musician, and actor Anders E Larsson, Italian film critic, author and professor Macro Lombardi and Anne-Christine Loranger, who is a journalist, film critic, author, language teacher, director and lecturer from Québec.
Max von der Groeben
Max von der Groeben, born in Cologne in 1992, studied acting at the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich. His career began in 2004 with his first television role in the German comedy series BERNDS HEXE. Since then, von der Groeben has appeared in various TV movies and feature films. The 29-year-old became known to a wider audience thanks to his roles as Daniel Becker (Danger) in the popular FACK JU GÖHTE film series and as Freddy in the BIBI UND TINA feature films by Detlev Buck (2013–2016). These were followed by the Netflix thriller KIDNAPPING STELLA starring him, Jella Haase, and Clemens Schick, which premiered at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in 2019. Von der Groeben is also a voice actor who dubs films, performs in radio plays, and narrates audiobooks. His projects for 2021 include the motion pictures DIE SCHULE DER MAGISCHEN TIERE and HINTERLAND by Stefan Ruzowitzky.
Bettina Reitz started her film- and media career as a commissioning editor at the Hessischer Rundfunk, and then moved to the ZDF and from there to the Bayerischer Rundfunk, where she most recently held the position of television director. In the meantime, she was co-founder of the production company teamWorx GmbH. In 2015, she became president of the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). Reitz is a member of the FFF Awards Committee and the German and European Film Academies, on the board of trustees of the Kuratorium junger deutscher Film and vice president of the German Academy of Performing Arts. Bettina Reitz has been involved in many award-winning documentaries and feature films, including the Oscar-winning films THE LIVES OF OTHERS, AMOUR and CITIZENFOUR as well as the international hit TV series TURKISH FOR BEGINNERS.
The Dutchman Roger Diederen, born in 1965, earned his doctorate in art history and archaeology at the University of Amsterdam. From 1990 to 2006 he worked at museums in Los Angeles, Cleveland and New York. He then moved to the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung (in short: Kunsthalle Munich) as curator. He has been director of the Kunsthalle since 2013. With three major exhibitions a year, he aims at familiarizing a broad audience with art, cultures and epochs. As an interdisciplinary institution, the Kunsthalle presents not only paintings, sculptures and graphic art, but also fashion, design, photography and film.
Yodit Tarikwa is a permanent member of the ensemble of the Residenztheater in Munich and a graduate of the Conservatory of Vienna in performance arts. Her first permanent engagement took her to Schauspiel Frankfurt. Further stations were the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin and Theater Basel. She has worked with Robert Icke, Pınar Karabulut, and Simon Stone, among others.
Mirjam Zadoff is the director of the NS-Dokumentationszentrum München. Previously she held the Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair for Jewish Studies and was an associate professor of history at Indiana University Bloomington. She is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and was a visiting faculty member at ETH Zurich, UC Berkeley, HU Berlin, and Augsburg University. Her publications include “Werner Scholem: A German Life” (2018), “Next Year in Marienbad: The Lost Worlds of Jewish Spa Culture” (2012), and a forthcoming book, co-edited with Nicolaus Schafhausen, titled “Tell Me about Yesterday Tomorrow”.
Pınar Karabulut directs plays at various venues including the Volksbühne Berlin, Theater Basel, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Schauspiel Köln, where she was part of a collective that managed a venue called Britney in the 2016/2017 season. Karabulut’s works bring female characters to the forefront and explore the female perspective in a powerfully radical way. In the 2020/2021 season, she directed the queer feminist miniseries “Edward II. Die Liebe bin ich” for Schauspiel Köln’s Dramazon Prime platform. Since 2020, Karabulut has been part of the team of artistic directors at the Münchner Kammerspiele.
Jury GERMAN CINEMA NEW TALENT AWARD
Komi M. Togbonou
Sophie von Kessel
Komi M. Togbonou is an actor, musician, and activist. He has been a permanent member of the ensemble of the Münchner Kammerspiele for the past year and also works in film and television. Among other things, he appeared in HERREN by director Dirk Kummer, the first German TV movie with a cast exclusively of people of color. As a musician, he works for Nina Hagen, Die Fantastischen Vier, and Thomas D, among others. Long-standing collaborations with artists such as Christoph Schlingensief, Herbert Fritsch, and Jan-Christof Gockel underscore his commitment and his artistic vision of using public space as a stage. For more than 25 years, Togbonou has been committed to respectful social coexistence and to more diversity in film, television, and theater. He lives in Munich, Berlin, and Lomé, the capital of Togo.
Sophie von Kessel was born in Mexico City. She grew up in Latin America, Finland, Austria, Germany, and the United States. She received acting training at the Juilliard School in New York before graduating from the Max Reinhardt Seminar. From 1997 to 2001 she was a member of the ensemble of the Münchner Kammerspiele and received the Bavarian State Prize for Young Artists. In 2008 and 2009, she played the lover (Buhlschaft) in “Jedermann” at the Salzburg Festival; since 2011, she has been part of the ensemble of the Munich Residenztheater and performs as a guest at the Burgtheater in Vienna. Parallel to her stage career, von Kessel has appeared in a number of popular television and motion-picture productions by renowned directors. Most recently, she appeared in a TATORT episode filmed in Kiel called “Borowski und die Frau am Telefon”.
Barbara Mundel, born in Hildesheim in 1959, studied modern German literature, art history, and theater. Since the 1980s, she has been a dramaturge at Theater Basel, the Volksbühne Berlin, the Münchner Kammerspiele, and the Ruhrtriennale, and a director specializing in musical theater (including at the Frankfurt Opera and the Salzburg Festival). From 1999 to 2004 she was the director of the Lucerne Theater, and from 2006 to 2017 the artistic director at Theater Freiburg. She shaped the programmatic discussion of an “urban theater of the future”. Under her directorship, Theater Freiburg received several awards from the magazine “Die deutsche Bühne” for its “unusually convincing theater work outside of major centers of theater”. Since September 2020, she has been the artistic director of the Münchner Kammerspiele.
Jury Bernd burgemeister TV MOVIE AWARD
Prof. Dr. jur. Klaus Schaefer
Law professor Klaus Schaefer, born in Frankfurt am Main in 1952, studied law at the University of Frankfurt and the University of Munich. He received his doctorate from the latter in 1981 for a thesis on copyright law. From 1989 to 1995, Schaefer headed the Department of Media Law and Media Policy at the Bavarian State Chancellery. He was the deputy managing director and authorized signatory of FFF Bayern from 1996 to 2000 and its managing director from 2011 to 2018. Since 2018, Schaefer has been practicing law in addition to being an honorary professor and a lecturer at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF) as well as a member of the supervisory board of Internationale Münchner Filmwochen GmbH.
Natalie Spinell was born to a Czech mother and an Italian father in Munich in 1982. From an early age, she appeared in television series such as TATORT and POLIZEIRUF 110 and lent her voice to numerous radio dramas, including LOLITA and TABALUGA. After high school, she studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute, and from 2007 onwards, feature film directing at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). She received various awards for her short film VIKI FICKI. In 2016, she completed her studies by creating the pilot for the series SERVUS BABY, for which she received the Bavarian TV Award for Young Talent. The first season of SERVUS BABY premiered at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in 2018, and the second season premiered two years later at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN POP-UP.
Producer, screenwriter, and director Dennis Schanz was born and raised in Berlin. He studied film and American studies in Berlin, Zurich, Mainz, and Kansas. In 2013 he completed a master’s degree at the University of Mainz. While still a student, he and Luis Singer founded StickUp Filmproduktion. In 2015/2016 he participated in the “Serial Eyes” international showrunner program at the dffb in Berlin. During this time, he also developed the idea for a series called SKYLINES, for which he was the head writer, showrunner, and producer; the series received the Grimme Preis in 2020. THE STRONG SEX, a film that Schanz co-produced, will have its world premiere at the 38th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in the New German Cinema section.
Jury FIPRESCI Prize
Anders E. Larsson
Marco Lombardi was born in Turin in 1962. He is a film critic for “Il Messaggero” and “MyMovies.it”, professor (Suor Orsola Benincasa in Naples, La Sapienza in Rome, UniPegaso, and IULM in Milan), as well as anchorman of “Come ti cucino un film”, on the Italian channel Gambero Rosso. He wrote two essays, and also works as a food critic (Gambero Rosso). He has been a programmer at Venice Film Festival, and author and anchorman for the Italian public broadcaster RAI.
Born in 1970 in Montréal, Québec, Anne-Christine Loranger is a journalist, film critic, author, language teacher, director and lecturer. Based in Dresden, Germany since 2003, she covers German cultural and political news for ICI Radio-Canada (radio and television) and cinema for the film magazines Séquences (Montreal) and Sabzian (Brussels) as well as for the webzine j-mag (Geneva). She has written chapters on five books on cinema and theatre, including “L'absolu... Un jour”, a tribute to the Canadian playwright Françoise Loranger. In 2013, she directed the short film LE CERCLE, based on a Chinese poem. She is the author of the philosophical children's novel “The Enemy Villages” and a collection of short stories written in English entitled “Back to Joy”. Since 2004 she has been teaching French at the French Institute in Dresden and English in private companies.
Anders E Larsson is a critic, editor, musician, and actor based in southern Sweden. He is also the newly appointed festival director of Lund Fantastic Film Festival, the oldest and foremost genre film festival in Sweden. Over the years he has been culture editor at daily newspapers, and as a freelance writer he contributes to magazines and websites. He composed the music for the Guldbagge awarded (Sweden’s equivalent to the Academy Awards) feature film GARDEN LANE, and has released records with the bands Slowmotion Club and Alabama Moonshine Co. As an actor he has starred in films, plays, and musicals.