LICHTER Jurys 2022
Jury Regional Feature Film Competition
Antonia Kilian is a director, cinematographer and producer based between Kasseland Berlin. She studied at the Berlin University of the Arts,the Film University Potsdam Babelsberg and at ISA in Havana, Cuba. For her directorial debut THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER, she shot for over a year in the Kurdish areas called “Rojava” in northeast Syria.THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER won the HessianFilm Awardandother Awards at international film festivals and is in the selection forGerman Film Award (LOLA) 2022. With her new production EXILE NEVER ENDS she particpiates in EURODOC 2022. She participates as jury at Festivals like CPH:DOX Copenhagen and Lichterfilmfestival Frankfurt and lectures about filmmaking for Goethe-Institute in Toronto.
Barbara Philipp can be seen time and again on the big screen, on TV or in the theater. She was born on October 19, 1965, in the Rhineland-Palatinate district town of Wittlich in the Eifel region. Acting has always been her career goal. After her school education, Barbara Philipp went to Berlin, where she studied German language and literature as well as film and theater studies at the Free University of Berlin (West). Philipp completed her acting training at the Fritz Kirchhoff School in Berlin and at H. B. Studios in New York. The list of her TV films is long. Das Fenster zum Sommer (2010) and Die andere Heimat (2012) are just two of the screen flicks. In 2009, she joined the series of "Tatort" investigators together with Ulrich Tukur, solving cases in Hesse. Barbara Philipp lives in her city of choice, Berlin.
Jakob Zimmermann has been an editor at ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel since 2021. Prior to that, he worked as an editor for various ZDF editorial departments, as a freelance screenwriter and as head of conception for a Frankfurt video production company, among other positions. Jakob Zimmermann is a graduate of the Drehbuch Werkstatt München. He studied theater, film and media studies and American studies in Frankfurt am Main and Prague.
Jury Regional Short Film Competition
After studying Slavic Studies and Modern German Literature, Alexandra Gramatke worked as a freelance translator in literature as well asdocumentary film. Since 1994, she is a member of thede, a Hamburg collective of documentary filmmakers. Here she realized her own filmssuch as “20 Geigen auf St. Pauli”. In addition, she worked as aproduction manager and publisher. Since 2008 she is the director of Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg. In this, she curated short film festivals for festivals, Goethe institutes and many more events. From 2009 to 2017,she lead the selection committee for the German short filmcompetition at the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg.
Karl Eberhard Schäfer
Karl-Eberhard Schäfer finished his studies as a certified pedagogue, after which he worked in the field of youth as well as adult education. From 1987 to 1997, he worked at Frankfurter FIlmproduktion. During this time he took part in the development of several films, series and co-productions. In 1997,he started U5 Filmproduktion with other filmmakers, which has by now produced over 80 televisionfilms as well as diverse documentaries. Schäfer is active in film politics, was the chairman of theVereinigungHessischer Filmschaffender e.V., a member of the decision committee at HessenInvestFilm and a representative of the film industry on the board of HessenFilm. He iscurrently active as a freelance producer for U5 Filmproduktion.
Born in 1987 in Bonn. Raised in Bensheim, south-Hesse. Studied film studies, literature and philosophy with Magister Artium in Mainz. After working as an assistant director and recordingmanager on film sets and in the theatre, he began to work as a freelance author and director. Fellow of the Drehbuchwerkstatt Munich, where he worked on the book to his debut film DAS SCHWARZE QUADRAT. His films have been awarded plenty-among them the HessischerFilmpreis, the Tankred Dorst Drehbuchpreis and the Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino-and were screened at numerous festivals worldwide.
Jury 6th VR Storytelling Award
Agata Di Tommaso
Born and raised in Turin, Agata Di Tommaso got her first Bachelor’s degree in Cinema from herhometown university. After that she moved to Bologna and proceeded with a Master’s degree in Semiotics. She completed her second Master’s degree in Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities at the university of Vienna with, a thesis on the impact of new technologies onexhibitions, from its creation to the visitors’ experience. Her specialised Master in Management of Cultural Goods took her from Venice to Paris, where shemet with Diversion cinema and became a Festivals Manager within its distribution department.Agata has been speaking about XR distribution at MakerFaire Rome, IAAD School,andhas been a jury for XR project pitches at Torino Short Film Market 2021.
Michael Gödde has been active for more than ten years in film and media production as a creative director, producer and entrepreneur. He studied film and media direction at the Hochschule Darmstadt, where he now teaches 360° film production. As a co-founder and creative director of the Frankfurt agency videoreality, he has been producingnumerous interactive VR-experiences and 360° videos since 2016. From his practical experiencesand a scientific user study conducted with the Fraunhofer Institut für graphische Datenverarbeitung IGD, he developed new guidelines for filmic storytelling in VR, which waspublished in 2018 as a scientific publication.For his brand TimeLeapVR, which specializes in the development of XR experiences for museums,education and cultural institutions, he was named a Kultur-und Kreativpilot by the German government.
Mathias Fournier knows the French media landscape like no other. Having worked for RadioNova, France’s leading cultural radio station as well as for established cinema distributors LesFilms du Losange. His directorial debut, the documentaryNo more swingshowcases histalents behind the camera. Additionally, he is now head of programming at the Festival duFilm de Contis on the south-western french Atlantic coast.For several years now, LICHTER and Contis have formed a remarkable friendship,united intheir love for cinema. This year, we are more than happy to welcome Mathias Fournier at ourfestival. Not only as a beloved guest, but as part of our VR Jury.
Jury12th LICHTER Art Award
Christin Müller is an art historian and curator. She studied art history and German language and literature at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. She has been a curator at basis e.V. since 2011 and, in addition to numerous exhibition projects in Frankfurt, has also realized shows at the Goethe Institute Paris and the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg, as well as free projects in other exhibition spaces. She is also involved in several initiatives that deal with the creative use of spaces and the social potential of art. In her last exhibition project state of high performance, in 2021 at basis e.V., she presented works by artists such as the artist collective Claire Fontaine, Pilvi Takala and Martin Kohout.
Gunter Deller studied German language and literature, philosophy, theater, film and television studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and visual communication with a focus on film at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach/Main in 1999. Since then he has been working as a freelance artist in the field of experimental film and video art. He has participated in numerous short film festivals, including European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, interfilm Festival Berlin, Clermont-Ferrand, Impakt Film Festival Utrecht,Split International Festival of New Film, Kassler Dokfest, Dresden Film Festival, Il Cinema Ritrovato Bologna. His films and video works have been presented at Kino im Deutschen Filmmuseum & Filminstitut, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Portikus Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, Podewil and Kino Arsenal, Berlin, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Lagerhalle, Innsbruck, J Filmclub 813, Cologne, MassArt Film Society, Boston and Gallery 825, Los Angeles. He has been a jury member at numerous film festivals and the German Short Film Award.
Saul Judd, freelance curator in Frankfurt, is responsible for the video art section at the LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International. As part of the festival, he conceived exhibitions with renowned artists such as Keren Cytter and Mike Bouchet until he initiated the LICHTER Art Award in 2011. Since 2015, he has curated the LICHTER International Shorts film program. Other projects include BLANK SLATE, a publication on art, architecture and design, and since January 2016 SCHAUT! - an exhibition series at the Mal Seh'n Kino in Frankfurt. As guest curator of the film series Double Feature at the Schirn Kunsthalle, he presented the artist John Skoog in 2017.