Montag, 12.10.2015

67 Stunden Film

Die Vorjury im Interview

67 Stunden Film

The Preselection Jury during their visit in Munich: Olha Reiter, Michael Kienzl & Selina Ukwuoma 

Watching films in your past time is one thing - watching films as a job is something completely different. Get to know the preselection jury members Michael Kienzl (MK), Olha Reiter (OR) and Selina Ukwuoma (SU) (portrait here) in this interview.


Was this your first experience as a jury member? What were your expectations?

SU: Yes. I expected to watch and rate the films and meet with the other jury members to make the final selection.

MK: It was my first experience as a jury member but I have some curatorial experience where I had to make a film selection with other people. I was curious to see what aspiring filmmakers are doing these days and a little bit afraid of seeing too many clichés of contemporary cinema.

OR: It was my first experience of watching student films in such an amount, but generally it wasn’t, I had an experience of judging films before, my first jury experience was in Bratislava, then I went to St. Petersburg and last time before Munich I went to evaluate films at Glasgow Short Film Festival. Actually I was selecting films for our festival for past 7 years, so I wasn’t expecting something that I wouldn’t be able to handle. It was very interesting for me to watch films from film schools only, after some time I even noticed I can differ them and guess the style of each school.

How did you work your way through the huge amount of films? How long did it take you to watch all of them and make your decisions?

MK: I just followed the order of the list. I was watching them during a month or so and at first I didn't give any grades because I wanted to get an overview of the variety and standard of the productions.

OR: I was watching films for around 2 months. It felt like we’re having LISFF again right after it was held so I was still in good working shape. I watched country by country and it made my experience more structured. Usually the first impression is the most correct in my case, I believe that short films have to be like knock downs in boxing. Either they work or they don’t.

SU: I arranged the films in order of duration and worked from the outsides in, i.e. I watched groups of the shortest and longest films first and those of medium length last. My thinking was that I would then be able to gauge more accurately what proportion I had watched and, therefore, how much I had left to watch and the amount of time it might take me. I quickly realised it would take much longer than I had expected and it did.


Olha Reiter, Michael Kienzl & Selina Ukwuoma
Festival Director Diana Iljine with the Preselection Jury during their visit to Munich


What was the biggest surprise?

SU: The time it took to watch and rate all the films. I had underestimated it.

MK: There were so many slow motion shots of women under water.

How was the selection process with the two other selection committee members? Was there a lot of discussion or did you mostly agree on which films to choose?

SU: It was an easy process with a consensus reached on almost all films in spite of the quite different responses to the films in general.

MK: Although we often had different opinions the selection process was very relaxed and peaceful. We had a good time and I think in the end every jury member has his/her favourite movies in the programme.

Do you have a secret favourite film?

OR: Yes. I guess I’m not supposed to tell that.

MK: There are a few films that impressed me. I'm curious what these directors will do next.

SU: There were a handful that provoked a genuine emotional reaction from me - be it sad or happy. Those are the ones that stick with me.