Tuesday, 11/18/2014

Get to Know the Jury

Jury Interview and Portrait

Get to Know the Jury Members of this year's jury: Matthias Leitner, Marc Schlegel, Caroline Daube, Fabio Mollo, Noa Regev (from left to right)

Interview with the jury:

Do you have any experience with the Filmschoolfest?

Caroline Daube: My diploma film MY PARENTS was screened at the Filmschoolfest in 2004 and won the Young Director's Award. That was a great experience as the film travelled afterwards to 250 festivals and won altogether 60 awards. There is no better way to travel, than with a film.

Fabio Mollo: No, this is my first time.

Matthias Leitner: I have been at the Filmschoolfest as audience, as a journalist and as a member of the selection committee in 2013. 

Noa Regev: Having served as Director of Tel Aviv's International Student Film Festival, I've always viewed Munich's student film festival as an inspiring equivalent. 

Have you ever been part of a jury before?

CD: Yes, in Regensburg in the German short film competition section. That was a great experience and I discovered that I missed watching short films a lot. I love the originality that is often an essential part of short films. The filmmaker doesn't have to deal with high budgets, and less people are involved in the creative process. I really think this is the strength of short films. And of course the protected area of a film school - this gives filmmakers the freedom to experiment and to create their characteristic style.

FM: Yes, at Arcipelago Film Festival and Novara Scenari Orizzontali.

ML: I have been part of several selection committees and one time I have been a jury member of the festival "Bunter Hund". I`m really excited to be part of the Filmschoolfest jury this year.

NR: I have indeed. I have judged a number of film competitions in Israel, and at the San Sebastian film festival.

Any expectations regarding your time at the festival?

CD: Inspiration, discoveries of new talents, networking, fun!

FM: To get to know new talented filmmakers and their work.

ML: I´d like to see mind blowing shorts

NR: What I expect from the Munich film festival is to watch some truly brave and trailblazing cinematic pieces. I believe in the power of the short film and especially, in students' ability to make original, subversive art.

What are you most looking forward to in Munich (except the festival)? What is a must-do in Munich for our visitors (except the festival)?

CD: ATOMIC CAFE and MILLA - nice clubs with a great a concert line up and a long walk along the river Isar.

FM: I'm expecting to see a Munich's dynamic cultural life!

ML: There is a place in the Olympiapark. It is called "Ost-West Friedenskirche". A hermit from Russia did build it out of the garbage and debris after world war two. Even for me, and I´m not religious, it's a special place.

NR: I look forward to experiencing the city's culture via getting to know its own people.

Jury Portrait:

Noa Regev: After doing her doctorate at the University of Tel Aviv's department for film and TV, Noa Regev was giving lectures there and at SAPIR College. She was director of the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival until 2010. Today she is the director of the Jerusalem Cinematheque and of the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Caroline Daube studied production at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Together with Neele Leana Vollmar ("Rico, Oskar and the Pasta Detectives") she founded the production company Royal Pony Film (e.g. "La Priogue" (ARRI/OSRAM Award 2013)) in 2007.

Marc Schlegel studied directing and screenwriting at the Filmakademie Wien and was successful with his short films at several film festivals. His graduation film THE FUNERAL OF HARALD KRAMER won three awards at the Filmschoolfest Munich 2013 as well as an award for the best student film at the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival. He just finished his first feature length film "Schmidt's Katze".

Fabio Mollo studied film at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Rom.He works as an author and director and his shortfilms and documentaries were screened at several film festivals. His first feature length film "Il Sud È Niente" won national and international awards. He is currently working on his second feature film.

Matthias Leitner is a freenlancing author and director and works as a curator for the section "Interactive Media" at the DOK.fest Munich. With Affe im Kopf he develops innovative formats for radio, print and TV as well as crossmedia projects. He is also co-author of "Wader /Wecker - Vater Land", winner of the Audience Award at Filmfest München 2011.