Preselection Jury 2019
Portrait of this year's jury members
From left to right: Leonie Stade, Neven Samardžić and Egle Cepaite
From 17 to 23 November this year's FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH will take place at the Filmmuseum München. Which student short films will be shown on the big screen has been decided a few days ago. An independent, three-member jury reviewed all submitted films and, after extensive discussion, made a selection. The entries, distributed over ten programmes, will compete for highly endowed prizes at the Filmschoolfest, which will be awarded at the end of the festival during a festive ceremony at the HFF.
This year's preselection jury consists of Leonie Stade, Neven Samardžić and Egle Cepaite.
Leonie Stade is a freelance writer, director and producer. She studied directing and production at the HFF in Munich. Two of her films celebrated their premiere at the FILMFEST MÜNCHEN: the documentary MOLLATH - UND PLÖTZLICH BIST DU VERRÜCKT (2015) and her feature film debut ALL I NEVER WANTED (2019). Both films were produced by her company "Man on Mars Filmproduktion", which she founded in 2013. During her studies she was nominated for the CNN Journalist Award for her short film ZWEI QUADRATMETER LEBEN (2013). In addition to her work as a director and producer, Leonie Stade also works as an author for "Frontal 21" (ZDF) and "La Vita" (BR) and has organised numerous commercial shootings.
Neven Samardžić graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo in 2017 and has since worked as a director for feature films, comedy and music videos. His graduation film CLEAN (original title: "Čistoća") has been shown at numerous festivals worldwide since 2017 and won both the "The Heart of Sarajevo for Best Student Film" award and the "Best Student Film Award" at the Cinedays Festival in Skopje, Macedonia. His current film SPIT premiered at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 2019.
Egle Cepaite is Project Manager at Festival Scope Pro, the leading online platform for filmmakers worldwide. She is responsible for film festival partnerships and communication with the film's rights owners. In addition to her work for Festival Scope Pro, Egle Cepaite is head of the programme team for the French Film Festival in Lithuania, which is organised by the Institut Français.