Wednesday, 11/6/2019

Wolfgang Längsfeld Award: Jury 2019

Portrait of this year's jury members

Wolfgang Längsfeld Award: Jury 2019

Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento, Sabine Bachthaler and Uli Möller

Since 2012, the Freundeskreis Wolfgang Längsfeld e.V. has donated the Wolfgang Längsfeld Award, endowed with 3,000 Euros. The award goes to the most original film in the international competition - in the spirit of the late namesake Wolfgang Längsfeld.

In 1981, Längsfeld founded the FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH and was artistic director of the festival until 2002. From 1978 to 2002 he was also professor at the HFF Munich (Head of Department III, Film and Television Play). The Freundeskreis Wolfgang Längsfeld e.V. was formed from friends, students and companions of Wolfgang Längsfeld, whose aim is to further promote young students in his spirit.

The winner of this year's award will be decided by a three-member jury consisting of last year's winner Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento, Sabine Bachthaler and Uli Möller.

With his fabulous film SIMON CRIES, Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento won the Wolfgang Längsfeld Award at Filmschoolfest 2018: Simon is so sad that his girlfriend has left him that his whole body can no longer stop crying. Only slowly can he cope with it. The highly original short film surprised the jury with fireworks of extraordinary pictures and beautiful metaphors for pain of separation and new hopes. Guataquira Sarmiento is currently doing his master's degree at the IAD Film School in Belgium.

Sabine Bachthaler is a successful Munich screenwriter. She has been writing for the telenovela STURM DER LIEBE for years and has a lot of success with big series favourites like MARIENHOF and GEGEN DEN WIND. For the Institute for Film and Image in Science and Education (FWU) she developed screenplays for BENJAMIN BLÜMCHEN. In 2018 and 2019 she headed the Writers Room of the Drehbuchwerkstatt München and is currently working on RAUHNÄCHTE, a mystery series around Christmas.

Uli Möller completed his studies at the HFF Munich under Wolfgang Längsfeld and was his assistant for three years. He has already worked as a director of television films, serial formats and feature films and has also been involved as an author and producer in the realisation of over 200 productions. He lived in Italy for 12 years and helped design the Italian film landscape. He is currently working on the second season of a children's and family series for the channels KIKA/ARD.