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Wednesday, 11/10/2010

The Jury of the Anniversary Festival

Director Dito Tsintsadze is president of the international jury.

On Sunday, November 14th, the 30th Munich International Festival of Films Schools opens. It is one of the oldest and most important festivals of its kind worldwide. The acclaimed director from Georgia heads an international jury for the competition.

The other jury members are acress and musician Julia Hummer from Hamburg ("Carlos", "The State I Am In"), American film expert Kathleen McInnis, last year's two-time prizewinner Yaelle Kayam from Israel as well critic and cultural commentator Thomas Willmann of Munich.

"Dito Tsintsadze is a master of film narrative", says festival organizer Andreas Ströhl. "I'm very happy that we have one of Europe's finest auteur filmmakers as jury president." Tsintsadze, who has been living and working in Berlin for ten years is famous for such award-winning films as "Lost Killers", "Gun-Shy" and "The Man from the Embassy".

From November 14 - 20, Tsintsadze and his colleagues will view 44 films from 26 countries competing for numerous awards. The jury will decide on the winner of the Best Film (the VFF Young Talent Award) as well as the prizes for Best Documentary (the ARRI Award), Best Screenplay (the Luggi Waldleitner Award), Best Cinematography (the Student Camera Award) as well as the Arte Short Film Award.

Dito Tsintsadze has been a member of many juries at festivals around the world, including San Sebastian, Moscow and Pusan. But the student festival in Munich is new territory for him. "I look forward to all the new ideas from young people around the world", says Tsintsadze. "Just as the students will hopefully profit from my work, I hope to be inspired by theirs." Shortly after the close of the festival, he begins shooting his next film, "Invasion", starring Burghart Klaußner.

As jury president, Tsintsadze will also be holding a Masterclass on Friday, November 19th at 11am  in the Munich Filmmuseum in which he will be showing excerpts from his films and talking about the challenges of filmmaking. The lecture is open to the public and admission is free.