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Friday, 11/4/2011

Sebastian Schipper is Jury President

Actor and director to preside over the international jury

Sebastian Schipper ("Gigantics", "A Friend of Mine", "Sometime in August") will preside over the jury of the 31st MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL  OF FILM SCHOOLS (13 -19 November). The other members of the jury are Andrea Kuhn, director of the Nuremburg International Human Rights Film Festival, film journalist Elisabeth Maurer, film producer and festival curator Thom Palmen from Sweden and Polish director Pawel Maslona, the winner of last year's Best Film.

"Sebastian Schipper is both a talented actor and an impressive writer-director whose films have attained cult status in Germany," says festival organizer Diana Iljine, "a multi-talent and an ideal jury president. We're excited to have him."

Sebastian Schipper recently acted in Tom Tykwer's film "3" and is now playing Bavaria's fairy tale king Ludwig II in the feature film of the same name by Peter Sehr and Marie Noëlle. Schipper's debut as a writer-director came in 1999 with "Gigantics", followed by "A Friend of Mine" and "Sometime in August". Schipper's next feature film is currently in pre-production.

"I'm very curious to see how these young directors get their innermost feelings up on the screen", says Schipper, who attended the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich. "Ever since then I've been a big fan of the film school festival. It was where I contracted the virus to want to become a director."

The jury will judge view 50 films from 26 countries in competition from November 13-19. The jury selects 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 (Student Camera Award) as well as the ARTE Short Film Award.

On Wednesday, November 16 at 11 am, Schipper will talk about his experience before and behind the camera. This event is open to the public and is free of charge.