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Friday, 11/2/2012

Dennis Gansel To Chair 2012 Jury

The prizewinning German director is this year's jury president

The other members of the jury are actress Rosalie Thomass, ARTE commissioning editor Katja Ferwagner, cultural affairs journalist Marco Schmidt as well as French director Lilian Corbeille, Best Film award winner at last years' festival.

"Dennis Gansel is one of Germany's top directors", said festival organizer Diana Iljine, executive director of the Internationale Münchner Filmwochen. "As a former film student as well as a multifaceted and successful director, he's ideal as the jury president, particularly for this festival."

Born in Hannover in 1973, Gansel is a graduate of the University for Television and Film in Munich. His first feature film, THE PHANTOM, a political thriller made for TV won 3 coveted Adolf Grimme Awards. His first theatrical release GIRLS ON TOP was a box office success. The films that followed, NAPOLA, THE WAVE, WE ARE THE NIGHT and THE FOURTH STATE all garnered widespread acclaim. Universal Pictures recently announced that Gansel will be making his US directing debut with the thriller GRIM NIGHT soon.

"I was at this festival almost 20 years ago as a new film student and I was absolutely elated," said Dennis Gansel. "I love shorts and am very curious about how these young filmmakers view the world."

Gansel and the other jury members will view 50 films from 22 countries in the international competition. The jury decides the winners for Best Film (VFF Young Talent Award), the prize for Best Documentary  (ARRI AWARD), Best Screenplay (Luggi Waldleitner Award), Best Cinematography (Student Camera Award) as well as the ARTE Short Film Award.

Dennis Gansel will hold a master-class, an old tradition at the festival, on Thursday, Nov. 15th at 11 am in the HFF/M entitled: "Shit! Yippee! Please...? No! FuckYesss! - How To Get Started In The Film Business". The event is open to the public and admission is free. On Saturday, November 17th at 5 pm in the Filmmuseum, the festival will be screening his film NAPOLA (2004).