and founded his own production company OVIDFILM in 2012, with which he has since realized numerous feature film and documentary productions. From 2014 to 2020, he studied film production at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. After his studies he worked for MFG Baden-Württemberg and in a leading position in various productions for cinema and TV.
Anja Gurres began making her own short films at the age of 17 and achieved her first successes at youth festivals. From 2014, she studied directing fictional films at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and screened her short films, for which she also wrote the books, at national and international festivals. In 2018, she attended the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires for a semester. In 2020 she finished her studies with the short film ‘Im Widerschein’. Anja lives in Hamburg and is currently working with Tamtam Film GmbH on the feature film ‘Love Escape’, which has received script funding in the Nordbuster panel of MOIN Film Funding in 2021. Her first feature film ‘Balconies’, which she realised as a low-budget self-production in 2022, is currently in festival evaluation.
Louis Wick was born in Stuttgart and grew up in Ludwigsburg. He founded the film production company WickingerFilm, which was awarded Best Media Start-Up by the BVMW in 2015. In order to get to know the different areas of production, he worked in 2014/15 in Stuttgart at Leithaus Filmproduktion as an assistant production manager. He has been producing commercials for various clients for eight years. Since 2016, he has been working as a communications consultant for politicians at state and federal level. From 2017 to 2022, he studied production at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg with a focus on series producing. His documentary feature film ‘Summer War’ premiered in 2019 and was awarded a Special Jury Mention. He is currently shooting the stop-motion series ‘The Last Bar’.
After studying German and English in Freiburg and Coleraine (Northern Ireland), Katharina Parpart worked as an assistant director, evening director and production dramaturg at the Freiburg Theater. In 2015 she moved to the National Theater Mannheim as a dramaturg for drama. She has worked for an international theater and science festival at the Freiburg Theater, for the International Schillertage and the B-side Festival for visual art and contemporary culture in Mannheim. From 2018 to 2022 she was press spokeswoman for the drama department of the State Theaters Stuttgart. Since autumn 2022 she has been in charge of festival management at the Filmbüro Baden-Wuerttemberg and works in the SWR editorial team for cultural documentaries/theater.
Ramesh Holbole is Currently Studying at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in International class (ICLA). He has done his Masters in Direction and Screenplay Writing from Film & Television Institute of India, in 2020. He was the editor of the magazine Aksharvel and is the director of Pimpri Chinchwad International Short Film Festival, India. For his films, he got various awards such as the Best International Short documentary award at Sole Luna Doc Film Festival Italy or the Paul Călinescu Award for Best Documentary Film at 22nd CineMAiubit International Student Film Festival Romania. Presently Ramesh is working on making his first feature length documentary film on famous Indian photographer Sudharak Olwe’s life and journey.
Alexandra Staib was born in Stuttgart in 1985, studied Media Business at Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart and attended the Interspherial Drehbuchschule. She then worked at MFG Filmförderung Baden-Wuerttemberg in the area of production funding and producer consulting before moving to Hamburg to study for a Master’s Degree in Creative Producing at the Hamburg Media School. With the graduation film ‘Sadakat’, produced in Istanbul, she and her team won the Student Oscar in Gold in 2015. Since autumn 2015, she has been working as an editor at ZDF in Mainz, where she is editorially responsible for feature films such as ‘Die Känguru Chroniken’, ‘Es gilt das gesprochene Wort’ and ‘Freaks’ and for series such as ‘Bad Banks’, ‘Der Überfall’ and ‘Der Schwarm’.
Sabine Wilmann: Born in Freiburg, studied at the FHoeV (Dipl.-Verwaltungswirtin), studied general and comparative literature, art history and political science/University of Stuttgart. Film internships in Germany and abroad, studies at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, diploma in directing. Freelance filmmaker (long-term observations, cultural documentaries), theatre director, work for festivals (e.g. for NaturVision) and on juries, active in the AG DOK, e.g. founding of setUp media – specialist congress as part of the Filmschau Baden-Württemberg. Spots for the campaign ‘Wir können alles. Außer Hochdeutsch’ for cinema, ARD, ZDF, productions with SWR, state academies, with museums and with cinema operators. Organisation of own cinema tours and film events. Foundation of do-q media.
Stephen Zierhut, born in Stuttgart in 1968. Studied Modern History, General Rhetoric and Empirical Cultural Studies in Tübingen and Brighton, England. Master’s degree at the Universität Tübingen. Various internships at radio and TV stations, including SAT.1 and ZDF, freelance work at SAT.1. 1997 to 1998 associate producer at the MTV Networks in London. Since 1999 editor at SWR television in Stuttgart. Since then, film author of numerous portraits, features, reports and travel and music documentaries. Since 2003, he has also been chief of staff, planner, reporter, final editor, and director for SWR magazine programmes (including ‘Landesschau Baden-Württemberg’ and ‘Zur Sache Baden-Württemberg’). Since 2021, editorial collaboration in the team of the SWR Doku-Festival and the German Documentary Film Award.
Jannika Quaas, born in 1995, grew up on the edge of the Schwäbischen Alb. She studied journalism at the Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart and works as a freelance filmmaker and author for various newspapers, production companies, for SWR, WDR and ZDF. Since September 2019, she has been a student of directing in the Project Studies of Television Journalism at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. In her films and stories, she deals with social grievances and questions about equality and equal rights. Her current project ‚Wer ist das Volk?‘ (AT) is funded by MFG BW and co-produced with EIKON Media, SWR and Filmakademie BW in the Young Documentary Film series.
JURYS SINCE 2004
FEATURE FILM: Michael Kranz, Pooja Gupte, Sushila Sara Mai
SHORT FILM: Andreas Kessler, Sapna Bhavnani, Torsten Hoffmann
DOCUMENTARY FILM: Anandana Kapur, Franz Böhm, Luna Selle
FEATURE FILM: Celina Loop, Frieder Schlaich, Onir
SHORT FILM: Etienne Sievers, Johannes Krug, Pradnya Bivalkar
(DOCUMENTARY FILM was not awarded)
FEATURE FILM: Kamran Sardar Khan, Rüdiger Heinze, Ruma Dutt
SHORT FILM: Anne Gaschütz, Cengiz Akaygün, Sanjay Tambe
DOCUMENTARY FILM: Constanze Weigl-Jäger, Krishna Sarawati, Paramvir Singh
FEATURE FILM: Franziska Subramanian, Elaine Nieder, Cary Rajinder Sawhney
SHORT FILM: Thomas Bünger, Linda Kujawski, Daniel Popat
DOCUMENTARY FILM: Nathalie Andries, Michael Henrichs, Saameer Mody
FEATURE FILM: Dev Benegal, Kanwal Sethi, Leena Yadav
SHORT FILM: Eva Weingart, Payal Sethi, Ulrike Mothes
DOCUMENTARY FILM: Bernd Lützeler, Chandrasekhar Reddy, Johar Pankaj
FEATURE FILM: Prashant Nair, Konstanze Welz, Thorsten Peters
SHORT FILM: Huan Vu, Insa Wiese, Paula Landes
DOCUMENTARY FILM: Anne Thomé, Cem Kaya, Christian Hänel
FEATURE FILM: Dr. Mohan Agashe, Prof. Nadja-Christina Schneider, Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel
SHORT FILM: Sarnath Banerjee, Juana Awad, Patricie Pouzarova
DOCUMENTARY FILM: Dr. Martin Gieselmann, Annika Mayer, Fredy Weber
FEATURE FILM: Revathy
SHORT FILM: Selvaggia Velo, Andreas Dahn
DOCUMENTARY FILM: Joel Farges, Wolfgang Kerber
FEATURE FILM: Suhasini Maniratnam, Jochen Laube, Christian Hänel
SHORT FILM: Max Zähle, Thomas Stuber, Michael Niegel
DOCUMENTARY FILM: Lutz Konermann, Shaheen Dill-Riaz, Daniela Dar-Creutz
FEATURE FILM: Sunil Doshi, Anna Luif, Roger Spottiswoode
SHORT FILM: Kerim Arpad, Alexandra Schott, Konstanze Welz
DOCUMENTARY FILM: Christian Hänel, Santi Pathak, Sigrid Klausmann-Sittler
FEATURE FILM: Manisha Koirala, Gabriele Röthemeyer, Kalle Friz, Christian Hänel, Oliver Paulus
SHORT FILM: Carmen Brandt, Brigitte Dithard, Stefan Paul, Enrico Battaglia
DOCUMENTARY FILM: Sigrun Köhler, Adrian Kutter, Bernd Wolpert
FEATURE FILM: Kunal Kohli, Isabelle Danell, Jochen Laube, Herbert Spaich, Gabriele Röthemeyer
SHORT FILM: Marianne Gassner, Benjamin Seide, Ulrich Wegenast
DOCUMENTARY FILM: Kay Hoffmann, Sonja Otto, Natasa von Kopp
FEATURE FILM: Frank W. Albers, Marianne Gassner, Stefan Hutter
SHORT FILM: Alexandra Gramatke, Eike Wichmann, Myriam Alexowitz
DOCUMENTARY FILM: Ludwig Ammann, Selvaggia Velo, Siegbert Fischer
Siegbert Fischer, Veronika Morawetz, Wolfgang Braun, Claudia Steffen
Wiebke Reiß, Wolfgang Braun, Veronika Morawetz
Christian Drewing, Florian Gallenberger, Marianne Gassner, Gert Steinheimer
Prize was awarded by the audience