Jury 2017

The 2017 jury for regional feature films


Over many years, Pepe Danquart has made a name for himself as an internationally renown director. Having started in the late '60s with his first Super-8 films, he co-founded the Medien-Werkstatt Freiburg (MWF) in 1977. Between 1978 to 1991, this film collective produced more than 30 documentary films, in which he participated as author, director and producer. Among others, Pepe Danquart was awarded the Oscar® for the Best Short Film for SCHWARZFAHRER (1994). Since then, Danquart continously works on nationally and internationally influential and distinguished productions. The most recent award added was the accolade for the “Beste Regie Kinder- und Jugendfilm“ for LAUF, JUNGE, LAUF! as part of the BVR’s director award Metropolis in 2014. His latest film AUF DER ANDEREN SEITE IST DAS GRAS VIEL GRÜNER was released in 2016.


The actor REZA BROJERDI, born 1983 in Iran, has lived in Germany since the age of two. Raised in Melle, Lower Saxony, he relocated as a teenager with his family to Bielefeld. In 2006, he moved to Berlin where he has lived since.
BROJERDI played various roles, amongst others in the television series NOTRUF HAFENKANTE and in several film series such as UNTER VERDACHT next to SENTA BERGER and ULRICH TUKUR. End of 2011, he appeared in a KÖLN TATORT with KLAUS J. BEHRENDT and DIETMAR BÄR. In 2015, he played a guest part as Hanif in the US television series HOMELAND, season 5.


MISCHKA POPP studied at the HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK UND THEATER. She then worked at various theatres in West-Germany and Switzerland. Since 1973, she works together with THOMAS BERGMANN. Together they develop and produce FS formats in the field of education and social policy. Mischka shot films for the ARD and the ZDF. Her topics: countryside, province, German everyday life. In 1983, she founded the company PILOTFILM GMBH. Amongst Mischkas’s works are MAZEL TOV (2009), AUGENLIED (2003), KOPFLEUCHTEN (1998), HERZFEUER (1993), DIE POTEMKINSCHE STADT (1988), HIGGS (2000), 90 JAHRE PLUS (2006), DER RAUCH DER TRÄUME (2007). Mischka has been honoured with numerous national and international awards and prizes, including the HESSISCHER FILMPREIS, GRIMME PREIS, KULTURPREIS DES LANDES HESSEN, GOETHE PLAKETTE, ROBERT GEISENDÖRFER-PREIS, DEUTSCHER SOZIALPREIS, ÖKOMEDIA-PREIS, PREMIERE-PREIS, ÖNGÖREN PREIS FÜR DEMOKRATIE U. MENSCHENRECHTE, 1.PREIS JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL BERLIN, PRIX LEONARDO as well as awards from various US film festivals. MISCHKA POPP works as an author and filmmaker and lives in Frankfurt am Main.

The jury for international feature films


Niko Apel was born on the 15th of December 1978 in Frankfurt/Main. During his school years, he worked as a projectionist at a repertory cinema in Frankfurt and began to shoot first short films. Between 2002 and 2007, he studied Documentary Film Direction at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. His degree film SONBOL was awarded the “first steps award” as well as the “Grimmepreis”. Other feature-length documentary films followed such as VON KINDERN (ZDF 2010), FREISPIELEN (arte 2012) and ON THE ROAD WITH SOCRATES (arte 2014), all of which attracted much attention at national as well as international festivals.


Born in Stuttgart, Nicole Baum has been living in Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen since 1994. After studying Romance and German Studies in Strasbourg, Freiburg and Berlin, as well as absolving a newspaper internship, she worked as a freelancer for print media, radio and television. Since 2001, Baum has been an editor at ZDF/3sat in Mainz, supervising documentary films for the cinema at the 3sat film section, among others, the films ARTEHOLIC by Hermann Vaske and ENDSTATION DER SEHNSÜCHTE by Sung Hyung Cho, both of which were shown at LICHTER.


BETTY BERR staged numerous contemporary, frequently musical plays as theater director. In addition to her work as an actress for film and television, she also appears in theatere performances. Especially worth mentioning amongst her roles are LE TERRE AU VENTRE by TONY GATLIF, NO MAN’S LAND by ALAIN TANNER or FRANCE TOUR DETOUR 2 ENFANTS by JEAN-LUC GODARD. Together with RAINER WOTHE, she has been managing the CINÉMA DE CONTIS and the FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE CONTIS for more than 20 years.

RAINER WOTHE has worked as a stage designer with many theater directors and choreographers such as ION OMESCO and RÉGIS OBADIA. He is also a producer of the performing arts and short films and worked with HANNA SCHYGULLA on texts such as by JEAN-CLAUDE CARRIÈRE. As the founder of the A CONTIS association, he is responsible for international partnerships as the ambassador for cultural diversity.

The jury for regional short films


ROBERT HERTEL is a producer from Frankfurt / Main. He is a founding member of 'GOLDHAMSTER FILM' and has been successfully producing short films and documentaries since 2009. Image and advertising films are also part of his portfolio. For several years now, he has increasingly been working in the field of feature films and has been working as a post-production manager and production manager for TV and cinema productions in Hesse (i.e. EIN ATEM, JUGEND OHNE GOTT, TATORT and TAUNUSKRIMI).


Born in Frankfurt, Sylvie Hohlbaum lives and works in Hamburg as a freelance writer, director and lecturer for non-fiction films. Already during her film studies at the HfG in Offenbach, her films were characterised by detailed observations and subtle humor. Her attention thereby is turned to sociological phenomena and subcultures. Among her most famous films is the award-winning short film BEIGE, which is about older people’s penchant for the color beige and, noticeable only at second glance, a self-deprecating generational study. Occasionally, Sylvie Hohlbaum also plays with the audience’s ability to observe and invites it to have a close look to check whether the narrated content really corresponds to the truth.


Her love for film led her to television. After an internship at the arts section of the Hessischer Rundfunk, Christel Schmidt worked as a film critic for many years and later, as an editor and director in different formats, genres and stations (hr, 3sat, ARD). As author she shoots many documentary films and is awarded the Regino-Preis for DIE GROßEN KRIMINALFÄLLEFAMILIENBANDE. Between 2011 and 2015, she heads the hr-Filmförderung, marrying her enthusiasm for film and filmmakers. As part of the Hessischer Film und Kinopreis, Christel Schmidt is responsible for the Hessischer Fernsehpreis (Best Actress/Actor).

Jury Virtual Reality Storytelling


RALPH BENZ has been working as a TV editor for 22 years, focusing on IT technology topics. The certifyable geek and nerd, who was responsible amongst other for the well-known computer broadcast NEUES on 3sat, worked for the computer/games/culture TV magazine PIXELMACHER and was responsible for the e-sports magazine FTW on ZDFKultur . Next to his current 2D-TV work for the 3sat magazines NANO and SCOBEL, he has been preoccupied with VR/AR for several years and is a member of a 360-degree video development group at ZDF/3sat.


MARCO HEUTINK is a user experience designer for virtual reality projects at CHEIL. He designs captivating, immersive worlds in virtual reality through the skillful combination of intuitive interaction and 360°-storytelling. In 2015, he co-produced the VR video series “VR THE FUTURE for SAMSUNG. He was LEAD CREATIVE for the award-winning VR video platform SAMSUNG DISCOVR, which went online for the first time in September 2016.


ASTRID KAHMKE has been directing the First Movie Program at the Bayerisches Filmzentrum since 2012. In 2015, she launched the IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING 360° HACKATHON and directed “VR CREATORS' LAB. Since October 2016, she curates the international conference “I4C”, which deals with Content Creation for Virtual Worlds. On the 6th of April, the next “I4C – SPRING INTO 360°” will take place in Munich.


ECKART KÖBERICH has been HEAD OF VR at ZDF DIGITAL since February 2017. From end of 2014 to January 2017 he directed the 360° and VR development project for the ZDF [Second German Television]. During this time over 30 ZDF 360° productions, as well as VR platforms for IOS, Android, Google Daydream and the web platform VR.ZDF.DE. were created. The ZDF DIGITAL VR UNIT, formed in 2016, produces 360° films, interactive virtual reality applications and actively participates in and promotes the research of the new VR medium. This is also the case with this year's VR conference and VR fair as part of the 10th LICHTER Filmfest.


KAY MESEBERG studied political science at the University of Potsdam and graduated with a diploma. After having been stationed at the ARD programme POLYLUX and journalistic activity for various ARTE formats and the 3sat programme FOYER, he has been an online editor and TV author for the investigative ZDF magazine FRONTAL21 for many years. Since the end of the 90s and parallel to his TV career, Meseberg was involved in the conception and implementation of many online projects like POLYLOG.TV for POLYLUX and BERLINFOLGEN.DE together with the taz and 2470media. In 2013, he joined ARTE where he was involved in the development of the ARTE FUTURE thematic product. Since the success of the POLAR SEA 360° project, Meseberg has been working on the implementation of content in a 360° video viewer and virtual reality. He has also been involved in the conception and editorial support of many successful, innovative web formats such as ScrollDocs and WebDokus. Meseberg has received numerous awards for his work, including three Grimme Online Awards, the Deutscher Reporterpreis, the Deutscher Wirtschaftsfilmpreis and a LEAD Award.

Jury LICHTER Art Award


SAUL JUDD, (born 1963, Brazil) freelance curator in Frankfurt, is responsible for the video art section of the LICHTER FILMFEST FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL. Within the context of the festival, he designed exhibitions with renowned artists such as KEREN CYTTER and MIKE BOUCHET, until he launched the LICHTER ART AWARD in 2011. His current projects are BLANK SLATE, a publication on art, architecture and design, and since January 2016, together with the film- and cinema-maker GUNTER DELLER, SCHAUT!, an exhibition series at the MAL SEH'N cinema in Frankfurt.


OLAF STÜBER is a gallery owner, curator and publisher for contemporary art and film. In 2008, he and IVO WESSEL founded the international platform VIDEOART AT MIDNIGHT at BABYLON KINO in Berlin. In addition, he gives lectures and holds workshops, in particular on art films and videos, curates programmes for institutions, trade fairs and festivals. He was a member of the jury of the VIDEOKUNSTFÖRDERPREIS BREMEN 2009, the DOKUMENTAR UND VIDEOFEST KASSEL 2012, the VIDEONALE AT THE KUNSTMUSEUM BONN 2013, the EMAFEUROPEAN MEDIA ART FESTIVAL in Osnabrück 2015 and, most recently, FILMWINTER 2017 in Stuttgart.


MATHILDE TER HEIJNE (born in 1969, Strasbourg, France) lives as an artist in Berlin and has been a professor for Visual Art / Media, Installation and Performance at KUNSTHOCHSCHULE KASSEL since 2011. She completed her art studies in the Netherlands at the STADSACADEMIE in Maastricht and the RIJKSACADEMIE in Amsterdam. Mathilde ter Heijne's artistic practice is informed by feminist thinking which she links with her interest in the historical composition of social minorities and current power structures. Her installations, performances and videos were included in numerous national and international exhibitions, such as the HAUS AM LÜTZOWPLATZ, the MUSEUM FÜR NEUE KUNST FREIBURG, the LENTOS KUNSTMUSEUM LINZ, the KUNSTHALLE NÜRNBERG, the STEDELIJK MUSEUM AMSTERDAM or the MIGROS MUSEUM FÜR GEGENWARTSKUNST ZÜRICH.