Archive | 4. SFFF | 2017


Franziska Petri
born 1973 in Leipzig (D). In Germany she is well-known through award-winning films like VERGISS AMERIKA, SCHATTENWELT or FOR MIRIAM (Best actress, Berlinale 2009) At the IFF Venice 2012, with her starring role in the Russian competition entry BETRAYAL by Kirill Serebrennikov, Petri appealed to international audiences (Best Actress Award in Abu Dhabi and Tallinn). In 2014 she was a member of the Jury of the IFF Moscow, and in 2016 she celebrated the premiere of the Russian IMAX historical drama THE DUELIST at the IFF Toronto.

 Duelyant – The Duelist (prod. by Alexander Rodnyansky) 
2012 Izmena – Betrayal (Kirill Serebrennikov) 
2009 Für Miriam (Lars Gunnar Lotz) 
2008 Schattenwelt (Connie Walther) 
2008 Der Tag, an dem ich meinen toten Mann traf (Matthias Luthardt) 
2007 Das Herz ist ein dunkler Wald (Nicolette Krebitz) 
2001 Leo & Claire (Joseph Vilsmaier)
2000 Vergiss Amerika (Vanessa Jopp)​

Micha Lewinsky
is a swiss scriptwriter and director (*1972). His directing debut DER FREUND was honored with the Swiss Film Award in 2008 and was nominated for the Academy Awards. His romantic comedy DIE STANDESBEAMTIN (2009) also ran well in German cinemas. After a longer break his third movie NICHTS PASSIERT with Devid Striesow premiered in 2016 followed by his latest work, the melancholic comedy, LOTTO (2017).

2017 Lotto (TV )
2016 Nichts passiert
2009 Die Standesbeamtin
2008 Der Freund
2006 Herr Goldstein (short)
2004 Sternenberg (script)

Götz Spielmann
born 1961 in Wels, Upper Austria, raised in Vienna. 2004 with ANTARES he established himself as one of the most important Austrian auteur film-makers, also at an international level. Worked for theatre. Founded production company Spielmann Film. Guest lecturer at several German film universities. 2008 REVANCHE. Numerous international awards, a. o. Berlinale, nomination for the Foreign Language Oscar. His daughter Hannah is born. Since 2011 professor at Film Academy Vienna (Script writing). 2013 OKTOBER NOVEMBER . Likes to live in Vienna.

 Oktober November
2008 Revanche
2004 Antares
2000 Die Fremde
1995 Liebe Lügen (script)
1993 Der Nachbar

Critics Jury

Pascaline Sordet
learned how to make movies before deciding she'd rather write about them. Born and raised in Switzerland, she is the founder of the no longer existing Octopus Webzine, a cultural online magazine that published forty issues between 2010 and 2012. As a freelance journalist, she is focusing on social and cultural issues. She is currently the co-editor in chief at Cinébulletin and pursuing a master's degree in philosophy of art at Unil (Lausanne) and La Sorbonne (Paris).

Neil Young
is a film-journalist, curator/programmer and film-maker based in Sunderland (northeast England, his home city) and Vienna. He writes regularly for several international publications including The Hollywood Reporter, Sight and Sound, MUBI, Tribune and Kino! He attends around 25 film festivals each year and has served on dozens of juries since 2001, including Cannes (Semaine de la Critique) in 2013. In 2015 he was president of the three FIPRESCI  (international press) juries at the Berlinale. From 2011-15 he was Director of the Bradford International Film Festival.

Jan Schulz-Ojala
was born in 1953 in Baden-Baden. He is an freelance author and film critic. After studying Romance and German philology in Freiburg and a journalist apprenticeship in Kiel he started out at the Berlin newspaper "Tagesspiegel" in 1983. Since 1997 he was responsible for the coverage of film in the cultural department. He is a guest lecturer at journalism schools and was a member of numerous festival juries, e. g. in Cannes (Un certain regard) and Munich, or for the International organisation of film critics FIPRESCI in Toronto and Venice.