INTERFILM 38 International Short Film Festival Berlin
15 - 20 November 2022

Jury members 2022

International Competition

Eva Schweizer

received a degree in film studies from the University Zürich. She was a member of the programming team for the shnit International Short Film Festival in Bern from 2010 to 2015. Since 2011, she has worked as a program planner for SRF (Swiss public broadcasting), with a focus on national and international fiction, a role which also involves selecting, supervising and planning short film programming. In addition to other short film programs, she curates the annual "Long Night of Short Films".

(C) Claudio Ricci

Jane Chirwa

has appeared in international and German films for cinema such as CHARLIE'S ANGELS and BULLYPARADE, as well as in television series like "Sense8" (Netflix), "In aller Freundschaft- Die jungen Ärzte"(ARD) and "Mallorca Files" (BBC). In addition, she regularly performs in a theatre context. The debut film HOMESHOPPER'S PARADISE (directed by Nancy Mac Granaky-Quaye and produced by Ziegler Film), with Chirwa in the leading role, is celebrating its premiere this year at the Hof International Film Festival. With the short film OH SH*IT (directed by Elsa van Damke), she won the "Best Performance Award 2020" at Reading Fringe Festival. She also develops her own film projects with her production company. In 2020, she was a member of the jury at Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis.

(C) Komla S. Darku

Alemberg Ang

was a schoolteacher for ten years before stumbling into his love for film producing. His filmmaking is shaped by his passion for socio-civic issues and Philippine arts and literature. Working mostly with emerging filmmakers, he seeks to give cultural minorities a voice in world cinema. His first feature was Alvin Yapan’s The Rapture of Fe, about a battered wife’s journey into freedom, which won the Best Digital Feature at the Cairo International Film Festival in 2009. He recently co-produced the Japanese film, Plan 75, about Japan’s social systems and their care for their elderly. The film is Japan’s entry to the Oscars this year after premiering at the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes and winning the Camera D’or Special Mention. Alemberg has participated in various international training programmes, including Berlinale Talents, Locarno Open Doors, Tribeca Film Institute Network, Cannes Docs and EAVE’s Producers Workshop.

(C) JL Javier

Confrontations - Human Rights Film Competition

Ali Musoke

is a Ugandan producer, cinematographer and director working in both fiction and documentary filmmaking. He has written, directed and produced several short films and 4 feature films including Nothing Going On (NGO), which has won numerous awards across the globe, and BE A GOOD GIRL, a new release expected to hit the market in 2023. His short film THE LAST SHOEMAKER is currently in post-production. He was selected as a producer for the 2022 Durban Filmmart with KANGE, which won two awards from DocA and DOK Leipzig. He is the founder of Stone Age Pictures, an award-winning, independent, modern-day art production company encompassing the development, production, financing and production services of cross-platform content for audiences worldwide. He is also a founder of Film Possible, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting independent African filmmakers in telling their stories, and founder and CEO of the soon-to-be-launched streaming platform Awalitv, which aims to explore alternative distribution strategies for African content.

(C) Naziru Muzungu

Joanna Vasquez Arong

is a writer, director and producer. She started filmmaking in Beijing in search for new adventures, and premiered her first feature documentary, NEO-LOUNGE, in 2007. It won four awards, including two Best Documentary awards. Her second film, THE OLD FOOL WHO MOVED THE MOUNTAINS, premiered at the Pusan International Film Festival in 2008. It also won two awards, including one Best Documentary award. Joanna’s recent short experimental films were screened in galleries and museums in Cebu, Manila, San Luis Potosí, Chicago and New York in 2019 and 2020. Her documentary short TO CALM THE PIG INSIDE, which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2020, won the Grand Jury Prize and has won nine more awards including the Winner of Short International Documentary at Shorts Mexico as well as Best Documentary Short at the Hot Springs Film Festival and at the Hawaii International Film Festival. It was also one of ten nominees for the 2021 International Documentary Association Awards for Best Short.

(C) Veejay Villafranca

Ludmila Pogodina

is an artist and activist from Belarus. She studied journalism in Minsk, worked as a contributing writer/interviewer for international and local media for over a decade before co- funding art project #KeepMinskWeird. The project hosted more than 150 events (festivals, parties, workshops), #KMWoice podcast and a series of radio shows, it focuses on work with a local community and artists to support freedom of expression, inclusivity, diversity and equality inside a heavily censored patriarchal society. After moving to Berlin in 2022 Pogodina continued working on her book that deals with the same issues of feminism and human rights. Writing, photography and music are the main media in her professional career.

(C) Yauhen-Attsetski


Rand Beiruty

, based between Amman and Berlin, is a writer, director and producer, as well as a co- founder of Shaghab Films, a Jordanian production company. She is currently pursuing a practice- based Ph.D. about questions of representation and documentary film ethics from Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Beiruty is an alumna of Berlinale Talents, Beirut Talents, Rotterdam Lab, Locarno Documentary School, ANIDOX:LAB, Film Leader Incubator Asia, Documentary Campus, Robert Bosch Film Prize and Ji.hlava Academy. She has pitched her projects on many international platforms and received awards from Tribeca Film Institute, Mifa Animation du Monde, Arab Cinema Center and European Network of Young Cinema, among others. Her short animated documentary SHADOWS and her debut feature documentary TELL THEM ABOUT US are both currently in production.

Frauke Knappke

works for MAGNETFILM, a Berlin-based world sales partner for documentaries and short films. She is the festival manager for MAGNETFILM’s feature documentary line-up, developing festival strategies and handling all festival and theatrical bookings. She is also involved in the acquisition of documentaries and fiction and animation shorts. She holds a diploma in cultural studies from the University of Hildesheim and has managed short film acquisition at interfilm Berlin, curated for the International Short Film Festival Berlin and other festivals, worked as a project manager for VISON KINO and was the cinema liaison for alternative content distributor dcinex, before joining MAGNETFILM in 2015. She has served on festival juries at Leeds IFF (Louis le Prince International Competition 2018), Tel Aviv Student FF (Israeli Competition, 2020) and SeeYouSound Torino (2021).

(C) Ana Baumgart

Marie Kloos

studied philosophy and has worked in organising and programming international film festivals and cinemas since 2014. After stints with interfilm, Berlinale Forum, Marrakech International Film Festival, Alfilm and various arthouse cinemas, she became a member of the selection committee at DOK Leipzig in 2020, where she is responsible for scouting and selecting short and feature-length documentary and animated films.

(C) Max Breitling

German Competition

Fred Martin

received a degree in cultural heritage mediation from the University of Rennes 2 (France), before going on to work for 5 years with Fenêtres sur courts festival in Dijon. In 2017, he joined the Brussels Short Film Festival team, where he now co-coordinates the festival and is an active member of the curation committee.

(C) Claire Zombas

Yugen Yah

is a director and filmmaker from Berlin. He is always on the hunt for gripping stories that need to be told. After completing his film studies, he worked as a director, producer and author in the scope of diverse advertising film productions and narrative film projects. Alongside his work as a filmmaker, he started the "Indiefilmtalk" podcast in 2017, in which he chats with industry colleagues about working in film. This format has been bringing the German-language cinema scene together for over 5 years, while opening a space for open exchange of film knowledge within the German-speaking cinema sector.

(C) Christian Schneider

Regina Pessoa

is an animation filmmaker known for her work on The Night (1999), Tragic Story with Happy Ending (2006), Kali, the little Vampire (2012)and Uncle Thomas accounting for the days (2019). Her films are shown all over the world, having been distinguished with over 150 awards and distinctions in the main International Film Festivals and events. In 2016 she became Senior Lecturer at Filmakademie Baden Württemberg. In 2018 she became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars ©). With a distinct and creative personal artistic vision, expressed not only in her films but also through illustration, painting and drawing, she is currently developing her next film, "MOTHER FACES” at Ciclope Filmes Studio owned by her and her partner Abi Feijó, situated on the grounds of their Museum of Moving Image - CASA MUSEU DE VILAR.

(C) Rui Farinha

Script Pitch

Romane Pangrazzi

graduated with a degree in political sociology and cultural expertise, before joining the Brussels Short Film Festival team in 2016, where she is in charge of the development of industry events and young audience workshops. She is a member of the international selection committee, and now co-coordinates the event, whose 26th edition will take place from 26th April to 6th May 2023.

Francy Fabritz

is a camerawoman and director living in Berlin. Her films tell queer-feminist stories in a humorous way. Her short films ETAGE X (2016) and REVOLVO (2019) won several awards and have been screened world-wide. NICO (2021) was her first feature as a camerawoman and co-writer and was nominated for the German film award 2022. Among Francy’s latest works are the queer talk show “Tomorrow TV” and the SciFi fiction feature UKI by Shu Lea Cheang. At the moment, she is writing the screenplay for her directorial debut film.

(C) Locarno Filmfestival

Julia Niethammer

is a Producer at Chromosom Film. Developing projects belongs to her main areas of focus. Julia produced the hybrid documentary ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS (2018) by Gabrielle Brady, which won more than 20 international awards and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2019. Julia has an academic background in Media Science, Anthropology and Cultural Science from Marburg University. She started in film production with Flying Moon Filmproduktion in Berlin, before joining Chromosom in 2012. She is a TFL- Script editing Alumni.

(C) Chromosom Film