Programme committee 2006
Sun-ju Choi studied English, Romance Languages and Japanese Studies at the University of Cologne and at the Université de la Réunion. Since 1997 she has worked as a freelance journalist and screenplay editor for Westdeutscher Rundfunk. She has made several films, including a documentary about German colonial history, “Recolonize Cologne”. In 2003/4 she worked as a research fellow at DOMiT (Documentation Centre and Museum of Migration in Germany), doing research into the history of Korean migration. Since the end of 2003 she has worked as an advisor on dramaturgy for various screenplay projects. In 2004 she received a stipend from the Kölnischer Kunstverein (Art Association of Cologne). She curated a series of films in the NGBK as part of “Moving On” and is co-editor of the volume “Zuhause – Erzählungen von deutschen Koreanerinnen” (“At home – Tales of German Koreans”) (Assoziation Verlag, 2006).
Heinz Hermanns has been head of the short film festival interfilm berlin and of the distribution and rental company of the same name since 1985. Co-founder of the Berlin cinema Eiszeit, he has been invited to numerous international festivals and onto various selection panels through his work as a film curator. Heinz Hermanns has also specialized in lectures on film language as exemplified in short films, lectures which have brought him international recognition. Between 1990 and 1996 he was artistic co-director of the film and video festival Pollicino. The first international subway short film festval “Going Underground”, a cooperation with the subway TV station “Berliner Fenster”, was brought into being by him in 2002.
The poet and translator Hendrik Jackson studied Theatre and Film Studies, Slavic languages and literature, and philosophy at the Free University of Berlin, writing his dissertation on the Russian filmmaker Aleksandr Sokurow. He has organized readnigs (with the performance group Lemma, among others), evenings of radio plays (with his own audio compositions) and has worked on film and radio play features for Westdeutscher Rundfunk. His publications include Dunkelströme poems (kookbooks, Berlin 2006) and brausende bulgen – 95 Thesen über die Flußwasser in der menschlichen Seele (edition per procura, Wien/Lana 2004). His awards include the Wolfgang Weyrauch Prize for Poetry (2005).
Heiko Strunk studied literature, philosophy and politics in Marburg and Berlin. Since 1999 he has been project leader of the internet platform lyrikline.org, which in 2005 won the Grimme Online Award. Heiko Strunk is also editor and director of various audio books including Derek Walcott, Adolf Endler, Durs Grünbein, Gerhard Falkner/David Moss and Inger Christensen).
Connie Walther studied sociology and Spanish in Marburg, before training as an advertizing photographer in Düsseldorf. She worked as lighting, script and director’s assistant for, among others, Wolfgang Becker and Dominik Graf, and studied at the German Film and Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin. She has been a freelance director since 1996. She has taught directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin and the internationale filmschule (ifs) in Cologne. Her numerous awards include the German Screenplay Prize for 2001 and the German Camera Prize in 2002 for "Wie Feuer und Flamme" (“Never Mind The Wall”) and the Adolf Grimme Silver Award for “Hauptsache Leben” (“Life Is The Main Thing”).