Jury German Competitions
Documentary and Animated Film
Katrin Küchler, born in Weida in 1982, studied Media and Communication Studies at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. In 2005/2006 she was a student of Thomas Elsaesser in the department of Media and Culture of the University of Amsterdam, with a strong focus on the historical, theoretical and analytical aspects of the moving image. In 2007 she first worked for the Filmfest Dresden, where she got fascinated with the short film, which was to become the subject of her Master’s thesis. After she graduated Küchler became an assistant at Berlinale Shorts and lectured in Jena. She was named co-director of the Filmfest Dresden with Alexandra Schmidt and Karolin Kramheller in 2010 and is a member of the selection committee.
Sewan Latchinian, a native of Leipzig with an Armenian background, studied at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art in Berlin. After first engagements as an actor he made his playwriting debut in 1986 with “Grabbes Grab”. From 1987 to 1997 he acted at Deutsches Theater Berlin and in a number of film and television productions but shifted his focus more and more to his work as a director. From 2004 to 2014 he was artistic director of the Neue Bühne Senftenberg which gained fresh recognition under his leadership and became “Theatre of the Year” in 2005. In 2014 Latchinian took over as artistic director of the Volkstheater Rostock. Disagreements about cultural policy lead to his dismissal in 2016 but showed him to be a fearless theatre maker who will fight vehemently to preserve the wide variety of municipal theatre culture.
Doris Hepp has worked as a commissioning editor for German television since 1986. From 1992 to 2000 she was a member of the ZDF “Das kleine Fernsehspiel” editorial board. She also accompanied the project to enhance the profile of the newly created bi-national cultural television channel ARTE as responsible editor for the ARTE theme nights, the documentary film slot “La Lucarne” and the “Kurzschluss” short film magazine. In 2000 she moved to ZDF’s television film editorial board and is now responsible for the late night slot “Spätvorstellung” which is reserved for artistic documentaries. From 2000 to 2004 Hepp taught at the TV Business School in Lübeck. She has served on the expert jury of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation since 2013.