Advisors to the festival 2018
Advisor with focus on German-speaking films
Leopold Grün was born in Dresden in 1968. He has been a freelance documentary filmmaker in Berlin for many years and also involved in media education. As of September 2017, he is General Manager of AG Verleih. Neue Visionen Filmverleih presented his documentary features Der Rote Elvis (The Red Elvis) (2007) and Am Ende der Milchstraße (Far End of the Milky Way) (Bavarian Film Award and the Bild-Kunst Award for Editing in 2014). Leopold Grün was a member of the selection committee for DOK Leipzig in 2017 and for more than 10 years at doxs!, the festival for children's and youth documentary film at Duisburg Film Week. Together with Dirk Uhlig he is currently developing the documentary feature film Westhafen.
Advisor with focus animation
Annegret Richter is the Managing Director of AG Animationsfilm, the German Animation Association. She has been working for the animation department at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig) since 2010. Before, she held the position as Artistic and Managing Director at the International Short Film Festival in Dresden (Filmfest Dresden) and worked as researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig. Since 2001 she has been a frequent jury member or speaker and also curated several programmes for festivals and events worldwide.
Advisor with focus Asia and Korea
A native of Eastern German city of Leipzig, Mark Siegmund started at the independent cinema project in Leipzig before he joined Cinémathèque Leipzig as managing director and co-programmer. From early 2000 he worked as curator for festivals like Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland, Nippon Connection in Frankfurt/Japanische Filmtage Leipzig, and RealFanta Film Festival in South Korea.
After working for the Asian Film Market at the Busan International Film Festival in 2006, he joined the Seoul Film Commission in 2007, to build up the international team in charge of marketing and supporting international productions and co-productions in Seoul. During his time at the film commission he and his team were in charge of the financial support of more than 50 international documentaries. Since October 2015, he's been working as freelancer production coordinator for international film and TV productions filming in Korea.
Advisor with focus on South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa
Dorothee Wenner has lived in Berlin since 1988 as a filmmaker, author and curator. Most of her projects - films and texts about films - deal with cross-cultural topics, which is also the theme of her curations for the Berlinale, the Dubai Film Festival, and the African Movie Academy, Lagos, among others. She has been involved with Indian cinema since the publication of a biography about the cinema legend Fearless Nadia in 1999, which was later also published by Penguin India. As a filmmaker she has made the documentary film Peace Mission about the Nigerian Nollywood cinema, and most recently her web documentary Kinshasa Collection (2017) was produced in cooperation with Congolese and Chinese filmmakers.
Advisor with focus Russia
Barbara Wurm has been working for DOK Leipzig since 2000 in several fields - as head of guest office, moderator, curator and member of the selection committee. At present she is an advisor to the programming commission with a focus on Russia and the former Soviet Union.
Born in Vienna in 1973, Barbara Wurm studied Russian and German Studies as well as Comparative Literature in Vienna, Innsbruck, Warsaw, Moscow and Munich and is now teaching Slavic Literature and Film at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Besides her academic interests, she works as a free critic (taz, epd film, ray, kolik film, senses of cinema and sight and sound) and as a curator for several film festivals and cinematheques.