Jury German Competitions
Documentary and Animated Film
Molto Menz has been working in film for 44 years: in film clubs, on Super 8 and Normal 8 experimental films, in marketing and media agencies, in distribution, film theatres and film sales. He is managing director of absolut MEDIEN, a video publisher for overlooked and underrated films with a focus on film art, classic films, documentary, animation, silent films, the fine arts, photography, architecture, children’s films, contemporary history and science, that has released ca. 1,200 titles on video, DVD, Blu-ray or online since its foundation in 1996. Their opulent complete editions in the “The Great Documentary Filmmakers” series, including the films of Claude Lanzmann, Peter Nestler, Marcel Ophüls, Joris Ivens, Volker Koepp and Lutz Dammbeck, have become legendary.
Manfred Neuwirth, born in 1954, works on the boundary between documentary film, innovative cinema and new media. He calls himself a researcher, archivist, sound searcher, image collector. He shot films in many regions of the world for his projects. His focus of interest is often the banal and the sensual possibilities of the medium. But he also frequently acts as an “ethnographer” of his own culture by taking up political issues and following them over many years. In 2014, the Diagonale Graz dedicated a large personal programme to him. In addition to his activities as a filmmaker and media artist he teaches at the University of Art and Design Linz and, as managing director, organises the programme of Medienwerkstatt Wien.
Hannah Pilarczyk, born in Hamburg in 1977, studied politics and the law in Hamburg and Glasgow. After graduating from the Berliner Journalistenschule she first worked as a media editor for the taz national daily and then for NEON magazine. In 2009 she started as a film editor for the cultural pages of SPIEGEL ONLINE. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Haus des Dokumentarfilms and of the advisory board of the German Film Critics Association and has served on a number of film and television juries, including for the Grimme-Preis and First Steps. In 2012, she published the anthology “Ich hatte die Zeit meines Lebens. Der Film ‚Dirty Dancing‘ und seine Bedeutung“ at Verbrecher Verlag.