Jury German-Language Feature Film



Born 1965 in Solingen, Veronica Ferres studied German language sciences, psychology and dramatics before celebrating her debut performance in 1985 at the Bavarian State Theatre. Her breakthrough as a film actress came in 1992 with Helmut Dietl’s Oscar-nominated satire SCHTONK!, which led to engagements in Hollywood and France. Ferres has appeared in numerous theatre, TV and cinema productions and has received various awards for her acting. Her best known cinema productions include ROSSINI (1996), KLIMT (2006) and DAS LEBEN IST ZU LANG (2010).



Jochen Laube was born 1978 in Ludwigsburg. Following completion of his pre-university education, he studied production at the film academy in Baden-Württemberg, graduating in 2005. In 2006, he founded the sommerhaus filmproduktionen production company, with which he achieved such films as NOVEMBERKIND, the documentary film SONBOL and DIE HAUSHALTSHILFE, which won the German Short Film Award’s Lola. He has worked as a producer at teamWorx Television & Film GmbH since 2008, where he was responsible for DAS LIED IN MIR, which won the ZFF’s Golden Eye in the German-Language Feature Film Competition section in 2010.


With EUGEN HEISST WOHLGEBOREN and KONFRONTATION etc., this Zurich-born, multi-talented filmmaker was an exponent of the ‚new Swiss film’ movement throughout the 60s and 70s. His 1978 film DIE SCHWEIZERMACHER, a satirical look at the Swiss naturalisation procedure, is one of the most successful Swiss films to date. He was last at the ZFF with his film URSULA – LEBEN IM ANDERSWO (2011). Rolf Lyssy received the Swiss Film Award’s ‚Quartz’ prize for his life’s work in 2012.


Born 1957 in Berlin, Manuela Stehr studied law before becoming a freelance film producer. She has since been responsible for numerous award-winning films, including HEAVEN (Tom Tykwer, 2002), ALLES AUF ZUCKER (2005, director: Dani Levy) and DER ROTE KAKADU (Dominik Graf, 2006). From 1992 until 1999, she ran the North-Rhine-Westphalia film foundation’s production funding department. From 2000 until 2009, she was the co-managing director of X Filme Creative Pool GmbH, and has been chairwoman of X Verleih AG since 2009. Stehr has also been the head of film production at the Hamburg Media School since October 2005.