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Jury

The Berlin Student Film Festival jury panel are dedicated professionals, including  filmmakers, writers, directors, producers, film critics and journalists.

Jury 2018

Holger has a long list of high-profile art & media projects on his resume such as managing director of Upon Paper powered by Hahnemühle fine art, principal project leader and consulting brand strategist for www.the-impossible-project.com  & publishing director for berlin based fashion & art magazine Qvest, to name a few. Homann is engaged in a love affair with the arts & media (sparked when he was given the "Beautiful California" Ansel Adams photobook) and is highly respected for his deep understanding of how they co-exist & interact with each other. 

Holger has a long list of high-profile art & media projects on his resume such as managing director of Upon Paper powered by Hahnemühle fine art, principal project leader and consulting brand strategist for www.the-impossible-project.com  & publishing director for berlin based fashion & art magazine Qvest, to name a few. Homann is engaged in a love affair with the arts & media (sparked when he was given the "Beautiful California" Ansel Adams photobook) and is highly respected for his deep understanding of how they co-exist & interact with each other. 

Holger Homann
Publisher & Creative Director

Born and raised in Barcelona, Laura Serra Estorch started her career in production at Somesuch London after finishing her MA in filmmaking at Goldsmiths University.  Laura quickly made her way within the industry, working on films such as Skyfall and Catch Me Daddy. Shortly after, she made the move to join CANADA full-time, where she takes care of notable clients such as Volkswagen, Adidas and Coca-Cola inclduing awesome music videos like Tame Impala's 'The Less I Know The Better' or Beck's 'Up All Night'.

Born and raised in Barcelona, Laura Serra Estorch started her career in production at Somesuch London after finishing her MA in filmmaking at Goldsmiths University. 

Laura quickly made her way within the industry, working on films such as Skyfall and Catch Me Daddy. Shortly after, she made the move to join CANADA full-time, where she takes care of notable clients such as Volkswagen, Adidas and Coca-Cola inclduing awesome music videos like Tame Impala's 'The Less I Know The Better' or Beck's 'Up All Night'.

Laura Serra Estorch
Producer at CANADA

Alex is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor, Merkin is noted as being a "talent to watch" by Daily Variety. Initially, Merkin graced the silver screen with his directorial skills in the 2006 short film titled Across the Hall , starring Adrien Grenier (Entourage), and produced by First Look Studios and Jon Kilik (Babel).Director Alex Merkin Earning high acclaim, the short film received over fifteen awards throughout the film festival circuit cementing Merkin's arrival into the Hollywood realm. Regarded as being an influential filmmaker by infusing modern film techniques into noir fiction genre, Merkin utilized his highly stylized and classic cinematic sensibility tactics within Across the Hall. 

Alex is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor, Merkin is noted as being a "talent to watch" by Daily Variety. Initially, Merkin graced the silver screen with his directorial skills in the 2006 short film titled Across the Hall , starring Adrien Grenier (Entourage), and produced by First Look Studios and Jon Kilik (Babel).Director Alex Merkin Earning high acclaim, the short film received over fifteen awards throughout the film festival circuit cementing Merkin's arrival into the Hollywood realm. Regarded as being an influential filmmaker by infusing modern film techniques into noir fiction genre, Merkin utilized his highly stylized and classic cinematic sensibility tactics within Across the Hall. 

Alex Merkin
Director, Editor & Screenwriter

Maria’s education in art history and anthropology energized her passionate interest in the Arts & their documentation. After years in the museum profession, Maria began freelance photography work in 2003. Since then, she has photographed many facets of the media, film, & music realms—including red carpet events, movie stills, portraiture, & her favorite—the unpredictable, physical, & vibrant genre of live music performances.

Maria’s education in art history and anthropology energized her passionate interest in the Arts & their documentation. After years in the museum profession, Maria began freelance photography work in 2003. Since then, she has photographed many facets of the media, film, & music realms—including red carpet events, movie stills, portraiture, & her favorite—the unpredictable, physical, & vibrant genre of live music performances.

Maria Brunner Ventura
Photographer

 
Sebastian Winkels is one of the most successful university graduates in Germany. His films, which were made during his studies at the "Konrad Wolf" Film and Television Academy in Potsdam-Babelsberg, are screened at numerous festivals, celebrated by the public, and prized by national and international juries.

Sebastian Winkels is one of the most successful university graduates in Germany. His films, which were made during his studies at the "Konrad Wolf" Film and Television Academy in Potsdam-Babelsberg, are screened at numerous festivals, celebrated by the public, and prized by national and international juries.

Sebastian Winkels
Cinematographer

Isabel Martínez is the name behind Isabelita Virtual, a creative director from Barcelona living in NYC. Awarded in the most prestigious advertising festivals such as Cannes Lions, Clio Awards or AD&D. In 2011 she started @IsabelitaVirtual . Since then, she has collaborated as a Creative Director and Image Maker for brands such as Tiffany & Co, Delpozo, Hermès, Coach, &Other Stories, W Magazine, Sony, Viktor&Rolf, Kenzo, Dior, Yoox, Vogue Italia or The Moscow Ballet. In 2014 The Cut/New York Magazine put her name on the 50 Fashion Social Media Voices to Follow's list.

Isabel Martínez is the name behind Isabelita Virtual, a creative director from Barcelona living in NYC. Awarded in the most prestigious advertising festivals such as Cannes Lions, Clio Awards or AD&D. In 2011 she started @IsabelitaVirtual . Since then, she has collaborated as a Creative Director and Image Maker for brands such as Tiffany & Co, Delpozo, Hermès, Coach, &Other Stories, W Magazine, Sony, Viktor&Rolf, Kenzo, Dior, Yoox, Vogue Italia or The Moscow Ballet. In 2014 The Cut/New York Magazine put her name on the 50 Fashion Social Media Voices to Follow's list.

@Isabelitavirtual
Creative Director & Photographer

Currently based out of LA he's proven himself as versatile as he is skilled, directing the first season of A&E's "Crazy Hearts: Nashville", shooting 27 episodes of the James Beard Award-winning show, "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" (Travel Channel) and 37 episodes of "What Not To Wear" (TLC) amongst a long and varied list of television programs. His documentary work spans the globe from the streets of Northern Iraq to the projects of Northern New Jersey with films including the Academy Award considered "Quest for Honor," Morgan Spurlock's "Comic Con IV: A Fan's Hope," "The Street Stops Here" (PBS) and "TEA Party America" (BBC). His artistic vision, technological savvy, and team-oriented leadership skills have proven valuable assets to his work as Director of Photography and Director. 

Currently based out of LA he's proven himself as versatile as he is skilled, directing the first season of A&E's "Crazy Hearts: Nashville", shooting 27 episodes of the James Beard Award-winning show, "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" (Travel Channel) and 37 episodes of "What Not To Wear" (TLC) amongst a long and varied list of television programs. His documentary work spans the globe from the streets of Northern Iraq to the projects of Northern New Jersey with films including the Academy Award considered "Quest for Honor," Morgan Spurlock's "Comic Con IV: A Fan's Hope," "The Street Stops Here" (PBS) and "TEA Party America" (BBC). His artistic vision, technological savvy, and team-oriented leadership skills have proven valuable assets to his work as Director of Photography and Director. 

Kristian Dane Lawing
Cinematographer/Director

Hallgrim is a Norwegian award winning director and director of photography.  His repertoire spans from directing major commercials and music videos in Scandinavia to shooting documentaries in third world countries. Among the latter are documentaries like “The Road of Love” with world famous author Paulo Cohelo and “Women in White” for which he won a Norwegian Emmy in 2009 for best cinematography. Recently he directed a short film designed for an astounding panoramic format, “the North Cape – Home of the Midnight Sun and the Northern Light”, a spectacular audiovisual journey of the arctic life and nature through all seasons at the northernmost point of continental Europe, the North Cape. The film screens permanently in a customized panoramic theatre in Norway for an audience of 300,000 people a year, and is set to run for the next 15 years.

Hallgrim is a Norwegian award winning director and director of photography.  His repertoire spans from directing major commercials and music videos in Scandinavia to shooting documentaries in third world countries. Among the latter are documentaries like “The Road of Love” with world famous author Paulo Cohelo and “Women in White” for which he won a Norwegian Emmy in 2009 for best cinematography. Recently he directed a short film designed for an astounding panoramic format, “the North Cape – Home of the Midnight Sun and the Northern Light”, a spectacular audiovisual journey of the arctic life and nature through all seasons at the northernmost point of continental Europe, the North Cape. The film screens permanently in a customized panoramic theatre in Norway for an audience of 300,000 people a year, and is set to run for the next 15 years.

Hallgrim Haug
Cinematographer/Director