Jury -> German Competition

Versatile actress Maria Simon (1976) studied at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst „Ernst Busch“ in Berlin and has since then participated in many tv, cinema and theater productions, i.e. Wolfgang Becker’s „Goodbye Lenin!“ in 2001 and Hans-Christian Schmid’s „Lichter“ in 2002, for which she received a nomination as best supporting actress at the German Film Awards each. Furthermore, she was named “European Shooting Star” at the Berlinale 2004. In the same year she played “Polly” in Brecht’s “The Threepenny Opera” directed by Johanna Schall at the Maxim Gorki Theater.
This year she was nominated for the Adolf Grimme Award.



The director Ruth Ol`Shan, born in 1970, studied theater and film sciences at the Free University Berlin and film production and direction at the Northern School of Film and Television Leeds and at the KHM Cologne.
She wrote her dissertation on theater pedagogy in 2003. Her films have been honored nationally and internationally. “Quién eres tù?” was screened at the short film competition of the Biennale 2001, and her documentary “Wie Luft zum atmen” was shown at the Locarno Filmfestival this year.
Ol’Shan is an instructor at the Theater Academy in Cologne. She also works as assistant director for radio plays and features on WDR.


Born in 1964 in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Martin Schwarz has worked as movie editor for the city magazine Zitty since 2001.
He studied media and theater sciences at the Free University Berlin and has been doing freelance work for a number of city magazines like the Dresdner, the Schnüss Bonn and Lift Stuttgart since 1990.
He is also teaches film and television review at the Film and Television Academy (HFF) in Potsdam.



After completing his Abitur and working as a photographer and production manager, he studied theater sciences, media studies and sociology in Berlin.
Later he studied directing at the American Film Institute (AFI) in LA, making films that received the Thomas Stanley Johnson Award. Siebenmann created the first German daily soap and directed several series including “OP ruft Dr. Bruckner“ und “Wolffs Revier.“ His Tatort episode, “Ein mörderisches Märchen,“ was nominated for the Grimme Award in 2001.
He is founder of the writers’ group “Storylab“ and works as an author, developing his own film material.