The Film Prize Jury

Experts from the international film and festival industry form the independent jury of the Film Prize for International Cooperation Germany/Arab World. Each January, the nominated teams present their project to the Film Prize Jury during the Jury Pitch at the Berlin Representative Office of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Shortly after, the Film Prize Jury will announce the three Film Prize winners at the award ceremony held in the frame of Berlinale Talents. In the process of production the Film Prize Jury can act as consultant.

David Ausserhofer, Berlinale Talents 2019

The Film Prize Jury and the Berlinale Talents and Film Prize teams. In the back: George David, Maja Pflüger, Frank Albers, Rabih El-Khoury, Elke Kaschl Mohni, Florian Weghorn, Christine Kopf, Vincenzo Bugno, Alexander Wadouh; front row: Hania Mroué, Karin Schyle, Christine Tröstrum, Marianne Khoury, Doris Hepp.

Alexander Wadouh

worked in the film industry in a variety of production areas sicne 1999. He completed his studies in film production at the DFFB in 2006, and between then and 2009 he worked for production company Essential Film GmbH on numerous international art-house movies, as well as for the French World Sales Coproduction Office. In 2006 he founded film production company Chromosom to develop and produce national and international projects for all distribution channels. His films have all won awards (six German Film Prizes, a European Film Award, a Bronze Lion, etc.) and ran, or are running, successfully in cinemas.

Doris Hepp

Master's degree in German Philology, Comparative Literature and Journalism. From 1992 – 2000 commissioning editor with ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel, responsible especially for ARTE, the German-French binational channel. Responsible for theme nights (3-4 hours of programming on aparticular theme), the ARTE late night documentary slot "La Lucarne" and the selection of films for Arte’s short film magazine “Short Circuit”. From 2000 – 2004 also directing documentary courses at the Television Business School in Luebeck. Since May 2000 commissioning editor in the TV-Drama and Documentary department of ZDF/Arte, especially in charge of creative documentaries, feature films (international co-productions) and fictional series.

Elke Kaschl Mohni

took office as Regional Director of the Goethe-Institut for the MENA region (North Africa/Middle East) in Cairo in August 2016. She has been with the Goethe-Institut for the past 14 years, holding the position as Head of Strategy in headquarters in Munich (2012-16) and directing the institutes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2009-12), and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2005-09). She graduated with a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Berne, Switzerland with a thesis on Dance and Authenticity in Israel and Palestine: Performing the Nation (Leiden: Brill, 2003). Her MA is in Contemporary Arab Studies from Georgetown University, Washington DC, with a focus on politics and cultural studies. Throughout her work with the Goethe-Institut, Elke has maintained a strong interest in the area of film as a vibrant means of artistic creation and sociopolitical commentary in the Arab world and in Africa.

George David

was the former General Manager of the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC). He has also been part of the production team on numerous film and television projects, as well as working in entertainment PR. Following a brief theater career, his work on film in Jordan started out as early as 1996. He then located to Los Angeles where he pursued a film degree and then continued on to work as a production manager and producer in Hollywood. Hailed as “one of the finest Film Commissioners working in the world today” by TRANSFORMERS and INCEPTION Location Manager - Ilt Jones, David has played a key role in attracting and supporting major film productions. These include the Academy Award sweeper THE HURT LOCKER, the blockbuster TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, ZERO DARK THIRTY, Ridley Scott’s THE MARTIAN and many more. David has served as President on the Board of Directors of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI). He has also pioneered several educational initiatives in film and television, namely the Film Train and the Educational Feature Film Program (EFFP) where he undertook the role of Executive Producer on five feature films to date. David was also instrumental in setting up and administering the RFC Jordan Film Fund, serving on its Jury as well as on several Juries of festivals and training programs around the globe. 

Hania Mroué

is the founder and director of Metropolis Cinema, the only art house movie theatre in Lebanon, opened in 2006. She started in 2010 MC Distribution, a company dedicated to selling and distributing Arab and International independent titles in the MENA region. She’s co-founder of the recently launched initiative “Cinematheque Beirut”, a project dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Lebanese film heritage. She is a founding member of the association Beirut DC (created in 1998), to promotes and support independent Arab films. For 10 years she was the Managing Director of Beirut DC’s Arab film Festival “Ayam Beirut al Cinema’iya”. From 2010 to 2012, she was Chief Arab Programmer at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. She served as jury member at several prestigious film festivals such as Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique 2017, the Berlinale’s First Feature Competition 2012, among others.

Marianne Khoury

Cairo-based filmmaker Marianne Khoury produces and directs films that engage the audience at an intimate level so they share her passion for controversial themes. With an educational background in Economics pursued both in Cairo and Oxford, Marianne gravitated towards the cinema world soon after graduating. For more than three decades, Marianne has been a close collaborator of iconic filmmaker Youssef Chahine. She produced and co-produced around 30 feature films that won several awards in regional and international festivals. Marianne often acts as a conduit between artists and the cinema industry . She was instrumental in introducing the first edition of the Panorama of the European Film in Cairo in 2004 and ZAWYA, the first Art House Cinema in Egypt , in 2014 . She founded The Dahshur Workshops for the mentoring and development of films made by emerging talent. Marianne served as a jury member in major international festivals.

Vincenzo Bugno

graduated in Venice in Literature, History of Arts and Cinema. As a journalist and film critic, he has contributed to newspapers and magazines, including “Corriere della Sera”, “Manifesto” and “Ciak”. He has worked as a journalist, author and director for TV-channels like “Arte”, ZDF, “Tele+” and “Sky Italy”, for whom he shot many reportages and documentaries on film, among other cultural topics. Vincenzo Bugno has worked as an advisor and curator for many international film festivals. 2006-2009 also member of the programming committee of the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland and head of the Locarno-section Open Doors. He is one of the initiators, project-manager and jury member of the Berlinale / World Cinema Fund, which has been created (2004) to support film production in developing countries and regions with lack of a constructive film industry.