Jury German Documentary Film Music Award 2021 / Composition Sponsorship Award 2021

The German Documentary Film Music Award is sponsored by the Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung and endowed with 5,000 euros.

To the winning film SOLDATEN


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Gerd Baumann

Composer and musician

Gerd Baumann is a German composer and musician. He studied guitar and composition in Munich and Los Angeles. He has written numerous theatre scores, since 2006 mainly film music, was nominated several times for the German Film Award and won it for the film music for WER FRÜHER STIRBT IST LÄNGER TOT. Together with director Marcus H. Rosenmüller he published the poetry collection "Wenn nicht wer Du" and plays as a guitarist, composer and singer with the band "Dreiviertelblut". Baumann is co-founder of the record label "MILLAPHON Records" and runs the Munich live club "MILLA". Since 2013, Gerd Baumann has been head of the Composition for Film and Media course at the Munich University of Music and Theatre.

Christofer Frank

Producer, Composer, Engineer

After graduating from high school in Graz, Austria in 1992, he trained as a sound designer and sound engineer at the Center for Recording Arts in Orlando, Florida. He works as a freelance producer/composer/engineer in Vienna and Graz. Together with his fellow musicians Klemens Bittmann and Christian Bakanic, he is the winner of the German Documentary Film Award 2020.


Sabine Gisiger 

Documentary filmmaker and professor for documentary film ZHDK

Born in Zurich in 1959, Sabine Gisiger studied history in Zurich and Pisa and graduated in 1988 with a dissertation on the history of maids. In 1989 she trained as a television journalist at Swiss Television and then worked for years as a reporter in Switzerland and abroad. Since 1990 she has been making documentaries as a freelance filmmaker. Her documentary film DO IT, which she made together with Marcel Zwingli, attracted international attention and received the film prize for the best Swiss documentary film. Her film YALOM'S CURE (2015) won the Swiss Film Award for Best Film Music, and WILLKOMMEN IN DER SCHWEIZ (2017) was nominated for the German Documentary Film Music Award. Since 2002 she has taught as a professor of documentary film at the ZHDK Zurich. She is a member of the Swiss Film Academy and the European Film Academy.

Alexander Kukelka

Composer, Lecturer mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Kukelka studied composition and conducting at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts and jazz piano at the Vienna Conservatory. While engaged as first pianist in the orchestra of the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien, he began his career as a composer. This was followed by an extensive interdisciplinary oeuvre for stage, film and concert hall: among others, 11 operas, more than 120 pieces of stage, film, instrumental and vocal music with numerous commissions and guest performances at home and abroad. In 1999 he founded the association Neues Wiener MusikTheater and created an author's music theatre of his own. He has taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna since 2002 and was President of the Austrian Composers' Association (ÖKB) and Chairman of the Film & Media Music Section from 2014 to 2020. Current composition commissions include the image film FILMPATENSCHAFT, REQUIEM FOR A DEAD END, CONCERTO FOR NAI AND STREICHQUINTETT and another opera work.

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Michaela Melián

Artist and musician, Professor for Time-Related Media HFBK, Hamburg

Michaela Melián, visual artist and musician, lives in Munich and Hamburg. She is a member of the band F.S.K. Since 2010 she has been teaching as a professor for time-related media at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts (HFBK). 
Her multimedia installations and works with sound have been exhibited at the Lenbachhaus Munich, Fundació Juan Miró Barcelona, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Lentos Museum Linz, Cubitt London and Ludlow New York, among others. In 2010, she was commissioned by the city of Munich to create Memory Loops, an acoustic memorial to the victims of National Socialism. In 2014, Melián was nominated for the "best film score" category at the German Film Awards with her score for Frauke Finsterwalder's feature film FINSTERWORLD.