Jury German Documentary Film Music Award 2020 / Composition Sponsorship Award 2020

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Dr. Meret Forster

BR-KLASSIK Editor-in-chief and Artistic Director of ARD Music Competition

Dr. Meret Forster studied musicology, modern German literature and comparative literature in Tübingen, Amsterdam and Berlin and received her doctorate on Ernst Krenek and Karl Kraus. During her studies, she worked for several radio stations and print media and is a founding member of the Academy 'Musiktheater heute'. From 2004 to 2008 she was music editor and producer at MDR in Halle/Leipzig. In 2008 she became BR editor in Munich and since 2011 she is head of the editorial office of BR-KLASSIK. In 2016 she took over the artistic direction of the ARD music competition together with Oswald Beaujean.

Brigitte Hofer

Producer/Managing Director maximage

Grew up in Lucerne on the lake Vierwaldtstättersee. Training as a qualified nurse. Assistant director at the Schauspielhaus in Dortmund and at independent theatres in Zurich. Collaboration with Theaterspektakel Zurich, theater directing in Aarau. Change from theatre to film: Assistant director in advertising, guest semester of film studies in Paris, assistant to producer Robert Boner, first own productions of short films, production assistant at various companies, further education via Focal Seminars, attendance of the producer seminar EAVE, foundation of maximage with Cornelia Seitler.

To date, maximage has produced over 30 feature films and documentaries for the big screen. Some of them have won several international awards. The production company maximage has received the Swiss Film Prize five times as well as the German Lola Film Prize and the Canadian Genie Award. In 2010, maximage was awarded the Zurich Film Prize for committed production.

Brigitte Hofer was invited to participate in a wide range of jury activities.


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Jana Irmert

Composer, Sound Designer

Jana Irmert lives as a composer and sound designer in Berlin. Since completing her sound engineer studies at the Film University Konrad Wolf Potsdam-Babelsberg, she has been working between the poles of experimental electronic music, film scoring and live performance. In addition to her solo work, she has created numerous collaborations, among others with Jóhann Jóhannsson, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Christopher Chaplin.
Her installations and performances have been shown at international festivals and exhibitions, including the European Soundart Award in Marl, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Extreme Chill Festival (Iceland), the I-Park Environmental Arts Biennale (USA) and the Sound Explicit Festival (Ljubljana, Slovenia).
Her debut album End of Absence was released on the Austrian label Fabrique Records in 2016, followed by FLOOD (2018) and Cusp (2020).


Alexander Kukelka

Composer, Conductor, Pianist, Author, Director, Music Supervisor

Born in Klement, Lower Austria, Kukelka went to Vienna to study, composition and conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and jazz piano at the Vienna Conservatory. From 1987 to 1990 he was first pianist in the orchestra of the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien and completed several guest performances, commissions and performances at home and abroad. In 1999 he founded the Verein Neues Wiener MusikTheater and created an author-musical theatre of his own character. Since 2002 he has taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts/Film Academy Vienna and since 2014 he has been president of the Austrian Composers' Association (ÖKB) and chairman of the Film & Media Music Section.

Current composition commissions include the image film "Filmpatenschaft" (Austrian Film Institute, 2020), "Requiem for a Dead End" (Trio Frizzante, 2020), "Concerto for Panflute and String Quintet" (Kahlo Ensemble, 2020), and the music theatre "Tyll" (Theater Magdeburg, 2020/2021).



Prof. Dr. jur. Klaus Schaefer


Prof. Dr. jur. Klaus Schaefer was born in Frankfurt am Main and studied law from 1973 to 1977 at the Johann-Wolfgang-von-Goethe-University of Frankfurt am Main and at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, where he received his doctorate in 1981. Subsequently, he was, among other things, Legal Advisor in the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture, Science and Art and Head of Department for Media Law and Media Policy in the Bavarian State Chancellery. Until 2018 he was managing director of FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH (FFF Bayern) and has been working as a lawyer since then. He is also an honorary professor and assistant lecturer at the Munich University of Television and Film (HFF), chairman of the HFF Munich's sponsorship association, chairman of the Medienclub München and member of the supervisory board of the International Munich Film Festival (IMF).