Jury German Documentary Film Music Award 2024

The German Documentary Film Music Award annually honours a composition that combines in an outstanding way with the documentary film narrative and will be awarded for the twelfth time in 2024. It sees itself as a platform for the work of composers and the value of music as a narrative level in documentary film.

The prize is endowed with 5,000 euros and honours the team of filmmaker and composer. The German Documentary Film Music Prize is sponsored for the tenth time by the Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung and supported by the Förder- und Hilfsfonds des Deutschen Komponistenverbandes DKV.


Nina Goslar


Nina Goslar (*1957) studied art history in Munich and Hamburg. After gaining her first professional experience at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, she joined ZDF in 1990 and worked in the ZDF/ARTE film editorial department from 1994. Until her retirement in summer 2023, she was responsible for the ARTE silent film programme and the production of new and reconstructed music versions, such as DER ROSENKAVALIER (2006), METROPOLIS (2010) or LA ROUE (2019). 2017 Honorary Award of the German Cinematheque Association for her commitment to film culture and 2020 German Silent Film Award.




David Langhard

Musician, composer and producer

David Langhard (1976) is a musician, composer and producer based in Winterthur, Switzerland. He has been performing as a solo artist under the name “Admiral James T.” since 1994 and has released around 30 albums and played several hundred concerts in Europe. He currently also plays in the bands “Howlong Wolf” and “Neutral Zone.” As a producer, he has been working with various artists in his recording studio since 2000. He has also provided musical accompaniment for various plays, amongst others at the Schauspielhaus Zurich and for the “Präsidentenbalkon” collective, as well as creating music for computer games and films. With the soundtrack to THIS KIND OF HOPE (Pawel Siczek), he won the German Documentary Film Music Award 2023. In 2017, he was given the Cultural Award of the City of Winterthur.




Grete Liffers

Producer, writer and director

Grete Liffers has been realizing and supervising national and international co-productions and commissioned productions of various formats for TV stations and production companies as a producer, writer and director for over 15 years: from documentaries and reports to live broadcasts and feature films to social media content productions. Among others, her film THE LIFE I LOVE – THE PIANIST MENAHEM PRESSLER was awarded the Grand Prix Golden Prague, the documentary THE VIOLIN'S HEART was honored with the Audience Award and the documentary four-part series SOUND-TRECK EUROPA won the EBU Pitching Session in 2016 and went into series production for ARTE in 2020.




Thomas Meinecke

Writer, musician and DJ

Thomas Meinecke was born in Hamburg in 1955 and now lives near Munich and in Marseille. He is a writer (numerous novels and stories published by Suhrkamp Verlag since 1986), musician (with his band F.S.K., founded in 1980; since 1998 many joint electronic projects with Move D.), radio DJ (own programme on BR 1985-2021) and DJ in clubs (Berghain, Robert Johnson, Pudel Club, Rote Sonne, etc.). From 2007 to 2020 he ran the dialogical event series “Plattenspieler” at Berlin’s Theater Hebbel am Ufer, which has been continued at Berlin’s Volksbühne since autumn 2022.




Armando Merino


Armando Merino is following his path as a conductor with a focus on contemporary music and a broad repertoire in symphonic music and music theater with steadily growing success. He has conducted numerous world premieres by composers such as Anahita Abbasi, Vykintas Baltakas, Irini Amargianaki, Santa Bušs and KP Werani. In 2024, he will conduct “Lady Magnesia” by Weinberg with members of the Bavarian State Orchestra and will stand at the podium of the Kassel State Orchestra for Rihm’s “Hamletmaschine”. As a guest conductor, he has accepted invitations from the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes in Mexico, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Staatskapelle Halle as well as many renowned ensembles. In 2020 he co-founded der/gelbe/klang. Recordings for BR, ZDF/ARTE and NEOS.