Jury VFF Documentary Film Production Award 2019

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Thomas Frickel

author, director and producer

Since 1986 Frickel has been chairman and managing director of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dokumentarfilm/AG DOK (the largest association for independent film in Germany) and has also been active in various film and cultural policy functions - for example on the board of directors and presidium of the Filmförderungsanstalt FFA, on the board of directors of the VG Bild-Kunst, as delegate of the rights owners in the VG Wort, on the advisory board of the Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film- und Fernsehproduzenten (VFF) and the Künstlersozialkasse. For several years he was spokesman for the Film/Media Section of the "German Cultural Council". Frickel was also co-founder and until 1999 board member of the European Documentary Film Network EDN.

He is author, director and producer of numerous short and feature-length documentaries.

Ulrich Limmer 

Producer and scriptwriter

After studying at the HFF Munich, Ulrich Limmer worked as a producer at Bavaria Film from 1984 to 1996, last as chief producer for the cinema division before taking over the management of Kinowelt Filmproduktion GmbH in Munich. In 2002 Ulrich Limmer founded collina filmproduktion GmbH and also worked as a screenwriter for many of the films he produced. His most recent production was NEBEL IM AUGUST, a co-production between collina and DOR Film, Vienna. He has received German and Bavarian Film Awards, among others. Since the end of 2013 he has been Managing Professor of the Production and Media Economics Department.


Dagmar Biller

filmmaker, producer, managing director of Bildersturm Filmproduktion GmbH

After studying German philology, biology and philosophy and an education as a photographer, Birgit Schulz worked as a cultural editor for Ballett International and as an editor and filmmaker at WDR. In 1993 she founded the film production company Bildersturm. Since 1989 she has made numerous documentaries for cinema and TV as a filmmaker and producer, which can be seen at festivals and international broadcasters worldwide.

Birgit Schulz's feature film DIE ANWÄLTE - EINE DEUTSCHE GESCHICHTE was one of the five most successful German feature documentaries in 2009 and won the Phoenix Documentary Film Prize and two Grimme Prizes. Bildersturm focuses on socio-political, social, psychological and cultural topics.