Jury DOK.fest Award form SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit 2019

Michaela Braun

Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board SOS-Kinderdörfer worldwide

Michaela Braun is a lawyer and founding partner of BRAUN Rechtsanwälte München and BRAUN-Business Coaching. As a certified business mediator and process communication coach, she is a member of the German Mediation Foundation. At the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, she is a lecturer for private business law and also a lecturer for business law, negotiation techniques and multidimensional leadership at the University of Bavarian Business (HDBW). Since 2009, she has also been Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board and the Personnel Committee of the "SOS Children's Villages Worldwide Hermann-Gmeiner-Fonds Deutschland e.V.".

Hans Demmel

Chairman of VAUNET

Hans Demmel started his career as a journalist for a local newspaper and became editor at „Bayerischer Rundfunk“ in 1979, where he worked for 11 years. In 1990, he started working for „Sat.1“ where he held several positions, ranging from managing editor of the news department to US-correspondent and deputy editor-in-chief of „Sat.1 News“. After a brief appointment as the editor-in-chief at VOX, Demmel started working at the RTL Media Group Germany in 1994. From 2007 till 2019, he was managing director of n-tv and is also elected managing director of the Association of Private Media e. V. in 2016 (VAUNET).

Dr. Gudrun Hanke-El Ghomri 

Program Officer SWR / ARTE

Dr. Gudrun Hanke-El Ghomri studied Romance Studies, History and Comparative Literature in Mainz and Orléans, France. After completing her PhD, she first worked for ZDF, then from 1992 for Südwestrundfunk (formerly Südwestfunk). For many years she headed the documentary editorial department and was deputy Arte programme officer for SWR. Since January 2013 she has been the Arte representative of Südwestrundfunk (SWR). Numerous films from her editorial staff have been awarded international prizes and successfully screened at international festivals. Two of the films she edited were nominated for the Academy Awards (Oscars): LAST MEN IN ALEPPO by Feiras Fayyad 2018 and OF FATHERS AND SONS by Talal Derki 2019.

Christine Kehrer

Head of TV/Video SOS Children’s Villages worldwide

Since 2011 Christine Kehrer is in charge of the motion picture communication at SOS Children’s Villages worldwide. Preceding this position, she worked as director at “Bayerisches Fernsehen” for over ten years. During 1992 until 2000, she was also foreign correspondent at various national and international broadcasting stations, amongst them the Japanese broadcast station NHK. Furthermore, she also worked as a lecturer for film-directing. The mother of two, has studied at universities in Munich, Regensburg and Perugia.


Michaela May


Schon als Kind stand Michaela May vor der Kamera und spielte seitdem in mehr als 250 Fernsehfilmen, aber auch Theaterinszenierungen mit. Ihren Durchbruch hatte sie 1974 mit Helmut Dietls Münchner G´schichten, Monaco Franze und Kir Royal. In mehr als 50 Berufsjahren arbeitete sie mit unterschiedlichen Regisseuren wie Dominik Graf, Kai Wessel und Lars Kraume zusammen. Als Kommissarin bei Polizeiruf 110 wurde sie u.a. mit dem Deutschen Fernsehpreis und mit dem Adolf-Grimme-Preis ausgezeichnet.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Heribert Prantl

Editor-in-chief Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich

Born in 1953 in Nittenau/Oberpfalz, Heribert Prantl is a member of the editorial board, columnist and editor-in-chief for the editorial department for domestic political affairs at Süddeutsche Zeitung. Furthermore, he holds an honorary professorship at the Faculty of Law at the University of Bielefeld as well as an honorary doctorate at the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He received multiple awards in his career, amongst others the Geschwister-Scholl-Prize, the Kurt-Tucholsky-Prize, the Brothers Grimm Prize as well as the Wilhelm-Hoegner Prize.


Emanuel Rotstein

Director Production HISTORY Deutschland

As Director Programming, Emanuel Rotstein is responsible for the local in-house productions as well as the content orientation of the channels HISTORY and A&E. Rotstein was particularly successful with the documentary series GUARDIANS OF HERITAGE, which deals with the question of how people can preserve their cultural identity. Before working for A&E and HISTORY, Emanuel Rotstein was editor-in-chief at Munich-based MPR Film und Fernseh Produktion GmbH.