Jury DOK.fest Award of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit 2021

The DOK.fest Prize of the SOS Children's Villages Worldwide is donated by B.O.A Videofilmkunst and is endowed with 3,000 euros.

To the winning film SCHOOL OF HOPE


Michaela Braun

Deputy Chairperson of the Supervisory Board and the Personnel Committee of SOS Children's Villages worldwide

Michaela Braun is a lawyer and founding partner of BRAUN Rechtsanwälte München. She is a certified business mediator, process communication coach and gives lectures on communication and negotiation techniques. At the University of Applied Sciences of the Bavarian Economy she is a lecturer for business law, negotiation techniques and multidimensional leadership. She is also a lecturer for private business law at the University of Applied Sciences Munich. Since 2009 she has been deputy chairperson of the supervisory board of SOS Children's Villages worldwide.

Sabine Bubeck-Paaz 

Editor at ZDF/ARTE Culture and Music

Sabine Bubeck-Paaz is a senior commissioning editor at ZDF (German Public Broadcaster) for documentary slots on ARTE (European Culture Channel).  She is dealing with one hour and feature length documentary films and Cross Media Projects. The topics mostly deal with culture, but also other subjects. She was involved in the Oscar-nominated co-productions THE ACT OF KILLING, THE LOOK OF SILENCE, CLAUDE LANZMANN - SPECTRES OF THE SHOA and other award-winning documentaries such as LEFTOVER WOMEN, THE WHALE AND THE RAVEN and THE WALL OF SHADOWS. Sabine Bubeck-Paaz is also the director of studies for the documentary training initiative ESoDoc - European Social Documentary.

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. Prior to this position, she worked as a director at Bayerisches Fernsehen for over ten years. Among other things, she was also a lecturer in directing. For her cinematic achievements she was awarded the Caritas journalism prize in 2003. From 1992 to 2000 Christine Kehrer was a foreign reporter and editor for national and international broadcasters. The mother of two children studied at the universities of Munich, Regensburg and Perugia.

Wolfram Kons

General Manager RTL Charity / Board of Directors RTL Foundation / TV journalist

After studying law, Wolfram M. Kons completed his journalistic traineeship at Radio Gong in Munich. He is presenter and director of the RTL Spendenmarathon, board member of the foundation "RTL - Wir helfen Kindern e.V." and overall director of charity at RTL. For more than 28 years he has been the main presenter of RTL's morning magazine "Guten Morgen Deutschland". Since 2012 he has been creator, presenter and producer of the art show "Inside Art" on n-tv. He has received numerous awards for his charitable and journalistic work.

André Lentzen

Head of programme The Walt Disney Company

André Lentzen beschäftigt sich seit 20 Jahren mit dem Kinderfernsehen. Nach Stationen im Rheinland und in Berlin als Medienforscher, Redakteur und Programmplaner, kam er 2013 zur Walt Disney Company nach München. Hier verantwortet er als Programmchef die strategische Programmplanung für den Disney Channel, seit dem Sommer 2020 auch für die Sender National Geographic und FOX. In seiner Laufbahn hat er u. a. unzählige Kinderprogramme und Dokumentationen evaluiert.

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Michaela May


Michaela May performed in more than 250 films and theatre productions. She had her breakthrough in 1974 with Helmut Dietl's Münchner G'schichten, Monaco Franze and Kir Royal. In more than 50 years of playing she worked with directors like Dominik Graf, Kai Wessel and Lars Kraume. As a police inspector at Polizeiruf 110 she won the German Television Prize and the Adolf Grimme Prize, among others. In 2019 she was awarded the Honorary Bambi for her portrayals of strong, successful women.

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

Former member of the Editorship, now Columnist and Author of SZ

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, like the Geschwister-Scholl-Prize, the Kurt-Tucholsky-Prize, the Brothers Grimm Prize as well as the Wilhelm-Hoegner Prize.


Thomas Sessner

Editorial director and producer of major events such as "Bayerischer Filmpreis", "Bayerischer Fernsehpreis", editorial director of "Grünwald Freitagscomedy"

Born 1964 in Würzburg, graduate of the German School of Journalism in Munich. At Bayerischer Rundfunk since 1995. Responsible editor for the film magazine "kinokino" from 1999 to 2016.  Editor of numerous documentary productions and feature films of Bayerischer Rundfunk for television and cinema. 
Since 2016 head of the department Digital Development / BR Mediathek in the BR Cultural Directorate, responsible for the BR Mediathek and the design of the digital transformation in the area of the Cultural Directorate. Editor for many trans- and cross-media productions in the documentary and fictional area.