Jury for the Short Film Competition Fixed

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The jury for the long-established Short Film Competition of the 17th Filmfestival Münster, which addresses filmmakers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, is now fixed. Three creative artists are spoilt for choice at the 17th festival edition. Out of 32 films they have to pick the winner of the Great Prize of the Filmwerkstatt which includes prize money of 3,000 euros.

Unfortunately, the advancement award by the WDR will not be awarded this year. The efforts of cost-cutting passed by the WDR last year hit the Filmfestival Münster hard. The award as well as the prize money in the amount of 3,000 euros disappear. However, this has not affected the filmmakers’ interest in the festival. The possibly record-breaking number of submissions is best proof.

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Wanja Mues
(Foto: Stefan Klüter), Kristina Scepanski (Foto: Hanna Neander), Matthias Kutschmann (Foto: Wolfgang Ennenbach)

From Berlin, the actor Wanja Mues is travelling to Münster to join the short film jury. At the cinema, he was on screen among others in “Blueprint”, “The Bourne Supremacy” and last in “Hedda”. Crime fans do not only know him from “Tatort”: He also took on the role of the private detective Leo Oswald in “Ein Fall für zwei” and investigates as inspector Max Morolf in the series “Stralsund”.

The art historian and curator Kristina Scepanski lives in Münster and runs the Westfälischer Kunstverein (Westphalian Art Society) since 2013. There, she does not only realise exhibitions by international artists such as Camille Henrot, Cosima von Bonin and Tom Burr, but also thematic film series, for example on Chantal Akerman, in cooperation with the Filmclub Münster.

Matthias Kutschmann studied film, television and dramatics as well as literature and art history in Bochum and received a film scholarship at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Glasgow. After his graduation, Kutschmann started studying direction at the HFF Munich. His graduation film “Solo Without End” (2002) premiered at the Hof International Film Festival, competed at the Max Ophüls Festival and won the audience award at the Würzburger Filmfest. He has worked as freelance writer, director and cabaret artist. In 2014, he was awarded the cabaret prize “Silberner Rostocker Koggenzieher” in his role as “Horst Schulze Entrum”. In 2016, he made two books by Frank Goosen into a film by shooting “Radio Heimat – Damals war auch Scheiße!” as both screenwriter and director.

The jury will watch the short films at the Filmfestival together with the audience from October 4th to 8th 2017 at the Schloßtheater.