A student festival in Germany’s centre of film

The Sehsüchte flame burns brightly again in Potsdam-Babelsberg from April 23 to 28, 2013. For the 42nd time, the Konrad Wolf University for Film and Television is organising the biggest student film festival in Europe. Students of the master’s programme in media studies, assisted by others from varied degree programmes, are showing films from the best young filmmakers at the university as well as on the grounds of Babelsberg Studios.

Not only does the festival represent exciting and innovative works of young filmmakers from all over the world, it provides a unique atmosphere in the middle of Germany’s film centre—making Sehsüchte a significant festival in the cultural landscape.

Looking back on a successful 2012

Potsdam was a cultural attraction for more than 6500 festival guests last spring. Cinephiles, film experts and journalists eagerly anticipated the diverse films, topics and discussions put forward by international up-and-coming filmmakers. Sehsüchte offered a programme of 130 films from 30 different countries, which were chosen from 1300 submissions. On top of their success at Sehsüchte, competition films “The Swing of the Coffin-maker” and “For Elsie” won Student Oscars in May 2012, proving once again the caliber of the festival programme.

Diversity in Competition: The Film Programme

For Sehsüchte 2013, programme officials have once again screened hundreds of entries from around the world, in order to include the best ones in a diverse film programme reflective of the latest developments of young international film. Short and full length features, short and long documentaries, films for children and young adults, music video, entries about the focal theme of 2013, as well as films with special production achievements were sought after. Authors and project developers are to be honoured in the categories of Screenplay and Pitch.  Selected works will be nominated for the Flame Trophy, along with the corresponding cash prize.

Mobility, Exchange and Know-how: The Social Programme

Apart from the films screenings, which represent the core of the festival, the organisers also have the aim of using Sehsüchte as an artistic form and intercultural platform to promote exchange between young filmmakers amongst each other, as well as with the high professionals from the film and media industry.

The concept established in the past years, namely of complementing the film programme with workshops and podium discussions, is to be further expanded in 2013.

A “theme day” in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is to revolve around the mobility of student film creators, with highly esteemed guests practicing international co-production in attendance. Different networking opportunities should also promote the exchange and future cooperation between the Sehsüchte guests. Financial restructuring in 2013 allows financial support in terms of travel and accommodation costs not only for competition contestants, but for all filmmakers whose works are to be part of the Sehsüchte programme. In order to establish the festival even more strongly as a convergence point of film students, Sehsüchte’s existing excursion program is to be expanded to include national and international film universities.

And naturally, Sehsüchte guests, cinema viewers, journalists and sponsors should celebrate together: the big Sehsüchte closing party, as well as numerous other events in the programme provide a relaxed, comfortable, and consistently personal Sehsüchte atmosphere.

Reinvention as an organisational principle

An important contributing factor to the pleasant festival mood is Sehsüchte’s special organisational structure. HFF students continue to be exclusively responsible for the selection of films, as well as for the organisation of the whole festival. The festival, which took off in 1972 from the FDJ Student Film Days of the University for Film and Television, took a break of some years after the fall of the wall, to be reborn in 1995 as “Sehsüchte”.   While the festival’s history illustrates a moving past, reinvention and innovation is in Sehsüchte’s genes.

Innovation as a guiding theme: Retro/Futuro

The pursuit of innovation is to play a thematically significant role in 2013. Digitalisation and media convergence, new recording and distribution techniques and transmedial narration formats—speculation abounds as to how cinematic narration will look in the future. Sehsüchte approaches this debate in a way interesting for both lay persons and experts: new light is to be shed upon the established theme day “Retrospective” and complemented with the playful “Futurospective“. The focus this time around would not be on viewing the works of one particular artist, but illustrating how filmmakers developed and propelled forward innovative forms in the past and present. Possibly long-forgotten technical innovations and narrative forms are to be re-experienced, and current developments presented and discussed by experts.

A new venue: Sehsüchte Campus

 The sunny spring makes room for new things, and exciting ideas turn into realities. In Medienstadt Babelsberg, Sehsüchte brings “Sehsüchte Campus“ to life. All film screenings and events will take place at two adjacent venues: in the HFF Konrad Wolf University building , and in the large cinema of Rotor Film Babelsberg on the studio grounds in Babelsberg. The infrastructure of the venues works very well with the diverse needs of the festival, and invites the audience to a week of discovery surrounding the next generation of film.

 Thanks to the short distances, festival guests have the opportunity in between film showings to be inspired through photo exhibits and art installations in the HFF’s atrium, to explore the studio grounds and the Film Park in Babelsberg, or to come by for an end-of-the-day drink. Here, friends of the film festival from Potsdam and Berlin have the chance to interesting exchanges with local and international filmmakers.

The power of imagination: Schreibsüchte

In the meantime, Schreibsüchte has developed into a solid part of the Sehsüchte programme. A day dedicated to what happens before the shoot is to take place on the grounds of Rotorfim, within the immediate vicinity of the HFF.  Here, the contest to determine the best screenplay and the best pitch is to be carried out. Well-known voice talents will breathe life into the screenplays. And as in the previous year, the pitch-contestants are to stand before a live audience and a jury of experts.

Current and controversial: Focus on Excess

After a successful cooperation in 2012 with the German Bundestag tackling “Sustainability” in the Focus section, this year will see the scrutiny of another current and controversial cinematic theme. Whether in the context of finance, or social togetherness: the expression “excess” is cause for fascination and alarm simultaneously, and is valued and expressed differently. In the cinematic sense, excess can play a role in terms of content or formal aesthetic. The focus this year will examine the ambiguity of the expression, as well as the diversity of its definitions, leading to an exciting, challenging and entertaining film selection.

Prizes, Prominence and the Public: the Sehsüchte Gala Brand

 The winner of the competition will be honoured, and Sehsüchte trophies awarded during the big awards gala night on sunday. The overall value of the prizes to be given out amounts to over 50, 000 euros. The winners in the categories of feature film, documentary film, animated film, music video, producer’s prize and Focus are to be selected in advance by the corresponding expert jurors. To this end, Sehsüchte invites established artists, successful film school graduates, scientists and experts from the media industry to act as jurors. In 2012, actress Nora Tschirner recorded a video message for the winner of ”Best Feature Film”, singer Bosse championed his favorite music video,  Robert Blalack, special effects specialist for the earlier Star Wars films, discussed with his colleagues as to which animated film was the best. Before the closing party in HFF begins, the audience prize will be awarded, voted on by all viewers throughout the whole week. Also the winners of the children and young adult films will be chosen by the young audience itself —especially significant for Sehsüchte as an audience festival.

We are looking forward to see you at Sehsüchte 2013!

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Sehsüchte is the largest international student film festival in Europe. As well as an audience-centric festival and meeting point for upcoming international filmmakers. Every year, Sehsüchte is a centre of attention for filmmakers from all over the world. Our goal is not only to offer young, upcoming filmmakers a forum for their films, but also to stimulate exchange amongst each other, as well as with top professionals from the film and media industries. Over a hundred films by young filmmakers, panel discussions and master classes, a diverse supporting program consisting of professional workshops, parties and other events: Sehsüchte offers many chances for intercultural exchange. At the same time, Sehsüchte is an audience-centered event. It appeals with the open contact between viewers and filmmakers. During six eventful festival days, exciting cinematic discoveries can be made while there are also many opportunities for mutual exchange and contact among filmmakers, professionals, and the audience like no other. Panel discussions and workshops invite everyone to participate, and the legendary Sehsüchte parties have you dance until dawn – a supporting program with such diversity and a warm atmosphere that no desires are left unfulfilled.


Feature Film

In the feature film category, young creative people use fictive stories and cinematic media to illustrate which topics affect them not only on a personal level, but set the big, wide world in motion.

Documentary Film

The most interesting stories are those written by life itself. In the documentary film category, real people are the focus – that can be heart-warmingly beautiful, deeply tragic, or even just offbeat.

Animated Film

Sand, oil, paper, water colour, clay, models, and computer – those are the only tools and materials that creativity, love, and sweat are able to breathe life into moving worlds and lively characters.  Sehsüchte shows you the best of them in the animated film category.


Whether in the context of finance, or social togetherness: the expression “excess” is cause for fascination and alarm simultaneously, and is valued and expressed differently. In the cinematic sense, excess can play a role in terms of content or formal aesthetic. This year’s Focus will examine the ambiguity of the expression, as well as the diversity of its definitions, leading to an exciting, challenging and entertaining film selection.

Children’s-  and Youth film

The children’s film aims at viewers between 6 and 13 years, while the youth film is for an audience from 14 years on. This section shows  feature-length and short films, of all genres and forms, that are thematically and aesthetically linked to the experiences of children or young people. The prize will be awarded by the young audience during the week of the festival.

Producer’s Prize

The Producer’s Prize is awarded by a knowledgeable jury, consisting of the previous year’s winners and two film experts, for outstanding achievement in the organization and financing of the film project. The prize is to honour the work of producers in the public sphere. The films nominated for the Producer’s Prize are to be presented in their own showing block.  All nominees will be invited to Potsdam to introduce their films.


Manic scribblers and creative narrators wanted! Anything goes: think outside the box, cross boundaries, tell the story differently! Hand over the stories that definitely want to be told. The five best screenplays are to be nominated from all the submissions, and the expert jury chooses the winner in the end.  During the festival, well-known voice talents will be bringing the nominated screenplays to life for the audience. This “mind movie” is a unique opportunity to present your screenplays to a captive audience!


Pitch is open to everybody! Ambitious, up-and-coming authors, career changers, or film fanatics. The Sehsüchte festival offers everyone the chance to present experts and an interested audience  new ideas: whether movies for television or cinema, television or web series, or  novel show formats—what counts, is a good idea.  During the festival, experts will help fine-tune the ideas and their presentation.  In the end, the big pitch is to come before the audience and the jury. Make them an offer they can`t refuse!

Music Video

Because TV screens and smartphone displays have long since become too small, Sehsüchte is bringing the Music Video to the silver screen in its own evening programme. Whoever wants to experience the work of international up-and-coming music video creators in a cinema atmosphere, will be in the right place.

Call For Entries

The Call for entries has ended. The film program for the festival week can be found here:  

Program Sehsüchte 2013



Best Feature Film over 60 minutes
5.000 Euro donated by UFA Fiction

Best Documentary over 60 minutes
5.000 Euro donated by rbb Berlin-Brandenburg

Best Feature Film under 60 minutes
2.500 Euro donated by Budweiser Budvar Importgesellschaft mbH

Best Documentary under 60 minutes
2.500 Euro donated by DAF — Deutsches Anleger Fernsehen

Best Animated Film
2.000 Euro donated by Filmpark Babelsberg GmbH

Best Camera
Rental equipment and postproduction work at a value of 5.000 Euro sponsored by ARRI Media Services

Best Editing
Editing software Avid Media Composer at a value of 2.498 Euro donated by Avid Technology GmbH

Best Acting
1.500 Euro donated by Studio Babelsberg AG

Focus Excess
1.000 Euro donated by Sehsüchte Internationales Studentenfilmfestival der HFF Konrad Wolf

Best Children’s Film
1.000 Euro donated by HFF Konrad Wolf

Best Youth’ Film
1.500 Euro donated by Saxonia Media

Producer’s Award
1. Prize: Postproduction work at a value of 12.000 Euro donated by Rotor Film Babelsberg
2. Prize: Seminar participation at a value of 1.000 Euro donated by Erich Pommer Institut

Best Music Video
1.000 Euro dontated by Red Bull Deutschland GmbH

Best Screenplay
Script consulting at a value of 1.500 Euro donated by Script House GmbH & Co KG, as well as support at a value of 500 Euro donated by Novafilm Production

Best Pitch
Story development software at a value of 3.160 Euro donated by Skript-Akademie Drehbuch

Audience Award
2.000 Euro donated by the mayor of Potsdam Jann Jakobs


Animated film

Ingo Putze

Art Director/VFX Supervisor

Ingo Putze, Foto: Karo Krämer, Copyright Sehsüchte

The London-based art director VFX Supervisor has over 15 years of experience in feature film, as well as with television effects and design. After his design and fine arts apprenticeshop, he studied VFX at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. He has worked on various film productions in Germany, Canada, and Los Angeles. Among the large productions he was part of in the last years were “Hugo”, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, as well as the “Golden Compass”. He has won a Creative Arts Emmy Award, as well as an Art Directors Guild Award.

Isolde Schmitt-Menzel

Freelance Artist/Animator

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Born in Eisenach in 1930, Isolde Schmitt-Menzel studied ceramics, book and text design, as well as painting, and had gone through several artistic jobs before she had the idea of her life: she invented the “Maus” (“mouse”) character in 1970 and with it, molded the “Sendung mit der Maus” (“The Mouse Show”) as well as the Lach-und-Sach Geschichten. By 1974, she completed 130 storyboards for “Sendung mit der Maus”, contributing a significant chunk of television experience for many children. She now lives in Texas and puts together books, games, songs and exhibits about her life with the Mouse.

Olaf Encke

Animated film producer

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Olaf Encke, born 1966, worked initially in stockrooms, and as a guard before his controversial animated film Cluck Cluck landed in festivals. Together with Claudia Romero, he created the polarizing animated film “Judas & Jesus”, which not only caused an uproar with film ratings authorities and Christians, but turned into an international cult symbol for the underground comics tradition. They are both currently working on an animated film series for adults for ZFFneo and are busy with their company Inkarnatoons.

Tomer Eshed


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Tomar Eshed, born in 1977 in Tel Aviv, decided to come to Germany after having gone to the “School of Arts” in Jerusalem, completing some years of military service, and going on trips to America. After a language course in Berlin, he studied animation at the “Konrad Wolf” University for Film and Television in Babelsberg. His first films “Our Wonderful Nature” and “Flamingo Pride” were overnight successes—for the second film alone, he received over ten distinctions from various international film festivals, as well as the Animated Film Award at Sehsüchte 2012.

Documentary film

David Sieveking

Documentary Film Author and Director

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David Sieveking had already been working as an editor, director’s assistant, and actor for film and television while studying to be a director at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin from 2000-2007.  He won several young filmmakers’ awards for his short films “Nachdreh” (2000) and “Die amerikanische Botschaft” (2003). In 2005, he was invited to the Cannes Film Festival. His cinematic debut “David Wants To Fly” (2010) was shown at 40 international festivals, as well as won the Hessen Film Ward for Best Documentary Film. His latest film Film “Vergiss mein nicht” (2012) has also received several awards.

Dragan von Petrovic

Freelance film editor and director

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Serbia-born Dragan von Petrovic worked during his philosophy studies in Belgrade as a sports journalist. Then he finished his studies at the AFC Film Directing and became part of the editing department at the faculty for performance arts in Belgrade. At the same time, he participated in several different international workshops, such as Ex Oriente, Berlinale Talent Campus, and Zagrebdox Pro. For his editing, he received the award for Best editing at the “Kurzundschön Festival” in Cologne, as well as the first prize in the alternative film and video festival in Belgrade. His latest film “Dragan Wende – West Berlin” (2012) was awarded Best Documentary in Triest and the Max Ophüls Prize.

Helke Misselwitz

Author and Director

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Helke Misselwitz currently teaches a film direction course at the Konrad Wolf University for Film and Television. Her career in film started with her working as a television director’s assistant in former East German Republic. She studied film direction in Potsdam Babelsberg, as well as worked as a freelance author and director. From 1985 to 1998, she was a master student under the tutelage of Heiner Carow at the Academy of Arts in the former East German Republic. This was also the birthplace of her film “Winter adé”, which garnered much attention in the former East German Republic. She is considered one of the most important filmmakers of the last DEFA Generation, while she was responsible for Berlin documentaries in the DEFA studio from 1988-1991. Some of her awards include the Konrad Wolf Award, the German Critic’s Award, as well as the Order of Merit from the city of Berlin.

Irene Langemann

Documentary film author and director

Irene Langemann, Foto: Karo Krämer, Copyright Sehsüchte

The Soviet Union-born filmmaker studied dramatic arts and German in the Moscow Theater Academy. Then she worked as an actress, director, theater author and moderator on Russian television. She came to Germany in 1990 and worked as a journalist for Deutsche Welle TV in Cologne. Since then, she has been a freelance filmmaker and has become well-known through her documentaries such as “Russia’s Wonder Children” (2000) and “Rubljovka – Straße zur Glückseligkeit” (2007). Her latest film “Das Lied des Lebens” (2012) has been running in the German cinemas since the start of 2013.

Feature film long

Adam Inglis

Digital Intermediate Colourist

Adam Inglis, Foto: Karo Krämer, Copyright Sehsüchte

Adam is a colourist who has helped shape the look of some of the best-known Hollywood epics and smaller independent films of the past decade. He has worked in Digital Intermediate since its inception and has collaborated with many of the world’s finest directors and directors of photography. Originally from Reading, England, Adam began his career at Framestore-CFC before moving to Deluxe and now freelances worldwide. His notable credits include “Atonement”, “Sherlock Holmes” and the BBC’s “Africa”.

Benjamin Kramme


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Actor Benjamin Kramme was born in 1982 in Weimar and currently acts as the chief commissioner in the Erfurt-based version of the German crime series Tatort. Apart from many different television roles, among them in “Der Dicke”, “Soko Leipzig” and “Danni Lowinski”,  Benjamin Kramme has already performed on various theater stages, such as the Hans Otto Theater Potsdam. From 2004 to 2008, he completed his acting apprenticeship at the Konrad Wolf University for Film and Television in Potsdam Babelsberg, where he was part of several final film projects in almost every major public university. In 2008, he also had roles in two movies: Wolfgang Becker’s episode of the film ”Deutschland ’09 – Krankes Haus” and in ”13 Semester” from Frieder Wittich.  The film ”Was am Ende zählt” received the German Film prize as best children and youth film in 2009.

Diana Matous

Film editor

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After studying film editing in London/Berlin, as well as completing apprenticeships in media business and design, Diana Matous worked for the BR for some time, as well as for many post production companies in Munich and Berlin. As an editor of television program Galileo, she edited various clips whose visual language set the tone for the program. In 2009, Diana acquired shares in Achtfeld GmbH. She now works on feature films such as “Wildwechsel”, a movie for German network rbb, as well as This Side of Nowhere. This year, “Frauensee”, a film Diana edited, is to premiere at the Film Festival in Hof and is currently running in theatres across Germany.

Marc Rothemund


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Marc Rothemund was born in 1968. He began his career as a director’s assistant for renowned authors such as Helmut Dietl, Bernd Eichinger and Dominik Graf. He won a Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Director for his first film Love Scenes from Planet Earth. Successful films, such as Ants in the Pants or the Oscar-nominated film Sophie Scholl: The Last Days. Rothemund’s most current projects include Single by Contract (2010 Golden Sparrow, Best Children’s Film Category), “Mann tut was Mann kann” (“A Man Does What He Can”, 2011) and “Heute bin ich blond” (“Today I’m Blond”), which is to run in theatres starting in March.

Feature film short

Andreas Dresen


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Andreas Dresen, born in 1963, worked after graduating from secondary school at the Schweriner Theater and finished a traineeship at the DEFA Film Studio directly afterward. In 1986, he started studying as a director at the HFF „Konrad Wolf“ in Potsdam-Babelsberg, and finished successfully in 1991. Since then, he has been working as a freelance author and director, and is currently a member of the Akademie der Künste. Dresen has received many awards for his cinematic works, which have been screened in various festivals worldwide. Among his most successful films are: “Grill Point”, “Wolke 9″ and “Stopped on Track”.

Christoph Schulz

Festival Production interfilm Berlin

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Christoph Schulz, active on- and backstage since his childhood, entered the film festival world purely by coincidence. Festival organization internships, jobs in Germany and France, as well as studies in Cultural Management (B.A.) and European Studies (M.A.) brought him to 2008 interfilm Berlin. In addition to his main task of location and personal management, he is in charge of event organization as well as the development of new film and live formats. With the festival programme “bike Shorts”, live event “Sound & Vision”, as well as the online bicycle film award “VELOBerlin Film Award”, Christoph converts a combination of his passions into medial, audience-accessible projects.

Julia Malik


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Music, dressage. Julia Malik had a lot of passions, but one won out over the others, and gave her the success she enjoys today: acting. She laid the foundations for her career at the University for Music and Theater in Hamburg. She received a Friedrich Schütter Prize as the best new actress for one of her first major roles. At “Deutsches Schauspielhaus” in Hamburg, she impressed with roles in “Trainspotting” and “Romeo & Juliet” alongside Nora Tschirner and Robert Stadlober. She retains a love for theater, and is often seen in halls in Berlin and Potsdam. Apart from different series from “Verliebt in Berlin” to “Küstenwache”, she also appears in many German film productions from ARD, ZDF and SAT 1.

Torsten Voges


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Torsten Voges was born in Bremen, grew up in Hamburg, and finished acting studies in Germany and California. After a six-year-contract at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, he worked for different theatres, as well as for TV. As Deciding that at 2.06 meters, he was too tall for Germany, he moved to Los Angeles. Roles in television shows and movies roles such as “The Big Lebowski”, “Malcolm in the Middle” und “Funny People”. He is currently playing a lead role in “Bullet”, alongside Danny Trejo (“Machete”) and Jonathan Banks (“Breaking Bad”).

Focus Excess

Philipp Virus

Music video director

Philip Virus, Foto: Karo Krämer, Copyright Sehsüchte

Born in 1971 in West Berlin, Philipp Virus belongs to the 1990 generation of “independent, digital filmmakers”. He is the only German artist to have his works in the music video archive of the New York Museum of Modern Arts. In a span of over a decade, he has directed and produced 40 music videos and short films, including videos for KIZ and Kraftklub. For directing “Songs für Liam” and “Kein Liebeslied” (Kraftklub), he received a Golden Record.

Specter Berlin

Graphic designer, music video director

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Specter Berlin is best known for forming the independent label “Aggro Berlin” in 2001 with Spaiche and Halil. Before that, he was a graffiti artist for Squaw Force, as well as a graphic designer. For “Aggro Berlin”, he did product conception, created logos, artworks and music videos and developed marketing strategies for the label. In 2012, Specter was awarded with an Echo for the best national music video (“23″ from Sido & Bushido), which he directed.

Tom Littlewood

Editor-in-Chief, VICE

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Apart from acting as the editor-in-chief of VICE magazine in Germany, the Britain native also develops new shows for German television through VICE TV: “Wild Germany” for ZDFneo, “Crazy Planet” for Pro Sieben, “Die Welt von VICE” and “The VICE Reports” for ZDFkultur. Tom focuses on Gonzo and investigative journalism. “Wild Germany” won “Best Reportage” in the German Television Awards.

Music Video

Ben Wolf

Director of Photography, photographer, producer

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Ben Wolf started working in 1994 as a freelance photographer in the category of people and portraits. Since 1999, he has been working mainly as a camera man and as a producer in music videos. Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Black Eyed Peas, Til Schweiger have all stood in front of his camera. In 1997, he created music video production company Luminus Film in Hamburg, which he led until 2009. After a two-year hiatus, he teamed up with Fabian Diering in 2011 to establish Hunger Film. His works include music videos for Rea Garvey, Mobilée and Timid Tiger.

Fabian Martin Diering


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Fabian Diering has been working as a freelance producer since 2000 in Berlin. He was formerly a co-owner of the advertising agency Headcharge in Hamburg. In 2005, he created the film production company Molly Aida Film, which offers service productions for foreign film projects (Volvo, Reebok) , as well as created advertising and image films for clients such as Preisvergleich.de and Ab-in-den-urlaub.de. In 2011, he co-found the music film production company Hunger Film in Berlin with Ben Wolf, and was responsible for videos for Rea Garvey, Roman Lob, Johannes Oerding, Mark Forster and Malia for Universal and Sony.

Jan Köppen


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Born in 1983, Jan Köppen started his career in 2006 as a television moderator for the music show. Together with the show, he moved from Cologne to Berlin a few months into the job, and ended up working with MTV- Networks Germany. He not only has close ties to music television, but to music itself, as seen by his work as a DJ. In addition, Jan hosts several shows at ZDFinfo and ZDFneo.

Sandra Marschner


Sandra Marschner

Sandra Marschner finished the German equivalent of a master’s degree in communications, German studies and linguistics at the Free University Berlin. In 1994, she started to work as a freelance journalist for the music press, and became head writer at DoRo Film and Television Productions. Since 2003, she has been working as a freelance director. She has shot music videos with Katapult Filmproduktion for Tokio Hotel, Sunrise Avenue and Kim Wilde. Commercials and image films for Telekom and Mercedes-Benz, as well as Cartoon Network children’s show “Dance Club” are also included in her repertoire.


Meike Götz

Journalist MDR

Meike Götz

Meike Götz studied film and televison management at the HFF “Konrad Wolf”. From 2007 to 2012, she worked as a creative producer for various film and film and television projects, before she switched to MDR in mid-2012. She does editorial work in the television film department, and manages the area of debut films, among others.

Michael Polle

Producer, X FILME Creative Pool

Michael Polle

Michael Polle studied production and media management at the HFF Munich . Parallel to his studies, he produced short films and documentaries, among them “Fragile” (2003), which was nominated for a Student Academy Award. Michael Polle worked as a producer for Bavaria Film GmbH, and for H&V Entertainment GmbH (ehemals Hofmann & Voges), before he switched to X FILME Creative Pool GmbH in May 2010. Apart from producing, he teaches at the HFF in Munich, and the Ludwig-Maximilian University.

Orkun Ertener

Screenplay writer

Orkun Ertener

Orkun Ertener studied modern German literature and media in Marburg. Since 1994, he has worked as a screenplay writer for TV movies, developed series concepts and episodes, such as for “Tatort” and “Der Unbestechliche”, among others. He is the author of ZDF crime series “KDD – Kriminaldauerdienst“, which won a Grimme Award in 2008. Apart from his work as an author, Orkun Ertener teaches as several media science institutes and film schools. He is also the co-founder of Icelandic Army Film Division.

Veronika Grob

Film Funding Advisor, Medienboard

Veronika Grob

Veronika Grob studied German and English Studies and Cultural Studies in Zürich and Berlin. Then she did editorial work for feature films in Swiss television. From 2007-2011, she was a member of the jury of the Commission for Fiction of the Zürich Film Foundation, as well as the jury chairperson from 2010 onwards. She has been working as the film funding advisor at the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg since 2011, and is in charge for material and project development, production funding for feature films and next generation projects.

Producer's Award

Benny Drechsel


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Benny Drechsel was born in 1972 in Berlin and trained as a sculptor. He then worked as a stage designer for the Bavarian State Opera. In 1998, he started working at the Egoli Tossel Film AG as a production assistant and producer for various diverse documentary films. During this time, films such as “Mutanten”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Russian Ark”, which ran in Cannes, in the Berlinale, and other film festivals. Since 2005, he has acted as the co-founder and executive director of film production company ROHFILM GmbH, which produces documentary and feature films.

Irene von Alberti

Producer, author, director

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After studying media technology and working as a camera assistant, Stuttgart-born Irene Langemann finished a degree program from 1988 – 1992 at the HFF. During this time, she also co-founded film production firm Filmgalerie 451. Apart from teaching at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), she has written and directed various films. She has worked on significant film projects as a producer, such as “Weil ich schöner bin” and “Continuity”.

Kristina Strohm


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After completing a degree in business administration, Munich-resident Kristina Strohm went on to study production and media management. She gained practical film production experience through on the set of various TV and film productions by Hofmann & Voges Film Production, before eventually taking over commercial management at Wiedemann & Berg Film Production in 2007. Two years later, she switched to Rat Pack Film Production and has been the commercial executive director there since 2009. As a subsidiary of Constantin, Rat Pack Film Production is able to produce big, successful films such as “Türkisch für Anfänger” (“Turkish for Beginners”).

Sol Bondy


Sol Bondy, Copyright Sehsüchte

Sol Bondy was born in 1979 in London. After studying Spanish and literature, he studied film production at the dffb Berlin. The films he produced within this time won the German Camera Award 2008 and the LOLA- the German short film award in gold. His dffb-final film project “Die Vermissten” (“Reported Missing”) premiered at the 2012 Berlinale, ran in cinemas in May 2012, and was nominated for the European Film Award. As co-founder of the production firm One Two Films, he produced four feature films in the first three years of business, starting in 2010.


Jörg Trentmann


Jörg Trentmann

Born in Niedersachsen in 1969, Jörg Trentmann spent a couple of semesters after graduating from secondary school studying social sciences. After working as a trainee and a production assistant, he started film production studies at HFF “Konrad Wolf” in 1996, which he finished in 2011. Together with Susann Schmick, he founded “credo:film GmbH” and created award winning films and documentaries in the last years, including “7 Brüder”, “Wir” and “Frei nach Plan”. Was am Ende zählt won him the German Film Award in the Best Children and Youth Film category in 2009.

Judith Angerbauer


Judith Angerbauer

Judith Angerbauer was born in 1977. After secondary school she worked in 1998 as a costume assistant at the Schaubühne on Lehniner Platz. From 1999 to 2003, she worked a s a production assistant, before she worked as a director’s assistant for the Burlesque Show BUMPS&GRINDS in the Bar jeder Vernunft in 2005. Films such as “Der freie Wille”, “Egoiste” and “Sonnwende” were created in the next years. Judith Angerbauer is currently working on the film adaptations of the novels “Adler und Engel” and “Kürzere Tage”, as well as the films “Atemnot” and “Geister”. In addition, she is also included in the work on several “Tatort” episodes.

Marcus Welke


Marcus Welke

Marcus Welke was born in 1967 in in Freiburg. He studied political and social sciences. He also studied creative production at the Filmakademie Baden- Württemberg. During his studies, he worked as a reader for several production firms. He trained as an international script consultant with “North by Northwest”. From 1999-2001, he was the head of development at Trebitsch Production Holding, and a producer by Kinowelt Medien from 2001-2002. From 2002-2005 he was a producer by Hager Moss Film. Together with Sebastian Zühr and Henning Ferber, he founded the film production company Film1 in 2003. Marcus Welke was a producer for films such as “Heiter bis wolkig”, “Rubbeldiekatz” and “Lila Lila”.


Festival Management



Video Editing

Digital Media

Opening/Award ceremony






Children’s- and Youth film



Jury and Guest Hospitality

Producer's Award

Cinematic Projection Concept


Sebastian Köppen


The evolvement of Sehsüchte:


When the Student Film Days took place back then in the GDR as the „FDJ-Studententage,“ it was not so much a festival as a display of academic achievements.


Five years later, film academies from „friend countries abroad“ participated.


By the middle of the 1980s, the Student Film Days had evolved to the largest student film festival of the Eastern Bloc and an exclusive event for fans from all over the world. Now films from the former West Germany could be shown.


After the Wende in 1990, the Student Film Days took place two more times as their own independent event and were then integrated into the new Potsdam Film Festival.


Called back into being under the name „Sehsüchte“ by the students of the „Audiovisual Media Studies“ department at the HFF Potsdam, the festival went on to the next round.


The flame was born. Since then, the logo has become the unmistakeable trademark of Sehsüchte.


The HFF became 50 years old. Sehsüchte celebrated this with a retrospective. In addition, the Sehsüchte Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary under its new name.


The Focus section, which puts emphasis on a specific region of the world and has its own competition, took place for the first time. Every year, a new country whose usual film output is usually hidden from large audiences stands in the center of the festival.


The organisation of sehsüchte is a concrete component of the master’s degree in Media Studies. The students have the opportunity to learn praxis alongside theory and can realize their own ideas at the film school.


Sehsüchte turns 40. An exhibition, a montage of 40 years of Sehsüchte and special events celebrate this special occasion.


New light is to be shed upon the established theme day “Retrospective” and complemented with the playful “Futurospective“. The focus this time around would not be on viewing the works of one particular artist, but illustrating how filmmakers developed and propelled forward innovative forms in the past and present.


Founded in 1998, the Association of Friends of the International Student Film Festival Sehsüchte e.V. is made up of people who have come to love Sehsüchte, primarily former festival management teams and individuals affiliated with the Potsdam Film and Television Academy along with Sehsüchte sponsors and partners as well as supporters from the media industry. The Association supports the festival through the acquisition and allocation of financial assets. When the Association was founded in 1998, the first order of business was ensuring the festival’s continuation. Given the festival’s special organizational structure – the student teams, who are responsible for the festival, change every year – transferring know-how and preserving the “festival’s memory” is a more difficult undertaking than it is for festivals with permanent teams. By involving former organizers and establishing close contact between the members of the association and the current team, we ensure an ongoing festival tradition and help the realization of the next international student film festival Sehsüchte.

Association of Friends of the International Student Film Festival Sehsüchte e.V.
c/o Sehsüchte
HFF “Konrad Wolf”
Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11
14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg

Eingetragener Verein beim Amtsgericht Potsdam Vereinsregisternummer: 1874P
Vertreten durch den Vorstand:
Lutz Warnicke
Jesko Jockenhövel
Linda Brezinski

Accession form Sehsüchte Association (84,6 kB)