Competition Jury

Jörg Buttgereit

born 1963 in Berlin, is a living legend. Hailed by critics as a “trash poet,” “punk surrealist,” and “underground icon,” the director and author of many feature films and documentaries—from memorable early works like Nekromantik 1 & 2 and Monsterland to German Angst—has also directed for the stage in Berlin, Dortmund, and Essen. In addition, he has helmed fifteen radio plays for Westdeutscher Rundfunk, and his Captain Berlin superhero comic books are published regularly by Weissblech Verlag.

Merryl Roche

grew up in the French Alps before leaving for New York, where she studied Acting at the Atlantic Acting School. Driven by the desire to tell her own stories, she directed a first self-produced short fiction film in 2014, titled Rash. Her second short, Haute Cuisine, produced by Topshot Films, was selected for more than fifty festivals around the world. It won many awards, including Best Short Film at SLASH Film Festival 2020, and Best Short at the Maniatic International Fantastic Film Festival.
She is now working on the screenplay for her first feature film.

Lola Basara

studied Production at the Vienna Film Academy under Danny Krausz, produced a slew of successful shorts, and was nominated for the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award for Best Production, for Esel in 2016. Together with Marc Schlegel and Peter Hengl, she runs the production company Capra Film, which aims to produce sophisticated genre movies with an Austrian identity for an international audience. The psychological horror thriller Family Dinner is the company’s first feature and will hit cinemas in 2022.