Music Film Contest

The international Music Film Contest of the Reeperbahn Festival

Jury 2017

On 19 September 2017, the 2017 jury will open the Reeperbahn Festival’s MUSIC FILM CONTEST at Metropolis cinema. The jury, an independent committee of experts from the music and film industry, will review all of the competition entries in the course of the Reeperbahn Festival, and, at the conclusion of the CONTEST, will award the jury’s grand prize. This year, for the first time, the grand prize includes prize money in the amount of €2,500.

Each member of the jury has demonstrated expertise and dedication in matters of music or film, and often their interests and professional activities encompass both fields at the same time. And when it comes to matters of taste? Let the debate begin! In this case, though, we’re not talking about taste in music but whether a film has succeeded in portraying music, its creators, its social significance and evolution, in such a way that we as filmgoers leave the cinema feeling that we’ve been enriched. In this spirit: have fun debating, jury members!

Peter Rommel

At the latest since his production of “Feuchtgebiete” (Wetlands) (2013) it has become clear that the German film producer is fond of challenges. After he had been active for the Berlin world film distributor Ex Picturis, Rommel founded his own film production company, known today as “Rommel Film”. With his feature film productions “Nachtgestalten” (Figures of the Night) (1999) and “Halbe Treppe” (Half a staircase) (2002) featuring Andreas Dresen he made a name for himself in the early 2000s, winning the Deutsche Filmpreis (German Film Awards) as well as the Silberner Bär (Silver Bear) at the Berlinale. Many more films and awards followed, among them “Halt auf freier Strecke“ (Half-way Stop) (2011) and “Und wenn wir alle zusammenziehen” (And when we all move in together) (2011). At present, the producer is mainly involved in the production of documentary films like “Alphabet” (2013) by Erwin Wagenhofer and “Gestrandet” (2016) by Lisei Caspers. At the beginning of the year he was awarded for his life’s work and achievements in the young German film business during the Max Ophüls Festival.

Frank Otto 

The Hamburg-born media entrepreneur is involved in everything. In 1987, he founded Germany’s first private young people’s radio station “Hamburg Zwei”, and he was the co-founder of VIVA and the local TV station “Hamburg 1”. Moreover, he participated in delta Radio, KISS FM Berlin, Radio NORA and ENERGY Sachsen. But that’s not all – as an artist, musician and media businessman he helped various labels and music platforms get off the ground. Since 2005, he has bundled them under the umbrella of his own production company Ferryhouse. In 2013, Otto was awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his honorary commitment in and around Hamburg.

Emily Atef

The German-French-Iranian director’s career is in a steep climb. In 2005, during her studies of directing at the Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie (German Film and Television Academy) in Berlin she won eleven international awards with her first long feature film “Molly’s Way”. In 2008, her second film “Das Fremde in mir” (The strangeness inside me) was also successful, winning thirteen awards. Further films such as “Töte mich” (Kill me) (2012) and “Wunschkinder” (Planned Children) (2017) followed. Currently, there is an exciting project in the starting hole: The black-and-white drama “3 Tage in Quiberon” (3 Days in Quiberon) on the life of Romy Schneider a year before her death.

Jury 2016

Maike Mia Höhne a.k.a. Cinematographic Clusterlady

After studying Visual Communication at the College of Visual Arts (HfbK) and film in Havana she has been working as curator for the International Film Festival Berlin since 2007, managing the Berlinale Shorts. Her work includes teaching, e.g. holding seminars at the HMS and assignments at the HfbK for experimental films, curatory work and her own cinematic work. She repeatedly produces programmes for ARTE/ Kurzschluß and is invited to festivals all over the world as a juror. Retrospectives of her work were presented at the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin and in Timisoara, Romania. She works as a presenter at various events. She lives in Hamburg with her husband and her two children.

Milena Fessmann

Apart from her long-standing activities as a DJane at various clubs and as a radio presenter on rbb radioeins, the producer and political scientist Milena Fessman has been running the company CINESONG since 1998. She holds seminars at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB), and is a member of various selection committees of the DFFB. She is a board member of the World Soundtrack Academy and Executive Producer at “Wim’s – Driven by music”, a triple vinyl on the occasion of the 7th birthday of Wim Wenders, featuring Radiohead, Bonnie Prince Billy, U2, Calexico and many other artists and the interface between film and music.

Peter Preisser

For many years, Peter Preisser has been well-known in the film business: After he worked for Warner, Amazon and Universal in the fields of film purchase, production and marketing, he is meanwhile active as a free consultant for film marketing, acquisition and sales.


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