junges dokfest: A38-Production Grant Kassel-Halle

The junges dokfest: A38-Production Grant Kassel-Halle sets its link to the young audience. For the grant, the selection committee of the festival nominated 24 works from the festival program, primarily from the junges dokfest section. In addition to that, three adolescents are part of the jury to assess whether the films appeal to a young audience. The grant aims to promote artistic films and media talents and to give a young audience an understanding of documentaries. The grant is awarded from the long-term cooperation partners Kassel Dokfest, Werkleitz – Center for Media Art, the Media Authority of Saxony Anhalt (MSA) and the Media Authority of Hesse. The four “mentors” stand for the promotion of cultural cinematic works and media art as well as for teaching media literacy. The scholarship, which lasts for two months, is endowed with up to 4,000 € for accommodation and travel costs. Additionally, the grant receiver is granted another 4,000 € allowance in kind. It can for example be used for modern HD production equipment at Werkleitz – Center for Media Art, which also provides professional and logistical advice. The grant receiver is free to choose the topic of the work to be produced, whereby the new cinematographic work should in particular interest and delight the young audience. In the best case it can be used for the artistic and media educational work with adolescents.

Further information at: www.werkleitz.de

Jury 2023

Photo: Sami Bill

Katharina Bill studied Scenic Arts at the University of Hildesheim and is a performer, director and fat activist. In 2021 she deveolped the short film ANNA together with the artist collective werkgruppe 2, in which she also plays the protagonist. The work was awarded the A38-Production Grant in 2022.

Foto: Sami Bill

Marcie K. Jost works in the film and media arts sector as a producer and consultant for dramaturgy and production. In addition to jury work for festivals, she was on the Berlinale Talents selection committee for 14 years. She is co-owner of worklights media production GmbH, board member and freelancer at the Werkleitz Gesellschaft, as well as production manager of the European Media Art Platform EMAP and production manager of the Professional Media Master Class.

Christian Klisan studied Culture- and Media Education in Merseburg, Saxony. After graduating in 2005 he worked as a freelance media educator and in film for German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Federal Agency for Civic Education. Since 2007 he works for the Media Authority of Saxony Anhalt (MSA) organizing the project “Medienmobil”.

Armin Ruda studied Political Science, English and Public Law and worked as a journalist, managing director and senior editor at the commercial local TV station INTV. In 1997 he took over the management of the public access TV channel in Kassel. He is currently chairman of the Federal Association of Citizens Media BVBM and has been member of the jury for the German Citizens Media Award as well as for several film festivals. He teaches the practical seminar "Basics of Video Journalism" at the University of Kassel.




Henni Josefine Briggl is 17 years old and a student at the Herderschule Kassel. She is interested in the process of directors, turning their vision into a whole movie that many people like, as she would like to make a short film herself.

Arzu Yaftali attends the Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg-School in Kassel and is 19 years old. Currently, she is in 13th grade and slowly prepares for her A-level. Since she loves movies so much, she works at the cinema in her free time.

Sabri Yildirim attends grade 13 at the Jacob-Grimm-School in Kassel. The 19 year old describes himself as a film fanatic whose interests "literally run through all languages, genres, and decades."

Award Winners

2023 Roopa Gogineni: فجأة [Suddenly TV]

2022 Katharina Bill und werkgruppe 2: Anna  

2021 Sebastian Mulder: NAYA - Der Wald hat Tausend Augen

2020 Juliana Fanjul: Silence Radio  

2019 Ben Voit: Night upon Kepler 452b

2018 Elisa Jule Braun: Killing Four Birds With One Arrow

2017 Reber Dosky: Radio Kobanî

2016 Benjamin Kahlmeyer: Eisen

2015 Khaldiya Jibawi: Another Kind of Girl

2014 Guido Hendrikx: Escort

2013 Patrick Richter: Neununddreißig

2012 Marc Schmidt: De Regels van Matthijs

2011 Léo Médard: Tao m'a dit…

2010 Kara Blake: The Delian Mode

2009 Hannes Lang: Leavenworth, WA

2008 Joanna Rytel: To Think Things You Don’t Want to

2007 Anne-Kristin Jahn: Generation Model

2006 Jürgen Brügger, Jörg Haaßengier: Kopfende Haßloch

2005 Curtis Burz: VIRGINia

2004 Britt Dunse: Norden

2003 Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay: Live to tell

2002 Oliver Husain: Q

2001 Florian Thalhofer: Korsakow Syndrom