junges dokfest: A38 Production-Grant Kassel-Halle

The junges dokfest: A38 Production-Grant Kassel-Halle is aimed at up-and-coming filmmakers who address a young audience with their work. The scholar is supposed to be supported in his/her career and encouraged to conceptualize and realize a new cinematographic work. The grant receiver is free to choose the topic of the work to be produced, whereby it should in interest and delight the young audience. Ideally, it can be used for artistic and media educational work with adolescents.

Up to 20 works from the festival program will be nominated for the grant. Part of the jury is last year's winner, the sponsors, and three adolescents who assess whether the film appeals to a young audience. 

The grant is awarded from the long-term cooperation partners Kassel Dokfest, Werkleitz – Center for Media Art, the Medienanstalt Sachsen-Anhalt and the Regulatory Authority for Commercial Broadcasting in Hesse. The four “mentors” stand for the promotion of cultural cinematic works and media art as well as for teaching media literacy. The scholarship is endowed with 4,000 € for accommodation and travel costs. Additionally, the grant receiver is granted another 4,000 € allowances in kind, which can, for example, be used for HD production equipment (camera, editing, etc.) at Werkleitz – Center for Media Art, which also provides professional and logistical advice. (For more information: www.werkleitz.de.)

2,000€ of the support for travel and accommodation will be paid out directly after the festival. The other half will be paid out on presentation of an exposé or the beginning of production.

Jury 2020

Jana Keuchel a Leipzig based filmmaker and artist. Her documentary film „Last Year in Utopia“ premiered in the main competition at CPH:DOX, received the Basler Film Award and has been screened i.a. at Sheffield Doc/Fest and the film festival Max Ophüls Preis and „365 Tage Dokumentarfilm – Das Kasseler Dokfest das ganze Jahr präsent“. She worked as a lecturer at Bauhaus-University Weimar, Liberia Film Institute, Werkleitz Centre for Media Art, University Basel and is member of the film collective „Filmische Initiative Leipzig“.

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 after studying Political Science, English and Public Law he 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 open 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. At the University of Kassel he teaches the practical seminar "Basics of Video Journalism".

Ben Voit studied Applied Media Sciences at TU Ilmenau and the courses Shooting Shorts and Photojournalism at LTU Melbourne. He works as a freelance filmmaker and has travelled more than 30 countries shooting photo essays. Currently he studies feature and documentary film directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. His recent film NIGHT UPON KEPLER 452b is running in competition at numerous international festivals, got nominated for best short film of the year at the German Film Critics Awards and won the A38 Production-Grant of the 35th Kassel Dokfest.

Youth Jury

Salman Aminis name of Persian origin and means something like "the peaceful one". He is 19 years old and in grade 12. He likes many forms of films and thinks it is sad that not all films get the same attention and recognition. He also complains that not all ethnic groups are equally represented in mainstream cinema. To be a juror now is an adventure for him because he admires the work of those who use images and sound to try to express their opinions and break down prejudices.

Elisabeth Rehborn is 18 years old and in the thirteenth grade at the Jacob Grimm Schule. Her main classes are art and English. She always enjoyed making things herself. Since her childhood she has been sewing and she likes to explore nature with her analog camera. The different forms of art as well as the artists themselves are of great interest to her. She finds it exciting that film combines many arts and is therefore an extremely multi-layered medium which also enables artists to work as a team.

Florentine Wiesmann is 18 years old and attending the Jacob Grimm School in the thirteenth grade. She doesn’t have much contact with many of the media, as she doesn't own a mobile phone or any other electronic device, but her interest in films and cinemas is all the greater. She loves to go to an open-air cinema in the summer evenings or to one of the cinemas in Kassel if there is a discussion afterwards. Because even more exciting for her than watching the films are the discussions about them.

Award Winners

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