Jürgen Seidler | head of programme

Portrait of Jürgen Seidler

filmmaker, script writer, script consultant
from: Berlin/Germany
languages: German, English

Jürgen Seidler is a writer, script consultant, producer and lecturer at German Film and TV Academy, DFFB.

Jürgen studied Politics, Sociology and German language in Freiburg and Berlin, and took a Diploma in Political Science in 1982. Moving to Zürich he studied directing at the Actors Academy Zürich and obtained a Diploma in directing 1988.

Jürgen Seidler was an assistant professor in the department for film and TV production at the University for Film and TV in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1994 to 1997. He was head of study at “Babylon International”, a training programme for European and African filmmaker, financed by the EU Media Program and the Nigerian Film Corporation.

In 1999 Jürgen founded Script House and heads the company as a managing director since then. He built Script House to a highly recommended agency for script development in Germany and Europe. Jürgen contributed to numerous films and TV series as a script editor, writer and producer.

In 2012 he was hired by nova film as an employed senior producer for a long running German TV series. In 2014 and 2015 he was part of a writers room at Saxonia TV production. He wrote numerous episodes for a German TV series. His original scripts were funded by regional and national film funds, several projects are in pre-production.

Portrait of Friederike Steinbeck

from: Berlin/Germany

Friederike is a filmmaker, producer, lecturer and trainer.

She has produced several short and feature films that were shown at various festivals – “Heimkommen” was awarded the German Short Film Award in Gold and “Petting Zoo” was shown as part of the Berlinale 2015 Panorama Section. Her activities in film reach back to her early days as a freelance location manager and casting assistant for feature and television films, to completing a vocational training as media business manager before studying at the German Film and Television Academy. From here, she worked as a Junior Producer at World Sales and Production Company Match Factory and Pola Pandora where she was involved in internationally acclaimed projects.

Friederike is also a trained mediator and works as process facilitator with individuals and groups, a profession she brings into the film world by giving lectures for film production and conflict management at the German Film and Television Academy as well as filmArche. Combining these two fields, her aim both as filmmaker and facilitator is to create spaces and structures that enable and encourage individual contributions to a collective process and to help unfold and unlock each person’s potential.

Besides her engagement as project associate for “Fresh Craft Series” she is at the moment working on her own film that she shoots on 16mm. The film’s documentary style is characterised by a deliberately subjective visual language and in composition adopts an associative and essayistic form.

from: Uganda

Fibby Kioria is the Program Director of Maisha Film Lab. A leadership development organization founded by Mira Nair to empower visionary filmmakers in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda by giving them the tools to tell their own stories through film.

She is seasoned in conducting the Maisha Film Lab eight-day screenwriting labs, short film fiction labs and the fourteen-day documentary labs.

She Line Produced the Mira Nair & Zippy Kimundu short documentary portrait of Robert Katende’s life “a fork, a spoon & a KNIGHT”. She went on to produce the music video for the song “# 1 Spice” from Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” soundtrack.

Fibby also manages curated screenings under the “Maisha Moto” flagship at Maisha Garden in Kampala as well as the selection of films for CinemArt, a monthly program screening African short and feature fiction and documentary films in collaboration with Goethe Zentrum in Kampala for 7 years now.

She is also the Associate Producer for the annual “Sembene Across Africa” “SAA” screenings working closely with the SAA team – Samba Gadjigo & Jason Silverman to bring the very important body of work by the father of African Cinema Ousmane Sembene to over 35 countries through dozens of community screenings at over 100 venues in sub Saharan Africa.

She has participated in film festival juries around the world including Zanzibar International Film Festival – Ousmane Sembene Jury in 2015, Cyprus International Short Film Festival Head of Jury in 2015, Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA’s) Nigeria 2015,Luxor African Film Festival Egypt (LAFF) – Documentary Jury 2016, Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) – Feature Film Jury 2016,Durban Film Mart (DFM) 2017 Selection Committee for feature film projects, Uganda Film Festival Jury 2017 Durban Film Mart (DFM) 2018 Selection Committee for feature film projects.

She has curated short film programs for Maisha African Film Festival (MAFF) Gulu, Uganda, Ngalabi Short Film Festival, Kampala, Uganda, Ammarnas Documentary Film Festival, Ammarnas, Sweden and Message to Man Film Festival, St. Petersburg Russia.

She also sits on the Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/Ugandan German Cultural Society Board of Directors.

Fibby was born and raised in Kenya and now resides in Uganda.

Potrait of Katharina Tebroke

from: Berlin/Germany

Katharina Tebroke studied German and English Literature (MA) at Freie Universität Berlin, her MA thesis dealt with food and consumption in contemporary film. She received a DAAD scholarship to pursue Film Studies at University of Exeter (UK) before working as a production assistant, project manager and junior producer in various renowned German Film companies like X Filme Creative Pool and Grundy UFA.

She has been involved in feature films and TV shows like ‘Liebesleben’ (Director: Maria Schrader), “The Countess” (Director: Julie Delpy), “Alter und Schönheit” (Director: Michael Klier), “Ich und Kaminski” (Director: Wolfgang Becker) or “Verliebt in Berlin” (Director: various).

In 2011, she joined Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB) as head of studies and is responsible for curriculum development and realization as well as implementing external co-productions into the education.