Esther Amrami
Director and actress, born and raised in Kfar Saba, Israel, studied film and television directing at the HFF Konrad Wolf. Her graduation film "Anderswo" won, among others, the Perspektive Deutsches Kino award at the Berlinale. Subsequently, numerous directorial works for television, most recently for the Grimme Award-winning series "WIR".

Peter Kahane
Author and director, born in Prague in 1949, comes from a secular Jewish family. He spent his childhood in East Berlin, New Delhi and in a children's home in Brandenburg. After a period as an assistant director, he studied at the Babelsberg Film Academy. His feature films "ETE UND ALI" and "VORSPIEL" realistically reflect the reality of life for GDR youth. His last GDR film "DIE ARCHITEKTEN" authentically describes the oppressive attitude to life in a declining country. After 1989, he wrote numerous screenplays and also directed films. His films for the cinema include "BIS ZUM HORIZONT UND WEITER", "TAMARA", "MEINE SCHÖNE NACHBARIN", "DIE ROTE ZORA" and "ALS WIR DIE ZUKUNFT WAREN".

Alissa Simon
She currently directs programming at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, is a longtime film curator, and consults on programming issues with her company Cinequanon. She was named "Chicagoan of the Year" in 1999 for her innovative work at the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute. She has served on the juries of international film festivals in Karlovy Vary, Belgrade, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Sarajevo, Turin, Montreal, Vancouver and Pusan, as well as on the juries of film critics in Cannes, Venice and Toronto. She is a member of FIPRESCI and writes about films, filmmakers and film festivals for the American magazine Variety.


Nugit Altschuler
Nugit is the artistic director of the Haifa Cinematheque, a member of the repertory committee of the Haifa International Film Festival, and the director of HIFF's Israeli film competitions. She is also a lecturer in media and cinema at the University of Haifa and Gordon Academic College of Haifa, and leads educational seminars on cinema.
Nugit graduated from the Technion Haifa with a bachelor's degree in architecture and urban planning and a doctorate from the University of Haifa. Her book "Carnival and Vice Versa - On Yiddish and Israeli Popular Cinema" was published in 2020.

Max Czollek
is a writer and lives in Berlin. He is part of the poetry collective G13, co-editor of the magazine "Yalta - Positions on the Jewish Present", curator of the project "Coalition for a Pluralistic Public Discourse" (CPPD) and the exhibition "Revenge - History and Fantasy" at the Jewish Museum Frankfurt am Main 2022. With Sasha Marianna Salzmann he initiated the Disintegration Congress 2016 and the Radical Jewish Culture Days 2017 at the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, Studio Я as well as the Days of Jewish-Muslim Guiding Culture throughout the German-speaking world in 2020. Recent publications include "Grenzwerte" (2019, Verlagshaus Berlin) and "Gegenwartsbewältigung" (2020, Carl Hanser Verlag).

Yael Reuveny
graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem in 2005. Since then she has worked between Israel and Germany. Her films include "TALES OF THE DEFEATED" (2009), winner of the Jerusalem Film Festival, and "FAREWELL, HERR SCHWARZ" (2013), which won awards at DokLeipzig and the Haifa Film Festival. Her latest film, "PROMISED LANDS" (2021), won the Documentary Award of the Jewish Film Festival Berlin and was nominated for the German Film Critics Award. In parallel to her work as a documentary filmmaker, Yael is also the creator of museum video installations, including "TUNICATA" (2017, Martin Gropius Bau Berlin) and "MESUBIN" (2020) for the core exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin.