The juries of the 30th festival edition


Feature film competition

Marcia Jarmel director | US

Marcia Jarmel – Marcia Jarmel is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Director of Filmmaker Services at the Jewish Film Institute where she oversees the Institute's renowned Filmmaker Residency and Completion Grants programs, which serve a national and international community of independent filmmakers. She co-founded PatchWorks Films with husband-collaborator Ken Schneider in 1994 and has been producing, directing, and managing impact for their slate of award-winning films for over two decades. Together, they’ve produced five feature documentaries and many shorts including Los Hermanos/The Brothers (PBS/Arte film) which was nominated for Best Music Documentary by the International Documentary Association and awarded Best Documentary at the Woodstock Film Festival. Marcia's work has been funded by public broadcasting's Independent Television Service (ITVS), Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), the National Endowment for the Arts, and many others. She has taught both undergrad and graduate film courses at NYU and Chapman University and has been honored with residencies with Working Films, the Fledgling Fund, SFFilm, the Kopkind Colony, and BAVC's Media Maker. She has served as a juror for the Emmys, BAVC MediaMaker, and many film festivals. Information on her work can be found at patchworksfilms.net.

Garry Fischmann Actor | DE

Garry Fischmann, born as the child of contingent refugees from the former Soviet Union, found his new home in Germany. Growing up in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, he regularly spent his summer vacations in the Machane. As a teenager, he appeared in a regular role in the youth series "Schloß Einstein". After graduating from a Jewish high school, he became better known for his role in "Allein unter Nachbarn". He completed his acting training at the renowned Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock. Immediately after graduating, he dedicated himself to further film and television projects as well as stage appearances. From 2016 to 2018, he was a permanent member of the ensemble at Theater Münster. However, he mainly became known to a wider audience as detective inspector Max Nordmann, a role he played for three years in the series "SOKO Hamburg". Most recently, he impressed alongside Jella Haase in the Netflix series "Kleo". He will soon be seen in Hamburg's "Tatort: Die kälteste Maschine" and in the UFA production "Der Polizeiseelsorger (AT)", where he plays the lead role of liberal rabbi Samuel Rivkin. In addition to his acting career, Fischmann also appears as a stand-up comedian on numerous Berlin stages.

Albert Wiederspiel Film Scientist | PL

As a result of anti-Semitic riots during the March 1968 riots in Poland, the family had to emigrate to Denmark in 1969. Wiederspiel grew up in Copenhagen and studied film studies in Paris. After graduating, he started as a trainee at 20th Century Fox International in 1985, from where he moved to 20th Century Fox of Germany as head of PR and then marketing, a position he held until 1995. From 1996 to 2000, he was Head of Marketing and finally General Manager - Theatrical at PolyGram Film Entertainment and Universal Pictures Germany. Wiederspiel is a member of the European Film Academy and was appointed Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) in 2013. He was director of the Hamburg Film Festival until 2023.


Jury Documentary Film Competition

Yuriy Gurzhy musician/DJ/composer/author | UA

Yuriy Gurzhy is a musician, DJ, composer and author. He was born in Kharkiv in 1975 and has lived in Berlin since 1995. There he founded the
party series Russendisko (1999-2014) together with the writer Wladimir Kaminer. With the band RotFront, he produced the
musical analogy to a Molotov cocktail of garage rock, reggae, ska, hip hop and Eastern European folk music. He writes film and theater music. In January 2022, his book "Richard Wagner and the Klezmer Band" was published, in which he set out in search of the new Jewish sound in Germany. Since February 2022, Yuriy Gurzhy has been keeping a regular war diary in the Tagesspiegel about the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine.

Britta Wauer Writer/Director/Producer | DE

Britta Wauer is a Berlin-based writer, director and producer of a number of award-winning documentaries (including "Im Himmel, unter der Erde", "Rabbi Wolff", "Die Rapoports"). With her company Britzka Film, the Grimme Award winner also produces commissioned works for international exhibitions, museums and foundations. From 2020 to 2023, she was Professor of Time-based Media: Filmic Storytelling at Wismar University of Applied Sciences. Britta Wauer studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) and previously trained at the Berlin School of Journalism. She is a member of the German Film Academy.

Dr. Felicia Waldman Professor/Director Bucharest Film Festival | RU

Dr. Felicia Waldman is associate professor and coordinator of the Center for Hebrew Studies at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest. Her expertise includes Romanian Jewish history and heritage, Holocaust education, public policies and practices of remembrance. She has published 5 books, edited and co-edited 4 volumes, authored over 50 articles and coordinated over 20 projects on these topics. She was a member of the honorary board of the Bucharest Jewish Film Festival in 2011 and 2014 and Director of BJFF in 2017. Since 2018 she has been scientific director of BJFF. She was also scientific consultant for several films (Jewish Cemeteries of Bukovina and Moldova, documentary film produced by Art Promo Foundation under a project sponsored by the Department for Interethnic Relations of the Romanian Government, 2016; Jewish Writers in World War I, documentary film produced by Mihai Visinescu under a project dedicated to the Centennial of the Unification of Romania, 2018; Jewish Heroes in World War I, documentary film produced by Mihai Visinescu under a project dedicated to the Centennial of the Unification of Romania, 2018; Jewish trails in Romania, documentary film produced by Art Promo Foundation under a project sponsored by the Department for Interethnic Relations of the Romanian Government, 2019).