Marcel Grant - Founder & Selection Committee
“Being an Independent filmmaker myself and fully understanding the difficulties of trying to make a film that is either different or original, my intention, when starting WSFF, was to give writer/directors - working outside the tried and tested formulae of corporate filmmaking - the opportunity to show their hard work and creative integrity to an audience that is still looking for that. I believe our selection in the first year of WSFF has done this, creating an internationally important selection of very diverse films from passionate filmmakers determined to speak their minds through the medium they all love…cinema. Is a good film something that simply entertains you for two hours, or one you may struggle with, or which provokes you, but then stays with you long after you have left the cinema?”
About Marcel Grant - A British filmmaker based in London and Berlin. He has written, directed and produced four feature films: Open My Eyes (2016), Coffee Sex You (2014), Just Inès (2010) and What's Your Name 41? (2005).
Conny Hammelmann - Berlin Director & Selection Committee
”As somebody living in Berlin, you really can’t complain about a lack of choice in events, festivals, parks – you can rush from one thing to the next. So why make the effort of taking a train to Angermünde and going to Stolpe to yet another event.? This is why: the minute you arrive in the middle of the beautiful, unspoilt Uckermark countryside, stand in front of the impressive Stolper Turm, wander around and relax, then later sit down in the Turm, forget every day's bustle and immerse into our „wonderous“ stories from all over the world, you will become part of a new film festival community. If you love films and are keen on learning something about how they come to life, talking with their creators and fellow festival goers in the most charming surroundings... you’ll love this!”
About Conny Hammelmann - After 16 years in the European and German film funding world, where she has travelled to many festivals and has contributed to many film projects from development stage to the screen. Conny joined the Berlin and Cologne based dubbing and subtitling company alias film und sprachtransfer as a shareholder and is mainly responsible for sales and acquisition. Alongside that, she works as a freelance agent with Trinity Movie Agency in Berlin.