Marcel Grant - Founder & Selection Committee
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. Between February 2012 to December 2016, Conny was the project manager of the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF).
Theo Grant - Technical Director & Selection Committee
“The bigger the film industry becomes, the ever more diversified the platforms and formats... it’s sadly not a guarantee for really interesting film makers to be seen and heard. WSFF hopes to be that stage where it’s still about the film... and not about the promo campaign pushing it to the forefront of the audience’s mind because they’ve seen six talk-shows hyping an entirely forgettable film that should have never been made. Big-budget movies, gaming, box-sets – the festival is a space to stop it all for a short beat, and you can enjoy, see and discover stuff that could actually end up meaning something to you.”
About Theo Grant - Theo began his journey in cinema after graduating with a media degree from Leeds Beckett University. He then started his career in the film industry as a projectionist in a private screening room in London’s Soho, where he build his unique skill set, working in high pressured, but highly rewarding environments. In 2017, Theo became Print Transport Manager at Soho House UK, as well as maintaining his technical duties as part of the in-house film team. Since 2018 Theo is the curator for 'Specialist Seasons’ at Soho House, focussing on exploring a variety of themes, directors & eras. At WSFF Theo is in charge of all things technical, as well as being part of the 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).