The Jury

Our international film festival jury is composed of producers, directors, and artists as well as renowned university film experts.

The Jury of the International Rare Disease Film Festival Berlin is seeking to find the best entries from these three categories:

  • Documentary
  • Short
  • Experimental/Animated

Heino Deckert

Producer & Film Distributor

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Since entering the film industry, Heino has produced more than 120 documentaries, alongside international directors, such as Sergei Loznitsa, Hartmut Bitomsky, Victor Kossakovsky, Ai Weiwei, and Thomas Heise.

Currently, his documentary Aquarela, directed by Victor Kossakovsky, is being screened in Venice and has been shortlisted for an Oscar as well as the German and European Film Award. In 2019, he produced the award-winning film directed by Thomas Heise ─ Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit ─ which is currently being shown in German cinemas.

Since 2006, Heino has also produced feature films with directors who originally worked in the documentary industry, including Khadak in 2006, which received the Golden Lion for Best First Feature, and most recently Donbass, which won the Un Certain Regard award for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

Additionally, Heino is an active sales agent within his company Deckert Distribution, one of the world's leading distributors of documentaries. At the moment, the company represents several films, including the Sundance winner ─ Land of Honey, which is also on the shortlist for this year's Oscar and is currently being shown in German cinemas.

Gunter Hanfgarn


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Gunter Hanfgarn has been producing documentaries and feature films since 1991, including numerous international and award-winning co-productions and debuts.

Gunter received the Grimme Prize Fikton for producing Susanna Salonen's feature film Patong Girl and was nominated for the German Film Prize for No Land’s Song by Ayat Najafi. His co-productions Carne de perro and Pelo Malo received the main prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Gunter is a member of the German and European Film Academy.

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Florian Weghorn

Programme Manager Berlinale Talents

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Florian Weghorn is the Programme Manager of Berlinale Talents, the annual summit and talent development initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival. He also advises the seven Berlinale Talents offshoots around the world, ranging from Beirut to Tokyo.

Born in 1976 in Oldenburg, Florian holds an M.A. in Theatre, Film and Television Studies from the University of Cologne with a thesis on ‘The Visual Language of Melancholy in Film.’ Florian joined the Berlinale team in 2002, initially working for the Generation section. From 2008 to 2014, he was the section’s co-director and a curator of its annually around 60 short and feature films. Between 2012 and 2019, Florian was also a member of the Berlinale Competition selection committee.

In addition, Florian has worked for various other international film festivals, film funds and cultural institutions and is a member of the European Film Academy. He is the author and editor of several publications covering film and youth culture.

Susanne Winnacker

Deputy Director

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Susanne Winnacker is Deputy Director of the Schauspielhaus Bochum, one of the most notable drama theaters in Germany. From 2012 to 2019, she was Rector of the Rostock University of Music and Theatre.

Previously, Dr. Winnacker was an Assistant Professor at the University of Frankfurt, Lecturer at S. Fischer Verlag, and since 2001, Artistic Director of the Kroonstukjes/Kronjuwelen Festival in Münster. From 2002 to 2005, she worked in the management team of DasArts Amsterdam. In 2004, she took over the general management of the Theaterfestival in Basel. She also served as Deputy Artistic Director, Head Dramaturge, and Dance Curator at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar. She then worked as a Lecturer for Directing at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts.

Anna Grün


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Anna Grün has been producing documentaries for German public broadcasters as well as international broadcasters for 15 years. She specializes in scientific topics and the creation of new formats.

Her most notable projects in recent years have been Schöne neue Gentechnik, a multi-part documentary for the television channel 3sat, the German series Das soll Recht sein? with Ingo Zamperoni as part of ARD’s theme week Gerechtigkeit, and the science magazine Hot Spot for the TV channel, Al Arabiya.