Mannheim, November, 9th, 2017 (SIGNIS). The 66th edition of the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg starts today. Like every year since 1990, an ecumenical jury, appointed by SIGNIS and INTERFILM, will award a film of high cinematographic quality, which bear witness to the power of film as an artistic medium for communication and visual expression.

The jury is composed of 5 members:

Linda Dombrovszky, (Hungary) is a filmdirector, and a member of the Hungarian Film Academy, the Motion Picture Association of Hungary, and the Hungarian Catholic Press Association. Her documentaries and short films attended or received awards at several festivals. Her latest script, Red rose, had been selected for the Docu Talents Program at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival this year.

Johannes Feisthauer, (Germany) studied theology in Göttingen and Uppsala (2007-2013). After his practical education in the church of Hannover (2013-2015), he graduated with a thesis on Film reception of the church on the example of juries. Since 2016, he has been working as a Lutheran pastor in Georgsmarienhütte.

Christoph Strack, (Germany) studied Catholic theology in Bonn and Jerusalem. He is editor for church and political issues at the “Deutsche Welle Fernsehen“, a German international TV.  From 1988-2011 he worked as an editor and senior correspondent for the Catholic News Agency Germany (KNA), where he put emphasis on cultural themes. Between 2011 and 2014, he participated in the Ecumenical Jury in Cottbus, Mannheim and Berlin.  

Franz Günther Weyrich, (Germany) studied German philology and Catholic theology at the University of Giessen. Since 1993, he has been serving the Diocese of Limburg as director of a religious education office and media director; and, since 1996, he has been a lecturer in teacher training in the field of media pedagogy / film work. He is also the author of various books on films and writes articles for religious pedagogical journals.

Jean-Michel Zucker, (France) studied at the University of Paris, faculty of medicine, and specialised in Paediatrics, Haematology and Oncology. He is a member of the Council and vice-president of Pro-Fil France, an organisation whose goal is to promote cinema and to have a Christian reflexion on films. He is accredited at the Cannes Film festival and since 2005, he has been in charge of daily papers. He has been a member of several Ecumenical Jurys (Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Berlin, Warsaw).