Jury #1

G-A-S Competition
DOC Award

Tommy Schwimmer

Tommy Schwimmer, born in Vilsbiburg in 1988, has been an actor since he was a child. 

The Munich resident became known to a wide audience through the BR TV series “Dahoam is Dahoam”, in which he played the popular character “Florian Brunner” until 2021. 

Tommy Schwimmer has also appeared in numerous film and television productions and was most recently seen in formats such as “Herzogpark”, “Hubert ohne Staller”, “Die Chefin” or on stage at the Altstadttheater Ingolstadt. In addition to his work as an actor, Schwimmer works as a screenwriter for various series. His first production, the short film “Kümmel und Korn” directed by Marcus H. Rosenmüller, won the audience award at the 2nd Landshut Short Film Festival in 2001.

Verena Wagner

Verena Wagner was born in the Bavarian Forest in 1990. She completed her studies in business education at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree. Verena has been studying documentary film and television journalism at the HFF Munich since 2016. Her films have been shown at numerous internationally renowned film festivals such as the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, the IndieLisboa Short Film Festival and the Krakow Film Festival and have won multiple awards. She works as a freelance filmmaker (for BR/ARD, among others) and leads film workshops for children and young people.

Sarah Bräuer

Sarah Bräuer grew up in the mountains and went on to work as a furniture designer in a Berlin metalworking shop. While studying media studies and working for a global management consultancy, she wrote her first short stories.

In 2004 she worked with Christoph Schlingensief at the Volksbühne Berlin and then studied screenwriting at the University of Television and Film Munich. She directs, writes several scripts and coordinates the CINEMASTERS jury at the Munich Film Festival for seven years.

She was involved in the development of the feature films LOS ÁNGELES (2014 Berlinale) and THE RED POINT (2008 Montréal) as well as co-author of I REMEMBER (2015 Berlinale) and other short films. She worked as an artistic assistant at the screenplay chair at the HFF Munich. From 2015, she produced three seasons of the web series THE LACK IS OFF (Phantomfilm/Amazon Prime).

Sarah is a freelance author – develops scripts and series concepts – and writes poetry.