Jury #1

G-A-S Competition
DOC Award

Chris Hirschhäuser


After training as a photographer and working for several years in the field of still and portrait photography, Chris Hirschhäuser was increasingly drawn to moving images from 2011 onwards.
After a few short films, music videos and commercials, he shot his first feature film “Hit the road Gunnar” in 2013.
The jointly produced debut film “Toprak” by his wife Sevgi was shown at over 100 international festivals and won the main golden award at the Hofer Filmtage 2020, among others.
The camera work for this film was awarded with 5 awards (including Woods Hole Film Festival, Ischia Film Festival, Oceanside Film Festival).
Chris’ preference is for calm, precise imagery that supports the mood and story of the film.

Sebastian Stern


born in 1979 in Deggendorf, Lower Bavaria, has worked as a screenwriter and director for cinema and television since studying directing at the HFF Munich. First awards with short films, including at the Landshut Short Film Festival 2005, followed the Bavarian Film Prize for his first feature film “Die Hummel”, a nomination for the First Steps Award for the cinema film “Der Hund begraben” and most recently the Grimme Prize for the international anthology film ” The Love Europe Project”. He is currently preparing a series project and has completed two films for the ARD series “Zimmer mit Stall”. As a lecturer and artistic assistant, Sebastian Stern has also been teaching at the HFF for several years and gives workshops among others at the Film Academy Amsterdam, the Bavarian Academy of Writing and for the South Tyrolean Film Fund IDM.

Anne Madlene Schleicher, Mag. Phil.,


studied theater, film and media at the University of Vienna and works in various artistic fields such as the film and book market. As the initiator of the Schwandorf Documentary Film Festival ZWICKL, she has been in charge of the annual film festival in the heart of the Upper Palatinate since 2012. The Bavarian Documentary Film Prize ZETT has been awarded there since 2019.