International Jury

In the international competition ON THE RISE, 18 fictional first to third feature films by outstanding directors compete for six prizes, awarded by four juries and the audience.

Three exceptional personalities of the international film industry – artists, creators and thinkers of cinema – award the two main prizes of the competition ON THE RISE: the International Newcomer Award and the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Award.

The International Newcomer Award, the main prize of the IFFMH, is endowed with €30,000 and funded by the Manfred Lautenschläger-Stiftung. The international jury awards this prize to the best directorial work of the respective year, honouring the strongest film and the talent for directing that it showcases.

The Rainer Werner Fassbinder Award for best screenplay is endowed with €10,000 and funded by the Festival. The international jury will award it to the authors of the best screenplay of a film in the competition, thus honouring the features of the screenplay realised in the film.

*The name forms "Fassbinder", "Rainer Werner Fassbinder" and "RWF" (as a word and logo) are registered trademarks of the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, Berlin.

Kathleen McInnis

Kathleen McInnis is a publicist, producer and curator. She has been the festival director of the Palm Springs ShortFest, the international programming director for TIFF ShortCuts, the international short film programming director for Hot Docs and the festival director of Slamdance. At the Seattle International Film Festival, she was the senior curator and head of public relations. She is currently the curator of that festival’s New Works-in-Progress Forum. She is also a programming consultant for short films at the Tribeca Film Festival. As a press agent, she assists international films with their festival strategies and works on Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globes campaigns. She has recently produced such films as “Retablo” and the Swedish documentary “Broadcast”.

Kathleen McInnis | © Kathleen McInnis

Michelle Carey

Michelle Carey is a festival curator, film journalist and programming consultant. She was the artistic director of the Melbourne International Film Festival from 2010 to 2018. Since moving to Europe, she has been a member of the selection committee for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes and a curator for the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is also a programming consultant for the New York Film Festival. In 2017, she was awarded the Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres. She is a co-founder of Parenting at Film Festivals, an initiative of parents who attend film festivals professionally. She helped set up

Michelle Carey | © Michelle Carey

Nicolas Wackerbarth

Nicolas Wackerbarth is a director, writer and actor. After studying acting at the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding in Munich, he studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. His three feature-length films “Lower Upper Cut”, “Everyday Objects” and “Casting” have made him one of the most exciting voices in recent German cinema. His films consistently draw on finely calibrated dialogue as well as improvisation. In addition to being a writer and director, he is a university lecturer and as an actor, appearing recently in bit parts in films by Maren Ade and Angela Schanelec and playing a theatre director in “Golden Twenties” by Sophie Kluge. He is also one of the editors of the film magazine “Revolver”.

Mathilde Henrot | © Mathilde Henrot