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Wieland Speck


Filmmaker, Author and Curator

Jury President

Grew up in Freiburg. Berlin resident since 1972. Studied German Literature, Drama, Ethnology at Freie Universität Berlin.

In the 70s he was a publisher of Men's Emancipation and Gay Movement literature, video artist and cinema programmer.

He directed the feature-length films Westler ‑ East Of The Wall (1985), Among Men (1994), and Escape To Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story (2000).

From 1982 to 1992 he was assistant to Berlinale Panorama director Manfred Salzgeber and short film programmer. In 1987 he founded the Teddy Award, the queer film award at the Berlinale. From 1992 to 2017 he was the director of the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section. And since 2017 he is advisor of the Official Program of the Berlinale.

Lecturer at various institutes including dffb (German Film and TV Academy). Jury member of international film festivals and various German film funding systems. Publisher of articles on film, filmmaking, film marketing, script writing. Film expert on Arte Television.


Joao Ferreira


Queer Lisboa Artistic Director

Born in 1973, lives in Lisbon. Design Graduate from the Fine-Arts Faculty, and Master in Theatre Studies from the Humanities Faculty at Lisbon University. Trained as an actor at IFICT.

Artistic Director of Queer Lisboa – International Queer Film Festival since 2004. Guest Curator for the Curta o Gênero Film Festival, in Fortaleza, Brazil, since 2017. Professor at the Artistic Studies course of Coimbra University between 2006 and 2015.

Jury Member in several Queer Festivals in Bilbao, Turin, Prague, Vienna, São Paulo and Palermo, and at the Berlinale Teddy Award and the Cannes Queer Palm.

He was an actor in the Sensurround Theatre Troupe, directed by Lúcia Sigalho; and an actor, playwright, and director in Projecto Solilóquio.

He has published several articles and participated in lectures and debates on Queer Film, and Performance Studies. He co-edited the books “Queer Film and Culture” (2014) and “The virus-cinema: queer cinema and HIV/AIDS” (2018).


Kathleen Mullen


Director of Seattle Queer Film Festival
United States

Kathleen has a Master of Arts from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from York University in Toronto, Canada. She is the Director of the Seattle Queer Film Festival and she is also working with the Whistler Film Festival and Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.

She runs her own consulting company, Letter K Media, which supports filmmakers, festivals, and arts organizations with programming, arts administration, and story consulting.

Kathleen has programmed films for the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Planet in Focus, Provincetown International Film Festival, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and other festivals internationally for 18+ years.

In addition, she has written and directed the short films Button OUT!, you wash my skin with sunshine, Sleep Lines, and Still Life with Butterfly, as well as the award-winning mid-length documentary Breathtaking.


Richard Lawson


Vanity Fair Chief Critic
United States

Richard Lawson is the chief critic for “Vanity Fair”, reviewing film, television, and theater. Prior to “Vanity Fair”, Richard was a staff writer for “The Atlantic” and “Gawker”, and has written for “The Guardian” and “Out” magazine.

He is a co-host of Vanity Fair’s “Little Gold Men” podcast and has contributed to the radio shows “Dinner Party Download” and “All Things Considered”. 

His first book, a young adult novel called “All We Can Do Is Wait”, was published by Penguin in 2018.


Vera Anderson


Journalist, Hollywood Foreign Press Association member
United States

Writer-photographer Vera Anderson has been covering the entertainment business for Cine Premiere since the Mexican magazine launched in 1994.

In 1997 her book, “A Woman Like You” - a collection of interviews and portraits of domestic violence survivors, some incarcerated for killing their abusers - was featured on CNN. She also produced the 1999 low-budget feature film The Dogwalker, written and directed by her husband Paul Duran. After a successful festival run was interrupted by 9/11, the film finally opened to a rave review by Manohla Dargis in the L.A. Times in 2002, and was called by Cameron Crowe “A completely captivating film filled with characters you won’t want to leave behind.”

A voting member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands the Golden Globes every year, Vera can often be found curled up at home watching movie and TV screeners with Bella, her silly Airedale terrier.


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