Curator: Competition for women DoP
Ute Freund studied art history in Berlin and worked as a camera assistant before studying cinematography at the Hamburg Media School. Her diploma film The Runaway won a Student Academy Award. You Told Me, You Love Me by director Rudolf Thome was her feature film debut, winning the National Competition for Women Directors of Photography in 2007. Ute Freund’s work includes experimental, documentary and feature films such as Thome’s Pink (2008) and The Red Room (2010) as well as Cynthia Beatt’s The Invisible Frame (2009) and her most recent project Sankt – Female Identities in the Post-Utopian (2017) by Danish artist Lene Markusen. She received the German Camera Award in 2016 for the documentary Hello, I am David! by Cosima Lange.
Beate Middeke studied at the Design Faculty of Dortmund University of Applied Sciences, graduating in 2000 with a diploma in image composition and documentary film directing. She has worked as a camerawoman, film-maker and producer for cinema and ZDF/3sat television, among others, since 1996. In 1999, she became a member of the association dokumentarisch arbeiten, Hamburg. Alongside her film work, Middeke teaches at various film schools and universities. Between 2013 and 2019, she taught artistic image composition for scenic and documentary films at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Her films have been shown at many national festivals and she has received awards for Zuletzt befreit mich doch der Tod, Man denkt, man kennt das Land and Mrs. Wildenhahn, among others.
Born 1981 in Venezuela, Paola Calvo finished her bachelor’s degree in Media Studies at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. In 2006, she began studying cinematography at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (dffb). In 2012, as co-director with Steffen Köhn, she made A Tale of Two Islands, a two-channel video installation that was shown in the Forum Expanded section at the Berlinale. In 2014, Calvo won the Best Cinematography Award at the New Berlin Film Award 2014 for The Visitor (directed by Katarina Schröter). Calvo’s dffb graduation film was Violently Happy, featuring her as director and cinematographer and co-produced with radio broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg.
Films by Paola Calvo (Cinematography)
The Visitor 2014 | A Tale of Two Islands 2012 | Gleisdreieck 2012 | Tell Me When 2010 | Geliebte 2009 | 35.000 Hours 2009