About Us

The “International Poetry Film Festival of Thuringia” is a new annual festival dedicated to the genres of poetry film and video poetry. The center of the festival is the presentation of the Weimar Poetry Film Award.

The aim of the festival is to stimulate and perpetuate the exchange between filmmakers and authors in Thuringia and Central Germany. Weimar as a place of literature and art, and as the city of great poets lends itself particularly well to such a competition.

The “Poetryfilmtage” emerged from the backup_festival of the Bauhaus University Weimar and are now a partner festival of the same. The poetry film scene in Weimar is characterized by the close connection between an international festival, its own film production and an online magazine (Poetryfilmkanal).

TEAM 2020

Aline Helmcke

Festival Management, International Competition, Special Programs

The artist Aline Helmcke, part of our management team. She has many years of experience with poetry film. Aline and Guido are the program committee for international competitions and curated the special program “German-language poetry films”.

Ana Maria Vallejo

Festival management, Special Programs, The Art of Videohaiku

Meet Ana, a Colombian artist, animator and filmmaker and part of the management team. She also curates the special program “The Art of Videohaiku” which includes a two-day-hands-on-workshop.
Photo: Daša Geiger

Catalina Giraldo Vélez

Festival management, Special Programs, Head of Visual Design

Catalina is a visual designer and part of the management team where she takes care of keeping all strings together in the planning of the festival. In addition, she also manages our design team. This year she is curating the special program “Bauhaus Poetry Shorts”.
Photo: Daša Geiger

Guido Naschert

Festival Managment, International competition, Literarische Gesellschaft Thüringen e.V.

Guido is the festival’s managing director and part of the committee for the international program. He also curates two of our special programs – Weltspiegel der Poesie and Fokus Afrika.
Photo: Daša Geiger

Juliane Fuchs

Festival Management

Juliane Fuchs, the co-founder of the backup_festival at the Bauhaus University. She supports our team with her many years of experience in festival organization and in the film industry. For many years she coordinated the Film Institute of the Bauhaus University Weimar.

Ma. Fernanda Sanchez

Graphic Design

Maria Fernanda Sanchez designed our beautiful Festival design. She is a Colombian graphic artist who recently finished an MFA at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. Her background includes agency and freelance Graphic Design experience. She has had the opportunity to work for a wide range of projects, including print advertisements, illustrated books, papercut animation, etc.
Photo: Daša Geiger

Jessica Krecisz


Jessica Krecisz is a media artist and filmmaker who recently finished her MFA studies at Bauhaus-University Weimar. Her work explores and mixes fiction, documentary and animation. Shiro is a fluffy Samoyed who never leaves her side. As a team, they are taking care of all social-media related work for this year‘s festival.
Photo: Daša Geiger

Daša Geiger


Daša Geiger is our festival photographer. She is studying media art and design (MFA) at Bauhaus University Weimar. In addition to her film related works, her artistic focus is on photography.

Julia Prokopidis

Motion Designer

Julia Prokopidis is our motion designer. She is studying media art & design at Bauhaus University Weimar. In her studies she focused on animation and motion graphics.
Photo: Daša Geiger

Katharina Mänz

Trailer & Video editing

Katharina Mänz is studying Media Art and Design at the Bauhaus University. Her works are primarily in the area of moving image, where she focuses on the intersection of performance theatre and experimental video.
Photo: Daša Geiger

Paloma Llambías

Curator Special Program "Women in resistance"

Paloma Llambías is a chilean visual artist and video editor based in Weimar. For the festival she will prepare a curate the special program called “Women in resistance“.
Photo: Daša Geiger

Bitghost (Sebastian Giraldo)

Sound Designer

Bitghost is an electronic music project from Bogotá, Colombia. Producing mostly Techno oriented tracks his style is very eclectic, going sometimes to Drum and Bass, Trip Hop or Footwork. Recently he released his self-titled debut and an EP called Primary Waves under the Hawaï Bonsai label.

Nicolás Concha

Web development