The International Poetry Film Festival of Thuringia is an 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 at the Lichhaus cinema. The festival wants to stimulate and perpetuate the exchange between literature and media art, between filmmakers and authors in Thuringia and Central Germany. Weimar is a place of literature and art, and a city of great poets and poetry. It lends itself particularly well to such an ambition. The festival is characterized by the close connection between an international competition, its own film production, and the Poetry film magazine.

Ana Maria Vallejo

Festival Director and Curator / Bauhaus-University

Ana is an animator and filmmaker. She loves papercuts, collage and experimental films. She’s co-founder of the Weimar Animation Club. This year she curated together wth Jessica the German language program.

Photo: Trevor Johnson


Catalina Giraldo Vélez

Festival Director / Production and Visual Design / Bauhaus-University

Catalina is a visual designer and animator and part of the direction team where she takes care of keeping all strings together in the planning of the festival. In addition, she also coordinates our design team and takes care of the web design. She’s co-founder of the Weimar Animation Club.

Photo: Trevor Johnson

Guido Naschert

Festival Director and Curator / Literary Society of Thuringia

Guido is the festival’s director and manages the Literary Society of Thuringia. Together with Aline Helmcke he founded the “Poetry film Magazine” and the Weimar Poetry Film Award. He curates the competition, as well as the international program.

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Aline Helmcke

Festival Team / Poetry film Magazine

Aline is a filmmaker and animator with many years of experience with the poetry film genre. Together with Guido Naschert she founded the Poetry film Magazine and the Weimar Poetry Film Award.


Anya Ryzhkova

Festival Team / Graphic Design / Social Media

Anna is an independent filmmaker, studying Media Art and Design at the Bauhaus University.

Photo: Trevor Johnson

Elijah Aran

Festival Team / Social Media

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Franka Sachse

Festival Team / Workshop

Franka is an animating animator and an independent filmmaker. As teacher at School of Art and Design Kassel she is animating young talents to animate. She’s co-founder of the Weimar Animation Club. This year she is teaching our workshop at the ACC Gallery.

Photo: Alejandra Arévalo

Gabriela Parra Sánchez

Festival Team / Graphic Design / Catalogue

Gabriela Parra Sánchez is a Colombian-born type focused designer, artist & illustrator in formation in Visual Communication at the Bauhaus Universität in Weimar.
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Jessica Krecisz

Festival Team / Curator

Jessica is a media artist and filmmaker. Her work explores and mixes fiction, documentary and animation. Shiro is a fluffy Samoyed who never leaves her side. This year she curated together with Ana María the German language program.

Photo: Daša Geiger

Juliane Fuchs

Festival Team / Networking

Juliane coordinated for many years the Film Institute of the Bauhaus University Weimar and co-founded the former backup_festival at the University. She supports our team with her many years of experience in festival organization and in the film industry.

Photo: Alejandra Arévalo

Katharina Mänz

Festival Team / Performances

Katharina is Media Art and Design Student. She is part of the Production team.

Photo: Trevor Johnson

Lena Angert

Festival Team / Press & Social Media

Lena is a master student and works freelance in media education.
For the festival she is responsible for press and public relations and manages the social media channels.

Photo: Trevor Johnson

Maria Fernanda Sánchez

Festival Team / Illustration & Graphic Design

Maria is a visual identity graphic designer, visual artist and illustrator who also loves filmmaking. She created our beautiful visual identity for the last years.

Nicolás Concha

Festival Team / Web development

Rokzog is in charge of web development and takes care that our website works without problems.


Sandra Reyes

Festival Team / Trailer / Screenings

Meet Sandra! She’s an independent filmmaker and passionate about animation, storytelling, image and sound. During the festival she is in charge of video editing and has the mission of the screening projection in situ at Lichthaus Kino. During the Kasseturm party, she performs as DJ Candelaria.

Photo: Trevor Johnson

Sebastian Giraldo - Bitghost

Festival Team / Sound Design & Music

Bitghost is an electronic music project from Bogotá, Colombia. Bitghost produces all music tracks and creates the sound design for our trailer and during the screenings at the theater.