Jury Project Award
Bjørn Melhus | President
Born in 1966, lives in Berlin. He studied at the Braun- schweig University of Art (HBK) and CalArts, Los Angeles. Since 2003, he has held a professorship at the Kunst- hochschule Kassel. He has received numerous awards at international film festivals and had solo exhibitions of his work (since 1999) at the Denver Art Museum, Kunsthalle Bremen, Goethe Institute, New York, Sprengel Museum, Hannover and Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, among others.
The Berlin software entrepreneur has been collecting contemporary time-based art since 2010. In April 2019, he opened his Fluentum Collection, an independent platform for video and film, to the public. Fluentum pur- chases works of art, supports productions and organizes changing exhibitions. The permanent collection includes work by over 50 artists such as William Kentridge, Douglas Gordon, Hito Steyerl, Omer Fast, Sven Johne and Hiwa K.
The artist has been a professor for time-based media at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich since 2011. He first began working with found footage (together with Piero Steinle) and since 2001 has been shooting his own films, including the celebrated multi-channel works Asylum, Trilogy of Failure and American Night. Numerous solo exhibitions of his work have been held in museums worldwide. In 2017, the cinema version of his 13-channel installation Manifesto, featuring Cate Blanchett in thir- teen different roles, won the Main Award and Audience Award at KINO DER KUNST.
Born in 1987 in Vilnius, Škarnulytė studied at the Vilnius Academy of Art, the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan and the Academy of Art Tromsø, Norway. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Baltic Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016 and the XXII. Triennale di Milano. In 2017, she won the KINO DER KUNST Project Award and in 2019 the Future Generation Art Prize. She is co-founder and co- director of the Polar Film Lab (collective for analogue film practice) in Tromsø and a member of the artist duo New Mineral Collective.
Born in 1977, Lang studied film and drama at the University of Reading, England and directing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Potsdam-Babelsberg, followed by a one-year stay in Beijing. He has participated in and won awards at many film festivals worldwide, including the Berlinale, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the Clermont- Ferrand Short Film Festival. From 2012–2018, he was artistic assistant in the documentary film department at the University of Television and Film Munich. Since 2020, he has been spokesman for its president, Prof. Bettina Reitz. Daniel Lang lives and works in Murnau am Staffelsee.