On 1 September 2017, Thorsten Schaumann will officially take over the artistic direction of the Hof International Film Festival. In the previous year, he already curated the 50th edition of the festival’s program together with Linda Söffker and Alfred Holighaus.
Thorsten Schaumann, born in 1968, brings long-standing experience from the industry with him. Through his work at Bavaria Film International he developed extensive national and international contacts to world sales agents, distributors and producers. At Bavaria Film International he was responsible for the sales and supervision of German and international films like Helmut Dietl’s ROSSINI, Tom Tykwer’s RUN LOLA RUN, Wolfgang Becker’s GOOD BYE, LENIN!, Caroline Link’s NOWHERE IN AFRICA, Sönke Wortmann’s THE MIRACLE OF BERN, Fatih Akin’s HEAD-ON, Hans-Christian Schmid’s REQUIEM, Volker Schlöndorff’s THE LEGENDS OF RITA, Doris Dörrie’s CHERRY BLOSSOMS – HANAMI, and Aki Kaurismäki’s THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST. During this time, Thorsten Schaumann established contacts with the filmmakers and developed a special sense for up-and-coming film talents and auteur films.
He was also a member of the board of the Association of German Film Exporters and was a founding member of the European Film Export Association with its headquarters in Paris. Additionally, he also has a profound commercial understanding through his studies in Economics.
Thorsten Schaumann is currently employed by Sky Deutschland as Director of Acquisitions Digital Rights & Rights Coordination. During his many years there, he has gained valuable experience in the fields of film rights, licensing, acquisitions and marketing, particularly in the field of new media: a area which the Hof International Film Festival intends to focus on the future.
“We are very happy to have been able to win over Thorsten Schaumann for the artistic direction for the Hof International Film Festival. He brings not only the best pre-requisites and competency, much more so he has been a long-time friend of the festival and will be a great addition in this executive position to our festival team. We are certain to be able to continue Heinz Badewitz’s legacy together with him.” Ana Radica, Board Cine Center Hof e.V.
Thorsten Schaumann will be supported by the team which has already for many years helped to shape the festival and proved themselves once again in the past year: Rudy Tijo, Inge Hagedorn and Martin Scheuring.