The Filmic Initiative Leipzig FILZ is an association of authors, filmmakers and artists. What connects us is a strong interest in artistic and documentary works, focusing on the moving image.
FILZ creates films and video art in different constellations and in mutual support.
FILZ curates, organizes workshops and film talks.
FILZ writes on film, thus takes part in prevailing discourses.
FILZ is in favor of cooperating with other players of the art and cultural scene.


Kathrin Lemcke

Kathrin Lemcke studied media art at the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle (Saale) and at the Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts in Jerusalem with Ute Hörner, Michaela Schweiger, Avi Mograbi, Tomer Heymann a.o. In 2011 she participated in the Professional Media Master Class (PMMC) of the Werkleitz Gesellschaft and in 2015-2017 in the PMMC Lab. It was in this context that she made her latest film She works hard. In her works, she is interested in the interaction of biography and contemporary history, often using time shifts and changes in perspective. She lives in Leipzig and currently works as a production manager at Hoferichter & Jacobs GmbH and as a freelance producer of video art and documentary films.

Jonas Matauschek

Jonas Matauschek was born in 1987 in Dresden and studied photography in the class of Peter Piller at the HGB Leipzig and at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples. During his studies he received a scholarship from the Studienstiftung and was recieved the title of master student in 2018. In 2013 and 2015/16 he participated in the PMMC-programme of the Werkleitzgesellschaft. He was also a lecturer at the Abendakademie at the HGB Leipzig from 2017 to 2018 and took part in the Berlinale Talent Campus. He works currently as a filmmaker and photographer in Leipzig.

Jana Keuchel

Emerson Culurgioni

Stefanie Schroeder

Florian Fischer

Florian Fischer studied Communication Design, Photography and Image Science. In 2011 he participated in the Professional Media Master Class (PMMC) of the Werkleitz Gesellschaft and in 2015-2017 in the PMMC Lab. His artistic works includes photography and film. Fischer was a fellow of Villa Aurora in Los Angeles and lives currently in Leipzig.

Anna Friedrich

Born 1991 in Thuringia. After finishing school, Anna started educating herself in filmmaking by several internships and jobs, such as with the Polish Film Institute Berlin, Radio FREI Erfurt an Ostlicht Filmproduktion.
2012 Participation in the One Year Documentary Education Programe “Professional Media Masterclass“ in Halle (Saale). 2013 Participation in the One Year Filmmaking Programe “TP2 Talentpool“ in Erfurt by Tradewind Pictures.
2014 and 2015 Development and Shooting of the Pilot Season for Documentary Web Series “Stories from Reality”. 2015 Young Talent-Award from the Central German Film Board MDM for “Stories from Reality”. Since 2015 Arabic Language Studies at University of Leipzig. 2016 Assistant Director for the Documentary Film “HABITAT”, by Emerson Culurgioni and Jonas Matauschek. 2018 Spring Internship at the Arab Film Festival Berlin,
Internship at Rufy’s Film Production, Alexandria, Egypt. Lives and works in Leipzig and in her old yellow bus.