hungry eyes festival, a festival at the intersection of film, performance, and installation art, will take place from the 5th to the 7th of February 2021.

Due to the continuing seriousness of the general Covid19 pandemic situation and the related decisions of the German government to contain the virus, cultural events will also continue to be restricted. For this reason also the hungry eyes festival will not be able to take place this year as planned in the exhibition space KiZ in Giessen.

But we, your hungry eyes festivall team, are not hanging our heads and have developed a version of the festival that will allow you to follow the hungry eyes festival in a diverse and sometimes experimental way - with the difference that this time it doesn't matter whether your living room is on Berlinerplatz in Giessen or on the other side of the globe!

Here on our website, under “Mediation Program”, you can find out everything about the various online formats with which we are proposing a safe way for you to experience the festival.

We are excited and looking forward to this festival in a challenging time, from which we will hopefully all learn a lot about what "creating art", "experiencing art" and "making art accessible" can all mean!

the team 2021

The hungry eyes festival 2021 is currently planed by thirteen film and performance fans who met in Giessen and the surrounding area while studying applied theater studies. The organizational team sees itself as a collective that works together on a democratic basis and provides for a fluid distribution of work according to personal interests and capacities, instead of insisting on a strict division of tasks. It tries to create structures that enable them and the invited artists to work together under appropriate conditions.

Elena Giffel

Elena Giffel has been working for almost 20 years in different theater groups as an actress, director, stage- and costume designer, technician and dramaturg. For one year she worked as assistant at the Mainfrankentheater Würzburg. Later she took part in a collective production at the Gorki Theater Berlin in the frame of Büchnertage 2013 Since 2013 she studies Applied Theater Studies n Gießen and works there, alone and collectively, on her own productions, audio dramas and festivals.

Linda Gottwald

Linda Gottwald studiert seit  2015 Kunst und Philosophie auf Lehramt an der Universität Kassel und der Kunsthochschule Kassel und seit 2018 im Doppelstudium Visuelle Kommunikation an der Kunsthochschule Kassel. Sie sammelte einige installative und konzeptuelle Erfahrungen in der Klasse Kunst im zeitgenössischen Kontext, studierte 2019 an der Isdat Toulouse Grafikdesign und ist derzeit in der Klasse Redaktionelles Gestalten.

Herbert Graf

Herbert Graf studied literary studies at Universität Hamburg andApplied Theater Studies at Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. His works, which situate themselves between stage performances and exhibition formats and were worked on partly alone and partly collaborative, were shown i.a. in Frankfurt LAB, Cammerspielen Leipzig, Prinzregententheater München, Kunstverein Mönchengladbach, Neuen Kunstverein Gießen and Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris. For Ruhrtriennale 2019 he curated the short film program Films In Between.

Amélie Haller

Amélie Haller works as a performer and independent artist in performance art, as well as a curator for hungry eyes festival. Her works have been shown in Keller der Kleinen Künste München, Theaterdiscounter Berlin, Frankfurt LAB, Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitaggelände in Nürnberg, Gängeviertel in Hamburg and Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris. In her current performance she is experimenting with performative and narrative possibilities of tying together the human and animal, body and technology, fiction and reality - for this purpose she received a debut-funding from the city of Munich.

Eva Kirsch

Eva Kirsch has been working collectively on performances and cinematic projects in the contexts of installation art, web and the big screen since the beginning of her studies at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies and besides as an organising member of student festivals. Recently she has been working several times as a cinematographer (i.a. for a music video of Frankfurter Hauptschule), as artist support at Festival für Politik im freien Theater at the Kammerspielen in munich, as a theater teacher for FSJ-workshops as well as in the catalogue and press department of Diagonale – Festival des österreichischen Films. At the moment she has a keen interest for curational processes and festivals as social and discursive spaces.

Leonie Kopineck

Leonie Kopineck already worked as directors assistant at Theater Duisburg before her studies of theater studies and comparative studies in Bochum and later Applied Theater Studies in Gießen. Institute for Applied Theater Studies Afterwards she was a directors assistant at Otto-Falckenberg-Schuleand Münchner Kammerspielen (e.g. Hochdeutschlanddirected by Kevin Barz). Besides the organisation of students festivals she was also working as artist support for TANZPLATTFORM in Munich.

Maren Küpper

Maren Küpper develops performances, dance- and choir-pieces. Her performance Hard Feelings has been invited in 2019 to State of the Art Festival in Hildesheim. Together with Kerstin Oppermann she developed in 2019 the performance Team for In/between Festival in Gießen.
Furthermore she works as a director's assistant and production manager, i.a. for Susanne Zaun/ Marion Schneider and SKART.

Anne Mahlow

Anne Mahlow studies Applied Theater Studies at JLU Gießen and works as an artist, dramaturg and curator. Alone and in different collective contexts she develops performances, installation art and audio pieces, which has been shown e.g. its Staatstheater Darmstadt, Mousonturm Frankfurt, FFT Düsseldorf swell as Ruhrtriennale. She is part of the performance collective Hain/Kapsner/Mahlow/Romaowski. In 2016 she was one of the founding members of "hungry eyes festival". Since July 2017 Anne Maslow is part of the dramaturgy at Ruhrtiennale, as well as working as a curator. Since 2018 she curated in the frame of Ruhrtriennale a performative and discursive program for the Third Space created by raumlaborberlin.

Svenja Polonji

Svenja Polonji studies at the Institute of Applied Theater Studies in Gießen and worked for one year as an assistant at Staatstheater Braunschweig. As a board member ofAlleineinboot e.V. in Bad Segeberg she developed performative meeting projects with refugees and citizens. She is awardee of the Deutscher Bürgerpreis, as well as awardee of the Queisser Juniorenpreis and performed in music videos by 2raumwohnung and Messer. In 2020 she showed her installation Island Dreams at Senckenberg Museum Frankfurt.

Sophia Scherer

Sophia Scherer develops performances and video works and searches for hybrid forms of those genres. Before her studies of Applied Theater Studies she already worked as a scene/set designer and as an assistant and intern in different theaters in Graz and Berlin.

Anja Schneidereit

Anja Schneidereit hat Kulturwissenschaften und französische Philologie in Potsdam und Toulouse studiert und begann ihr Dramaturgie Studium 2015 in Frankfurt am Main. Ihre eigene Theaterarbeit beschäftigt sich mit Körpern in der Öffentlichkeit, die sich mit räumlichen Begebenheiten konfrontiert sehen und situiert sich zwischen Installation und Performance.

Nikolas Stäudte

Nikolas Stäudte studied German as a foreign language in Leipzig and worked as a directing and dramaturgy intern at Staatsschauspiel Dresden as well as in press and public relations for euro-scene Leipzig. Besides his studies of Applied Theater Studies and wagework in the cinema, he realises his own projects in different collaborative constellations, that were shown among others in Mousonturm Frankfurt, Cammerspielen Leipzig and Thalia Theater Hamburg .

Eva Streit

Eva Streit completed her education to become a contemporary dancer at Contemporary Dance School Hamburg. She worked i.a. as a performer in projects by Johanna Bruckner, Patricia Carolin Mai, Rica Blunck and Niels Wehr, and as a artistic assistant for the integration project Salon International in Hamburg. Since 2018 she studies Applied Theater Studies in Gießen. Her own artistic works were shown at TanzArt ostwest, Tanzlabor Hamburg, as well as eigenarten-Festival Hamburg.


The hungry eyes emerged in 2017 from the film festival Filmsommer (2016) and, through its two editions in 2017 and 2018, sharpened its profile as an interdisciplinary festival that shows and reflects film not only on the screen, but also in performative and installative works.

Originally called into being by a group of students studying Applied Theater Studies it's passion belongs to film as a medium in all it's facets. 


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