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 in the exhibition space KiZ (Kultur im Zentrum).
Together with the artists and the audience we want to explore how we can experience the medium film outside of the cinema and think about it differently.

We are interested in the moment when the borders between art forms become blurry.

Film has become a medium which has withdrawn itself to privat rooms and spaces. The possibility to perceive and reflect art together is a major part of hungry eyes festivalIt enables the audience to collect individual and collective watching experiences that connect them and makes them self aware of being a recipient.

the team 2021

 hungry eyes festival 2021 is organized by eleven film- and performance fans that met during their studies of Applied Theater Studies in Giessen. The organizational team understands itself as a collective that works together grassroots democratic and imagines a fluid distribution of work based on personal interests and capacities, rather than following a strict separation of task fields. It tries to create structures that enables them and the invited artists to work under adequate circumstances. 

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 WürzburgLater 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.

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.

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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