The Team


Csongor Dobrotka

Founder & Festival Director

Csongor is director, screenwriter and producer. He studied "Drama, Theatre, Media" at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at Justus Liebig University Giessen. After numerous short films he directed his first feature film "Trennschärfe" in 2008. Since 2009 he works also at "Hessen Film and Media Academy (hFMA)", a network of the 13 film & media universities in Hessen. In 2011 he founded the production company DOBAGO FILM. He is also director and co-creator of the multi award winning web series "Number of Silence". In 2016 he founded a network for web series creators in Germany.

Beate Bambauer

Program Director

Beate studied creative writing with emphasis on poetry and fiction at the HAF in Hamburg. She wrote plays for stage, screenplays for short movies and was co-author of the feature film "Trennschärfe". She works as editor and author and is co-founder of the production company DOBAGO FILM. She is producer, editor and co-creator of the award winning web series "Number of Silence".

Jan Krankl

Marketing & Coordination

Jan works for the production company DOBAGO FILM as producer for commercials and corporate films and is part of the production team for the multi award winning web series "Number of Silence".

Ralf Hofacker

Media Design

Ralf is part of "die Seriale" since the very first edition. He created the look and design of the festival. Ralf is self-employed at his company "Lichtacker Mediendesign" as a graphic designer and photographer.

Sandra Bertalanffy

International Relations, Moderation & Host

Based out of New York City, Sandra handles North American relations, including marketing, alliances and fundraising. She moderates the “Business Day“ and the screenings and co-hosts the award ceremony. Sandra’s award-winning debut doc series “KYNNSTLAH” is screening out of competition at the Seriale. She is also a lead actor and US producer of the multi awarded digital series "Number of Silence". Holding a Masters in "Business Administration" and professionally trained in acting, Sandra is the "woman of a thousand faces".
@sabeffy | @kynnstlah

Astrid Matron

Educational Program & Moderation

Astrid holds a doctorate in film studies. She graduated in "Applied Theater Studies" and acted as producer, assistant director, and camera woman for various student film projects. She taught at various universities with a focus on film and media theory, film analysis, and identity depiction. Astrid lives and works in Berlin.

Sabine Holzlöhner

Communication & Coordination

Sabine joined the "die Seriale" festival team in 2016. She is responsible for communication and coordination. After many years of acting on stage, she entered the web series community in 2012 as an actress of the web series "Number of Silence". For the second season she will be assistant director and unit production manager. Since 2016 she is a student at the „Academy of Stage Arts“.

Sandra Wages

Communication, Coordination & Marketing


Joël Bassaget


Joël lives in Berlin and is a TV writer since 1990. In 2014 he created the blog "Web Séries Mag" for the French paper "Liberation" online edition where he reviews web series from all over the world. He is also founder of the „Web Series World Cup“ and a freelance consultant for advising and assisting producers and networks on digital content.

Monty Arnold

Host of Screenings

Former comedian Monty Arnold, known from "Upps - Die Pannenshow", "Quatsch Comedy Club" and the movie "The Most Desired Man" is a writer, blogger, voice actor and moderator. He is the german voice of Rufus as well as additional characters in Daedalic's successful adventure game series "Deponia".

Magdalena Kaim


Magdalena studied History of Arts, Psychology and Adult Education at the JLU and Acting at the „Academy of Stage Arts“ and works since 18 years in the theatre scene. She is screen and stage actress, director and writer, directs theatre projects in diverse social contexts, teaches acting and improvisational theatre and directs and writes stage plays. Also she is leading actress in the internationally awarded web series „Number of Silence“. In 2016 she was awarded three times with „Best Actress“ at the „KWebFest“ in Seoul, the „LAWebFest“ in Los Angeles and the „Rome Web Awards“ in Rome.


Martin Otto

Screenings Organisation

Patrick Schellner



Christoforos Mechanezidis


Horst Martin

Public Relations

Horst Martin, head of PR at the „Deutsches Filminstitut“ for many years, leads a press agency in Berlin and Frankfurt/Wiesbaden. One key aspect is Film & Culture. Clients are TV broadcasting companies like ARD, media companies like Bertelsmann, archives like the Murnau-Stiftung, institutions like SPIO & FSK, artists agencies as well as film academies and festivals.

Jonathan Barbir

Documentation & Music

Jonathan Barbir is a Berlin based cameraman, composer for film music and cutter. During his Bachelor in music, he got to know “Dobago Film“ by a fortunate coincidence. For the series „Number of Silence“ he created the score and sound design since the beginning.The love for cameras was awakened by the old analog camera from his dad. He was working in different production companies in Mainz and Berlin, mostly as a creative producer, and feels at home in movies as well as in commercials. Jonathan is always on the lookout for new, exciting projects and challenges.

Jens Bambauer

Website Management

Christian Schmidt

Motion Graphics

Ronald Wages


Martin Esters


Christina Werns


Christina Werns completed her studies as Film Maker & VFX at the SAE Institute in Frankfurt. Since 2015 she works as a tutor in the Digital Film & VFX Department. Her responsibilities include, among other things, support in practical exercises, checking and examine learned work steps, as well as various tasks in organisation and creativity. Since August 2015, she has been assigned the deputy head of the entire film department. An enjoyable collaboration with Dobago Film has emerged and Christina Werns is assigned for various camera works.

Event Organizers

Official Sponsors & Partners

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