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, Moderator & 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 hosts the award ceremony. Sandra’s award-winning debut doc series “Kynnstlah” is screening out of competition at die 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".

Astrid Matron

Educational Program & Moderation

Astrid studied "Applied Theatre Science" and worked on several movie projects as producer, assistant director and cinematographer. From 2013 to 2016 she worked at the Department for History and Aesthetics of Media in Jena and teached film analysis and identity depiction in film. In 2016 she graduated with her dissertation on German and Korean contemporary cinema. She 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.

Patrick Dewayne

Moderation Business Day

Patrick is Business Talker and movie enthusiast. After his active career at Wallstreet and Frankfurt trading floor, he worked as an actor in Los Angeles and Berlin, Australia and Paris. Today he is world-wide demanded as Speaker and MC and likes to work as the brand „Patrick Dewayne“ together with other well-known players from the film industry, automobile, pharmaceutical companies or consumer goods. His love for the american lifestyle also comes from his father, who enthused him with international blockbuster cinema.

Peter Gerst


Peter is a professional in many worlds. Primarily he is Business Coach, Moderator and Keynote Speaker with emphasis on motivation and power of persuasion. In addition he is stage actor since 17 years and also screen actor - most recently for the web series „Number of Silence“. He works as stage director and is specialist book author. Recently he released his second book „Persuasiveness - How to enthuse and affect people“. In the past Peter worked as sales manager and human resource manager, creative director at a PR & advertising agency and quite a few years as radio journalist at „Hessischer Rundfunk“ (HR).


Martin Otto

Screenings Organisation

Patrick Schellner



Markus Fritsch


Markus was born and raised in Wetzlar. He studied „Sciences of Film, TV and Theatre“ at the „Ruhr-University of Bochum and Limerick“. During his studies he created two short movies. In his final thesis he analysed the movies of Mika and Aki Kaurismäki and graduated with honors. Since then he has worked for a wide variaty of newspapers including „taz-ruhr,“ „Marabo“ and „Der Schnitt“. He's currently working for „Giessener Anzeiger“ and „Frizz-Magazin“ as well as the „Wetzlarer Neue Zeitung“.

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.

Christoforos Mechanezidis


Christian Schmidt

Motion Graphics

Event Organizers

Official Sponsors & Partners

Official Sponsors Business Day

Official Sponsors Educational Day



Media Partners

Festival Partners