Artistic Director

Roman Harasymiw is a freelance artist. He lives in Irsee and works in Kaufbeuren.

As “Spiritus Rector” he started the festival in 2008 together with local filmmakers. For him, film is a total work of art in which many creative trades are involved. New spiritual nourishment for his home, offering young filmmakers a forum and a creative exchange with the audience – that is his motivation to this day.


Festival Management

Birgit Kern-Harasymiw is an international PR and cultural manager and now lives permanently in Irsee.

The management of filmzeit is a matter of the heart for her, which drives her forward in order to insure a stable future for the festival. With professional support and a lot of voluntary commitment, she is consistently expanding the independent Allgäu Authors' Film Festival at several locations.

Tel.: +49 (0) 8341-9615500



Rainer Schicht is a trained media designer from Germaringen near Kaufbeuren.

Since 2016 he is responsible for technology and the main contact for filmmakers. With the professional support of the AR and VR expert, the festival is being gradually expanded to other locations. He is supported by an interdisciplinary team and numerous volunteers.


Social Media

Inessa Pelitschev is a culture enthusiast from Kaufbeuren and commutes between her hometown and Freiburg.

She has been part of the festival team for many years. The linguist speaks five languages and is currently doing her master's degree in cultural anthropology. She supports the editorial team with text and image information. For the 13th filmzeit she is now taking over the social media.


Graphic design

Ulrike Beck is the new member of the graphics team.

The trained graphic designer was born in Kaufbeuren and began her career at the jewellery school in Kaufbeuren-Neugablonz with an apprenticeship as a glass painter. After many years she has returned to her hometown and has now revised the entire visual appearance of the print media for the filmzeitkaufbeuren and the premiere of filmzeitallgäu.


Web design

Monika Schneiders is responsible for the website in the branch office in Stuttgart.

The web designer and architect also started her professional career at the jewellery school in Kaufbeuren-Neugablonz with an apprenticeship as a glass painter. Since then, she has been connected to this town. The cineast with a strict eye joined the team 10 years ago and is also firmly involved in programme planning.

Technical Support

Hartmut Chodura is developing electric vehicles in real life, as part of the Stuttgart festival branch he supports the team all year round in all technical matters.

Furthermore the avid film lover is a permanent member of the programme committee for all competitions. During the festival weekend in Kaufbeuren he is also active as a presenter.


Further Team Members

Thanks to our entire great filmzeit team, some of whom are taking a break this year:

  • Ulrich Geiser, our long-time graphic artist, is taking a creative filmzeit break on the golf course
  • Markus Hartmann, our barista in the theater, is "only" there as support for the technology this year
  • Gertrud Leschok had to miss the screenings, but is active again during the festival week
  • Otto Stiegler, our previous social media man, is also taking a break
  • other active supporters include: Gabi Abler, Ricardo Brunn, Petra Elflein, Heike Dorn, Ines Hermann, Susanne Jehl, Marcus Kühl, Ute Möllering-Duftschmid, Thorsten Overberg, Angelica Pisch, Susanne Sagner, Ulrich Schuck, Andreas Sräga, Harry Vogel, Richard Wiedemann, Vincent Wildung