Bernadette Kolonko

Jury member

Bernadette Kolonko is a filmmaker, author, and artistic researcher. Having completed a degree in fine arts in Leipzig and another in film directing in Babelsberg, she embarked on artistic research into feminist aesthetics in contemporary feature film cinema at the Zurich University of the Arts in 2019. In 2023, she published her book “Unsichtbares und Ungesagtes – 10 Female*Feminist*Gazes” with Schüren Verlag. She is a lecturer and mentor at the Zurich University of the Arts and also teaches at the DFFB and in the Bachelor Video program at the HSLU. In 2022, she won the ZHdK Teaching Award for her concept on collective queer-feminist search movements in filmmaking. Kolonko works as a dramaturgical consultant, writes texts, and gives workshops on queer-feminist film work, e.g. Rote Fabrik Zürich, Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. She curates and moderates event series, including the Diversity Cinema of the ZHdK, and is a guest curator at the International Women’s Film Festival Cologne/Dortmund. Her short films UN_SICHTBAR and DEINE SCHÖNE GESTALT were screened at international festivals such as Palm Springs and the Max Ophüls Prize.