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The Festival Directors:

Festival Director

Magdalena Żelasko, originally from Poland, has been living in Vienna for about 20 years now. The certified marketing and advertising expert with a diploma from the Business School in Cracow studied  Slavic studies, journalism and communication sciences at the University of Vienna, which she soon after rounded up with a Ph.D. in 2005. She has worked as a manager for several international companies and as a journalist for various Austrian and Polish media. The university lecturer with focus on culture and communication is also involved in a number of associations and supports several non-profit organisations.

Festival Director and Co-Founder

Wolfgang P. Schwelle, originally from Upper Austria, is a journalist and a PR consultant. He studied political science, journalism and communication and commercial science in Vienna, Guildford and Washington D.C. He has worked as an editor at the Wirtschaftswoche, was chief editor at the magazine Gault Millau, publisher of Modern Art Times and the presenter of the talk format Schwelle am Puls on Premiere Austria. He is the owner and director of the Troon Fields Company for communication consulting, which he founded in 2001. One of his commissions involved conceptualising and managing the image agenda of the country of Ukraine. Further, his book Alkohol. Die mächtigste Droge der Welt was published in 2013.

The LET'S CEE Team (in alphabetical order):

Aleksandra Antic
Coordination of Volunteers and Location Management


Born in Serbia, Aleksandra Antic has been living in Vienna since 2004. She studies Romance Studies and History at the University of Vienna and is involved in various cultural and social projects. Since 2014 she has been part of the core team of LET’S CEE and is responsible for cinema management and coordinating the volunteers.

Gloria Dimmel
Coordination Editorial and Festival Publications


Gloria Dimmel, originally from Lower Austria, studied Slavic and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Vienna, focusing on Russian and Danish. She was able to expand her language skills on various stays abroad at the Herzen University of St. Petersburg and the University of Copenhagen. She has been part of the LET’S CEE team since 2014 and was responsible for translations and editorial work. She became Editorial Director in 2016.

Lora Djurovic
Coordination Talent Academy


Lora Djurovic, originally from Serbia, is a professionally trained actress with a master’s degree in Project Management in creative industries. She finished the Academy of Arts (Department of Drama) in Belgrade as well as the Faculty of Organisational Sciences. She played in several theatres in Serbia and previously worked for other festivals. Lora has extensive experience in moderating major events. She speaks various foreign languages including English, Russian and other Slavic languages.

Tax Consulting

Born and raised in Vienna, Paul Gatternig was active in a tax consultancy agency after having finished his studies at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien). Paul Gatternig is now an executive partner of Hermes Treuhand Steuerberatung (Hermes Tax Consultancy ltd.) in Vienna. Apart from tax and business consultancy services, his competences also include the implementing of controlling solutions such as cost accounting and budgeting, start-up consulting as well as consulting services during and realisation of company acquisitions.

Graphic Designer

In 2016 Ronny Günl took up studies in Theatre, Film & Media Studies and Philosophy at the University of Vienna. Alongside his courses he works as a freelancing editor and graphic designer with various clients and organisations. He has been collecting practical experience in the cultural sphere for a while now, which brought him to the LET'S CEE Film Festival in January 2017.

Art Director

Nika Ham was born in Slovenia and has graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. Currently, she is about to finish her Master's degree. Although she originally majored in painiting, she developed an interest in graphic design, video, animation and 3D design and has worked in those fields for years. She also studied in England and was involved in many projects, such as the New Year's Decoration in Ljubljana. Moreover, Nika was teaching at an art School, organised her own painting courses, participated and curated solo and group exhibitions and worked on various poster designs and print preparations.



Alexandra Jesenko, born in Carinthia, studied Ancient History and Archaeology in Vienna. Meanwhile she gathered work experience at various festivals and cultural institutes. In 2016, she completed a training course in Event Management at Werbe Akademie, Wifi Vienna. Having supported the festival in ticketing in 2014 and 2015, she has been responsible for festival cooperations and the frame programme. 

Festival Production 

Stefan Klatev was born in Sofia and moved to Vienna in 1994. He received his degree in Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna. He has been working with refugees since 2006 and volunteering for LET’S CEE since 2012. Some might know him under his pseudonym DJ Bate Gojko.

Marion Kogler
Coordination Media Collaborations 


Marion Kogler, born and raised in Tyrol, motved to Vienna in 2012, where she studies Political Science with main emphasis on migration as well as Media Studies and Communication Sciences. She gathered work experiences through multilple internships in economics fields. She has been supporting LET'S CEE since 2016 with editorial work, but is primarily in charge of the CEE communities.

Guest Management

Anna Maculewicz studierte Soziologie, Politikwissenschaften und Sprachwissenschaften in Warschau, Posen und Freiburg (Schweiz). Derzeit schließt sie ein Studium der Transkulturellen Kommunikation an der Universität Wien ab. Ihre Erfahrung aus der Arbeit in Kulturinstituten, der Tourismusbranche und eigenständigem Reisen durch Zentral- und Osteuropa setzt sie für die optimale Betreuung der Festivalgäste ein. Sie spricht Polnisch, Deutsch, Englisch, Rumänisch, Russisch und Französisch.  

Project Management


Aleksandra Modzelewska was born and raised in Poland. She has been studying Translation at the University of Vienna. Aleksandra worked as an English teacher and later as an Office Manager. She speaks Polish, English and German and has been part of the LET’S CEE Team working as a Project Manager since 2017.


Denis Mujović, BBA
Coordination Festival Production

Denis Mujović was born in Priština, raised in Sarajevo and is of Dutch nationality. He studied Business Administration, Photography and Video as well as Film Production in the Netherlands. He is founder and was director of Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in the Netherlands. Denis Mujović took part in the feature film Joy, which won Best Dutch Production in 2010, in the TV series Bojimans TV, awarded with Museumprijs in 2010, and recently in the road movie Meet me in Venice, which was awarded at Woodstock FF. His projects include short and feature films, music videos and event productions. As of late, Denis Mujović has been working on different film projects in Vienna with his production company New Ground Productions. In 2016, he founded Dutch Film Days Vienna.

Mag. Gabi Pachler
Coordination School Cinema

Born in Upper Austria, Gabi Pachler studied Translating  and Interpreting (her combination of languages being German, French and Spanish) at the University of Vienna and attended the university programme for tourism at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien). She worked as a translator for the Creditanstalt Bankverein and the Embassy of Peru. She is currently working as a freelance translator and supporting several social projects, such as Le+O Lebensmittel und Orientierung (food and guidance) organised by Caritas Vienna.

Tobias Perschon/Bitconnect EDV
Website Maintenance & Support

Born in 1991 in Baden, Tobias Perschon studies Medical Computer Science at TU Vienna. He was on the municipal council of the municipality of Baden for five years and used to be a member of the board of Baden's Green Party for many years. Since 2012 he has been self-employed, splitting his two trade licences into two separate firms, Stageware Veranstaltungstechnik e.U. and Bitconnect EDV/IT Dienstleistungen & Handel e.U., in 2014. The latter firm has been taking care of the maintenance and support of the LET'S CEE Film Festival's website since 2013.

Mag. Alice Rabl/All Languages Alice Rabl GmbH


Alice Rabl, born in Vienna, has graduated in translation science at Vienna University (in English and French) and looks back on more than 25 years of experience as a full-time translator in various technical fields. Since 1994, she has been managing director of her own translation agency All Languages Alice Rabl GmbH. Relying on a team of 8 dedicated employees, the company provides translation & interpreting services in many languages and technical fields (the company’s services are certified under the European standard for translation services EN15038).

Legal Counselling

Leonhard Reis works as a lawyer. His practice areas involve the interface between art, culture and law, particularly in the comprehensive legal advice relating to film productions. He also works as a lecturer at the University of Vienna, teaching research and technology law, and at the University of Applied Sciences in St. Pölten, where he teaches copyright law and IT law. Rice regularly gives guest lectures and talks on his areas of expertise in Austria and abroad and has authored numerous publications.

Marion Schlosser, BA
Assistant to the Festival Director and Project Management


Marion Schlosser was born in Vienna and grew up in Lower Austria. Following her bachelor degree in Theatre, Film and Media Sciences she is now studying for her master’s degree at the University of Vienna. In her spare time she publishes movie reviews on various film blogs. Since 2017 she has been working for the LET’S CEE Film Festival as a coordinator of the moderators and assistant to the festival direction.

Barbara Sirucek
Coordination of Festival TV-Team


Born in Vienna, Barbara Sirucek studied communications as well as theatre, film and media studies at the University of Vienna. Besides her professional experience at the economics publishing company Österreichischer Wirtschaftsverlag and the national broadcasting company ORF, she has been part of the LET'S CEE Festival TV Team since 2014, which she has been heading since 2017.

Tobias Spöri, MA
School Cinema - Didactic Materials

After his studies in Frankfurt and Vienna (German philology, BA, and political science, MA), Tobias Spoeri enrolled in the doctorate program for political science at the University of Vienna in 2013. His academic focus lies on Central and Eastern Europe, theories of democracy and the EU. Additionally, he has been a scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna since 2013 and has functioned as university assistant at the Department of Political Science/University of Vienna since 2015. Meanwhile, he interned at the Federal Agency for Civic Education in Saarbruecken as well as the ZDF in Mainz and worked as a tutor at the Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main. He has been part of the LET’S CEE Film Festival since 2013.

Guest Management - Consulting


The Muscovite Ekaterina Stolbova got her diploma in corporate management at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics in Moscow. While currently attending her Master programme in marketing in Vienna, she also takes part in the educational programme ‘Master Class CEE’ at the University of Economics. Ekatarina, who speaks five languages, already worked within the fields of media industry, media management and marketing in various international groups in Russia. Since 2015 she has been working for LET’S CEE as guest manager.

Anna Suchenko
Graphic Designer and Web Design

Born in Poland, Anna Suchenko has been living in Vienna since 2002. She looks back on 10 years of working experience in the fields of marketing, design and art. Currently she is studying Art History at the University of Vienna. Since the summer of 2016, she has been supporting the LET'S CEE Film Festival in graphics and web design.

Coordination Ticketing & Sales



Katarzyna Wojciechowska, a native Polish, completed German Philology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and Cultural Studies at Viadrina European University in Frankfurt (Oder). She was able to accumulate relevant work experience in the fields of event organisation and marketing and sales in Poland, Germany and Austria, where she decided to settle down in Vienna. The combination of art and commerce is her speciality.

Coordination Festival Management Software

Fabian de Zordo from Carinthia studied Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna. Within his master’s degree of Interdisciplinary Eastern European Studies he focuses on urban planning and social movements in the CEE region. His interests lead him to the LET’S CEE Film Festival, which he supports as part of the core team in coordinating the short films and taking care of the festival software and data bases.




Moreover, a LET'S CEE medal of honor is due to:

Ilona Adamczyk (Guest Management 2015); Mariya Belcheva (Guest Management 2017); Natalia Beta (Assistant of the Festival Director 2017); Stefanie Blauensteiner (Updating the Website 2015); Kathrin Braun (Press Team and Editing 2012-2015); Liene Briede (Film and Traffic Coordination 2017); Nicole Csacsinovits (School Cinema 2012); Karolina Dabrowski (Translations 2012); Anne-Marie Darok (Press Department 2012-2013); Anna Dillinger (School Cinema 2015); Monique Ehmann (School Cinema 2017); Nikolaj Grilc (Event Management & Moderator 2012 as well as music for the LET'S CEE trailer as Roy der Roy); MMag. Sigrid Gruber (School Cinema 2014, Editor 2015; Eva Figlhuber (Guest Management & Master Classes 2013); Susanne Herta (Coordination of Accreditations 2017); Mark Hinckley, Richard Ördög and The Gentlemen Creatives (Advertising Campaign 2012); Mara Klara Hohla (Coordination Helping Hands 2013); Lisa Holder (Coordination Helping Hands 2014-2015); Julia Hulle (Industry Days 2017); Mateusz Isakiewicz, Piotr Lubański and Marketing Experts (Web Design 2012); Antoniya Kisheva (Guest Management 2017); Katharina Kraus (Image Film 2013); Alexandra Kollwig and the team of SPOTLIGHT Design and heartworkers advertisement (Art Direction, Corporate Design and printed materials 2012-2016); Adela Kuliga (B2B Management 2017); Bettina Lauß, MA (Assistant of the Festival Director 2017); Mag. Michaela Lutz, C.-Carolin Riha and Flurina Seger from abartig (Web Design 2013); Anja Malenšek (Guest Management 2015; Editorial 2014-2017); Ute Mörtl (Press Department 2012); Katayun Nadjafkhani (Film and Traffic Coordination 2014); Alexandra Ofner (Industry Days 2017); Barbora Orságová (Guest Management 2015); Julian Pokay (Press Department 2012); Florian Pritzl (Coordination of Media Collaborations 2015); Mag. Isabella Purkart (Accreditation Management 2012-2014); Dijana Osmanovic (Assistant to the Directors and Guest Management 2012-2013); Theresa Reisinger (Proofreading‎ and Q&A Coordination 2015); Kateryna Rostovtseva (CIS-Community Coordinator 2017); Teresa Saja-Wieser (Production and Content 2013); Barbara Salehi (Coordination Photo Team 2015); Valerie Schmitt (Guest Management 2015); Ismar Šećerbegović (Head of Translation Team 2012-2014); Maria Seedoch (Marketing 2013); Lena Smerdova, BA (Film and Traffic Coordination 2012-2013); Patricia Smolean (Master Classes 2015); Anita Svetic (Ticketing & DJ Line 2015); Sandra Wabnitz (Film and Traffic Coordination 2015); Verena Walder (Sponsorships & Coordination Photo Team 2015); Katharina Weiner (Production 2015); Mara Wengel (Coordination of Media Collaborations 2017); Weronika Wesołowska (Sponsor Care 2014-2017); Mag. Ewa Ziembicka (Translation, Editing and Proofreading 2012-2014), Patrick Zwerger (Editor 2012-2014 and Editorial Director 2015).

Helping Hands 2012-2015


Pablo Alvarez, Anne-Lise Choueiri, Verena Geyer, Alexander Halada, Elisabeth Mandl, Gerges Matthew, Lene Oberhofer, Lukas Pitscheider, Barbara Salehi, Sevak Sanosian, Elisabeth Voglsam, Caroline Wolfram


Alena Baich, David Böhm, Agnes Bukowiecka, Meri Diskoski, Lora Djurovic, Florian Feik, Stephanie von Fürstenberg, Magdalena Hartl, Jan Hestmann, Melanie Jacobs, Agnes Jodkowski, Jacqueline Knollmayr, Claudia Kottal, Leonarda Lerch, Daniela Mitterlehner, Lisa Neumaier, Liliana Nielska, Todor Ovtcharov, Mina Palada, Anna Präg, Lena Reichmuth, Linn Ritsch, Christina Scherrer, Daniela Schwarz, Susanne Sommerer, Mirjam Unger, Andreas Ungerböck, Geraldine Zenz


Sarah Al-Hashimi, Lili Amtmann, Anita Bafitaj, Barbara Benedikt, Maga Natalia Berlinski, Katharina Biringer, Anna-Lisa Bischof, Josko Boschitz, Liene Briede, Emilie Dauptain, Amra Dedic, Helene Diaz, Ieva Dremaite, Ira Dyagileva, Fritz Eder, Sandra Engler, Livia Erdösi, Isabelle Euringer, Barbara Fohringer, Sophia Freiheit, Isabella Fronius, Alina Götz, Senad Halibasic, Linda Hamand, Magdalena Hartl, Lisa Heuschober, Kristina Höch, Medina Hodzic, Alina Hollentholer, Florian Holzapfel, Lena Hribar, Marlene Illers, Rüya Ince, Eva Ipsmiller, Luba Ivasivka, Alexandra Jasenko, Volha Karas, Rainer Kienböck, Cristina Estera Klein, Julia Kreuzer, Anna Lischka, Raffaela Löwler, Zsaklin Diana Macumba, Klaus Mahrer, Milica Markovic, Maria Matthies, Franziska Mendrina, Tamara Mijatovic, Sofie Neu, Marissa Neureiter, Theresa Noll, Alina Olar, Barbora Orsagova, Sebastian Palasser, Milena Teodorova Paneva, Isidro Flores Perez, Hannah Platzer, Julia Polzer, Sebastian Prost, Alice Rabl, Bianca Rauch, Michael Reinhard, Anna-Maria Renzhofer, Christoph Riedler, Aurelia Sagmeister, Maya Deimbacher, Hannah Sattlecker, Stefanie Schlögl, Valerie Schmitt, Florian Schwarz, Tabea Schweiger, Iulia Sdvizkhova, Lea Sigl, Barbara Sirucek, Raffael Stanuch, Rumina Stoilova, Susanne Teutsch, Miriam Tobisch, Dagmar Tröstler, Miha Veingerl, Mitra Vidic, Veronika Vit, Victoria Waba, Maren Weeger, Katharina Weiner, Julia Weninger, Nikola Wiesinger, Fatih Yalcin, Göksen Yilmas, Helena Zottman


Natan Aioanei, Tanzim Alam, Aleksandra Antic, Kerim Aykac, Barbara Benedik, Maga Natalia Berlinski, Anna Bilevska, Agnes Bukowiecka, Ana Lorena Ciutacu, Gloria Dimmel, Philipp Effenberger, Emma Emminenz, Julia Engelmann, Liza Enzinger, Jasmin Falk, Christin Figl, Bettina Filips, Alina Götz, Ersin Gulsen, Nika Gričar, Zenja Halilbasic, Helen Heinrich, Alina Hollenthoner, Lena Hribar, Rüya Ince, Katharina Jarolimek, Alexandra Jesenko, Anna Kauk, Rainer Kienböck, Eva Kleer, Kathrin Klemm, Alina Krischke, Diana Köhler, Nikoleta Kovacheva, Martin Krammer, Helen Kurkjian, Magdalena Linek, Raffaela Löwer, Markus Lubej, Katharina Ludvik, Anja Malensek, Caroline Mauser, Mathias Mayrhofer, Natasa Mikic, Johanna Müller, Doris Nemeth, Andrea Nenning, Theresa Noll, Anne Paetzold, Milena Paneva, Jennifer Petkovic, Linda Pfeifenberger, Hannah Platzer, Anna Rheinfels, Anna Maria Renzhofer, Francoise Roemer, Petra Rotar, Celia Ruppert, Ramona Salzgeber, Hannah Sattlecker, Doris Schörgendorfer, Barbara Sirucek, Rumina Stoilova, Andrea Ungerer, Marina Urosevic, Daniela Vismara, Veronika Vit, Stephanie Weislein, Nikola Wiesinger, Marie Christine-Wilfer, Theresa Wimmer, Göksen Yilmaz, Ekaterina Zagorova, Adriana Zangl, Michael Zankl, Iris Zens


Christiana Anghel, Ruslana Berndl, Ivanka Brekalo, Michael Buczak, Tajda Dedic, Anja Drechsler, Greta Egle, Manuel de Retana Fernandez, Arleziana-Sabine Fundir, Lisa Holder, Tatjana Hoser, Lena Hribar, Miriam Hunyadi, Stefan Klatev, Kathrin Klemm, Katharina Kickinger, Joanna Knapp, Alexander Knoth, Mira Michaela Krall, Anja Kostro, Katharina Kraus, Lisa Maria Kada, Adela Lastovkova, Sophie Lenglachner, Dijana Maksimovic, Johanna Müller, Julia Katharina Parger, Susanne Peter, Philipp Petruch, Hannah Platzer, Klara Elisabeth Pollak, Isa Riedler, Laura Sallfellner, Natalie Charlotte Sandner, Barbara Schneider, Therese Schnöll, Lisa Schrammel, Daphne Schöning, Maria Seedoch, Jelena Soknic, Susanne Sterrer, Johanna Strauß, Anukun Thurner, Milena Todorovic, Petra Weinmüller, Sinead Wendt, Andrea Wermescher


Stephanie Pfiel, Birgit Mitterlehner, Jens Bartholmae, Ana Uzelac, Valerie Weber, Tereza Vnenková, Andrea Gašparovýchová, Patricia Schöffmann, Eva-Maria Bellinger, Stefan Klatev, Karolina Kniaginin, Magdalena Pijanowski, Sara Piotrowski, Paula Kazimierczak, Johanna Scheuer, Renata Gila, Bettina Leimberger, Paulina Lewandowska, Peggy Ludt-Nash, Iulia Natrapei, Andrea Gašparovýchová, Cinzia Draghici,  Loredana Pasarin, Miruna Toda, Isabella Temper, Valentine Elleau, Kübra Simsek, Adrienn Horvath, Daria Perepelitsa, Svetlana Chistyakova, Lydia Koltaj