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LUTZ HACHMEISTER, Director / Producer

Lutz Hachmeister is a German media historian, award-winning filmmaker and journalist. He gained international attention for directing the 2005 BBC-co-produced film The Goebbels Experiment featuring Kenneth Branagh as the narrator for the Goebbels Diaries. In 2006 Hachmeister established the Institute for Media and Communications Policy (IfM) in Berlin and Cologne.

Hachmeister’s documentary about the life and death of Hanns Martin Schleyer, the former head of the German employers association, who was murdered in 1977 by the Red Army Faction, won a Grimme-Award (Germany’s most prestigious television prize) in 2004. The following year, The Goebbels Experiment premiered at the Berlin film festival und was selected as a New York Times critics’ pick.

Hachmeister currently heads the Institute for Media and Communication Policy and is considered to be “Germany's leading media expert” (Berliner Zeitung, 21/07/1997). The Institute is particularly known for its high-ranking media colloquia, which host international guests like Alan Rusbridger, Greg Dyke or Norman Pearlstine. Hachmeister is also the founder of the Cologne Conference, a “media Bauhaus” and festival for aesthetic and strategic trends in the audiovisual industry.