The members of the jury are appointed by the Joint Committee on the recommendation of the curator. Both the German Federal Government and the State of Berlin may nominate jury members. The jury members are appointed for two years; their term can be extended by a further year.

The members of the jury should be familiar with cultural life in Berlin, should keep abreast of the most recent developments on the German and international cultural scene, should be actively involved in the current art discourse, and be able to take considered decisions about funding in all areas of the arts that they can subsequently argue for. 


Following the recommendations of the curator, the German Federal Government and the State of Berlin have agreed to appoint the following jury for the Capital Cultural Fund:

Theater and literary critic Shirin Sojitrawalla was born in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1968 to an Indian father and German mother. She studied German language and literature, comparative literature, and political science in Marburg and Mainz. She subsequently worked as an editorial intern at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Since 2000, she has worked as a freelance cultural journalist for various media organizations. Her main interests are in theater and literature, but she also writes about the fine arts and cinema. She now works primarily for nachtkritik.de, Deutschlandfunk, taz, Theater der Zeit, Frankfurter Rundschau, and Wiener Zeitung. Sojitrawalla also moderates readings and organizes festivals in collaboration with the Literaturhaus Wiesbaden. From 2006 to 2016, she moderated the SR-Mitternachttalks for the Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival in Saarbrücken. From 2016 to 2020, she was a member of the jury for the Berliner Theatertreffen.

Dr. Juliana Hodkinson is a composer and has lived in Berlin since 2009. She studied musicology and philosophy at Kings College Cambridge, Japanese at Sheffield University, and earned a doctorate with a dissertation on silence in music and sound art at the University of Copenhagen. Hodkinson is a former member of the board of the initiative neue musik berlin and of the Danish Composers’ Association and chairperson of the Danish State Art Fund. Currently, she is a member of the board of the Carl Nielsen Foundation, an associate professor in composition at the Grieg Academy, Bergen, and a lecturer in classical and electronic composition at the Music Conservatory Aarhus. She has been commissioned to compose works by the Konzerthaus Berlin, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, WDR SO, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Phønix16, Ensemble KNM, and the Neue Vocalsolisten.

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Florian Höllerer leitet seit 2014 das Literarische Colloquium Berlin (LCB) am Wannsee. Er studierte Germanistik und Romanistik in Berlin, Paris und Princeton und promovierte mit der Arbeit Les Poésies de Henri Heine. Heinrich Heine in der Lesart Gérard de Nervals (J.B. Metzler 2004). Von 2000 - 2013 war er Leiter des Literaturhauses Stuttgart, das 2001 eröffnet wurde. Er ist u.a. Herausgeber von W.G. Sebald: Zerstreute Reminiszenzen (U. Keicher 2009) sowie Mitherausgeber der Essaybände Betrifft: (Suhrkamp 2007), Zur Zeit (Wallstein 2010) und Lexikon der sperrigen Wörter (Solitude 2010). Florian Höllerer ist Juror des Comicbuchpreises der Berthold Leibinger Stiftung. Für den Rat für Kulturelle Bildung, dem er seit 2012 angehört, begleitete er zuletzt die Studie Bibliotheken/Digitalisierung/Kulturelle Bildung. Horizont 2018. Seit fast zehn Jahren unterrichtet Florian Höllerer als Honorarprofessor am Institut für Literaturwissenschaft der Universität Stuttgart. Von 2014-20 war er gemeinsam mit Moritz Malsch Sprecher der Berliner Literaturkonferenz (BLK).

Can Sungu is a freelance artist, curator and researcher. He studied film, interdisciplinary arts and visual communication design in Istanbul and Berlin. He gave lectures on film and video production, curated various programs and events on film and migration, and took part in numerous exhibitions. Selected publications: Bitte zurückspulen - Die türkische Film- und Videokultur in Berlin (Archive Books, 2020), Bitter Things - Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families (Archive Books, 2018). He has worked as a juror and consultant for the Berlinale Forum, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the DAAD, among others. He is co-founder and artistic director of bi‘bak and Sinema Transtopia in Berlin.

Dr Sandra Noeth is a Professor at the HZT-Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin since 2018 and works internationally as a curator and dramaturg in institutional and independent contexts (from 2009 to 2014 Head of Dramaturgy and Research at the Tanzquartier Wien). Her work focuses on ethical and political issues in the context of body practice and theory (including Violence of Inscriptions, on bodies under structural experiences of violence, 2016-18, with Arkadi Zaides, HAU-Hebbel am Ufer; Hållning, on strategies of collective learning in art and society, 2021, MDT Stockholm; Bodies, un-protected, a program series on the unequally distributed protection of bodies, 2021-22, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm). Her PhD at the University of Hamburg explores experiences of borders and of collectivity through artistic works from Lebanon and Palestine. Publications: Bodies of Evidence: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Politics of Movement (2018, ed. with Gurur Ertem, Passagen); SCORES (2010-2016, ed. with Tanzquartier Wien); Resilient Bodies, Residual Effects: Artistic Articulations of Borders and Collectivity from Lebanon and Palestine (2019, transcript).

Inga Seidler lives and works as a curator and cultural producer in Berlin. In recent years, she has developed, produced and curated exhibitions, performances, discourse programmes and digital projects. After several years as a curator at the transmediale festival for arts and digital culture, she directed the Web Residency Programme at Akademie Schloss Solitude. As part of the curatorial collective connected to the independent project space ACUD MACHT NEU, she initiated the programme COLLECTIVE PRACTICES, which dealt with questions of collective knowledge production, cultural creation and organising in response to new technologies. Inga Seidler has been a member of several committees for artist in residency programmes and cultural institutions, and recently she was a jury member for the cultural exchange stipends of the Federal State of Berlin. She is currently curating the exhibition programmes of the annual European Media Art Festival at Kunsthalle Osnabrück.