Born 1963 in Marianske Lazne (Marienbad), Czechoslovakia, Jana Cisar has lived in Germany since 1969. After studying graphic design, she started work as a theatre production manager (working, amongst others, with David Byrne, Robert Wilson, Lev Dodin, Arie Singer, Anatoli Vassilev, Alexander Lang). She went on as co-founder of the Salzburg film festival FilmSzene and worked for Dctp with Alexander Kluge on broadcasts about Richard Leacock, Les Blank, David Byrne, Brothers Quay and Thomas Brasch.
Since 1995 she has been living and working as a freelance producer in Berlin.
Short Films Awards 2008 "18 years in Windhoek/Namibia"
Chairperson of the documentary film jury of the Finale Plzen 2007
National Film Festival, Czechoslovakia
Member of the short film jury for the Trieste Film Festival 2005, Italy
Member of the short film jury for the Festival Cottbus 2004
Festival of East-European Cinema, Germany www.filmfestivalcottbus.de
2011 Producer of “Hemline”, director: Peter Zach
2010 Executive Producer „Road to Rainbow“ , director: Mo Asumang
2010 Production Advisor in Berlin “Another night in the free world”, Director: Gina Belafonte, USA
2009 Producer of "Berlin-Stettin", Documentary, Director: Volker Koepp
2008 Producer of “The City named Desire”, Documentary, Director: Peter Zach
2007 Producer of “The City named Desire 1”
Video for the “Beyond the Wall” exhibition of the DAAD’s artist programme in coordination
with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and the German Federal Culture Foundation
Producer of “The House on August Street”
Documentary, Director: Ayelet Bargur
Produced by Eden Productions Ltd, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2006 Founding of Jana Cisar Filmproduktion
Associated Producer of the feature-length documentary "Hammer and Tickle"
Director: Ben Lewis, produced by allegro film Paris, France for BBC, Arte/ZDF
2003 Producer of "Gilaven! Sing!"
Cinema documentary, Director: Stephan Settele
Coproduction with 3 Sat, MDR, MDM
World distribution: mdc-int. GmbH
Cinema distribution and DVD label: Neue Visionen GmbH
Festivals: IFF Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, UMEA, Sweden, Finale Plzen,
Czech Republic and Tage des osteuropäischen Films Dresden
2002 Founding of weltfilm GmbH
Documentary, Director: Peter Zach, SFB
2000 Production and film business management ”Der Abendlaender”
Documentary, Director: Peter Zach
1999 Press and festival supervision of the dance film "Allee der Kosmonauten”
Int. Filmfestival Rotterdam, Oslo, Avignon, Montreal and New York.
Rose d`Or Montreux, Golden Prague and IMZ, Cologne.
1998 Assistant to Producer Martin Hagemann for film “Viehjud Levi”
Director: Didi Danquart, produced by zero film GmbH.
Producer”Allee der Kosmonauten”
Dance film by Sasha Waltz and Elliot Caplan for Arte/ZDF.
Grimme prize for book, direction and production
Production Management for "Mit Haut und Haar"
Documentary film, Directors: Martina Döcker and Crescentia Dünßer for ZDF
Visions du Reel Nyon, International Documentary Film Festival Munich
1997 Production Management of music videos for Viva and MTV
Producer at the Tiger TV GmbH production company
1996 Research and producer in Prague "Raven-Black Magic Rock"Documentary,
Director: Elke Baur
Produced by Tiger TV GmbH for Arte and SDR
1995 Producer “Aus der Mitte”
Documentary, Director: Peter Zach
Produced by PZF-Produktion for “Das Kleine Fernsehspiel”, ZDF
1993/94 Co-founder of Czech Film Promotion, foundation to promote the Czech film industry.
Presentations at film festivals and markets such as Berlin and Cannes
Set design: “Scenes from the New World”
US-Independent cinema film by H. Johnson and G. Ericsson
Produced by Karol Martesko, New York City
1991/92 Assistance to artistic directorship of the Int. Film Festival Karlovy Vary
Responsible for debut films; selection of European films, organisation of seminar:
Distribution in Eastern Europe
Film selection for the theme: “Kafka” for the Mittelfest Cividale, Italy
1990 Producer of “Stunde der Filmemacher” dctp by Alexander Kluge,
Realisation of portraits of Jan Svankmajer, Les Blank, Thomas Brasch, Richard Leacock,
the Brothers Quay and David Byrne.
Set Management “Die Erbschaft”
Television film, Director: Bertram von Boxberg
Production: Jochen von Vietinghoff for ARD
Co-founder of the Filmfestival FilmSzene Salzburg (1990-1991)
Responsible for film selection, organisation and financing of the festival
1990 Production management “Six Characters in search of an Author”
by Anatoly Vassiliev, SzeneSalzburg, Salzburg
1989 Production management at the Pushkin Theatre,
Moscow during the FRG’s “Moscow Theatre Days”
Tour-Manager during the European tour (guest performances at Thalia Theater, Hamburg, Kammerspiele, Munich, SommerSzene, Salzburg) of Maly Teatr by Lev Dodin, St. Petersburg
1988 Production and personal assistant for David Byrne on “The Forest”, a play by Robert Wilson and David Byrne
Staff worker for dance and theatre at the City of Munich Department of Arts and Culture