jana cisar
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.


Jury Activity
Short Films Awards 2008 "18 years in Windhoek/Namibia"
www.wildcinema.org, www.berlin-windhoek.org



Chairperson of the documentary film jury of the Finale Plzen 2007
National Film Festival, Czechoslovakia www.filmfestfinale.cz
Member of the short film jury for the Trieste Film Festival 2005, Italy www.triestefilmfestival.it
Member of the short film jury for the Festival Cottbus 2004
Festival of East-European Cinema, Germany www.filmfestivalcottbus.de



Bio-/Filmography

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

Producer "Netzarbeiter"
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”

Festivals:
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
Festivals:
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

Bio-/Theater

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