Hans Hodel

Hans Hodel

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Minister and religious educator, INTERFILM Jury Coordinator

Hans Hodel (*1938) studied Protestant theology in Bern (Switzerland) and served as minister in two different parishes. In 1966, he started to teach classes in a teacher training school in religion, ethics and media, made additional studies in educational science and fulfilled till 1987 a fulltime job at a teacher training school. From 1987-2003 (till his official retirement) he was Film Commissioner of the Swiss Protestant Churches including the responsibility for the non theatrical film and video distribution company ZOOM.

Since 1989 till today he works as INTERFILM's jury coordinator (since 2003 voluntarily) and was elected INTERFILM President in 2004, retiring from this office in 2013. On this occasion SIGNIS, INTERFILM's partner organisation at numerous festivals, appreciated his merits for ecumenical film activities by an Honorary Award. He was a member of several festival juries and of the jury for the European Templeton Film Award (1997-2006).

He was also member of the Steering Committee of the European Regional Association of the World Association for Christian Communication (ERA-WACC), during this time being committed to accomplish a series of film seminars entitled "Giving a Soul to Europe". In 2013, he was appointed as Honorary Life Member of WACC (see the report on the WACC website).

Articles

At a reception at the Ecumencial Jury festival booth in Cannes Serge Molla was introduced as INTERFILM's new festival delegate. Hans Hodel expressed his thanks for the longtime commitment of his predecessor, Denyse Muller, and presented her Catholic partner, former SIGNIS Europe President Jos Horemans, with an Award of Honor.
In his speech at the Ecumenical Reception on the occasion of the FilmFestival Cottbus on November 6, 2014, Rev. Hans Hodel, INTERFILM's jury coordinator and former president, outlines the church positions towards homosexuality, subject matter of the festival's FOCUS section "queerEast".

Festivals

07.10.2011 to 16.10.2011
Warsaw
02.11.2010 to 07.11.2010
Cottbus
11.05.2005 to 22.05.2005
Cannes
25.05.2003 to 31.05.2003
Zlín
07.02.2001 to 18.02.2001
Berlin