Founder & Festival Director
Yavuz Kurtulmus was born in Turkey in 1980 and moved to Austria in 1987. After spending fifteen years in the lucrative field of risk-management, Yavuz founded MiGaY in 2009, an NGO advocating for the visibility and representation of queer migrants and people-of-color. In 2012, he launched Transition Queer Minorities Film Festival, Europe’s first film-event focused on sexual and gender diversity in migrant communities, which has collaborated with national and international events such as the Teddy Award (Berlinale), Oslo/Fusion and the Wien Museum. He has curated film programs that have been shown in cities like Vienna, Oslo, Amsterdam, Budapest; and last year, he was in the festival jury of Pornfilmfestival Berlin and Oslo/Fusion Film Festival. Yavuz has led workshops and lectures on topics including the role of art in Queer Muslim activism, and the importance of cinema in the fields of sexuality, socio-politics and gender.
Saif Can is the Creative Director at Transition Film Festival and a student of Graphic Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He studied Media Communications at Webster University, Finance at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada and is a member of the British Council’s Global Changemakers network, through which he led two socio-entrepreneurial initiatives. Coming from a mixed Indian/Kuwaiti background, he views film as a powerful tool for education, social change and empowerment. Saif has curated programs for several international film festivals and last year, presented the Documentary prize at the Teddy Award (Berlinale). As an artist, Saif’s works have dealt with identity politics, sexuality, and feminist perspectives, with his debut work, “Erasure”, being the subject of a short film which was shown at art installations in Vienna, Amsterdam and Kuwait. Saif’s work with Porn Film Festival Vienna is focused on programming, overseeing the visual and artistic direction, texts, and management of the festival. He is particularly interested in the ways Queer and BPOC communities are portrayed in porn and actively advocates for fair representation and diverse programming.
Jasmin Hagendorfer is a Vienna-based artist, and a student at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with Ashley Hans Scheirl in the contextual painting class. Her main interest is in installation, sculpture and performance, and her work has been exhibited in Austria, Germany, Turkey and Serbia. As an artist she is concerned with socio-political discourses and questions about gender identity with an emphasis on post-porn-political works. She is the co-founder of ART UNANCHORED, an art festival that took place on a ship anchored between Vienna and Bratislava. Her work within the Porn Film Festival Vienna focused on conceptualising the festival, create artistic highlights and define a balance in the programming.
Gregor Schmidinger is screenwriter and director. He studied Digital Television in Salzburg and scriptwriting at the University of California in Los Angeles. His first two short films “The Boy Next Door” and “Homophobia” have upto 15 million views on Youtube. At the moment he is working on his debut Fiction film, “Nevrland”, financed by ORF, Austrian Film Institute and FilmFonds Vienna. His films revolve around the themes of sexuality, sexual orientation and images of masculinity. Documented in the form of an online blog, Gregor was part of an online self-experiment on the topic of pornography and porn addiction – he raised the question “How does the regular consumption of pornography changes our view of sexuality in general and our sex life specifically?”. His filmic-artistic experiences and psychological-therapeutic assumption as well as his interest in futuristic technological evolutions, like Virtual Reality, brought him to the team of the Porn Film Festival Vienna.
Assistant to the Festival Director
Michael Kollbauer was born in Salzburg and lives in Vienna since 2011. He finished his bachelor in theater, film and media studies at the University of Vienna and is currently doing his master program at the same department. During his studies he specialized on cultural management and film. At the Porn Film Festival Vienna he is working as assistant to the festival director.
Press & Public Relations
Steven Meyer was born in Saarbrücken and lives in Vienna since 2014. He finished his bachelor in Communication Science and studies Gender Studies in a master program. Other than that he holds a class named “Queer Media” at the Department of Communication and works as an freelance journalist. Christopher Ferner and he are responsible for media and communication at the Porn Film Festival Vienna.
Press & Public Relations
Christopher Ferner has been living and studying in Vienna for nearly two years now. As a freelance journalist he published articles in ze.tt (DIE ZEIT), TheGap, Kurier and more. Together With Steven Meyer hes is responsible for media and communication at the Porn Film Festival. He will also be playing as a DJ at the festival parties.
Cooperation & Sponsoring
Ilona Antal is a recording artist and songwriter and has published and worked as a freelance journalist and radio host articles for “Die Presse”, “Wiener Zeitung”, “M-Media” and “Mercedes Benz for Music” with a focus on socio-political topics. She was born in Transylvania and is based in Austria. She studied Communication Science and Marketing Management and is responsible for cooperation and sponsoring for the festival.
Volunteer & Location Manager
Vjara Jovkova was born in Prague und lives in Vienna since 2013. She finished her bachelor in theater, film und media studies at the University of Vienna and is currently doing her master program at the same department. Since 2015, she has been part of the TRANSITION Film Festival team, where she is currently working as a volunteer coordinator. Since 2017, she is responsible for sponsoring at the Südwind Straßenfest. She is currently doing an internship in event organization of the Maker Fair Vienna 2018. At the Porn Film Festival, she is responsible for Volunteer & Location Management together with Doris Nemeth.
Vjara Jovkova kommt ursprünglich aus Prag und lebt seit 2013 in Wien. An der Universität Wien hat sie ihren Bachelor in Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft absolviert und befindet sich derzeit im Masterprogramm derselben Studienrichtung. Seit 2015 ist sie ein Teil des TRANSITION Filmfestival Teams, wo sie derzeit als Volunteer Coordinator tätig ist. Seit dem Jahr 2017 ist sie beim Südwind Straßenfest für den Bereich Sponsoring zuständig. Zurzeit macht sie ein Praktikum im Bereich Eventorganisation der Maker Fair Vienna 2018. Beim Porn Film Festival ist sie gemeinsam mit Doris Nemeth für Volunteer & Location Management zuständig.
Volunteer & Location Manager
Doris Nemeth is originally from Hungary and finished her bachelor in theatre, film and media studies at the University of Vienna in 2017. Next to her work as a volunteer at the LET´S CEE Film Festival in 2014, she was a volunteer coordinator at the TRANSITION Film Festival for 4 years. At the Porn Film Festival Vienna she is, together with Vjara Jovkova, responsible for the volunteer coordination and location management.
Doris Nemeth kommt ursprünglich aus Ungarn und beendete 2017 ihren Bachelor in Theater, -Film- und Medienwissenschaft an der Universität Wien. Neben ihrer Arbeit als Volunteer beim LET´S CEE Film Festival 2014, war sie 4 Jahre lang als Volunteer-Koordinatorin des TRANSITION Film Festivals tätig. Beim Porn Film Festival ist sie gemeinsam mit Vjara Jovkova verantwortlich für die Volunteer-Koordination und Location Management.
Designer & Developer
Barry Baris, born in Istanbul, has been living in Vienna since 2010. Architecture student & Graphic Designer. He is the Designer & Developer at Porn Film Festival Vienna. He studied architecture at Technical University of Vienna. He has founded Zwei Millimeter for 3D Modelling & Architectural Visuality in 2015 and he is a Co-Founder of Flow Creative. He worked with Hand mit Auge & Leuchtkraft as a Visual Artist.
Sidonie Spiegelfeld was born in Vienna 1989, grew up at the austrian-hungarian border and has been living in Vienna since 2010. She studied cultural and social anthropology and works in filmproduction specialized on documentaries. At the Porn Film Festival Vienna she is responsible for the festival guests coordination.
Sidonie Spiegelfeld wurde 1989 in Wien geboren, wuchs an der österreichisch-ungarischen Grenze auf und lebt seit 2010 in Wien. Sie studierte Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie und produziert nun Dokumentarfilme. Beim Porn Film Festival Vienna ist sie für die Koordination der Festivalgäste verantwortlich.