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Fango fave Debbie Rochon is used to traveling around the
world for her various horror acting jobs, and she’s headed for Germany soon for
an even more prestigious gig: She’s part of an all-woman jury at the Oldenburg
International Film Festival, described as the country’s answer to Sundance.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Rochon is part of a jury that also includes actresses Mira
Sorvino and Gabrielle Miller and filmmakers Tamar Simon Hoffs and Lana Morgan.
They’ll select the winner of the German Independence Award for Best Film at the
fest, which runs September 12-16.
“I have attended the Oldenburg Festival twice before, once
for the screening of NOWHERE MAN, then for COLOUR FROM THE DARK,” Rochon tells
us. “To be asked to be a part of their all-female jury this year was a huge
compliment. I have always loved their diverse film selections and have seen
some of the best cinema there. I am also honored to be a part of a jury with
such highly esteemed women in film. I’m the first woman in horror to be on the
jury, so this makes it a complete home run. For the committee to choose someone
from our ‘world’ says a lot, in my opinion. What we do does matter in the eyes
of the true cinema world, and the Oldenburg Festival doesn’t discriminate by
In addition, Rochon says, “In October I follow up this
prestigious event by attending the Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival as
their Honorary Chairperson. It’s a very exciting year, and to travel the world
watching the art countless filmmakers have put together is a joy. But to be
part of a jury at Oldenburg is a very important role; to be the one choosing
who wins, I must say, is a bit daunting, as I love film in general, and having
to pick a single one will be the ultimate challenge for me!”
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