Nature Stories Festival represents a great opportunity to introduce the members of the jury and talk about their professional background.
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Filmmaker, explorer, eco-activist
Simon Straetker is a filmmaker, tireless explorer and eco-activist known for creating inspiring short films at the furthest corners of the earth. He is widely recognised for shooting elusive subjects—extreme adventurers, wildlife, boundless landscapes—and asking pressing questions. Namely, how can we compel people to fall in love with nature again?
He co-founded the Abenteuer Schwarzwald, which aims to create ecological change and inspire young people in Germany about the Black Forest. He co-founded the Black Forest Collective, a visionary storytelling brand crafting films and photos for various clients. He hosts a series of workshops on filmmaking and mentors the young changemakers of tomorrow.
Director, producer, and writer
Johanna Jaurich is a director, producer and writer of sustainable documentaries for TV and cinema. Her film MY FUTURE WITHOUT COAL reached 500,000 people on ARD and was honoured with the European Solar Prize and others. She is currently co-directing the global impact and film project THE STORY OF A NEW WORLD with renowned producer Carl-A. Fechner: a constructive docu-fiction that aims to inspire people to act sustainably through an impact campaign in 50 countries. As a "Futurewoman", Catalyst 2030 Network Member and EU Climate Pact Ambassador, she is also committed to the further networking of changemakers.
Professional nature photographer, filmmaker,
Dan's passion for documentary film evolved from his love for nature and photography. He was published in numerous magazines, including National Geographic, and has won various contests. He is involved in nature conservation projects along with WWF or other NGOs. He worked on some international documentaries for BBC, NatGeo Wild or HBO Europe as a field producer or researcher. Wild Romania is his most ambitious project yet. It is the biggest documentary movie project developed in Romania so far.
Nevena Petković is a passionate environmentalist who lives in Podgorica, Montenegro. Since she was
young, she has spent a lot of time in nature and has developed a strong connection to it, while the
biology professors further interested her and instilled a love for the living world, which influenced the
decision to graduate from the Faculty of Biology. Today, Nevena is a part of Center for Protection and
Research of Birds, BirdLife partner in Montenegro, a great team of people dedicated to protection of
birds and nature.
As an Education Officer in CZIP, she enjoys working with children the most, whether it's through many
workshops in schools or outside, or other creative activities with young people that raise awareness
about nature protection, such as creating environmental movies and communicating needs of nature
through different visual tools.
Apart from her work, Nevena also loves working with children and delivering lectures in schools and
outside to teach the younger generation about the importance of preserving and respecting nature. She
finds happiness in hiking, practicing yoga, and taking care of her cat, Dusica. Overall, Nevena is a
committed environmentalist who is making a positive impact on her community by spreading awareness
and knowledge about the environment.
With a degree in biology, Nevena has dedicated her life to protecting the environment and preserving
Political scientist with professional experience in communications
Jutta Gruber-Mannigel represents the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt/DBU (German Federal Environmental Foundation), the largest environmental foundation in Germany and one of the largest foundations in Europe. A political scientist with professional experience in communications, Jutta started working for DBU on a TV project in cooperation with Kika, a German public service television channel for children and young people. Ever since she has worked for DBU on a range of issues within the press and public relations and for the Secretary-General. Beyond the foundation's regional focus on Germany, Jutta is also dedicated to international environmental and climate protection issues. Currently, she leads the unit Foundation Development at DBU.