Linda Söffker is the director of the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section.
Linda Söffker was born in Eberswalde (Brandenburg) in 1969 and studied cultural and theatre studies in Berlin. As a student she worked in the Zeughauskino in the German Historical Museum where, after graduating, she was hired as a curator and programme coordinator. There she was occupied with film series and publications “Myths of Nations. Peoples in film” and “50 Years Federal Republic” under Dr. Rainer Rother (the artistic director of the Deutsche Kinemathek since 2006). In 1999, Linda Söffker moved to the programming office of the Berlinale and three years later to the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section headed by Alfred Holighaus. There she worked first as an assistant, then as a curator and programme manager, before she assumed the role of section director in 2010.
Since 1998, Linda Söffker has been engaged in the field of cinema through various projects, such as conception and realisation of “Kino am Pool” a summer event in the Freibad Wilmersdorf, curating film series for the Zeughauskino, press work for the First Steps Award, co-curating the “Newcomer” film series in the Kino Karli, and production management and curatorial work at DOKU.ARTS, international festival for films on art in the Academy of Arts.
For several years, Linda Söffker has been active as a member of various film and funding juries (e.g. in the BKM production and script funding commission and in the feature film jury of the Austrian Film Award 2007). She writes for various publications, including cinema programme booklets for the Filmarchiv Austria and the Zeughauskino as well as for the film magazines RFF and Kolik.film. In 2006 she co-published the monography “Aki Kaurismäki” with Ralph Eue and has written the programme booklet of the German Film Award in cooperation with Alfred Holighaus since 2008.