Wieland Speck, Panorama head from 1992-2017, became Consultant of the Official Programme of the Berlinale in 2017.
Speck was born in Freiburg in 1951 and has lived in Berlin since 1972. He studied German Literature, Drama and Ethnology at the Freie Universität Berlin. He then started working on video and film projects and was a writer and publisher. In his work he focuses on the men's movement and homosexual identity. In addition he has worked as an actor for several acclaimed film directors, among them David Hemmings, Robert van Ackeren, Ulrike Ottinger, and Ian Pringle. In the late 1970s he was managing director of the “Tali-Kino”, an independent arthouse cinema in Berlin-Kreuzberg (today’s "Moviemento").
As a director Wieland Speck started out with several video documentaries. From 1979 – 1981 he studied film at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is director, author and producer of numerous TV and film productions, amongst them Westler - East of the Wall and Escape to Life. He has worked for several film institutions and events like the Filmhaus Berlin, the Filmbüro Baden-Württemberg, and the Berlin European Short Film Festival. He has also taught at universities and film institutions.
Since 1982 Speck has been involved in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival (formerly the ‘Info-Schau’, named Panorama in 1985). Between 1982 and 1992, as assistant to programme head Manfred Salzgeber, Speck was responsible for the artistic and organisational support of the section. It was in this function that, in 1987, he initiated the Teddy Award – the Berlinale’s queer film prize. From 1992 to 2017 he was head of the Panorama section.
Wieland Speck has been and continues to be a jury member at many international film festivals as well as curating film programmes and presenting lectures. He was a panel member of the Berlin State Film Fund (1990-1993) and the Hamburg Film Fund (1994-1998).