Volker Otte, Lawyer

Volker Otte, born in Hamburg in 1962. First and second state law examination in 1990 and 1993 respectively. Afterwards Senior Civil Servant of the City of Berlin, latterly in the Chancellery of the Berlin Senate for the Governing Mayor.
From 1995 to 1998, head of the legal department of the German Federal Film Board (FFA), then authorised signatory and founder of the film funding department at Road Movies Filmproduktion GmbH.
Independent legal office and consultancy since October 2002, specialising in the law of film, media and cultural funding. One of two CEOs of the collection agent OnTrust Inkasso- und Abrechnungsgesellschaft mbH (

Member of the European Film Academy (
Member of the “German-French-Film Academy” (
Member of the German Film Academy Association (
Member of supporters circle of the Film and Television Museum (

Working languages: German, English

Elisa Weiß

Elisa Weiß, born in March 1996, graduated from high school in Berlin in 2014. She has been studying law at Europa Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) since 2015. She is aiming for the Bachelor of German Law in 2020 and then preparing for the first state law examination. She’s been working in the office since August 2019, initially as an intern and then as a funding assistant since November 2019.

Working languages: German, English

Sophia Schütz

Sophia Schütz, born in July 2002, graduated from the Gymnasium Remchingen (Baden-Würtemberg) in 2020. She is studying law at the Humboldt-University in Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin) since 2021. After an internship at the legal office, she continues to be employed as a funding assistant since October 2021.

Working languages: German, English