Born in Magdeburg (then GDR) in 1986, Rebecca Heiler holds a Master’s degree in Eastern European Studies from LMU Munich and a B.A. in Translation. She has worked as a freelance author, editor, moderator, programmer and project manager for film festivals like goEast, interfilm, dokumentART and Filmfestival Cottbus since 2014. From 2016 to 2019 she managed the goEast project OPPOSE OTHERING!, connecting filmmakers and activists to promote belonging, empowerment and solidarity through film. Rebecca is fluent in six languages and joined the DFFB to launch NEXT WAVE in 2019.