Albert Wiederspiel has been the Director of Filmfest Hamburg since 2003.
Born in 1960 in Warsaw, his family had to leave Poland after the anti-semitic events of 1968. He grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark and left for Paris in order to study film at the Sorbonne University. After finishing his studies he started as a trainee with Twentieth Century Fox International in 1985 before he switched to Twentieth Century Fox of Germany in Frankfurt/Main where he eventually became head of Marketing. He left in 1995 and took up the position as Head of Marketing and later as General Manager at PolyGram Film Entertainment in Hamburg . 2000 – 2001 he was General Manager (Theatrical) at Tobis StudioCanal, Berlin.
Albert Wiederspiel is a member of the European Film Academy and was named Chevalier de l’odrde des Arts et det Lettres in 2013. He lives in a registered partnership with the actor Gustav Peter Wöhler in Hamburg and Berlin.