Monica Koshka-Stein grew up in Australia and has been involved in independent art, music and film projects since moving to Berlin in 1993. Since joining the team at INTERFILM International Short Film Festival Berlin in 1998 she has worked in a variety of roles and in 2010 became Artistic Director of interfilm's festival for children and youth, “KUKI Young Short Film Festival Berlin”. In September 2021, Monica was invited on to the Selection Committee for short films in the Generation section of the Berlinale. Now she is currently busy organising an online platform for German secondary schools, that focusses on film education and democratic values through entertaining and inspiring short films called, "Kurzfilm im Klassenraum" that will be launched in April 2022. Monica has served on numerous film festival juries and regularly curates short film programs for young audiences for institutions and festivals worldwide.