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ZFF Academy Talente 2021

  • Andreas Elsener

    Andreas Elsener

    Andreas Elsener
    Director/Writer/Producer · Swiss, b. 1991

    Living in Zurich. Director and producer of the documentary feature MONTE IATO. His most recent short PRESSURE DROP was released in 2021.

    andreaselsener.ch | info@andreaselsener.ch

  • Ariel Gutiérrez

    Ariel Gutiérrez

    Ariel Gutiérrez
    Director/Writer · Mexican, b. 1989

    
Graduate of Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC). Writer and director of LOS TIEMPOS DE HÉCTOR, shown at Cannes Cinéfondation. Currently developing his 1st feature film A LIFETIME.

    ariel.gtz@gmail.com

  • Barbora Berezňáková

    Barbora Berezňáková

    Barbora Berezňáková
    Director

    Barbora Berezňáková is film director and artist based in Bratislava, Slovakia, EU and New York City, USA. Barbora’s work contextualizes contemporary social challenges through film, site-specific interventions, music videos, and video art installations. Her feature doc debut NEVER HAPPENED premiered at Warsaw International Film Festival in 2019.

    barborabereznakova.com

  • Jason Bradbury

    Jason Bradbury

    Jason Bradbury
    Director/Writer · UK, b. 1987

    London based. Films include ISAAC AND THE RAM (2020, BFI Flare) BBC & BFI Network supported MY SWEET PRINCE (2019) and WE ONCE WERE TIDE (2011, Frameline). Currently developing his debut feature.

    jasonbradbury.co | jb@jasonbradbury.co

  • Jelena Vujović

    Jelena Vujović

    Jelena Vujović
    Writer/Director · Swiss–Serbian, b. 1992
     
    Film Graduate of the Zurich University of the Arts. 2018 Exchange semester at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. Her graduation film BIĆEMO NAJBOLJI was nominated for the Swiss Film Award in 2021.

    jelenavujovic.com | info@jelenavujovic.com

  • Jessica Hefti

    Jessica Hefti

    Jessica Hefti
    TV Producer · Swiss b. 1989

    Jessica Hefti studied documentary film, multimedia production and arts management. She worked as an assistant director and production manager. 2018 she joined Zodiac Pictures as a TV Producer for the development and production of series.

    zodiacpictures.com | jessica@zodiacpictures.com

  • Magdalena Welter

    Magdalena Welter

    Magdalena Welter
    Producer · Swiss, b. 1986

    Living in Bern. Producer and co-owner at Lomotion. Producer of BEYTO, which won the Audience Award in Solothurn 2021.

    lomotion.ch | magdalena@lomotion.ch

  • Maria Laskaridou

    Maria Laskaridou

    Maria Laskaridou
    Creative Producer · Greek, b. 1996

    Living in Athens. Junior producer at Argonauts Productions S.A., currently co-producing David Cronenberg’s new feature CRIMES OF THE FUTURE and developing her first feature SOUVENIR, dir. by Thanos Psichogios. MA in Film Studies at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Transmedia Storytelling courses at Tallinn University. Member of European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA).

    Argonautsproductions.gr | mlaskaridou@argonautsproductions.gr |+30 6948589132

  • Marta Cruañas Compés

    Marta Cruañas Compés

    Marta Cruañas Compés
    Producer · Spanish, b. 1992

    Marta Cruañas Compésis a film producer from Barcelona that holds an MFA in Creative Producing at Columbia University. Her films have played in numerous film festivals such as Cannes, San Sebastian, Torino, Morelia, Warsaw, or Les Arcs.

    cruanas.marta@gmail.com

  • Massih Parsaei

    Massih Parsaei

    Massih Parsaei
    Writer/Director Iranian · Hungarian, b. 1992

    In 2009, he left Iran and moved to Hungary and worked mainly as a visual artist. From 2015 he has been studying film directing at Film University Babelsberg. He wrote & directed several short films which were shown in international film festivals.

    massihparsaei@gmail.com 

  • Natalia Sinelnikova

    Natalia Sinelnikova

    Natalia Sinelnikova
    Director/Writer · German-Russian, b. 1989

    IRIS (WT), 1st feature in post-production, won Postproduction & Distribution Awards at the Final Touch #6 , developing 2nd feature and drama series project. MA student at Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf.

    nataliasinelnikova.de | mail@nataliasinelnikova.de

  • Paulo Carneiro

    Paulo Carneiro

    Paulo Carneiro
    Writer/Director · Portuguese, b. 1990

    Living in Pontinha (Portugal). Writer and director of BOSTOFRIO, OÙ LE CIEL REJOINT LA TERRE awarded 6 times, screened at over 40 festivals, and theatrically distributed in Portugal. "One of the most surprising and wholesome premieres in the recent Portuguese cinema", top 10 films of the year by the critics.

    https://vimeo.com/paulocarneiropj_carneiro@hotmail.com

  • Sakaris Stora

    Sakaris Stora

    Sakaris Stora
    Writer/Director · Faroe Islands, b. 1986

    Works in his native language. Released his first feature DREAMS BY THE SEA in 2017.
    Awarded at the Berlinale for his short film, 2014 and project in development, 2020

    sakaris.stora@gmail.com

  • Tamta Gabrichidze

    Tamta Gabrichidze

    Tamta Gabrichidze
    Writer/Director · Georgian, b. 1986

    Based in Georgia, Tbilisi, Tamta works as freelance Director/producer/writer and collaborates with different companies. She is the director of a Sundance award winning film THE TRADER (SOVDAGARI), which is the first Georgian documentary film distributed by Netflix worldwide.

    t.gabrichidze@gmail.com

  • Youssef Youssef

    Youssef Youssef

    Youssef Youssef
    Writer/Director · Swiss, b. 1989

    Living in Geneva. Writer and director of the film SUPREME, which won the award for best Swiss School film in Winterthur 2020. Graduate of HEAD Geneva.

    youssey0@hotmail.com

  • Zamo Mkhwanazi

    Zamo Mkhwanazi

    Zamo Mkhwanazi
    Writer/Director · South African

    Living between Lausanne, CH and Johannesburg, ZA. Written more than 300 hours of TV. Short films screened:Cannes Directors Fortnight, Sundance, Clermont Ferrand, TIFF. Preparing first feature. 

    kudemedia2013@gmail.com

  • István Kovács

    István Kovács

    István Kovács
    Director · Hungarian, b. 1985

    Born in Yugoslavia as a Hungarian minority, now living in Budapest. In 2018, he finished studying at SZFE's (University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest) Director MA training in the class of Ildikó Enyedi. His graduation movie A SIEGE has won many prizes including the Student Academy Award, the CILECT Prize, the AFI Special Jury Award and more.

    istvankovacs.film@gmail.com

  • Moeinoddin Jalali

    Moeinoddin Jalali

    Moeinoddin Jalali
    Producer · Iranian, b. 1986 


    Iran/Ukraine-based. Graduate of the Kyiv National I.K. Karpenko-Kary Theater, Cinema and Television University. Currently developing his 1st feature film THE ECHO OF THE LEOPARD.

    
moeinjalalimail@gmail.com

  • Tim Ellrich

    Tim Ellrich

    Tim Ellrich
    Writer/Director · b. 1989

    His documentary MEIN VIETNAM won the First Steps Award 2021. His short film THE BATHTUB won the Jury Award in Clermont-Ferrand 2016. Studies Directing at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.

    ellrich@coronado-film.com