ZFF Academy
Talents 2020

ZFF Academy Participants 2020

  • Aylin Gökmen

    Aylin Gökmen

    Director/Editor/Producer · Swiss-Turkish, b.1990

    University of Lausanne and DocNomads alumna. Latest documentary premiered at Locarno FF. Co-founder of the production structure A Vol d’Oiseau.

    avdofilms.com | aylin.gokmen.ch(at)gmail.com

  • Ben Donateo

    Ben Donateo

    Filmmaker/Writer/Editor · Swiss, b.1988

    Living in Lugano. Director of the short film BURNT. LAND OF FIRE, shown at Locarno FF 2020. Participant of “Colombian Jungle with Werner Herzog”.

    bendonateo.com | bendonateo(at)gmail.com

  • Bernhard Wenger

    Bernhard Wenger

    Writer/Director · Austrian, b.1992

    Austrian Film Award and Max Ophüls Award for Best Short Film. Developing 1st feature – part of Cinéfondation Résidence of Festival de Cannes.

    bernhardwenger.com | film(at)bernhardwenger.com

  • Charlotte Rey

    Charlotte Rey

    Junior Producer · Swiss-French, b.1984

    From Geneva. Junior Producer at Elefant films working on several fictions, doc and series. Graduate of Film Section at Lausanne University.

    elefantfilms.ch | charlotte.rey(at)elefantfilms.ch

  • David Clay Díaz

    David Clay Díaz

    Writer/Director · Austrian-American, b.1989 HFF Munich.

    AGONIE was nominated as Best First Feature at Berlinale 2016. ME WE (Coop99) coming out 2021. Developing projects with Walker+Worm, Mona Film. Represented by Homebase, Berlin.

    clay.davidm(at)gmail.com | +436509264181

  • Erec Brehmer

    Erec Brehmer

    Writer/Director · German, b.1987

    Graduate of HFF Munich. Scholarship recipient of Drehbuchwerkstatt Munich 2020. Cinematic release of his 1st feature LA PALMA in June 2020.

    erecbrehmer.com | hello(at)erecbrehmer.com

  • Jessie Mangum

    Jessie Mangum

    Producer · British-Australian, b.1978

    Credits include the FIPRESCI winning LOOTED, CONSTELLATIONS (Palm Springs), and RALPH (Winner IF Awards, Aus). She has projects in development with the BFI & Story Futures.

  • Kristian Håskjold

    Kristian Håskjold

    Writer/Director · Danish, b.1989

    Living in Copenhagen. Writer and director of the Danish TV show CHEMO BRAIN, which premiered at Sundance 2020. Studied directing at the Danish independent film school SUPER16.


  • Léon Yersin

    Léon Yersin

    Writer/Director/AD · Swiss, b.1990

    Living in Geneva. Writer and director of the short film FAIT DIVERS, which premiered at Locarno FF 2018. Graduate of HEAD, cinema department.


  • Lino Rettinger

    Lino Rettinger

    Creative Producer · German, b.1990 Cologne-based.

    Producing fiction and doc for cinema, e.g. EASY LOVE (premiere Berlinale 2019) was theatrically distributed in Germany, Switzerland and many countries around the world.

    lichtblick-film.com | lino.rettinger(at)lichtblick-film.de

  • Malina Nwabuonwor

    Malina Nwabuonwor

    Writer/Script Consultant · Austrian, b.1994

    Berlin/Vienna-based. Film-Studies in Vienna and Mexico City. Freelancer, Author at Panthertainment and Mentor at “Diverse Geschichten”-Script-Development.

    Agent: pagemagnet.de | malina.n(at)gmx.at

  • Marek Čermák

    Marek Čermák

    Writer/Director · Czech, b.1991

Prague based filmmaker, student of FAMU & occasional journalist. Involved in A. Holland’s CHARLATAN and currently developing his 1st feature film HOMELAND.


  • Marisa Meier

    Marisa Meier

    Producer/Writer ·  Swiss, b.1992

    Graduate of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in International Producing. Focusing on innovative formats and socially relevant topics, based in Zurich and Berlin.

    marisameier.ch | mail(at)marisameier.ch

  • Minos Nikolakakis

    Minos Nikolakakis

    Writer/Producer/Director · Greek, b.1980

    Living in Greece. Directed & produced the feature ENTWINED which premiered in TIFF2019. Also graduate civil engineer of University of Patras.

    minosnikolakakis.com | info(at)minosnikolakakis.com

  • More Raça

    More Raça

    Writer/Director · Kosovar, b.1992

    Debut film ANDROMEDA GALAXY (2020) won Glocal in progress award at San Sebastian FF and world premiered in the main competition at the Sarajevo FF.

  • Raphaela Schmid

    Raphaela Schmid

    Director/Scriptwriter · Austrian, b. 1990

    Studying at Filmakademie Wien. Wrote & directed several shorts, latest short FISH LIKE US won the Jury Prize at VIS & Best Short at Diagonale. Working on 1st feature.


  • Roman Hodel

    Roman Hodel

    Director/Cinematographer · Swiss, 1989

    Alumni of Lucerne School of Art and Design. Internationale Kurfilmtage Winterthur premiere of short BLUELIGHT (2014, co-dir.: Lena Mäder) and La Biennale di Venezia world premiere of THE GAME (2020).

  • Séverine Tibi

    Séverine Tibi

    Producer · French, b.1993

    France/UK-based. Co-founder of Sevana Films, which produced films on three continents so far. Working on feature BIRTHDAY by Lara Zeidan, supported by the Mediterranean Film Institute.

  • Yana Eresina

    Yana Eresina

    Producer/Writer/Actress · Austrian-Russian, b. 1990

    Based in Vienna. Producer of AM HIMMEL, which won the First Steps Award 2018. Graduate of Lee Strasberg Institute NYC & Vienna Film Academy.


ZFF Academy
Earlier Years.

ZFF Academy Alumni 2019

  • Adrian Spring

    Adrian Spring

    Adrian Spring
    Writer/Creative Producer - Swiss, b. 1987

    Living in Lucerne. Writer and producer of the SRF TV/web series NR. 47, which won the Swiss TV Prize 2018. Graduate of Swiss School of Journalism.

  • Akos Gerstner

    Akos Gerstner

    Akos Gerstner
    Director/Writer · German, b. 1979

    Born in Budapest, based in Berlin and Munich. Scholarship recipient of Drehbuchwerkstatt Munich and Alfred Döblin Award. Graduated from HFF Munich with MR.LOVE BOMB (2016).

  • Beatrice Minger

    Beatrice Minger

    Beatrice Minger
    Director/Writer · Swiss, b. 1980

    Studied Film, German and Modern History in Zurich, Berlin and Lausanne. Short LOVE A LITTLE shown at 54th Solothurner Filmtage. Currently working on 3 projects incl. 1st feature DIE FLUT.

  • Corinne Steiner

    Corinne Steiner

    Corinne Steiner
    Producer · Swiss, b. 1985

    Producer at tellfilm (Zurich) and BearPit Films (Berne). Previously she worked for production companies such as C-Films AG, Vega Film AG and Turnus Film AG.

  • Ion Papaspyrou

    Ion Papaspyrou

    Ion Papaspyrou
    Director/Writer · Greek, b. 1987

    Currently based in Athens. He directed a number of commercials, TV shows and doc series. Latest short I AM NOT HERE NOW won several awards. Debut feature ANNA NORA CHLOE in development.



  • Kantarama Gahigiri

    Kantarama Gahigiri

    Kantarama Gahigiri
    Director/Writer · Rwandan-Swiss

    Born in Geneva. MA in Cinema and International Relations. TV5 Monde Best Francophone Film Award for 1st feature TAPIS ROUGE. Alumni of La Fabrique Cinéma, Cannes 2019 with 2nd feature in development TANZANITE.

  • Lou Rambert Preiss

    Lou Rambert Preiss

    Lou Rambert Preiss
    Director · French, b. 1993

    Based in Paris. ECAL graduation short STONE AGE won Best Swiss Newcomer Award at 71th Locarno Film Festival. Guest artist at “Fabrique du regard” (LE BAL). Currently writing his new short film.

  • Luis Campos

    Luis Campos

    Luis Campos
    Director/Producer/Writer · Portuguese, b. 1985

    MA in Film Directing and PhD Candidate of Media Arts. Founder of the production company Squatter Factory, the GUIÕES Festival and the Script Lab PLOT. His short CARGA won over 10 awards.


  • Magdalena Chmielewska

    Magdalena Chmielewska

    Magdalena Chmielewska

    Vienna-based director schooled at the Filmakademie Wien and Wajda Masterschool of Directing. Several award-winning shorts e.g GRETCHEN AM SPINNRADE (2015) and AM HIMMEL (2018). Working on 1st feature.



  • Maria Sigrist

    Maria Sigrist

    Maria Sigrist
    Director · Swiss, b. 1985

    Sigrist’s focus lies in telling female-oriented stories for a variety of genres. She’s known for short films such as GIRL and BOY ON THE ROCKS, BEATRIX and the TV-feature DIE EINZIGEN.

  • Martin Monk

    Martin Monk

    Martin Monk
    Director/Writer · German, b. 1985

    MA-student at Filmakademie Wien. Latest short FAVORITEN (2019) premiered at Cannes Cinéfondation. Previous short ALPHAMÄDCHEN in official selection of Max-Ophüls-Prize. Working on 1st feature.


  • Min Min Hein

    Min Min Hein

    Min Min Hein
    Director/Producer · Myanmar, b. 1987

    Founder of BurmaCat Films in Yangon. 1st recipient of Myanmar/ US Fulbright Scholarship in Film. Credits include the award-winning LISTEN (2017). Working on 1st feature doc about a traditional woman dancer from Myanmar.


  • Nic Fforde

    Nic Fforde

    Nic Fforde
    Director/Writer · British-Irish, b. 1986

    London-based. Directed an array of commercials and music videos. Latest short RALPH STYLES ULTRA (2018) received a best short film award and several nominations. Feature project in development: A MODEL WIFE.


  • Satindar Singh Bedi

    Satindar Singh Bedi

    Satindar Singh Bedi
    Director/Writer · Indian

    Post-graduate of FTII, India. His thesis KAMAKSHI (2015) premiered at Berlinale, screened in over 40 festivals and won more than 20 awards. In development: WOMAN IN THE WELL, ARDHÁ and CUSP.

  • Sophie Linnenbaum

    Sophie Linnenbaum

    Sophie Linnenbaum
    Director · German, b. 1986

    MA-student at Filmuniversität Konrad Wolf. Berlinale premiere of short DUOLOGUE (2016). Several prize awarded shorts incl. PIX (2017) winning the German Short Film Award. Latest short: DAS MENSCH.

  • Sylvie Leray

    Sylvie Leray

    Sylvie Leray
    Producer/Distributor · French, b. 1976

    Based in Madrid. Founder, owner and managing director of REVERSO FILMS, Spain in 2018. Distributed more than 80 films in the function of General Director at ARTCAM FILMS in Prague. 3 films in production.


  • Torfinnur Jákupsson

    Torfinnur Jákupsson

    Torfinnur Jákupsson
    Writer · Faroese, b. 1984

    Writer of first Faroe crime series TROM, selected for Berlinale’s „Co-Pro Series“ (2019). Currently working on neo-western feature LÝ (announced) and a new political drama series (soon to be announced). 

  • Vojtěch Strakatý

    Vojtěch Strakatý

    Vojtěch Strakatý
    Director/Writer · Czech, b. 1988

    Writer and assistant director of various films, Industry Project Coordinator at Karlovy Vary IFF. In preproduction for 1st feature ETERNAL PEACE supported by The Czech Film Fund for the development stage.

  • Yan Decoppet

    Yan Decoppet

    Yan Decoppet
    Producer · Swiss, b. 1994

    Junior Producer at GoldenEggProduction, Geneva. Studied filmmaking at New York Film Academy and Interactive media design at ERACOM, Lausanne. Currently producing upcoming short film AS SEMIMORTAS.

  • Zoë  Dobson

    Zoë Dobson

    Zoe Dobson
    Director · British

    Director of DURAN DURAN: THERE IS SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW (BBC), WHY DO WE DANCE (Sky Arts) and Challenge Alexa winning short THE CUNNING MAN (2019) starring Game of Thrones actor Simon Armstrong.



Alumni Migros Support Programme 2019

Our partner Migros advertises the so-called funding project «Ideenförderung für Spielfilme» twice a year. The selected participants get a exclusive access to join part of the ZFF Academy. This initiative aims at bringing together as many talents as possible and giving them a chance to interact with each other.

Alumni Migros Support Programme 2019

  • Sarah Born

    Sarah Born

    Sarah Born

  • Alessandra Gavin-Mueller

    Alessandra Gavin-Mueller

    Alessandra Gavin-Mueller

  • Lisa Gertsch

    Lisa Gertsch

    Lisa Gertsch

  • Elena Hazanov

    Elena Hazanov

    Elena Hazanov

  • Klaudia Reynicke

    Klaudia Reynicke

    Klaudia Reynicke

  • Stefan Staub

    Stefan Staub

    Stefan Staub

  • Julia Tal

    Julia Tal

    Julia Tal
    Producer, Director