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.


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Alumni Migros Support Programme 

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