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The content of ZFF Academy programme is put together with participants in mind and is therefore different each year. The main features of the ZFF Academy programme are as follows:

MASTERCLASSES | BITS & PIECES | HOW TO... | STORY LAB MEETS ZFF ACADEMY | SOCIAL & NETWORKING EVENTS | ZFF MASTERS | SCREENINGS, PHOTOCALL

Our ZFF Academy speakers 2022:

ALEXANDER NANAU Cinematographer, Producer, Director | CHRISTIAN TAFDRUP Director, Writer, Actor | CHRISTINE VACHON Producer and Co-founder Killer Films DAVID LUISI Producer Spotlight Media Production AG | LORENZO MIELI Producer and CEO The Apartment Pictures | MARTA BALAGA Film Journalist MARYAM TOUZANI Director, Screenwriter and Actor ROLAND EMMERICH Writer, Producer, Director and Partner (Executive) Centropolis Entertainment 

Alexander Nanau

Alexander Nanau is an OSCAR® and BAFTA® nominated and European Film Award winning filmmaker. His documentary film, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ION B. (2009) premiered in Nyon at Visions du Réel and was awarded an International Emmy Award in 2010. His feature documentary film TOTO AND HIS SISTERS (2014) premiered at the San Sebastian IFF and was a European Academy Award nominee in 2015. Alexander served as Director of Photography for the French/German documentary NOTHING-WOOD (Sonia Kronlund) that was shot in Afghanistan and premiered in Cannes as part of La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 2017. His latest feature length documentary COLLECTIVE (2019) premiered at the Venice IFF as part of the Official Selection. It was also screened at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (tiff) and the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Collective was named world wide on all important top 10 lists of 2020 and became the first Romanian film to ever be nominated for an Academy Award when it was nominated for two OSCARS®. Alexander is teaching and mentoring in several intl. Film Universities and Filmlabs and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the European Film Academy as well as the German Film Academy. His films Toto and His Sisters and Collective have both won the Golden Eye at the Zürich FF.

Christian Tafdrup

Christian Tafdrup graduated from The Danish National School of Performing Arts in 2003. As an actor Tafdrup has starred in both feature films and tv. Among other things he starred in Susanne Bier’s Academy Awards nominated ‘After the Wedding’ (2006), the BAFTA winning tv-series ‘Borgen’ (2010-), the TV-2 series ‘Park Road’ (2009-2010) and several other films and tv. Besides his acting Tafdrup has directed three shorts. In 1999 he wrote and directed the short ‘The Copier’, and followed it up with ‘Debutanten’ (2003). His third short ‘Awakening’ (2008) won the Robert-award (Danish Academy Award) for ‘best short’ as well as several other awards on festivals. His feature film debut as a writer/director ‘Parents’ (2016) was nominated for ‘Best International Feature Film’ at the Tribeca Film Festival, and won a Robert for ‘Best Director’, a Bodil-award (Danish Critics Award) for ‘Best Screenplay’ and both a Robert and Bodil for ‘Best Actor’. His second feature ‘A Horrible Woman’ (2017) sold more than 200.000 tickets across Europe and was selected for multiple festivals. The film received a Bodil as well as a Robert-award for ‘Best Actress’ and a Robert for ‘Best Original Screenplay’. Tafdrup is known for his razor-sharp satirical tone in his films, where he mixes comedy and drama in order to examine the relation between people in our modern western society.

Christine Vachon

Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner who co-founded indie powerhouse Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past two decades, they have produced over 100 films, including some of the most celebrated American indie features: CAROL, FAR FROM HEAVEN, STILL ALICE, BOYS DON'T CRY, KIDS, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, VELVET GOLDMINE, SAFE, I SHOT ANDY WARHOL, and I'M NOT THERE. In television, Vachon executive-produced the Emmy and Golden Globe-awarded miniseries MILDRED PIERCE for HBO as well as Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING for Amazon Studios. Recent releases include Janicza Bravo's ZOLA, distributed by A24, PRIDE, six-part documentary series produced with Refinery 29 for FX, the limited series HALSTON for Netflix, and Billy Porter's ANYTHING'S POSSIBLE for Orion Picture

David Luisi

Producer. Born in Zurich in 1973. In 1997 David Luisi co-founded Netvertising AG, a renowned internet communications agency in Switzerland. He then worked as a partner and managing director at Spoiled Milk ApS. To date, he has produced five feature films, a TV series for SRF (ADVENT, ADVENT) and numerous TV programmes (DEVILLE LATE NIGHT) and commercials. Since 2016 a permanent part of Spotlight Media Productions AG.

Lorenzo Mieli

As the founder and CEO of fast-growing Rome-based production and finance company The Apartment Pictures, Lorenzo Mieli is bringing renewed opportunity to today’s most influential filmmakers and is emerging as a major international producing force by hewing to an unwavering belief in his creative partners. Mieli formed The Apartment in January 2020 under the aegis of global media giant Fremantle. Mieli is building the firm to reflect his intense focus on artistic excellence across theatrical and streaming movies and global scale TV series—and to recalibrate the role of independent financier as key creative risk taker. In an environment of unforgiving media consolidation and diminishing freedom of producers, he is bucking the trend by forging innovative financing models and doubling down on daring content. The Apartment’s current production, "The Hand Of God" by Paolo Sorrentino, is Italy’s official submission for the 2022 Oscars and is currently in release by Netflix. The film won the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize and the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival. The Apartment’s next production is the highly anticipated horror-romance “Bones and All” by Luca Guadagnino, starring Timothée Chalamet and based on Camille DeAngelis’ novel of the same name. Prior to launching The Apartment, Mieli established himself on the Italian and international scene producing award-winning movies with directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Marco Bellocchio and Saverio Costanzo, as well internationally successful series such as "The Young Pope" and "The New Pope" by Academy Award winning director Paolo Sorrentino, "The Miracle" by Niccolò Ammaniti, "My Brilliant Friend" by Saverio Costanzo, "In Treatment 1, 2 and 3," "1992,""1993" and "1994," the first and second season of "The Mafia Kills Only In Summer" and “We Are Who We Are” by Luca Guadagnino. Mieli began his producing career in 2001 by founding Wilder, and in 2009 he launched Wildside with Mario Gianani. In April 2010, Mieli became CEO of Fremantle, the TV production leader for entertainment television programming, where he oversaw such shows as "X Factor" and "Italia's Got Talent" as well as scripted programs such as "A Place in the Sun" and the first and second seasons of "Don't Kill.” Mieli was born in Rome in 1973.

Marta Balaga

Marta BaƂaga is a film journalist based in Finland and Poland. She has published in Cineuropa, Variety and regularly contributes to Finnish film magazine Episodi. She has collaborated with various festivals, including »Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy« and its industry sidebar »Finnish Film Affair« or »Les Arcs Film Festival«. Member of the Finnish Critics’ Association SARV, the International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI and the European Film Academy, where she has joined the committee deciding the nominations for the European Discovery 2019, 2020 and 2021 – Prix FIPRESCI. She has served on many juries, including Venice International Film Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival in 2019.

Maryam Touzani

Born in Tangier, Maryam Touzani spent her childhood in her native city before pursuing university studies in journalism in London. Passionate about writing, she returned to Morocco after her studies and worked as a journalist, specializing in Maghreb cinema. She quickly felt the need to express herself through her own films. In 2008, she wrote and directed a documentary for the first National Women's Day in Morocco, an important date for the country; other documentaries will follow...WHEN THEY SLEEP (2012), her first short fiction film, will be screened and awarded in prestigious festivals around the world, winning a total of seventeen awards. In 2015, her second short film, AYA VA À LA PLAGE continued on the same path, winning fifteen awards. With director Nabil Ayouch's highly acclaimed MUCH LOVED (2015), selected for the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, she deepened her experience by collaborating closely with the director, working on the development of the script and participating in the shooting at various levels. Shortly after, she co-wrote with Nabil Ayouch his latest feature film, RAZZIA, which was presented in competition at the Toronto International Film Festival and will represent Morocco at the Oscars. In RAZZIA, where she also plays one of the main roles, she finds herself on the other side of the camera for the first time.ADAM, Maryam Touzani's first feature film, will have its world premiere in the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section. The film was then selected in renowned festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, American Institute Film Fest, among others, and won 30 awards to date. It will also be sold in over 20 countries. In 2019 Maryam becomes a member of the Academy of the Oscars. That same year, ADAM will be Morocco's official selection for the Oscar race in the Best Foreign Film category. It will also represent Morocco at the Golden Globes. In 2021, she began shooting her second feature film, LE BLEU DU CAFTAN.

Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich is an international director, producer and screenwriter whose films -- including Independence Day, Stargate, Godzilla, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, White House Down, and Independence Day: Resurgence --have taken in more than $4 billion worldwide. His latest feature, Midway, is the epic, real-life saga of the U.S. brothers-in-arms who triumphed over a superior adversary, the Imperial Japanese Navy, at the Battle of Midway, the most stunning and decisive naval victory of the Pacific Theater. Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, is slated to release the film on November 8, 2019. In his native Germany, Roland’s career began when his first film, a student project called The Noah’s Ark Principle, played in competition at the 1984 Berlin Film Festival. He subsequently set up Centropolis Entertainment in 1985 and under this banner, he has produced and directed over 20 feature films. Largely recognized as one of Hollywood’s most successful directors, Roland continues to deliver impactful films that challenge both the eye and the mind. While he is known for his blockbuster films, Roland is equally comfortable directing more personal projects such as Anonymous, which explored the explosive theory that Shakespeare’s plays were actually written by Edward De Vere, and Stonewall, a drama about the Stonewall Riots in 1969 New York that sparked the LGBT civil rights movement. Outside the focus of producing and directing, Roland is a campaigner and contributor for various charities and projects including, but not limited to, the Cambodian Children’s Fund, the Gay and Lesbian Education Network (GLSEN), Global Green, American Red Cross, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

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