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Speakers 2021

 

Speakers 2021

  • Ada Solomon

    Ada Solomon

    Ada Solomon
    Producer

    Ada Solomon is a Romanian producer, founder of Hi Film Productions and Micro Film.

    She has produced over 70 films such as: BAD LUCK BANGING or LOONY PORN (Radu Jude, 2021, Golden Bear Berlin), AFERIM! (Radu Jude, 2015, Silver Bear Berlin) and CHILD’S POSE (Calin Netzer, 2013, Golden Bear Berlin). She has worked with proeminent filmmakers as Ivana Mladenovic, Alexandru Solomon, Razvan Radulescu, Federico Bondi, Adriano Valerio and was executive producer for Maren Ade’s TONI ERDMANN. Executive President of EWA Network, Deputy Chairwoman of EFA, EAVE national coordinator, ACE board member, winner of EFA European Co-production Award – Prix Eurimages.

  • Asif Kapadia

    Asif Kapadia

    Asif Kapadia
    Director | Producer | Writer

    Academy Award, BAFTA and Grammy winning director Asif Kapadia is best known for his trilogy of narratively driven, archive constructed documentaries SENNA, AMY & DIEGO MARADONA.

    AMY World Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, the BAFTA for Best Documentary, the European Film Award for Best Documentary and a Grammy for Best Music Film. SENNA won BAFTAs for Best Documentary and Best Editing and was nominated for Outstanding British Film of the Year. DIEGO MARADONA premiered at Cannes and Telluride and was nominated for a BAFTA Award. Kapadia’s narrative debut THE WARRIOR won the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film of the Year and the Award for Best Debut Feature. Kapadia directed two episodes of the critically lauded series MINDHUNTER (Netflix) for Producer David Fincher. He was Series Director and Executive Producer of ‘1971:The Year Music Changed Everything’ (AppleTV+) and was Director and Executive Producer of the mental health series ‘The Me You Can’t See’ (AppleTV+).

  • Silvina Schnicer & Ulises Porra

    Silvina Schnicer & Ulises Porra

    Silvina Schnicer & Ulises Porra
    Directors

    Silvina Schnicer was born in Buenos Aires and studied social communication. Ulises Porra Guardiola was born in Barcelona and studied philosophy. The two co-directed the short film LA BICHA (2012), which won the Argentinian Fondo Nacional de las Artes Award. This was followed by their debut feature film TIGRE (2017), which screened at several international film festivals. CARAJITA, the director-duo’s second feature film, world premiered this year at San Sebastian.

  • Wendy Mitchell

    Wendy Mitchell

    Wendy Mitchell
    Journalist/Moderator/Film festival consultant

    Wendy Mitchell is a journalist, moderator and film festival consultant. She is a contributing editor and Nordic correspondent at Screen International, the Nordic scout for San Sebastian and a consultant for the International Film Festival Rotterdam and Zurich Film Festival. She has also been a speaker, mentor and consultant for Berlinale EFM, Cannes Marche, EAVE, First Cut Lab, The National Film and TV School and more.

    Her website is filmwendy.com.

  • John Durie

    John Durie

    John Durie
    Marketing expert

    John Durie is a marketing expert with 30+ years experience in the film industry across Europe and works on independent films and documentaries regardless of nationality or language. His expertise is in positioning films and creating the marketing tools and strategy from development stage, through the lifecycle of a film through distribution and festival launch. He has worked extensively in the Nordic region, Netherlands, Switzerland, Hungary and Austria. He has developed and presented film marketing workshops in over 20 countries and created festival strategies for 3 Palme d’Or winning films. He holds a Master’s Degree from Newhouse School of Public Communications (New York) and lives between London and Cannes.

Moderators 2021

  • Anne Delseth

    Anne Delseth

    Anne Delseth
    Film programmer, Artistic director, journalist

    Anne Delseth studied journalism in Fribourg, Switzerland, also earning a Master’s degree in Cultural Management. From 2008 to 2011, she was first assistant then deputy to the artistic director of the Fribourg Film Festival; in 2011 she worked in international sales at Urban Distribution. Then a member of the Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight selection committee since 2012, she also joined the selection team of the Locarno Festival for the 2018 edition. She directed the HEAD (Geneva) and ECAL Master’s in Film Studies in Lausanne for 7 years and now runs an arthouse cinema. She is also programmer for Angers Film Festival, artistic director of Ulaanbaatar International Film Festival in Mongolia, and consultant for the Neuchâtel Fantastic Film Festival and the Zürich Film Festival, she also is an active member of numerous Swiss cultural management organizations.

  • Monika Schärer

    Monika Schärer

    Monika Schärer
    Moderator, Producer

    Monika Schärer is a longtime cultural presenter at SRF (Swiss Radio and Television). She reported from the Cannes and Venice Film Festival, did numerous TV interviews with film stars and is friend with a Hollywood star ;-) Keyword: Beauty & The Beast, Nine Perfect Strangers, Hobbit....

  • Peter Dirmeier

    Peter Dirmeier

    Peter Dirmeier
    Actor, Moderator

    Peter G. Dirmeier works as an actor, presenter and speaker and has been part of the Zurich Film Festival team as a moderator since 2013. 

    From 2008 to 2020 he was also Artistic director of the smallest theatre in Hamburg. After graduating from high school and completing his three-year acting training in Munich, his path first took him across Germany as an actor with stops in Remscheid, Dinslaken, Kassel, Bochum, Hagen, Nuremberg and Duisburg, among other places. He presented "BIM BAM BINO" with Sonja Zietlow for Kabel 1 and the Peter Maffay classic "TABULAGA TIVI" for ZDF. In addition to numerous audio books and theatre productions, he has been a live presenter at various film festivals at home and abroad since 1999. More information at petergdirmeier.de