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ZFF Academy
Speakers 2020

ZFF Academy Speakers 2020

  • Wendy Mitchell

    Wendy Mitchell

    Journalist and Film Festival Consultant

    Wendy Mitchell is a journalist, moderator and film festival consultant. She is a contributing editor and Nordic Correspondent at Screen International and is the editor of the European Film Academy’s Close-up magazine. She is the Nordic and UK delegate for the San Sebastian International Film Festival, a consultant for the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Zurich Film Festival and Zurich Summit, and Tallinn’s TV Beats Forum. Her website is filmwendy.com.

  • Baran Bo Odar

    Baran Bo Odar

    Director/Screenwriter

    Baran bo Odar was born in Switzerland in 1978, studied Directing at the University of Television & Film Munich.
    He has worked on several commercials, music videos and award-winning short films.
    His feature debut THE SILENCE (2010) premiered at the Piazza Grande in Locarno and gained him a spot as one of Variety’s Ten Directors to Watch in 2011.
    His next film WHO AM I was a German box office hit. Warner Brothers has closed a deal to remake WHO AM I.
    His first US movie was the action thriller SLEEPLESS starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan which was released February 24th 2017.
    Together with Jantje Friese he is the showrunner on the NETFLIX Original Series DARK which was launched Dec 1st 2017 worldwide on Netflix in over 190 countries and is now one of the most watched series on Netflix.
    Currently he is working with Jantje Friese on their next series project 1899 and Tyll for Netflix which will be produced by their production company Dark Ways.

  • Nir Bergman

    Nir Bergman

    Director/Screenwriter

    Born in 1969 in Haifa, the Israeli director Nir Bergman graduated in 1998 with a degree in film from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem. His feature-film debut BROKEN WINGS (2002) won several awards. His work on numerous ambitious TV series, including the globally adapted success IN THERAPY (2005) and the ZFF Golden Eye Awardwinning mini-series JUST FOR TODAY (2019), has met with wide-spread critical acclaim. His most recent work HERE WE ARE received the Cannes Label this year.

  • Ben Sharrock

    Ben Sharrock

    Writer/Director

    After graduating with a degree in Arabic and political sciences, Ben Sharrock turned to filmmaking and enrolled at the Screen Academy Scotland. After creating various international ad film projects and award-winning short films, the director and screenwriter now presents his second featurelength film. Five years after his debut PIKADERO, which won the ZFF Critics’ Award in 2015, he now returns to Zurich with LIMBO, which received the Cannes Label and screened at TIFF (Discovery) and San Sebastián (New Directors).

  • Sine Plambech

    Sine Plambech

    Anthropologist/Director

    Director Sine Plambech’s film HEARTBOUND premiered at TIFF and won the ZFF Golden Eye 2018. Selected for more than 50 international film festivals, the film has won numerous awards, including the main awards at Docville; Dublin and Budapest International Film Festivals. The film is co-directed with Janus Metz (Armadillo 2010; Borg/McEnroe 2016). Sine Plambech is also behind Love on Delivery (2008) with Janus Metz, Ticket to Paradise (2008) with Janus Metz, Trafficking (2010) and Becky's Journey (2014). Plambech is an anthropologist documenting her work on international migration, sex work and human trafficking. She is currently a Visiting Professor at Yale University and Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies in Copenhagen.

  • Karim Aïnouz

    Karim Aïnouz

    Director/Screenwriter/Visual Artist

    Karim Aïnouz is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter and visual artist. He debuted as a director in MADAME SATÃ (Cannes Un Certain Regard 2002). His other works include NARDJES A. (Berlin Panorama 2020), CENTRAL AIRPORT THF (Berlin Amnesty Prize 2018), FUTURO BEACH (Berlin Competition 2014), THE SILVER CLIFF (Cannes Directors Fortnight 2011), and LOVE FOR SALE (Venice Horizons 2006). THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURÍDICE GUSMÃO, Aïnouz's latest feature, won the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Aïnouz is a screenwriter tutor and member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

  • Stefan Haupt

    Stefan Haupt

    Director

    Born in Zurich in 1961, Stefan Haupt has worked as a freelance feature and documentary filmmaker since 1989. His work ELISABETH KÜBLERROSS (2003) is one of the most successful Swiss documentary films to date. His 2014 docufiction DER KREIS garnered both the Audience Award in the Berlinale’s Panorama section and a Teddy Award, before going on to become a global Netflix hit. His last work ZWINGLI (2019) was a Swiss box-office hit. ZÜRCHER TAGEBUCH is his most recent work.

  • Irune Gurtubai

    Irune Gurtubai

    Producer

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  • Agnieszka Holland

    Agnieszka Holland

    Agnieszka Holland
    Director, Writer, Producer

    Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1948, Agnieszka Holland graduated from the FAMU Film School in Prague and began her career assisting Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda. She collaborated with Krzysztof Kieslowski on the screenplay of his trilogy, THREE COLORS. Her film Gorączka screened in Competition at the Berlinale in 1981, the year in which she emigrated to Paris. Since then she has made over 30 films, winning awards including the Golden Globe and Silver Berlin Bear, and being nominated for a BAFTA and an Emmy. Her films IN DARKNESS, EUROPA EUROPA and BITTERE ERNTE (Angry Harvest) were all nominated for an Academy Award®.

  • Bettina Oberli

    Bettina Oberli

    Bettina Oberli
    Writer, Director

  • David Sandreuter

    David Sandreuter

    David Sandreuter
    Writer

    DAVID SANDREUTER was born in London to Swiss parents. He has spent his childhood e.g. in India and the USA, graduated from high school in Germany, studied fine arts in Scotland and then screenwriting in Denmark at the renowned Danish Film Academy under Mogens Rukov ("Festen"). He lives in Copenhagen and writes both films and television series, mainly in Denmark, but also in Germany and Switzerland. His debut feature film MAX PINLIG AUF ROSKILDE was a success with Danish audiences and critics alike. Most recently, he wrote a 24-part Christmas series for the Danish station DR, while his two-part PRIVATE BANKING (directed by Bettina Oberli) ran on SRF1 and ARTE. He is currently writing a TATORT (ARD) and developing a few feature films.

  • Fanny Herrero

    Fanny Herrero

    Fanny Herrero
    Writer, Showrunner

    After studying literature and graduating from Sciences Po University in Paris, Fanny became an actress on stage for several years. It was in acting that she acquired her taste to write.

    Since 2007, she has co-written several drama and comedy shows – including THE ROOKIES (“Les Bleus”, M6), DESPERATE PARENTS (“Fais pas ci fais pas ça”, France 2), ODYSSEUS (Arte), A FRENCH VILLAGE (« Un Village français » France 3) and KABOUL KITCHEN (Canal+).

    She is currently the creator and showrunner of CALL MY AGENT! (“Dix pour cent », France 2 and Netflix) a 6x52’ comedy that depicts life at a prestigious actors’ agency in Paris, which was awarded the 2016 Prizes for Best Series and Best Screenplay by the French Association of TV Series Critics (ACS), the 2018 and 2019 Globe de Cristal Award for Best Series, and the 2018 Prize for Best Series at the Festival de La Rochelle.

  • Hlynur Pálmason

    Hlynur Pálmason

    Hlynur Pálmason
    Director, Writer, Producer

    He started out as a visual artist and evolved his career later into filmmaking by pursuing an education at the Danish National Film School, which he graduated from in 2013 with the award-winning short A Painter. Pálmason‘s feature debut WINTER BROTHERS world premiered in the main competition of the Locarno Film Festival in 2017, where it won 4 awards. Since then it has been sold to over 20 territories and continued its festival success, winning over 30 awards. A WHITE, WHITE DAY  is his second feature film.

  • Lulu Wang

    Lulu Wang

    Lulu Wang
    Director, Writer, Producer

    Lulu Wang is a classical pianist turned filmmaker. Her second feature THE FAREWELL, starring Awkwafina, premiered at Sundance 2019 in U.S. Dramatic Competition. She was listed by Variety as one of Ten Directors To Watch in 2019. 

    Born in Beijing, raised in Miami and educated in Boston, Lulu is a recipient of the Chaz and Roger Ebert Directing Fellowship, which was awarded at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Her first feature film, POSTHUMOUS, starring Jack Huston and Brit Marling was released by The Orchard. She is also a 2014 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow and a 2017 Sundance Fellow invited to participate in the FilmTwo Initiative for second time feature filmmakers.

     

  • Oliver Hirschbiegel

    Oliver Hirschbiegel

    Oliver Hirschbiegel
    Director, Writer, Actor

  • Tamer Jandali

    Tamer Jandali

    Tamer Jandali
    Director, Writer

    Born in 1976 in Bonn, Germany. After training, among other things, in alternative medicine, travelling and various jobs including that of event manager and artistic assistant to Prof. Marcel Odenbach, from 2004 to 2010 he studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Since 2011, he has worked as a director and artist as well as being the main carer of his three children. Alongside film projects for ZDF and ARTE, he has also made commercials for companies including Neon and Netcologne and has directed music videos and contributions to art exhibitions.

  • Wendy Mitchell

    Wendy Mitchell

    Wendy Mitchell
    Journalist, Moderator, Film Festival Consultant

    London-based Wendy Mitchell is a contributing editor for Screen International, which she first joined in 2005 and where she later served as editor in chief for two years. She has also been a staff writer and editor at Entertainment Weekly, indieWIRE and Rolling Stone. She also consults for the Zurich Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market, Flanders Image’s Connext and other film industry events. Her website is filmwendy.com

  • Stephen Nemeth

    Stephen Nemeth

    Stephen Nemeth
    Producer, Actor, Director

    Founder and head of independent production company Rhino Films, producer Stephen Nemeth's numerous film credits include THE SESSIONS, C.O.G. and FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS as well as documentaries DOGTOWN AND Z BOYS, WAR DANCE and CLIMATE REFUGEES. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and on the board of various non-profit organizations including Friends of the Earth and the International Documentary Association.