Rolf Lyssy

Rolf Lyssy

With EUGEN HEISST WOHLGEBOREN and KONFRONTATION, this Zurich-born, multi-talented filmmaker was an exponent of the ‚new Swiss film’ movement throughout the 60s and 70s. His 1978 film DIE SCHWEIZERMACHER, a satirical look at the Swiss naturalisation procedure, is the most successful Swiss box office hit to date. Rolf Lyssy received the Swiss Film Award’s ‚Quartz’ prize for his life’s work in 2012.

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Marcy Goldberg

Marcy Goldberg

Marcy Goldberg is a film historian, media consultant, university lecturer and translator. She studied cinema and cultural studies in Toronto, Canada, and has been based in Zurich since 1996. She writes and speaks about film, culture and politics, and is a regular guest on the arts & culture talk show “Kultur-Stammtisch” on Swiss public radio SRF 4. She enjoys moderating at film festivals, conferences and a variety of other cultural events.

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Monika Schärer

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Monika Schärer is a culture and travel journalist and is working since 1989 in TV and radio. In 2011, she acquired Topicfilm together with her husband, one of the oldest production companies in Switzerland. 2012 Schärer directed her first documentary feature for Swiss television, ROUSSEAUS CHILDREN, about an emigrated family. The film won the "Best Documentary" Award at the Anchorage International Film Festival in the section Snowdance and was shown at the Solothurner Filmtage. Schärer is also a moderator, speaker and panelist for cultural and political topics. 

Christoph Gröner

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Christoph Gröner studied in Munich, Venice and Salamanca. Since 2004 he has been a journalist in the field of culture and media (Süddeutsche Zeitung, Welt, AZ, Film&TV-Kamermann, Cinearte). Until 2011 he was writing the column "First Look" in Blickpunkt:Film and was doing numerous moderations. In 2008 he joined the Filmfest Munich team, as an international programmer and since 2012 he is responsible for the "New German Cinema" section. Gröner won the "Förderpreis Filmjournalismus FFF Bayern" award in 2006.

Marille Hahne

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Hahne is a professor for film. She is the founder and has been the co-director for many years of the film-program at the Zurich Academy of the Arts, where she was also teaching until 2016. Her teaching engagements also include the HFF Munich or the Goethe Institute in India. Since she was directing documentaries in Germany, USA and Australia. Her speciality are portraits about art and science cooperation (AIL Productions Zürich).

Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis

With his legendary portrayal of Gollum in THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, Serkis raised motion-capture acting to a completely new level. A computer-animated character filled with so much life had never been seen before. He went on to use his talent for playing unusual characters when he embodied Caesar in the PLANET OF THE APES remake. For his latest project, Serkis went behind the camera to direct the film BREATHE.

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Kirsten Tan

Kirsten Tan

Before moving to New York to study producing at New York University, Tan lived in Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. In addition to her work as a commercial filmmaker for such companies as Giorgio Armani, Heineken and Credit-Suisse, She garnered acclaim for her international award-winning short films DAHDI (2014) and COLD NOODLES (2010). Tan has also worked as a cinematographer on countless other projects. Her feature film debut POP AYE (2017) premiered at Sundance and won the Special Jury Prize.

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Xavier Legrand

Xavier Legrand

Xavier Legrand trained as an actor until 2005 at the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique in Paris, and completed an internship at the film school La fémis before working as a stage actor. His César-winning directorial debut, the short film AVANT QUE DE TOUT PERDRE (2013), which was also nominated for an Academy Award, forms the basis of his debut feature JUSQU’A LA GARDE, which recently premiered in competition at Venice.

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Léa Pool

Léa Pool

The Swiss-Canadian filmmaker Léa Pool was born in 1950 in Geneva. She graduated with a degree in directing in Montreal, where she has since lived. Her best-known cinema films include ANNE TRISTER (1986), EMPORTE-MOI (1998, Swiss Film Award) and MAMAN EST CHEZ LE COIFFEUR (2008). This sensitive storyteller’s LA PASSION D’AUGUSTINE (2015) was a huge hit with audiences in Canada. The film will screen as a ZFF Gala Premiere.

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Hanna Polak

Hanna Polak

The director, cinematographer and producer Hanna Polak is renowned for her socially engaged documentaries. Her short documentary THE CHILDREN OF LENINGRADSKY (2004) garnered an Academy Award nomination and won numerous festival awards. For her most recent, multi award-winning feature-length film SOMETHING BETTER TO COME (2014), Polak followed a group of children living on a gigantic waste dump near Moscow for a period of 14 years. Hanna Polak has lectured at various film schools and universities, including Yale, and was a jury member at the IDFA and Krakow Film Festivals.

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Ed Guiney

Ed Guiney

Irish-born Ed Guiney is the co-founder and Managing Director of the production, distribution and cinema operating company ‚Element Pictures’, which he founded together with Andrew Lowe in 2005. His current projects as a producer include the drama THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER by Yorgos Lanthimos, who he previously teamed with for THE LOBSTER (2015). His production of Lenny Abrahamson’s ROOM (2015) received several Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Further projects currently underway include Sebastián Lelio’s DISOBEDIENCE and Lenny Abrahamson’s THE LITTLE STRANGER. 

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Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin

The Academy-Award-winning screenwriter and renowned playwright  Aaron Sorkin made his Broadway playwriting debut at the age of 28 with the military courtroom drama 'A Few Good Men'. In 1993, Mr. Sorkin’s film adaptation of A FEW GOOD MEN was nominated for four Academy Awards, including „Best Screenplay.” In 2011, Mr. Sorkin won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Critics Choice, and Bafta for 'Best Adapted Screenplay' for THE SOCIAL NETWORK. In 2012, Mr. Sorkin adapted MONEYBALL along with Steve Zaillian and story by Stan Chervin. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards including 'Best Adapted Screenplay'. 

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Bill Nicholson

Bill Nicholson

William Nicholson was educated at Downside School and Christ’s College, Cambridge, and then joined BBC Television, where he worked as a documentary film maker. There his ambition to write, directed first into novels, was channeled into television drama. His plays for television include SHADOWLANDS and LIFE STORY, both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award in their year; other award-winners were SWEET AS YOU ARE and THE MARCH . In 1988 he received the Royal Television Society’s Writer’s Award. Since then his film credits include: SARAFINA, NELL, FIRST KNIGHT, GREY OWL , GLADIATOR (as co-writer, for which he received a second Oscar nomination),  ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE, LES MISERABLES, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, UNBROKEN, and EVEREST.

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Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

„It's fun to play a British bad-guy”, said Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe when talking about his performance alongside Michael Caine in the fantasy thriller NOW YOU SEE ME 2. Since completing the Harry Potter film series, Radcliffe has relished his artistic freedom. His successful appearances on Broadway and ambitious film and TV series projects pay homage to his versatile acting talent. This year, Radcliffe excels in not one, but two films at the ZFF: in the crazy comedy adventure SWISS ARMY MAN and the undercover thriller IMPERIUM....

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Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

Whether in mainstream or independent film, Woody Harrelson’s charismatic acting talent has the power to impress both critics and viewers alike. Born in Texas in 1961, Harrelson first captured the world’s attention in the U.S. American sitcom CHEERS. He garnered his first Academy Award nomination for his role as Hustler founder Larry Flynt in Miloš Forman’s film THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (1997). Harrelson’s unmistakeable acting style, such as can be seen in his role as the alcoholic mentor in the hit series THE HUNGER GAMES, ...

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Olivier Assayas

Olivier Assayas

Olivier Assayas is one of the most distinguished figures in present-day European cinema. Operating beyond all narrative standards, his films are characterised by an unquenchable curiosity and span an enormous array of aesthetic expression. Fascinated by the punk and pop cultures and painting, all of which now influence his work, Assayas initially worked as a critic for the French magazine „Cahiers du Cinéma“ before turning his hand to filmmaking. Among the most important titles by this tireless cinematic explorer are the autobiographically inspired...

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Ewan McGregor

Born 1971 in Scotland, Ewan McGregor achieved worldwide critical acclaim in 1996 when he played the emaciated heroin addict Renton in director Danny Boyle’s film TRAINSPOTTING. He landed the largest role of his career and set the international film community of fire when he signed on as Jedi Master Obi-Wan-Kenobi in STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999). His impressive acting career has seen him collaborate with such renowned directing greats as Ridley Scott for BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001) and Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER (2010). In addition to his numerous other awards, McGregor has also received Golden Globe nominations for his roles in MOULIN ROUGE! (2001) and SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (2011). This „ZFF Masters“ session sees Ewan McGregor talk about his acting career and his directorial debut AMERICAN PASTORAL.

Tobias Weber and Baptiste Planche

Tobias Weber and Baptiste Planche

Tobias Weber and Baptiste Planche are entrepreneurs exploring new ways of cinematic storytelling. Tobias Weber studied filmmaking at the London Film School. Baptiste Planche holds an MA in Sociology, History and Political Sciences. Together, they run the film production company &SÖHNE and the start-up for interactive movies CtrlMovie. With their award-winning productions for clients such as NIKE, FREITAG or UBS they always strived for attractive new ways of storytelling enabling unique branded entertainment experiences...

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Christoph Daniel and Marc Schmidheiny (DCM)

Christoph Daniel and Marc Schmidheiny (DCM)

In 2008, Christoph Daniel (32) and Marc Schmidheiny (32) founded the production company DCM together with Dario Suter in Berlin. Since then, the native Swiss CEOs are in charge of project development and production of DCM Pictures. Since Joel Brandeis joined the partners in 2010, they are a Swiss quartett. After the success of their feature film WAFFENSTILLSTAND, DCM decided to gain a foothold in distribution as well. In 2011, they partned up with the long-standing Berlin DELPHI Filmverleih, which they successfully refloated, and started distributing...

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Marie Kreutzer

Marie Kreutzer

Marie Kreutzer was born in Graz, Austria, in 1977 and studied screenwriting at the Film Academy Vienna. Her first feature length film, THE FATHERLESS, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama Special sidebar in 2011, receiving Special Mention for ‘Best First Feature‘. Her second film, GRUBER IS LEAVING (2015), was nominated for the Austrian Film Award and won Special Mention as ‘Best Film‘ at the Zurich Film Festival. WE USED TO BE COOL is her third feature film. It depicts a couple of ‚bobo’ (bohemian-bourgeois)...

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