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®.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Christopher Gröner is the artistic director of Filmfest München. He has been working as a film journalist and film programmer for 15 years. He serves as competition programmer for the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and as consultant on German-speaking regions for the Zurich Film Festival. He presents film on the European culture TV channel Arte.
Studied German Literature, Film, Television and Theater Studies and History in Frankfurt / Main, Berlin and Paris. Producer for various film production companies, film curator and program consultant for Berlinale Forum and Goethe-Institut, author and moderator. Script consultant and Dramatic Advisor for various production companies and public funding institutions. Member of the selection commitee Solothurner Filmtage. Lives with her family in Berlin.