Kevin MacDonald

Kevin MacDonald

Kevin MacDonald helmed the Academy Award®-winning documentary feature One Day in September (2000). His next feature, Touching the Void, premiered at Telluride 2003 and was released internationally the following year. It won Best British Film at both the BAFTAs and the Evening Standard Awards, and it is the highest-grossing British documentary in U.K. box-office history.

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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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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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