Christoph Gröner

Christoph Gröner

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.

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Marille Hahne

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).

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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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Malte Grunert

Malte Grunert

After attending law school Malte Grunert began working in the industry by producing documentaries and television at various companies including Bavaria Film and CLT UFA. From 2006 until 2009, he was head of the feature division at Studio Hamburg. In 2009, he founded the production company Amusement Park, which aims to create quality projects with commercial appeal for an international audience. In 2015 Daniel Brühl joined as a partner. Malte produced and co-produced 13 feature films to date, 6 of which were co-productions with the UK...

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Ruth Toma

Ruth Toma was born in 1956 in Lower Bavaria. After state exams at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich she started off as an actress and author in the independent theater group "Temporary Structures" and was active for nine years. Then she attended top postgraduate courses in film at the University of Hamburg where she graduated with honors. Many of her screenplays developed into successful film, including A SONG OF LOVE AND DEATH - GLOOMY SUNDAY, SOLINO, PEAS AT FIVE-THIRTY, EMMAS GLÜCK, SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT, 3096 Days, THE CHEF and television films ROMEO and THE LOST BROTHER. Ruth Toma is one of the most important German writers. Her scripts have won many awards, among them the German Screenplay Award, the Writer's Award of the Cologne Conference, the German Television Award, the Bavarian Film Award and the Adolf Grimme Prize.

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Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer is one of the most innovative, creative and celebrated film music composers of our time. With his fusion of the ordinary and the extraordinary, traditional instruments and synthesized sounds, the simple with the complex, he has been a pioneer in exploring cinematic worlds for 30 years. German-born Zimmer celebrated his breakthrough in 1988 with the music for RAIN MAN. He has since composed the music for over 100 films, a career dotted with an Academy Award® (for THE LION KING), two Golden Globes® and three Grammys®. Always on the lookout for exceptional elements in music and fearlessly breaking musical conventions, he has advanced to become one of the most versatile film composers of his time. His best-known scores include those for AS GOOD AS IT GETS, GLADIATOR, THE DARK KNIGHT, and INCEPTION. Zimmer is currently working on Christopher Nolan’s latest film INTERSTELLAR, which will be launched this coming November. Zimmer will speak at the ZFF MASTERS about the workings of a film composer. How can you take musical inspiration from the look and theme of a film while also adding your own accents? How does music influence the world of cinema and vice versa? 

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Fatih Akin

Ten years ago, Fatih Akin celebrated his powerful breakthrough with GEGEN DIE WAND. The compelling love story impressed both critics and audiences with the self-destructive drive of its protagonists and their strained Turkish-German identity. GEGEN DIE WAND was honored with multiple awards, among them the Golden Bear and the European Film Award, but it is only one of Akin’s many brilliant cinematic works. His first feature film, KURZ UND SCHMERZLOS, a harsh crime drama set in the director’s native quarter Hamburg-Altona won the Bavarian Film Award “Best New Director”. Love and homeland, Hamburg and Istanbul, great hopes and crazy ideas – these are the themes of almost all his films. But Akin is well versed in balancing sternness and gaiety, darkness and light. So his œuvre includes both melodramas – like the trilogy about “Love, Death, and the Devil”, whose second part AUF DER ANDEREN SEITE won the “Best Screen- play” award in Cannes – and light-hearted films: IM JULI is a sunny road movie, SOLINO an affectionate family chronicle, and SOUL KITCHEN a heart-warming comedy. Besides his work as a director, Akin also successfully participates in the German film scene as a screenwriter (KEBAB CONNECTION), producer (CHIKO), and actor (KISMET). After five years, Akin finally presents the last part of his trilogy: THE CUT will be screened at this year’s Zurich Film Festival. 

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