Jury 2016

GUILLAUME ALBECK

GUILLAUME ALBECK

CEO at PARIGO

www.parigomusic.com

more ... For more than 10 years PARIGO (French music production & publishing company) offers a catalogue containing 200,000 recordings. In 2012 PARIGO registered hundreds of hours of music for different programs, including 250 corporate films.

BABAK AMINI

BABAK AMINI

Director and Producer

more ... After having completed a course of three years of “Design and Photography” at the West Sussex College of Design in England, where he majored in “Fine Art Photography and Commercial Photography”, Babak Amini went on to do a 4-year course in “Art and Techniques of Film Making” at London Film School, where he majored in “Cinematography and Directing”.
During the nineties, he worked as an independent filmmaker and fashion photographer in Paris where he has founded Eclipse Film Production in 1994.
In 1997, he shifted the company and its activities to Dubai and has ever since been producing award-winning films for regional and international companies and government bodies.

ROLAND ASSMANN

ROLAND ASSMANN

Director and Editor

www.west4media.com

more ... Roland Aßmann is director and editor. His focus lies on the emotional communication of knowledge, no matter if it is about a science documentary, latest sports news or a motivating image film. Some of his works are: “European International Bank - Financial Instruments” (2015), “Wasserstoff - die Energie-Technologie der Zukunft” (2014), “Mission to the Edge of Space: The Inside Story of Red Bull Stratos” (2013), “Neugestaltung Mauthausen - eine KZ Gedenkstätte stellt sich der Zeit” (2013), “Red Bull Air Race” (2005-2010).

FRANZ-JOSEF BALDUS

FRANZ-JOSEF BALDUS

Managing Director koelnkomm Social Media and Acting Manager Vine Academy

www.koelnkomm.de

more ... Franz-Josef Baldus is one of the Snack content pioneers in Germany, Twitter co-operation partner, Short-Video Blogger, t3n-Script writer and vine associate professor at the Jung von Matt-Academy in Hamburg. He creates Snack-Content (Short-Videos, animated GIFs, Cinemagraphs, etc) for brands like Coca-Cola, Porsche, Jägermeister or Fujitsu.

ALLISON BEAN

ALLISON BEAN

Producer, Editor, Writer

more ... Allison joined Off the Fence at the beginning of June 2006. She began her television career at Survival Anglia Ltd. in 1998 after gaining her doctorate in human evolution from Cambridge University. She then went on to develop and produce natural history and science documentaries for Channel 4, ITV and TLC before moving to Granada TV in Bristol. At Granada she developed, produced and directed a wide range of award winning documentaries for Discovery, TLC, National Geographic, Animal Planet, and Five.

PETER BECK

PETER BECK

President of Swiss Film Association, Founder and Creative Director of Beck & Friends GmbH

www.beckandfriends.ch

more ... For nearly 30 years Peter Beck is working in the department of film, storytelling and digital content creating.

LUKA BENKO

LUKA BENKO

Director of Legal and General Affairs at Zagreb Tourist Board, Croatia

www.zagreb-touristinfo.hr

more ... Luka Benko is actively involved in worldwide tourism promotion of Zagreb including presentations and fairs in Europe, Asia and USA. As part of overall work, special attention is given to the promotion of Zagreb through movies – promotional, documentaries, special purpose movies... On behalf of Zagreb Tourist Board he is actively involved in the establishment and organization of yearly ongoing Zagreb Tourfilm Festival, which is a member of CIFFT. In 2013, he gave a lecture at School of Tourism and Maritime Technology, Peniche, Portugal on the tourism promotion through movies – Zagreb case.

DMITRY BOGDANOV

DMITRY BOGDANOV

CEO at Rivelty group

www.rivelty.ru

more ... Dmitry Bogdanov is the CEO of Rivelty group – one of the leading companies among corporate video production in the Russian market, as well as the first production company in the country awarded with a Golden Dolphin at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in 2012.
He is the author of "Corporate Video. Instructions for use", an educational book for company employees whose work is related to corporate media.

PETER BOSTOEN

PETER BOSTOEN

Director corporate films, commercials & television

vimeopro.com/peterbostoen/foreveryone

more ... Filming around the world, Peter Bostoen has worked with people from a wide variety of social, cultural and religious backgrounds. This versatility – combined with extensive technical skills, deep creative insight and a sympathetic approach – allows him to excel at expressing human emotion with strong visual power.
Peter has specialized in corporate and institutional communications, but he incorporates his previous practice in shooting commercials, documentaries and TV drama. He has won international awards for several of his commercials and corporate films.

BERNHARD CHRISTEN

BERNHARD CHRISTEN

Head of Marketing bei Swiss International Air Lines

www.swiss.com

more ... Bernhard Christen is working as Head of Marketing at Swiss International Air Lines. He joined the company end of 2013. In this position he is responsible for the global brand SWISS and leads the following sections: Brand Management, Marketing Communication, Sponsoring & Events, Partnership Marketing and Marketing Analytics. Before that he had worked for nine years for the Ricola AG in Laufen, from 2004 to 2007 as Head of Corporate Product Marketing and starting in 2007 as Head of Brand & Communications Management. Before that he had worked for six years in different positions in the marketing department of the Rivella AG. Bernhard Christen gained the licentiate in geography and economics at the University of Fribourg. During his study time he was, amongst other things, active as flight attendant at Swissair.

ADAM COHEN

ADAM COHEN

Producer, director, writer

www.adamcohenfilms.com

more ... Adam is a producer, director and writer of corporate, fundraising, medical and biographical “films with heart”. Through his work, Adam has helped to raise millions for charities, told important medical stories to doctors and patients, created filmed biographies and tributes for families and individuals, and communicated messages, with heart, for businesses.
Adam specializes in telling stories entirely through the eyes of the people they involve. Skilled at drawing out exceptionally natural and warm performances from both new and experienced contributors, his films have been making audiences laugh and cry for more than 25 years.
Awards include: New York Festivals Gold and Silver, US International Film and Video Festival Gold, IVCA (now EVCOM) Gold, Silver and Bronze.

THOMAS CURTIUS

THOMAS CURTIUS

Head of „Projects, Market Relations & Digital Communications“ at Daimler AG

www.daimler.com

more ... Thomas Curtius is leading the department “Projects, Market Relations & Digital Communications” in the global communication of commercial vehicles. He is responsible for the worldwide event design, the digital communication strategy and the international markets within the communication of commercial vehicles. One of his latest projects was the world premiere of the Freightliner Inspiration Truck on the Hoover Dam in Nevada. For this presentation of the first autonomous truck licensed for public road transport Daimler even was acknowledged an entry in the Guiness Book of Records.
The trained TV journalist and communication scientist started his career at Daimler in the product communication department of Mercedes-Benz Pkw. There he was in charge of the audiovisual communication. Since then he is working in different functions of Daimler’s corporate communication.

MAGDALENA CZAJA

MAGDALENA CZAJA

Vice president of the Advertising Ethics Commission of Poland and President of San Markos Advertising

more ... As vice president of the Advertising Ethics Commission in Poland, co-founder and president of San Markos advertising agency, member of the Association of Advertising Agencies and finalist of the –“Businesswoman of the Year 2009” competition, Magdalena Czaja is one of the most influential women in the Polish advertising industry.

DORIS DANNER

DORIS DANNER

Regional Director Europe & VP CEE at TBWA\ The Disruption® Company

www.tbwa.com

more ... Doris has extensive background and knowledge in Management, Advertising and Marketing. Before joining TBWA The Disruption® Company in 1998 she held senior regional marketing positions at Henkel and McDonald's. She had an adventurous time at TBWA\ so far with posts all over the world including Latin America (Buenos Aires and Mexico), Hungary, Romania, Russia and Germany (Hamburg) and responsibilities from Managing Director to Brand Leader of Global clients and Regional management. She is Austrian, studied economics in Vienna, takes care of her family vineyard, loves opera, classical music, jazz and football and speaks five languages.

FLEUR DAVIS

FLEUR DAVIS

Design Director at The Motion Design Company

more ... Fleur began her career at the BBC where she worked on many iconic TV programmes such as „Panorama“, „BBC News 24“ and „Breakfast News“.
She later joined the global agency MRM, becoming a key part of the design team that led digital campaigns for major international brands including Microsoft, Sky, Intel and Apple.
Now a widely respected Motion Designer and Art Director, Fleur formed TMDC with Simon Tubbs in 2010 and continues to lead the creative on many of the studio’s projects for clients such as Lloyds Bank, Rolls-Royce, SEAT and Telefonica.

JEREMY J.P. FEKETE

JEREMY J.P. FEKETE

Scriptwriter and director

www.jeremyfekete.com

more ... Jeremy JP Fekete started his career as performing artist with severel exhibitions at the „Art Basel“, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Kunsthaus Aargau and at the Kunstmuseum Basel. For over twenty years he stands out as a script writer/director of documentaries and arthouse films for ARD, ZDF and ARTE. His cinematic work is highly influenced by his artistic-academic education. One example therefor is the joint-conception ZDF-Series „Idole“ and the film portrait adaption of the actress Romy Schneider and her friend Christiane Höllger. Or the ARTE line “Schlösserwelt Europas” or “Europas legendäre Straßen”. Currently he is as a writer and director jointly responsible for the ARTE line “Tankstellen des Glücks”. He won already four awards at the “New York Festival” and received a multiplicity of nominees and awards at international Film- and TV Festivals.

PIETER FLEURY

PIETER FLEURY

Independent documentary maker

www.goldenmonkey.nl

 

MILES FURNELL

MILES FURNELL

Scriptwriter

www.milesfurnell.com

more ... With more than 20 years of experience, Miles Furnell is widely recognized as one of the leading script writers in the corporate communications industry. He has written over 300 films for some of the world’s largest organizations, picking up more than 70 international awards in the process, including 9 “Best Script” awards in the last 11 years.

CAITLYN GREENE

CAITLYN GREENE

Film director and editor based in New York City

more ... Caitlyn Greene was awarded a Primetime Emmy and an American Cinema Editors Award in 2015 for her work as co-editor of “The Jinx,” HBO’s highly acclaimed miniseries. The series, which The New York Times called “frightening, gut-wrenching, remarkable television”, also won a Peabody Award and a Television Critics Association Award.
In 2012, she was awarded a Hearst Journalism Award for her documentary “Immortal” which tells the stories of five people refusing death. She was the editor and a cinematographer for the Carnegie-Knight project “Coal: A Love Story,” which won a SXSW Interactive Award in 2012.
Other editorial credits include Kim A. Snyder's “Newtown” (Sundance 2016), Antonio Campos' “Christine” (Sundance 2016), and Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber's “Tomorrow We Disappear” (Tribeca 2014). She has also edited several short films, trailers, and commercials for brands such as New Balance, Olay, and Ford.

CONRAD HEBERLING

CONRAD HEBERLING

University Professor

more ... Conrad Heberling teaches Media Economy and TV Marketing Research at the German Film University Babelsberg “Konrad Wolf”. He has nearly 20 years of experience in management positions with TV stations in Germany (RTL2 Television, DAF Television), Austria (Austria 9 TV) as well as internationally. He holds a number of international advisory positions such as with Dori Media International, a leading producer of telenovelas, drama and game shows and has authored numerous scientific papers in regards to topics such as “Big Brother”, “Popstars”, merchandising, children´s television and many more.

WOLFGANG JO HUSCHERT

WOLFGANG JO HUSCHERT

Producer and chairman of the Federal Association of German film and audiovisual producers e.V. Wiesbaden

www.huschert.de

more ... Winner of 19 German National Corporate Film Awards and more than 150 international and national Awards. President of the International Tourism Festival "The Golden City Gate" at the ITB Berlin.

BÄRBEL JACKS

BÄRBEL JACKS

Director and Executive Producer

more ... Bärbel Jacks is an award-winning director and executive producer that made several documentary films, reports, image films and a feature drama for the German speaking market as well as the international market. For her filmic work she is in action all around the world.
From 1993 to 1996 she was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief officer in Moscow, 1997 she received the Bavarian Television Award. Starting with 1998 she worked as chief reporter and moderator on Air. Since 2001 she started dedicating herself as director more and more to long-format documentaries. At the same time she was executive producer, show producer and head of development for many TV shows in the German television. From 2009 to 2011 she worked as a director for several documentaries that give exclusive insights into the world of the UAE. In 2015 her film „Zeichnen gegen das Vergessen“ was awarded with three gold awards at the New York Festivals.
Her passion is for films which touch, which lead to change and which offer a new view or perspective.

TERUHIKO KIMURA

TERUHIKO KIMURA

CEO and Executive Producer at IMAGE SCIENCE, INC.

www.image-science.co.jp

www.eibunren.or.jp

more ... Over 25 years, Teruhiko Kimura has been creating corporate films and digital contents based in Tokyo, Japan.
Since 2011 he is Managing Director of the Japan Association of Audiovisual Producers, Inc.

JAMES LAVINO

JAMES LAVINO

Composer

www.jameslavino.com

more ... James Lavino’s music includes scores for two Oscar-nominated documentaries, films for HBO and the BBC, and the forthcoming feature “You Were Never Here”, starring Mireille Enos and Sam Shepard. His music for the opening ceremony of the National 9/11 Museum, in New York City, formed part of a presentation made by President Obama. James has composed music for the choir of Westminster Abbey, has collaborated with members of Radiohead, and has written songs for Disney. He lived in London from 2002-2010 and holds dual UK/USA citizenship. He currently works out of New York City and Philadelphia.

JISOO LEE

JISOO LEE

Composer

more ... Jisoo Lee is a Korean composer and conductor who is known for his scores for film, television show and musical. People refer to him as “the youngest film music composer and the young maestro of music for the media and film”. In his twenties, he was honored with Korean Film Award for „Old Boy“ and this score performed at the Award Ceremony of the 56th Cannes Film Festival in France. He has become one of the leading composers in Korea, living up to his reputation.

MAC QUAYLE

MAC QUAYLE

Musician

more ... GRAMMY® nominated musician Mac Quayle recently received his first EMMY nomination for FX's hit series, "American Horror Story: Freak Show.” Mac has written music for over 40 films and television shows, and has accumulated a long list of credits as a music producer, dance re-mixer and multi-instrumentalist. As a composer, Mac is currently working on Fox's horror-comedy anthology "Scream Queens", USA Network's critically acclaimed suspense-thriller "Mr. Robot” and FX’s biggest series debut ever, “The People vs. OJ Simpson".

ANTHONY MATHESON

ANTHONY MATHESON

Scriptwriter and Director

www.real-story.co.uk

more ... After beginning as a theatre director, Anthony Matheson moved into writing broadcast light entertainment, then writing and directing corporate film/video, specializing in drama. Gradually he started also devising and directing mixed-media installations for heritage interpretation, and recently he set up a company to concentrate on that sector.

ANDREAS MESCHUH

ANDREAS MESCHUH

Producer

www.art-media.at

more ... Andreas Meschuh has been working in the film business as producer, cameraman and director for 38 years.
He has received international awards in the area of advertising, corporate films, documentaries and feature films. He has developed stereoscopic acquisition techniques for cinema projections as well.
Andreas Meschuh is also member of the advisory board of CineArt, the movie production site of the county Styria, for artistic sophisticated productions.
He was member of juries in Austria, France, Poland, Croatia, Serbia and Russia.

KATERINA MIROSHNIKOVA

KATERINA MIROSHNIKOVA

Managing Director at Mercator

eng.mercator.ru

more ... Professional experience: Ten years with Mercator, in the agency sector since 2001.
Education: Lomonosov Moscow State University, School of Public Administration (qualification in strategic marketing), AIBEc MBA.
Her professional duties are: Strategic planning and corporate development; Marketing analysis and development of policy implementation strategies for key customers (Sberbank, RusHydro, Rostelecom, Russian Railways); Development of all-new B2B marketing and PR formats.

MEGAN OEPEN

MEGAN OEPEN

Creative Director and Filmmaker

www.meganoepen.com

more ... An award-winning Director and Filmmaker, Meg has spent more than 18 years working with major broadcast and sports clients, including Google, the NBA, MLB, PGA and NASCAR, as well as clients like Dove Beauty, Gatorade, Sprite, ESPN, Paris St Germain, Delta Air Lines, Home Depot, Regal Cinemas, and Yahoo! Sports. A master storyteller, Meg leverages both video and film techniques, innovative sound design and original score to fully emotionally engage with audiences across the world. Currently, Meg lives and works in Salzburg, Austria, creating and directing content for Red Bull TV and Red Bull Media House.

SEBASTIAN PFOTENHAUER

SEBASTIAN PFOTENHAUER

Head of Video bei Ringier AG

www.ringier.ch

more ... Sebastian Pfotenhauer studied as stipendiary of the Ullstein Verlag, journalism, political Science and literature at the Freien Universität Berlin. After finishing his studies at the Henri-Nannen-Journalistenschule in Hamburg he developed together with Jörg Thadeusz a Talkshow named „Thadeusz“, in 2005. It was broadcasted on the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg Network. For this TV Show he received a nomination for the „Deutsche Fernsehpreis“. Furthermore he worked as an author for Reinhold Beckmann. In 2007 he became the first WebTV-Journalist for stern.de and developed various series and magazines. In 2010 he became the team leader oft the Digital TV department at Stern. Since 2015 he works as Head of Video for Ringier Publishing in Switzerland.

BENNO PICHLER

BENNO PICHLER

CEO at ZONE Media GmbH

www.zonemedia.at

more ... Benno Pichler studied Theatre, Film and Media Studies as well as Philosophy at the University of Vienna. For many years he intensively analyzed the films and writings of Alexander Kluge. He did early experimental work on Super 8. He is a producer and founding member of ZONE (partner). There he is responsible for the production and the marketing. He is significantly involved in creating the products of ZONE and works on the installation of a network to the arts and culture institutions in Austria. Apart of that he works on the cooperation with commercial enterprises.

THOMAS RILK

THOMAS RILK

Film producer and Director

www.rilkfilm.at

more ... Lately Thomas Rilk is mainly working on nature and wildlife films for the ORF series UNIVERSUM.

CARLYE RUBIN

CARLYE RUBIN

Film Director and Co-Founder of Smoke & Apple Films

www.smokeandapple.com

more ... Carlye Rubin is a New York-based documentary filmmaker and one half of the team behind Smoke & Apple Films. Her first film was “The (Dead Mothers) Club” (HBO, May 2014) and is currently in production on a documentary feature emphasizing the varying flaws within America’s juvenile justice system (working title “No Place For Children”).

DANNY RUHLMANN

DANNY RUHLMANN

Cinematographer

www.dannyruhlmann.com

more ... After having completed studies in Cinematography at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, Danny Ruhlmann returned to his home country Australia to pursue work as a cinematographer.
In the 25 years since then, he has shot over 1,000 TV commercials throughout the world, countless short films and documentaries as well as six feature films.
He has been awarded, four “Golden Tripod Awards” from the Australian Cinematography Society as well as being inducted into the Australian Cinema Pioneers.
He is currently living in Los Angeles, having just completed part of a new Netflix series produced by the Wachowski siblings.

DÎDEM ŞAHIN

DÎDEM ŞAHIN

Director and producer

more ... Dîdem Şahin was born in Germany. After having graduated from the TV and Cinema Department of the Marmara University, Istanbul, she went on to continue her studies in England, where she completed a scenario cursus at Birkbeck University. Afterwards, she completed a Master’s Degree in Documentary Production & Direction at the Brunel University in London.
Dîdem Şahin was chosen as a documentary director for “Berlinale Talent Campus” in 2010. Her films were awarded with best Turkish Documentary by SIYAD in 2007, at the 2.Cyprus Golden Bunch International Film Festival in 2008, Best TV Documentary Film in I. International Sport Film Festival of TV Category Milano and received a finalist status at the 48th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkeys most prestigious festival.
Since 2013, Dîdem Şahin has been producing and directing TV-documentaries and -programmes as a freelance. Most of the time, her work is based on current affairs, human stories and sports. She worked in Malaysia, Gambia and of course Turkey. Her latest documentary is about Syrian Refugee's life in the camp and the city.

FRIEDER SANDEL

FRIEDER SANDEL

Project Manager for Film at Siemens AG

www.siemens.com

more ... Since the beginning of the 90ies Frieder Sandel was working as a pioneer in commercial television, copy editor, author, cinematographer and as editor at Avid, until he entered Siemens as specialist for film in 2011.

ŽELJKO SARIĆ

ŽELJKO SARIĆ

Member of the Croatian Society of Film Workers and secretary of the Croatian Association of Cinematographers

www.zeljko-saric.hr

more ... Željko Sarić was born in Croatia, Zagreb. He has graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts at the University of Zagreb. As a cinematographer, he worked on documentaries and short films with renowned Croatian directors of every age. He has furthermore worked as an associate cameraman for the Croatian RadioTelevision (Croatian public broadcasting company) where he recorded more than 200 titles of television broadcast for all programs (television shows, documentaries and motion pictures). He also filmed a music video with David Bowie for the Chinese market. He has since directed numerous short feature films, documentaries, TV series and experimental films. He has besides participated in different film festivals as for example: Sao Paulo, Tampere, Regensburg, San Francisco, Tanger, Cottbus… With his unique style of Cinematography, he also makes exhibitions in the field of Fine Arts.

PETER SCHELS

PETER SCHELS

Founder and CEO of al Dente Entertainment GmbH

www.aldente-entertainment.com

more ... He distinguishes himself with his broad experience in film and TV, such as for RTL, Sat.1, ARD, ZDF and BR. He has worked for more than 25 years as developer, producer and director.
His director work and concepts for al Dente Entertainment have been awarded numerous times, for example with the “Deutscher Wirtschaftsfilmpreis” (the German Corporate Film Award) and the Webvideoaward.
Moreover he is a popular speaker and seminar facilitator for the topic of corporate films, for instance at the Bayerische Akademie für Fernsehen, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität und the Hochschule Fresenius.

SIMON SCHENNACH

SIMON SCHENNACH

Film Director, Editor and Author

www.dmgfilm.com

www.planb.eu

more ... Simon is freelance director, editor and author for Film, TV and Corporate TV projects. After having finished his studies in Austria and the USA, he carried out several national and international projects including documentaries, reports and journal articles for ORF broadcast, ServusTV or Red Bull Media House. Furthermore he developed Corporate films for various international companies. He affiliates a long-term working cooperation with DMG Film Wien. He has received numerous prizes for his films: a report named „Die letzten Fahrenden“ developed for the TV magazine „Am Schauplatz“ (ORF) won the P.Leopold-Ungar – Recognition price. The documentary „Das Schicksal fragt nicht“ received a prize at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards.

JOHANNES SCHIEHSL

JOHANNES SCHIEHSL

Founder of Neuer Österreichischer Trickfilm

www.neuer-trickfilm.at

more ... Johannes Schiehsl began to produce animated movies with lego bricks and colored paper at the age of six. During his school time at the Federal Training and Research Institute of Graphic Arts in Vienna he developed together with Conrad Tambour an award winning computer game, unique in the history of the graphic design department, with a 3D animated short movie, which got awarded as well.
Afterwards he started his studies in traditional animation techniques in the Czech Republic. One year later he got admitted into the prestigious film academy Baden-Württemberg.
Several animated movies originated there, which not only participated on many festivals and got awarded, but also were aired on different TV channels. His graduation movie “366 Tage” was shown at more than 60 international festivals and received several awards. Amongst others the film got nominated for the Austrian Film Award.
In 2010 Johannes Schiehsl founded the group “Neuer Österreichischer Trickfilm”, together with his study colleagues Benjamin Swiczinsky and Conrad Tambour. Since then he worked amongst others as the director of the series “Hexe Lilli” for Dor-Film Vienna.
Johannes Schiehsl was also awarded with the culture award of the province of Lower Austria.

MATTHIAS PETER SCHWEGER

MATTHIAS PETER SCHWEGER

Director, Scriptwriter and Producer

more ... Matthias Schweger is an international awarded director, scriptwriter and producer of TV-Shows, commercial spots and music videos. He had been advisor of the Management Board of MTV Networks Europe, Red Bull and the RTL Group. Furthermore he had been involved in the contruction process of VIVA and MTV Central. He is co-founder and manager of the international successful pop-acts „Edelweiss“ and „Bingo Boys“. „Bingo Boys“ accomplished to become number one oft he Billboard Dance Charts, number 23 of the Billbord Hot 100. Number 1 of the Austrian Top 40 and number 6 of the German Top 40.

GABOR SZABO

GABOR SZABO

Director of photography, co-founder and committee member of HSC

more ... Gabor Szabo has graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Theatre and Film Art in 1975. He has been a student of George Illes who taught highly acclaimed cinematographers such as Vilmos Zsigmond (American Society of Cinematographers, ASC) and Laszlo Kovacs (ASC). Gabor Szabo is currently teaching as a professor of cinematography and working on European projects, mostly feature films. He is co-founder of the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers (HSC) and serves in its committee. As director of photography, Gabor Szabo has produced more than thirty feature films, numerous documentaries, live-music concerts as well as a large number of commercials.
He has furthermore photographed “The Revolt of Job” which was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Film in 1984. He was the director of photography of Vilmos Zsigmond’s directorial debut “The Long Shadow” starring Liv Ullmann and Michael York. He shot “Tirza”, the Dutch candidate for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award in 2011. The films that Gabor Szabo has worked on as a cinematographer have won over fifty awards at international film festivals.

SIMON TUBBS

SIMON TUBBS

Creative Director and Founder of The Motion Design Company

www.tmdc.uk.com

more ... Simon Tubbs is one of the UK’s leading animators with 14 years of experience of working in the top flight of broadcasting and corporate communications. Awarded with numerous international awards for graphics and animation, he heads up his own independent studio The Motion Design Company.

NINA TUOMINEN

NINA TUOMINEN

Acquisition Executive, YLE

more ... (YLE – Finnish Broadcasting Company) in charge of history, science and wildlife acquisition. Nina has been working in different departments at YLE before joining the International Acquisitions Department in 2002. She acquires approximately 350 hours factual programming per year, both series and singles.

STEPHAN USTERI

STEPHAN USTERI

Film Director

www.usteri.com

more ... His life is driven by new challanges. After finishing an apprenticeship as a ceramist he went out in the wide world for 7 years. Gemstone exploration in Madagascar, Snowboard Coach for the Sri-Lankan Team at the first indian Wintergames…and returning with a gold medal in his pocket, tutor for orphans…you name it!
After returning from his World Trip he discovered the Film Business. Within 10 years he enhanced his movie making skills by running through many different positions until his skills as a director had been highly improved. He has a sense for details, which is a fix part in his life. This talent he can express by decorating his apartments as well as organising his legendary feasts, which are taking place on his hugh table.
With loving attention to details and the stories he also directs his films, which often have a strong visual lineament. Creating movies is his life and he doesn`t have so much time for something else to do, except disappearing for a few month. Then he is probably somewhere surfing on a tropical island.

JAN-WILLEM WIRTZ

JAN-WILLEM WIRTZ

Creative Producer and Founder of Wirtz

www.wirtzfilm.nl

more ... Jan-Willem Wirtz graduated as Master of Arts at European Media Master of Art in Video & Television at University of Plymouth, England. After his studies Jan-Willem worked for different companies, concentrating on concept-development and production of film & multimedia projects.
With his own company “Wirtz” he produces a wide range of media-productions for very different organizations, including the government as well as multinationals. He cooperates with young and creative people, professionals in different specializations like art-direction, concept and scenario, sound design, interactive design and project-management which form the backbone of the company.

MAX ZILKER

MAX ZILKER

Film editor, member of the BFS (German Federation of Cutters & Editors)

www.maxzilker.de

more ... Max Zilker is an award-winning editor for commercials, fictional movies and corporate films. After having graduated from university with highest distinction, he has entered the world of commercials and corporate films. His commercial “Schwitzender Klaus“, for which he has been in charge not only of the montage but also of the visuals effects, he has been awarded the “Porsche Award”, two times gold and one time silver. In the masterclasses given by Patrick Tucker in London as well as in the classes of Mark Travis, he has reinforced his interest in the direction of films. At present, he is developing his own materials and preparing for his future father’s role.

ZBIGNIEW ŻMUDZKI

ZBIGNIEW ŻMUDZKI

Film producer and Founder of the Se-ma-for Production Company

www.se-ma-for.com

more ... Zbigniew Żmudzki graduated in Economics and Film and Television Production Management in Lodz, Poland. He is an Oscar-winner with “Peter and the Wolf”.