Gregory Catella was born in Switzerland in 1971 and gained a humanities degree from Bologna University. During his student years he began a career in film criticism and journalism with newspapers and magazines, as well as in film club organization and the teaching of film subjects.
Elena Clavadetscher, 26 years old, completed her training as a graphic designer in 2017 at the GBS St. Gallen graphics class. She then worked for ‘Davos Klosters Mountains’ and the communications agency ‘Grosse Liebe’ in Hamburg. In 2021, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Cast/Audiovisual Media at ZHdK with the Instagram series ‘Vergiss.mich.nie’. Yvonne Haberstroh, 30 years old, completed her training as a graphic designer in 2014 at the Lucerne graphics class. She then worked for nuevo in Lucerne before moving to Integral Ruedi Baur Zurich. In 2021, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Cast/Audiovisual Media at ZHdK with the Instagram series ‘Vergiss.mich.nie’.
Anita Hugi, filmmaker and festival director, was responsible for the program and production of SRF’s ‘Sternstunde Kunst’ for 15 years, then program director of the Festival International du Film sur l’Art in Montreal (Canada) and director of the retrospective of Swiss film. She has also been working for many years as a juror and consultant for film projects, industry organizations and festivals in Switzerland and abroad. Her work as a director (Dada-Data, Undine, Die rote Hanna) has been awarded international prizes, including the Grimme Online Award, NUMIX, Literavision. In her documentary ‘Heidi’s Nightmare’ (2022), she gives an insight into the artistic development of the legendary Japanese animated film series by Isao Takahata, Hayao Miyazaki and Yoichi Kotabe, which has meant Switzerland to the world for 50 years: Heidi. ‘Heidi’s Nightmare’ will be shown on ARTE in 2023. (Photo: Anne Morgenstern)
Marco Hülser was born in Hamburg in 1992. After a voluntary service in Tamil Nadu (India), he studied Motion Pictures at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. Since 2017 he has been studying documentary film directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. During his studies he produced the comedy series ‘All in’, the short film ‘Zusammen allein’ and the documentary ‘Masala Chai’.
Adrian Illien, born in 1982, studied International Relations at the University of St. Gallen. After 2008, having absolved an internship, he worked as a producer at teamWorx Television & Film GmbH (UFA Fiction) in Munich. In 2011, he moved to the permanent team of authors of sitcom of Bavaria Fernsehproduktion. From 2013, he has been responsible for television films (e.g. ‘Tatort’) and TV series, including the crime series ‘Der Bestatter’; on season 7, he was the head writer. In April 2019, Adrian Illien became self-employed as an author and has since been writing for several projects in Switzerland and Germany.
Matus Krajnak is a Slovakia-born and London-based film and television director, writer and performer who studied at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). He also studied at Columbia University School of Arts in New York. His creative interest is queer themes and multicultural stories in the genres of comedy and comedy-drama. He is currently developing his writing drama ‘Other White’ while elevating his award-winning queer comedy web series ‘Sexfluencing’ to a TV series. His ‘Sex Commercial’ video (2014) was nominated for the Young Director Award in Cannes. His screenplay ‘Gun Fun’ (2019) for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab entered the second round and was placed among the top 15% of Academy Nicholl Competition entrants. (Foto: Zuzana Novak)
André Küttel, born in 1969, was originally an art director and owner of an advertising agency before he began writing as a screenwriter for cinema and television in 1999. In addition to his work on films and series, he also developed over a dozen stage programs with well-known Swiss comedians such as Anet Corti, Michael Elsener and Massimo Rocchi and wrote radio play series for Radio SRF1. André Küttel lives and works in Zurich.
Lukas Lankisch,born in Frankfurt am Main in 1993, successfully completed his degree in media design at Mainz University of Applied Sciences in 2016 and has been continuing his journey at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg ever since. In addition to his studies, he gained experience in his voluntary work at Virusmusik Radio e.V. and NewcomerTV in the field of editing. As well as professionally in production (Peak Production GmbH) and television films (Akzente Film: ‘Zwei’, Polyphon: ‘Familie Dr. Kleist’, Letterbox: ‘Der Tatortreiniger’, UFA Fiction: ‘Das Pubertier’) and feature film productions (Constantin Film: ‘Fack Ju Göthe 2’, Sommerhaus Film: ‘What does not kill us’).
Dani Levy, born in Basel in 1957, began his career at the children’s and youth theatre Rote Grütze. After his successful feature film debut ‘Du mich auch’ he shot feature films in Germany and the USA. For his comedies ‘Alles auf Zucker!’, ‘Mein Führer’ and ‘Das Leben ist zu lang’ he won numerous awards, including the Ernst Lubitsch Prize and several German film awards. Together with Stefan Arndt, Tom Tykwer and Wolfgang Becker he founded the production company X Filme Creative Pool in 1994. Levy lives with his family in Berlin and sees his Jewish roots as an important part of his life and work.
Julius Lotter born 1999, has been studying media technology at Deggendorf Technical University since 2018. In the years 2021 and 2022, he led summer courses for young people at the Volkshochschule Kempten as a lecturer in photography. Since 2021 he has been working as a freelance photographer. In the mini-documentary series ‚All The Fuzzy People’ he participated as Director of Photography.
Ann Mayer is an actress and journalist from Basel. Since 2019 she has been working as a film editor at SRF Kultur and moderates various literary formats such as the program ‘Ein Gast, ein Buch’ on Radio Kanal K, the annual Literature Openair Basel, and the Swiss Youth Film Festival. Between 2017 and 2021 she also worked as a series and film editor at SRF Virus and hosted, among other things, the series and film podcast ‘Skip or Watch’. As an actress she can be seen regularly in Swiss short-film TV and cinema productions (among others by Michael Steiner, Greg Zglinski, Alex Kählin). She is currently playing at Theater Basel in the play ‘Dämonen’ and at Theater Winkelwiese in the play ‘Wer ist Walter’ by Ariane Koch. In summer 2023 she will be seen in ‘Liliom’ at the See-Burgtheater in Kreuzlingen. (Photo: Julien Mayer)
Sandra Moser studied acting at the Schauspielakademie Zurich. As an actress on stage and in front of the camera e.g. at the Theater- und Medienfalle Basel, Karl's Kühne Gassenschau, at the Schauspielhaus Hannover, in more than 30 episodes of the SRF series 'Fascht e Familie', in 'Wilder' or in 'Tatort' and many more. Her voice is known from the radio play series 'Philip Maloney'. Behind the camera she works as 1st AD, acting coach, director and author. She is a mother of two adult children, also has a degree in Chinese Medicine and Complementary Therapy Method Shiatsu and works in her own practice. 2017/18 scholarship holder Drehbuchwerkstatt München | 2019/20 first own short film | 2020 to 2023 master studies ZHdK, department film/ practical field screenwriting | 2023 winner of the SSA Autor:innen scholarship (Foto: Britta Gut)
Liliane Ott, born 1983 in Zurich, moved to Auckland, New Zealand, in 1999 with the aim of studying at an English-speaking film school. In January 2001, Liliane Ott began her studies at the UNITEC School of Performing and Screen Arts in Directing & Writing for Film and Theatre. After returning to Switzerland in 2004, she worked as an assistant in film and theater. In 2009, while working for Das Kollektiv für audiovisuelle Werke GmbH, she produced the feature film ‘Soundless Wind Chime’, which was shown in the Forum program at the Berlinale in 2009. In February 2012, she took part in the Berlinale Talent Campus, and in 2013, she produced her short film ‘In kleinen Dosen’. She directed ‘Du/mmes Huhn’, a monologue by Stephan Teuwissen which was performed in Zurich and Schaffhausen. After years of working with Judith Lichtneckert, Liliane Ott joined Emilia Productions as a partner and producer at the beginning of 2019. Together they produced the collective documentary ‘Les Nouvelles Èves’ with directors Camille Budin, Annie Gisler, Jela Hasler, Thaïs Odermatt, Anna Thommen and Wendy Pillonel, which was shown at the Zurich Film Festival in 2021 and subsequently in cinemas throughout Switzerland.
Daniel Popat, born in Munich in 1990, played in 2011 and 2012 in the main ensemble of the ARD telenovela ‘Rote Rosen’. From 2012 to 2015 he studied acting at the Austrian conservatory Anton Bruckner and at the London East 15 Acting School. Since 2016 he has been employed in the editorial department for the German Bollywood TV station Zee.One, followed by a traineeship in the field of cabaret at Bayrischer Rundfunk. Since 2017, Popat has been studying scenic film directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. His short film ‘Hostel’ was awarded the Golden Lola at the German Short Film Award 2018. In 2019/2020 he produced the much-praised miniseries ‘All in’ as part of his studies.
Janina Prem has been studying media technology with a focus on media design at Deggendorf Technical University since 2018. For her bachelor thesis she produced the mini-documentary series ‚All The Fuzzy People’ in 2022. During a stay in Canada, she took courses in graphic design at Vancouver Island University. As part of her education, she also worked in university marketing and the production of promotional films.
Niki Reiser is one of the most renowned film composers in the German-speaking world. For his films he has been awarded 5 German film awards, 2 Bavarian film awards and three times the Film Prize of the Fondation Suisa at the Locarno Film Festival. In 2020, he was also awarded the Culture Prize of the City of Basel. For his friend, the director Dani Levy, he has scored all the films, as well as for Caroline Link, whose film ‘Beyond the Silence’ was nominated for an Oscar, and ‘Nowhere in Africa’ won the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film. At the Zurich University of the Arts, Niki Reiser teaches music composition to students in the field of film/theatre.
Nathalie Unternährer studied history, folklore and Islamic studies at the Universities of Basel and Rouen. She completed a postgraduate course MAS Business Management of Nonprofit Organizations. She worked as an exhibition curator at various museums, such as the Stapferhaus Lenzburg or the Landesmuseum Zurich. Since 2014, she has headed the Culture Department of the Christoph Merian Foundation and is a member of the Executive Board. She lives with her family in Basel and is a passionate cyclist.
Uri Urech: Photography, directing, video installations. Since 1999 collaboration with Regula Hurter as collective Hurter-Urech.