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Nadja Schildknecht - Managing Director, Co-Director
Karl Spoerri - Artistic Director, Co-Director
Karl Spoerri - Artistic Director
Viviana Vezzani - Senior Programmer, Executive
Iria Gutscher - Senior Programmer
Georg Bütler - Senior Programmer
Stefanie Rusterholz - Programmer
Vesna Eckert - Programmer (ZFF for Kids)
Anne Delseth - Programme Delegate Europe
Christoph Gröner - Programme Delegate German speaking area
Arnaud Gourmelen - Programme Delegate Int. Documentary
Wendy Mitchell - Programme Delegate United Kingdom
Stefanie Rusterholz - Head of Film Coordination
Christine Albrecht - Film Coordination
Sponsoring / Event
Elke Mayer - Head of Sponsoring
Ariane Schönbächler - Head of Event
Michelle Fisera - Deputy Head of Event
Simon Grüter - Event
Yvonne Augustin - Sponsoring / Event
Julie Keller - Sponsoring / Event
Press & Communication
Beat Glur - Press Spokesman, Press & Communication
Claudia Wintsch - Press & Communication
Andrea Vogel - Press & Communication
Georg Bütler - Head of Editorial Departement
Marey Weingart - Editorial Departement
Alessio Rattazzi - Head of Graphics
Nadja Schildknecht - Head of Marketing
Ornela Tomas - Marketing
Melanie Zorko - Ticketing
Reta Guetg - Industry Events
Chantal Casanova - Event / Online
Chantal Casanova - Production
Viviana Vezzani - Head of Guest Management
Anja Fröhner - Guest Management
Seraina Zollikofer - Guest Management
Simon Grüter - Head of Coordination Volunteers
Nadja Schildknecht - Head of Finances
Chantal Casanova - Head of Human Resources
Nadja Schildknecht founded the Zurich Film Festival together with Karl Spoerri and Antoine Monot Jr. in 2005, a festival that soon grew into a successful international forum for new film. Nadja Schildknecht’s position as managing director and her financial management, marketing, sponsoring, PR and event organisation responsibilities contribute significantly to the festival’s ever-increasing success.
Schildknecht is a board member of the ZFF Donors Association, president of the ZFF Supporters Association and a member of the advisory board for Generation CEO. She also lectures regularly at various business colleges on the topics of business development and management, marketing strategies, brand development and sponsoring.
Karl Spoerri began studies at Zurich’s University of the Arts in 1993. While there, he took up a long-term acting engagement with the Schauspielhaus in Zurich, and performed leading roles in films such as „Tschäss“ and TV productions such as „Tatort”. In 1998 he founded „Creative Artists Management AG” in Munich and Cologne, an artist and marketing agency that he managed until 2004. During the summer of 2004, Karl Spoerri and Tim Geser brought the English digital film festival “onedotzero” to Zurich. This small-scale event led to the development of the Zurich Film Festival and brought together its core team. The following seven years saw Spoerri and his colleagues develop a comprehensive network of agents and managers in Europe and the USA, offering him and his team a unique overview of prevailing trends and the latest talent. These activities led Spoerri to develop his career as a film producer.
Spoerri was the managing director of Millbrook Pictures AG from 2008 until 2011. Millbrook financed and coproduced, amongst other things, Oliver Stone’s „W“ and David Cronenberg’s „A Dangerous Method“ with Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen, which subsequently sold to over 80 countries. In March 2010, Spoerri closed a first look deal with Marc Forster and his production company, a collaboration that led Millbrook to finance the development of further projects.
In 2010 Karl Spoerri became the Chairman of the Zurich Summit (Film Finance Forum Zurich) – an international forum focussing on film financing and production, which takes place annually in Los Angeles, New York, Cannes, Moscow, Singapore and Zurich.