International Feature Film


Frank Darabont (Jury president), director, Screenwriter and producer (USA)

Frank Darabont is known not least for his 7-time Oscar nominated prison drama THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, based on a short story by Stephen King. His fruitful collaboration with Stephen King culminated in two further film successes: THE GREEN MILE and THE MIST. His skills as an author contributed significantly to the success of the TV series THE WALKING DEAD. His latest work, the TV series L.A. NOIR, will be broadcast in 2013.  

Deborah Aquila, Casting Agent (USA)

Deborah Aquila’s independent casting director career began with Steven Soderbergh's SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE. In 1993 she was named Senior Vice-President of Features Casting for Paramount Pictures. Her most recent film credits include Atom Egoyan’s DEVIL’S KNOT and Simon Curtis’ MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (2011) and the TV series L.A. NOIR by Frank Darabont, with whom she had already collaborated in 1993 for THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.

Daniél Espinosa, director (Schweden)

Swedish director Daniél Espinosa graduated with a degree in film directing from the National Film School of Denmark in Copenhagen. He won several awards with his graduation film short BOKSEREN (The Fighter). He has since worked as a freelance director. His third feature film SNABBA CASH was screened to high acclaim in 2010. Espinosa most recently directed the US action thriller SAFE HOUSE (2012) with Denzel Washington.

Carlos Leal, actor (Switzerland)

Carlos Leal, the son of Spanish immigrants, co-founded and sang in the successful Swiss hip hop band „Sens Unik“, before turning to acting. He played his first lead in Samir’s SNOW WHITE (2005). He has since appeared in several national and international TV and cinema productions, including CASINO ROYAL (2006) by Martin Campbell and SENNENTUNTSHI (2010) by Michael Steiner.

Pietro Scalia, Editor (Italy / Switzerland)

Italian-born Editor Pietro Scalia was raised and educated in Aarau, Switzerland before moving to the United States. Scalia began his career as an assistant editor for Oliver Stone on WALL STREET. In 1992, Scalia won his first Academy Award for Best Editing on Stone's JFK. Scalia received more Academy Award nominations for GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997) and GLADIATOR (2000), before winning his second Academy Award for his work on BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001). 

Michael Shamberg, producer (USA)

In the 70s, Michael Shamberg was co-founder of the innovative video collective TVTV, which years before YouTube was responsible for the production of independent videos, and influenced the development of new technologies. He has produced over 40 films in his career, including PULP FICTION (1994), ERIN BROCKOVICH (2000) and GARDEN STATE (2004). Shamberg is a partner in the Double Feature Films production company.