Jury International Feature Film


MARC FORSTER (Jury President)

Born in 1969, this German-Swiss director, screenwriter and producer is one of Hollywood’s most versatile filmmakers. His breakthrough came in 2001 with MONSTER’S BALL. This was followed by several successful films, including A QUANTUM OF SOLACE and the 7-times Oscar-nominated FINDING NEVERLAND. His latest production WORLD WAR Z grossed more than 500 million dollars worldwide.



Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, director and screenwriter Andrew Dominik graduated from Melbourne’s Swinburne Film School. He gave his multi-award winning directorial debut in 2000 with CHOPPER. Seven years later, he directed his two-times Oscar-nominated western THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES (BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD) with Brad Pitt in the lead role. Dominik and Pitt renewed their collaboration in 2012 with the film KILLING THEM SOFTLY, which was invited to compete at Cannes.



Thomas Imbach was born 1962 in Luzern. He studied history and philosophy in Basel before turning his hand to filmmaking. Imbach founded his own production company, Bachim Film, in 1987. He is renowned for his unconventional films, a unique blend of feature and documentary. Imbach founded Okofilm Productions together with Andrea Staka in 2007. His latest feature film MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS celebrated its premiere in Locarno and Toronto in 2013.



Born in New York in 1960, Melissa Leo studied acting at the State University of New York and the Mount View Theatre School in London. She has since appeared in over 80 film and TV productions. She has received countess awards, including a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, for her roles in such films as 21 GRAMS (2003), FROZEN RIVER (2008) and THE FIGHTER (2010). She can be seen at the ZFF playing opposite Hugh Jackman in PRISONERS.



At just 30-years-old, producer Guneet Monga has already stirred up the Indian film landscape. As CEO of Anurag Kashyap Films and co-founder of Sikhya Entertainment, she is responsible for numerous internationally successful Indian indie productions, including the Oscar-nominated short KAVI and the thriller GANGS OF WASSEYPUR (1&2). Premiered in Cannes, her latest production DABBA (The Lunchbox) will be screened in the ZFF’s ‘Gala Premieres’ section.



Born in New York in 1963, producer Stacey Sher graduated with a master’s from the University of Southern California in 1985. Together with Michael Shamberg, she currently runs the Los Angeles-based production company Double Feature Films, which is responsible for such successful productions as OUT OF SIGHT (1998), ERIN BROCKOVICH (2000), CONTAGION (2011) and DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012). This committed filmmaker has garnered numerous awards.