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Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria Competition

 

Thomas Kufus (Jury President)

As CEO and producer of Berlin-based zero one film, Thomas Kufus – together with his partner Volker Heise – produced more than 100 documentaries, feature films and series, the most recent being DIE NEUE ZEIT (TV-series, 2019) and 24H EUROPE – THE NEXT GENERATION (2019). His further list of credits includes such award-winning films as Corinna Belz’s GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING (2011) and Markus Imhoof’s
MORE THAN HONEY (2012). Kufus is a member of the European and German Film Academies.

Natascha Beller

Screenwriter and director Natascha Beller graduated with a degree in filmmaking from Zurich’s ZHdK. She is a winner of the ADC Young Creatives Award, co-author of the worldwide viral video hit “Switzerland Second”, and penned the SRF films VATERJAGD (2014) and ZWIESPALT (2017). Beller has been the author and director of the SRF late-night show “Deville” since 2016. Her feature debut
 DIE FRUCHTBAREN JAHRE SIND VORBEI (2019) screened as part of Locarno Festival’s “Piazza Grande” programme.

Benjamin Herrmann

Following stints at ProSieben and Senator, German Academy Award-nominated producer and distributor Benjamin Herrmann set up his own Berlin-based company, Majestic, in 2006. His credits include Doris Dörrie’s KIRSCHBLÜTEN - HANAMI (2008), Philipp Stölzl’s NORDWAND (2008), Sherry Hormann’s DESERT FLOWER (2009), David Wnendt’s FEUCHTGEBIETE (2013), Christian Zübert’s HIN UND WEG (2014) as well as Florian Gallenberger’s COLONIA (2015). Benjamin Herrmann is chairman of the German Film Academy.

Marie Kreutzer

Marie Kreutzer is a freelance screenwriter and director from Austria. Her debut feature DIE VATERLOSEN (2011) screened as part of Berlinale’s Panorama section. GRUBER GEHT (2015) and WAS HAT UNS BLOSS SO RUINIERT (2016) became box office hits and screened at numerous festivals, including in competition at ZFF. Her most recent offering DER BODEN UNTER DEN FÜSSEN (2019) premiered in competition at Berlinale. Kreutzer is a member of the governing body of the Austrian Film Institute.

Aline Schmid

Swiss producer Aline Schmid is founder of the Geneva-based production company Beauvoir Films. Her credits include SONITA (2015) which won the Audience Award at both Sundance and IDFA, as well as CLOSING TIME (2018), which scooped a Silver Leopard at Locarno. Her documentary WALDEN (2018) won ZFF’s Emerging Swiss Talent Award and the Special Jury Prize at Karlovy Vary. Schmid participated in Producers on the Move at Cannes. Currently she is working on Ramon & Silvan Zürcher’s second feature THE GIRL AND THE SPIDER.