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International Documentary Film Competition


Simon Chinn (Jury President)

Producer Simon Chinn is responsible for some of the most successful documentaries of recent years. His film MAN ON WIRE (2008) garnered an Academy Award. His films THE IMPOSTER (2012) and THE GREEN PRINCE (2014) were selected by Sundance, and screened in-competition at ZFF. His Academy Award-winning film SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN (2012) went on to become a worldwide box office hit. He launched Lightbox in 2014. His latest, UNTOUCHABLE (2019), screens within ZFF’s “Hashtag” section.

Christian Frei

Swiss director and producer Christian Frei is considered one of today’s most compelling documentary filmmakers. He was nominated for an Academy Award with WAR PHOTOGRAPHER (2001) and won the World Cinema Directing Award at Sundance with SPACE TOURISTS (2009). His latest film GENESIS 2.0 (2018) screened at more than 70 festivals and scooped 12 awards, including an award for best cinematography at Sundance. Frei is the president of the Swiss Film Academy and lecturer at the University of St. Gallen.

Maryam Goormaghtigh

Maryam Goormaghtigh is a Geneva-born screenwriter and director. In addition to shooting short films, she is also responsible for the award-winning Arte web doc CODE BARRE (2012). Her feature-length debut AVANT LA FIN DE L’ÉTÉ (2017) premiered at Cannes, where it opened the fest’s ACID section. Selected for more than 30 international film festivals, the film has won numerous awards, including ZFF’s Emerging Swiss Talent Award. Goormaghtigh also lectures at the HEAD University of Art and Design in Geneva.

Anja Kofmel

Anja Kofmel is a Swiss illustrator and director of animadoc films who trained at the HSLU in Luzern and ENSAD in Paris. Her multi award-winning short animation CHRIGI (2009) was a worldwide festival hit. Her feature debut, the animadoc CHRIS THE SWISS (2018), was selected for Cannes (Semaine de la Critique) and won numerous international awards, including the Zurich Film Award. Kofmel is also a guest lecturer at the Film Academy Baden Württemberg and Lucerne’s HSLU.

Stephen Nemeth

Founder and head of independent production company Rhino Films, producer Stephen Nemeth's numerous film credits include FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (1996), THE SESSIONS (2012) and C.O.G. (2013) as well as documentaries DOGTOWN AND Z BOYS (2001), WAR DANCE (2007) and CLIMATE REFUGEES (2010). He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and on the board of various non-profit organizations including Friends of the Earth and the Inter- national Documentary Association.