Part 1: Matchmaking

The first order of business is matching Swiss film producers and directors with experts in the field. Over 15 experienced filmmakers, consultants, advisors and financiers will sit at our matchmaking tables (story development, on-set practices, marketing and financing), give advice and answer questions. The matchmaking rounds will be in German. Upon registration.

Expert Table 1 & 2: Story development

  • Gerrit Hermanns – Drehbuchautor (DAS FLIEGENDE KLASSENZIMMER)
  • Dr. Rüdiger Hilmer – Dramaturg und Lektor
  • Johannes Honsell – Executive Producer und Regisseur (CHECKER TOBI)
  • Micha Lewinsky – Drehbuchautor, Regisseur und Kinderbuchautor
  • This Lüscher – Drehbuchautor, Regisseur und Produzent
  • Stefanie Plattner – Regisseurin und Produzentin (DIE (UN)LANGWEILIGSTE SCHULE DER WELT)

Expert Table 3: On-set practices

  • Ekrem Ergün – Head of Development und Regisseur (DIE (UN)LANGWEILIGSTE SCHULE DER WELT)
  • Ralph Etter – Drehbuchautor, Regisseur und Filmkids Coach
  • Christof Oswald – Schauspielcoach für Kinder und Jugendliche (MEIN NAME IST EUGEN)
  • Alexandra Lovisi – Inhaberin und Tiertrainerin, Filmtierfarm

Expert Table 4: Marketing

  • Ditti Bürgin-Brook – Produzent und Dozent (SCHELLEN URSLI)
  • Suzanne Hégelé – Film Rights Manager, Diogenes
  • Barbie Heusinger – Freelance Film Development, Film Marketing und International Sales & Acquisitions Consultant

Expert Table 5: Financing

  • Julia Krättli – Geschäftsführerin, Zürcher Filmstiftung
  • Tamara Mattle – Leiterin Pacte Kinospielfilm, SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

In collaboration with the Zürcher Filmstiftung, the Zurich Film Festival is sending a signal pro children and family films. Together we set out to elevate the status of children films in the Swiss industry and launch the How to Kinderfilm format - an afternoon fully dedicated to the development, production and distribution of children and family films. The inaugural edition will take place on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 during the 19th Zurich Film Festival.

Part 2 – Panel discussion

Following, four experts from the matchmaking – Ralph Etter (Screenwriter, Director and Filmkids Coach), Gerrit Hermanns (Screenwriter DAS FLIEGENDE KLASSENZIMMER), Dr. Rüdiger Hilmer (Dramatic Advisor, and Editor) and Stefanie Plattner (Director and Producer DIE (UN)LANGWEILIGSTE SCHULE DER WELT) will answer the question "What do children want to see?"

The panel discussion is accessible with your Industry Badge.

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