Directors


 

Directors


 

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Adam Bonke 49

RASCAL FILMS

Adam grew up in Copenhagen, and went to school just outside Copenhagen. He’s as self-taught filmmaker, and after finishing school lived in London and Paris for a couple of years working at 2 different post-production houses with one specializing in commercials and another in feature films. Upon returning to Denmark he was discovered by the producers of Nobody CPH they saw interesting talent and possibilities in him. They enrolled him in their “un-official TVC film school” where he was exposed to all aspects and functions of filmmaking giving him an unusually deep insight into the challenges of commercial filmmaking. He won the YDA in Cannes 2010 with his just third commercial “Interruption” for Doctors Without Borders. Adam is exclusively represented by JO!International in Germany. His latest interactive campaign for Movia has clocked 2.5 million views in three weeks. “Interruption” for Doctors Without Borders was shown in 14 countries. He has been in Shots 3 times in his short career with “interruption”, “Gravity” and “Movia”. He won- 1 Prize for “Interruption” Doctors Without Borders at the YDA Cannes 2010, the True Award (National Danish Awards) and couple of nominations for “Interruption” in Cannes, Eurobest and local awards. “Gravity” has been shortlisted for the Porsche awards 2011


 

Alexander A. Paul 11

HOMEPAGE

Der gebuertige Koelner, 42, ist Mitbegruender und Inhaber der Werbefilmproduktion Radical Images*, die seit 1991 erfolgreich am Markt besteht. Alexander hat in London, Paris und Cape Town studiert. Er arbeitet anschliessend als Texter/ Copywriter und Producer. Nach ueber 250 produzierten Filmen, ist er zur Regie ueber die Anfrage eines Kunden gekommen. Alexanders Filme zeigen ein besonderes Talent fuer die Inszenierung von Autos. Viele seiner Arbeiten gerade in diesem Bereich sind preisgekroent. Heute widmet sich Alexander der Regie auch spartenuebergreifend: People und Lifestyle gehoeren zum Repertoire. Seine weltweiten Dreherfahrungen lassen ihn in jeder Situation sehr flexibel agieren


 

Ali Ali 42

Twin Film

Ali Ali is an acclaimed director from Egypt, and former Executive Creative Director and Founder of Elephant. In a remarkably short period, he became the region’s most sought-after director, having received numerous international awards for his work. In addition to a Clio and a D&AD pencil, Ali received the TV Grand Prix for five consecutive years at the Dubai Lynx – the region’s most important awards show. To boot, Ali also has four Cannes Lions under his belt, including a Silver Lion for Panda Cheese in 2010. With over ninety million views, “Never Say No to Panda” was named one of the most watched tv spots of all time by the Guardian UK. Most recently, he was awarded a Gold Lion in 2014, as well as a shortlist for Best Direction in Film Craft, for his Two-for-One Du Tuesdays campaign.
Ali initially earned a degree in computer science from the American University in Cairo. Preferring storyboards to motherboards, he quickly abandoned a programming career and left to study Art Direction and Graphic Design in Miami. His first job in advertising was in 2003, as an Art Director with D’Arcy Bucharest (an agency that has long since disappeared) and shortly after with Leages-Delaney in Hamburg. Over the next few years, Ali built an impressive career as creative director for some of the world’s top agencies – Leo Burnett, JWT, McCann Ericson – topping it off as ECD of DDB Berlin.
In 2010, Ali Ali founded the boutique agency Elephant with his creative partner Maged Nasser. This two-man shop quickly became the region’s most awarded agency, and according to the Cannes Lions Festival, one of three most exciting new agencies in the world as of 2011. Its clients included the likes of Coca Cola, Vodafone, Orange, and Google as well as many local brands that Elephant helped pluck from obscurity.
Despite the agency’s immense success, Ali soon decided to leave the ad world and focus full-time on his directing career. Born in Egypt and raised all over the world, Ali’s work shows attentiveness to local realities as well as an international


 

Andreas Kidess 1

BRANDTRIGGER

Andreas Kidess ist in Deutschland geboren und wohnt seit 7 Jahren in Los Angeles, wo er ein Regiestudium am American Film Institute absolvierte. Er drehte mit vielen bekannten Schauspielern, namhaften Sportlern und Musikern und konnte diverse Auszeichnungen fuer seine kreativen Arbeiten sammeln. Er drehte Kurzfilme wie -My Brother- und -Meet the President-, den Spielfilm SAWTOOTH und ebenfalls Spots fuer Mazda Atenza, Adidas, Yamaha, Nokia, Stuff etc.


 

A NICE IDEA EVERY DAY 48

PaRTIZAN

Vivien Weyrauch und Fabian Röttger sind „A Nice Idea Every Day“ hypermoderne Musikvideo Regisseuren dessen verspielte künstlerischen Zitaten faszinieren sind, indem die gleichzeitig Düster und Humorvoll sind.Immer schwingt der Experimentierfreude mit, wie die »3D Camera Shift« Technik in der Mint Julep Video „To the Sea“:  der beim betrachten alte stereoskopische Bilder entsteht haben, die auf erstaunliche weise in Film gelungen umgesetzt. Irgendwann taucht der Betrachter an der Oberfläche der Bilder vorbei tief in deren Welt und erlebt der Film stereoskopisch. Deren Bilder sind alltäglich, aber nicht banal, sondern mit ein eigene prägende ästhetische fast kafkaesken Still.  Zur Zeit leben die Beiden in Berlin und drehen Musikvideos für Bands wie Mint Julep, Panama, The Knife und Palma Violets.


 

Anson Fogel 52

HELLIVENTURES

Anson is a director based in Salt Lake City, Utah. His lifelong passion for film was born of a childhood spent in the rural mountain west, wandering and devouring books, music, and movies. He worked his way up from 2nd AC, worked as a DP for 7 years, and now directs brand, doc and TV work. He is known for an emotive, ephemeral style, with a strong sense of place. As a director, he has won over 20 major film festival awards, including the Grand Prize and 3 other awards at Banff 2011, Grand Prize at New Zealand, The Fowler Award at Telluride, The Camera prizes at Trento and Gratz, and had two narrative short film premieres at major film festivals. Selected clients: Amtrak, Nissan, Range Rover, Jeep, SelectHealth, Pfizer, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King, Trek, BMC, GE, Microsoft, Blue Cross, Farm Credit, BF Goodrich, Bayer, National Geographic, The North Face, Colorado Tourism, Utah Tourism, Backcountry.com, CMH, Turo, NRS, Red Bull, NBC, ABC, Vice, Marriott, Aruba, VW Commercial Vehicles.


 

Arno Salters 38

STINK

Arno took a circuitous root to directing, temporarily casting aside childhood dreams of becoming the world’s foremost puppeteer to study Russian and Political Theory at London School of Economics. Between bouts of Bolshevism and behaviouralism Arno spent time directing plays and designing sets in the University Theatre. Fixated by the stage and screen, Arno decided to try his hand at filmmaking. He tested the waters in Paris, where he worked on Cédric Klapisch’s Auberge Espagnole, before moving to San Francisco to pursue an MFA at the Academy of Art University. Fresh out of school, Arno went straight to work on music videos, picking up a commission for an Imogen Heap track that allowed him to blend his eye for design with his passion for set-pieces to craft a playful in-camera treat. Off the back of that project Arno landed promos for General Elektriks and Seb Martel – the latter earning him a top spot as one of Shots Magazine’s Director’s to Watch. Further work for General Elektriks garnered attention from the UK music press, with an NME nod and a Best New Director trophy from the MVA’s to boot. Subsequent projects for Leclerc in France and Barclays in the UK have allowed Arno to further hone his craft while diversifying his aesthetic palette. 2010 saw Arno tackle an ambitious shoot for Diesel’s online Spring/Summer catalogue that doubled as the debut video for breakthrough Spanish singer Josep’s track A Hundred Lovers. The project, via Stink Digital, was selected for an FWA Site of the Day Award, was nominated at this year’s Cannes Lions festival and was picked up by shots, Contagious and Creativity, to name just a few.


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Bart Timmer 32

CZAR FILM

Bart has done so much impressive award-winning work since he joined us last time in 2005 at the directors lounge 5, that we simply had to have him back at the directors lounge 32!

Already as a teenager Bart together with his older brother had the urge to film little funny stories. From 1992-1996 Bart studied Film & Television Science at the University of Amsterdam. He went to Film school in Amsterdam from 1996-2000 to study directing. During his film study he worked as an assistant director on commercials and feature films in Holland. Already before his graduation in 2000 he shot his first commercial and found it no surprise that this particular part of the film industry really suited him. Maybe because he’s a little impatient but mostly because he is able to tell short stories with an intelligent sense of comedy using multi dimensional characters.
He shot award winning commercials for Amstel, Heineken, VW and Centraal Beheer.
Up till now he won 1 Silver and 4 Bronze Lions in Cannes, several Eurobests. Clio’s, Silver and Gold at the New York Festivals as well as a couple of prices at the ADC Netherlands.
His aim is to give the comedy and storytellingfilms a more cinematic look.


 

BIF 51

THE MILL

bif are an award winning Mill+ directing duo. Fabrice and Jules met at an acclaimed animation school back in 2001 and have since had success with more than 50 award wins for their selection of short films, title sequences and commercials. Their most recent stand out projects include: Azel Phara’s psychedelic fully CG promo ‘Green’ named as one of Vimeo’s top music videos of the year and the Playgrounds Festival ‘2015 Title Sequence’, winner at Ciclope, London International Awards and SxSW. Other creative highlights include the OFFF ‘2015 Title Sequence’, Ataxia, ‘Ataxia.org’ and work for high-end brands such as Ford, Playstation and Vodafone. bif experiment and innovate with mixed media, developing strong graphic visuals in order to tell vivid stories.


 

Bram Schouw 33

HAZAZAH

Bram Schouw was born on December 16th of 1979 in The Hague, The Netherlands. After graduating high school he traveled from Panama to Mexico, armed with an old Minolta camera and a simple notebook. The pictures and short stories led him to the Utrecht School of Arts. In 2005 he graduated with honors in Writing and Directing Cinema. His graduation film, MARRIAGE, was the official opening film for the Curta Cinema Rio de Janeiro 2005. It was also shown at the London Times Film Festival, The Dutch Film Festival, Short Film Festival Cardiff and Cinema Jakarta. As a commercial director Bram Schouw is represented by Hazazah Film Amsterdam. One of his first projects, the international Dance 4 Life commercial, won the prestigious Award for Best HIV/Aids Commercial by the European Commission. Recently his Sensoor commercial got rewarded with a Silver Lamp in the Netherlands and a Bronze Lion in Cannes. Being inspired by the beauty and misery of daily life, Bram Schouw works on both commercials and films. Still taking pictures with the old Minolta camera, focusing on the minor details that hold a bigger truth.

IMPASSE, his second short film, had its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2008 and was selected in competition at renowned film festivals in Berlin, Venice, New York, Sarajevo and Paris. IMPASSE got a Special Mention at the International Amsterdam Film Festival and won the NFTVM AWARD for young Dutch filmmakers.


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Cadmo Quintero 36

HOMEPAGE

Cadmo was born in 1970 in Hamburg, Germany. He grew up in Bogotá, Colobmia, the homeland of his father, the artist Guillermo Quintero. After finishing high school he attended a photography school in Bogotá. In 1990 Cadmo returned to Hamburg. After a short stop-over at the college of art he studied directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg. He shot various short films and survived the commercial-directing-class of Volger Schlegel in his 3rd  year. In 1997 Cadmo successfully completed his degree as feature film director. By shooting his first music videos he had the possibility to finance parts of his diploma film starring Barbara Auer and Helmut Lorin. The film was shown among others at the international Filmfest HDF. Since 1997 Cadmo is working as freelance director for commercials and video clips. He worked for several clients such as: Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Bahn, Wella, Gerolsteiner, Vodafone, Orange, Caritas, Smart, Sparkasse and Wrigleys. Cadmo lives now with his family in Berlin.


 

Caspar-Jan Hogerzeil 7

HOMEPAGE

Caspar-Jan Hogerzeil wurde 1967 im afrikanischen Johannesburg geboren und mit 5 Jahren nach Deutschland ueberfuehrt. Seine Schulzeit verbrachte er in der Waldorfschule. Als engagierter Elektro-Musiker (1984) trieb ihn das Beduerfnis nach einem eigenen Musikvideo und die finanzielle Situation in die Arme der Video-Postproduktions-Szene. Ein beinhartes Praktikum in London oeffnete ihm die Tuer zur Hamburger Trilion und von da weiter zum Filmhaus Muenchen. Das mangelnde Freizeitangebot der gleichnamigen Stadt erlaubte die Konzentration auf seine Taetigkeit als Editor mit fliessendem uebergang in das Fach der Regie. Erste Musikvideos, die zu internationalen Auszeichnungen fuehrten, motivierten den Produzenten Bulle Berndt zu weiteren Schritten in die Richtung der Regie (1988). Von da fuehrte ein steiniger Weg zu verschiedenen Filmproduktionen im In- und Ausland, der immer mal wieder durch Preise versuesst wurde (unter anderem: Silber und Bronze in Cannes, Gold beim ADC Europa, Gold und Bronze beim ADC Deutschland). Der Film gegen rechte Gewalt wurde in die Sammlung des Museums fuer deutsche Geschichte aufgenommen


 

CHARLIE CRANE 51

COBBLESTONE

Charlie‘s career began as a Stills Photographer, shooting advertising and editorial, as well as a raft of his own art projects. The most notable of these is his critically acclaimed and award-winning book “Welcome to Pyongyang”, a collection of portraits of the lives of the shut-away citizens of North Korea’s capital. The cross-over to directing came in 2008 with his first two spots for Howies („One“ and „Surfer“) that quickly brought him to the attention of the commercials market. His spot for Hitachi was Boards Magazine Pick of the Week, 02 „Ducks“ was Shots Magazine‘s ‚Hotshot‘ and he was included in the Boards Magazine ‚New Boards Awards‘. Building on this strong start, Charlie’s popularity at home, demonstrated by his work with top UK agencies such as AMV, W&K and BBH, has spread internationally. In the last few years he has shot with agencies all over the world from Amsterdam to Japan, Canada and the United States. His award-winning short film, Talgar The Hunter, had a long list of international success on the festival circuit in 2015 including Raindance, New Orleans and Leeds amongst many others. Most recently he has completed spots for American Red Cross, ASICS, McDonalds, Amex and Peugeot. He continues to take stills whenever his schedule allows.


 

Christiane Brunner-Schwer 18

JO SCHMID

Ihre gestalterische Laufbahn beginnt Christiane Brunner-Schwer mit einem Studium fuer Grafik und Design an der Fachhochschule U5 in Muenchen. Nach ihrem Abschluss arbeitet sie als Junior Art Direktorin bei GGK Muenchen. Dort kommt sie das erste Mal mit dem Film in Kontakt und schreibt sich infolgedessen an der Hochschule fuer Film und Fernsehen in Muenchen fuer Regie ein. Bereits waehrend ihres Studiums dreht sie ihren ersten Werbefilm fuer Karlsberg Urpils in dem ein vom Durst geplagter Hauptdarsteller seinen Ferrari erschiesst und landet damit sofort auf der Shortlist in Cannes. 1992 beendet sie ihr Studium. Es folgen weitere Preise und Nominierungen fuer P&S Zigaretten -Ampelmaennchen- (Clio Award). Lotto Blitz Ampel (ADC), VW-Golf FSI -Vater & Sohn- (VDW-Award) und ein Effi fuer die Ricola Erstkampagne, der zahlreiche weitere Filme fuer das Schweizer Kraeuterbonbon folgen.


 

Christopher Roth 15

TELEMAZ FILM

Christopher Roth ist in Muenchen geboren, lebt und arbeitet in Ost-Berlin. Er hat mehrere Kinofilme und Fernsehfilme gedreht, darunter LACOMA aus 2006, BAADER aus 2002, der auch im Wettbewerb der Berlinale 2002 gewesen ist, CANDY aus 1998, LOOOSERS! aus 1994, fuer dieses Drehbuch er zusammen mit Martin Rauhaus 1993 den Drehbuchpreis NRW erhalten hat. Fuer seine Werbefilme hat er eine ADC Bronzemedaille fuer SPD -Raumschiff- und eine ADC Auszeichnung fuer McDonalds gewonnen-. Er hat zudem ueber 300 Werbefilme geschnitten. Kunstausstellungen runden sein Schaffen ab: 2004 -Art Statement-, Art Basel Miami Beach, -Emotions- Frankfurter Kunstverein, -3- Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2003 -M_ars- Kunst und Krieg- Neue Galerie a.L.J. Graz, 2002, -Videocube-/Fiac Paris, -Neue Welt- Frankfurter Kunstverein und Einzelausstellungen u.a. bei Schipper&Krome in Berlin und im -W139- Amsterdam.


 

COODIE & CHIKE 35

HOMEPAGE

Coodie & Chike are young, fresh, innovative filmmakers with an unstoppable creative vision.  Emerging on the scene with Grammy award winning Kanye West’s critically acclaimed music video, Through the Wire, the duo’s triumphant directing debut earned them the Source Magazine’s Best Music Video of the Year Award, as well as, a MTV Viewers Choice nomination.  They went on to direct Kanye West’s, Two Words, and the third installment of Jesus Walks.  Their success continued, directing numerous videos for hip hop and R&B artists, including Mos Def, Pitbull, Leela James, Fishbone Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Gil Scott Heron, and Erykah Badu to name a few.

Coodie & Chike’s unique style of storytelling has caught the attention of Hollywood’s film elite and as a result of their achievements were recruited and signed by The William Morris Agency.  Fader Films and Al Gore’s Current TV recently recognized them as one of the top 54 directors to watch.  This imaginative pair is solidifying their position as one of the industry’s up-and-coming directing teams. They have directed numerous spots branding major networks and companies such as Honda, Adidas, BET and MTV.  They also directed the documentary piece of Christina Aguilera’s multi-platinum 2 disc album, Back to Basics.

With their combined creative talents and technical skills, Coodie & Chike are the perfect match. Currently, they have teamed up with Mogul Dame Dash and have launched CreativeControl.tv, a cutting edge online content label providing a new alternative to TV. The networks foundation is based upon the fundamental idea of maintaining creative control over all content and production from programming to advertising.


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Danyael Sugawara 14

FILM DELUXE

Danyael Sugawara (geb. 1975) begann als Comiczeichner und gestaltete Untergrundcomics wie z.B. -Victor- und -The Drivers Seat-. Nachdem er an der NYU studiert hat, absolvierte er erfolgreich den Bereich -Fiktion- Regisseur- der Niederlaendischen Film- und Fernsehakademie (NFTA). Bereits waehrend seiner Studienzeit zog er durch seine Kurzfilme -Frailty- und seinen preisgekroenten Abschlussfilm -The Quiet One ( Tamago)-erste Aufmerksamkeit auf sich. Gleich zu Beginn seiner Taetigkeit als Werbefilmregisseur wurde er fuer den Spot -The Package- (Sinister) sowohl mit dem -Young Directors Award- in Cannes als auch dem -Porsche David 2005- ausgezeichnet. Zurzeit arbeitet Danyael Sugawara an seinem ersten Spielfilm und verschiedenen Werbespots.


 

David Lodge 30

HOMEPAGE

David was born in the UK and currently resides in London. He graduated with degrees in both Fine Arts and Animation from the Royal College of Art in 1988. Soon afterwards David began a career as a freelance animator and eventually as a storyboard artist and animator at Snapper Films. In the early 1990s David began shooting commercials and began production on an ultra-low budget short film entitled “Horeshoe” based on a Charles Bukowski poem about a dentist appointment. The film was submitted to the 1998 Cannes Festival and awarded its Prix du Jury. The following year another of David´s films, “La Comtesse de Castigline”, made he festival circuit winning numerous awards. David has received Silvers at the British Advertising Awards and Creative Circle Awards for his Daily Telegraph and Clarks campaigns and he took the Bronze at Cannes for his work on Total and a Bronze at the British Advertising Awards for his Ikea spot. His “Stop the Clock” campaign for Vodafone was recognized as the 9th most awarded in 2006 according to the Gunn Report, including awards at the Clios and a Gold at Cannes.
David’s advertising awards include (to mention just a few): for both his Clarkes Campaign and Telegraph Campaign – Silver British Advertising; APA 50; Silver Creative Circle.  His Vodaphone “Stop the Clock” was the 9th most awarded ad in the Gunn Report 06, gained a D&AD Nomination, won Bronze at British Advertising, was awarded at both Clio’s and APA 50, and won a Gold Lion in Cannes.


 

Dennis Gansel 9

E+P Films

Originally, Dennis intention to become a director was born out of the desire to impress the love of his youth. Therefore, he was looking for the ultimate film about love. After the love of his life got married to someone else, he was able to look into other subjects, but filmmaking had already become his passion. He had directed and scripted a couple of short films, commercials and two successful feature films by the time he graduated from the Munich Film School. His recent feature film ‘Napola’ about elite schools in Nazi Germany came out this year. The response to it was the Bavarian Film Award for best director; it was voted best film at the Viareggio European Film Festival and the audience at the Hamptons Film Festival also voted it best film. ‘Napola’ has been sold to more than 40 countries. Dennis joined e+p in 2002 and has since then directed commercials for Coca-Cola, McDonald-s, Volkswagen, T-Online, Intersnack, Ferrero, Cortal Consors, to name a few.


 

Dobrivoie Kerpenisan 10

BUBBLES FILM

Dobrivoie Kerpenisan is an internationaly awarded Director, DoP and Photographer
passionate in film ever since.His fresh and sensitive view on reality received international recogonition: winning Grand Prix in Tokyo, Chicago, Germany and others. This brought him the invitation to screen his films in Hollywood for Best Documentary
Nomination, in New York at MOMA, Barbican Center in London, Centre Pompidou-Paris…
Dobri`s ability for emotional storytelling with strong imagery made his films memorable bringing an authentic and natural spirit to advertising. His empathetic approach can also be found in photos. For the book “ A Woman and a Half ” he portraited the last german film diva – HILDEGARD KNEF – on her last trip to the America. A break trough for the career was when his talent and artistic direction was discovered to shoot both „DU BIST DEUTSCHLAND “ campaigns.
All the people were captured by his genuine feeling and strong visual approach – and awarded twice with the EFFIE.
From here he improved more and more his eclectic docu-style and addopted it for various
commercials: all vivid, playfull and cinematic. Celebrities, Testimonials, Car commercials, Lifestyle, Music videos and Corporate films complete his portfolio and show his large interest and skills.


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Eicke Bettinga 38

HOMEPAGE

Eicke’s love for the big screen started when he picked up an 8mm camera at the age of fourteen. A few years and many award winning shorts later he went on to study directing at the renowned National Film & Television School in London, where he won the Kodak Commercial Award. A year later, judges from Shots, Fallon and TBWA unanimously awarded Eicke the winner of the London New Director Competition. He has since directed commercials all over the world for major brands and key agencies. He is a passionate storyteller who loves using subtle humor in his commercials and always works closely with actors to create the most captivating performances. Moreover, three of his shorts were invited to premier at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Eicke’s latest appearance at the Croisette was in May 2012 when his film “GASP” was nominated for the esteemed Golden Palm -­‐ being the only German director in competition from over 4,500 submissions worldwide.


 

Eric Yealland 31

HOMEPAGE

Growing up in Toronto, Eric spent most of high school skipping class and making short films instead. During university he continued a double life, making music videos and animation at night. He is still recovering…
At 24 he began a career that has produced hundreds of highly successful campaigns for many of the world’s most prestigious international agencies and clients; including Budweiser, IKEA, Coors Light, Ford, Toyota, eBay and Coca-Cola. He is most known for dry humour with strong visuals.
In addition to his work on major international campaigns, Eric has enjoyed directing edgy, envelope-pushing creative for boutique agencies, including multiple projects with award-winning agency Rethink Communications.
Eric is also a huge music fan and his close relationships with groundbreaking indie bands such as Broken Social Scene and Grammy nominee Leslie Feist have led to a third hobby career as a DJ, opening for them and such acts as Bjork, Flaming Lips, M.I.A., Bloc Party,  and The Strokes. He can make you a wicked mixed tape.


 

Everynone: Will Hoffman, Daniel Mercadante, and Julius Metoyer 36

HOMEPAGE

All three write, produce, direct, shoot, edit and work closely together in a collaborative process.

Typically, Everynone works with non-actors to capture life as it is. Their work is evidence that the things we see everyday, when carefully framed, can be curiously beautiful.


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Felipe Ascacibar 40

ELEMENT E

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, he now lives in Berlin, Germany. After school and a year at the german navy he worked in Miami as PA and Photoassistent in Fashion Photography and then wanted to swop to moving images. During his internship at Jo!schmid Filmproduktion he learnd the skills of editing and started working 2002 as a freelance editor mainly in commercial area. At the same time he studied design at the University of Arts Berlin and Elisava in Barcelona and worked as a lecturer at the Filmakademie in Ludwigsburg. When he graduated he soon decided to go for a directing career and realized his first shortfilm „Room 602“. This first short film already shows his talent in a vibrant and touching way. Since then he has directed many great and creative projects. His commercial for parship “cupid” can be found on the current issue of shots no. 130. His trailers for the VDW award 2010 were selected for the Saatchi & Saatchi new german directors showcase 2011. His strong cinematic approach to storytelling combined with conceptual thinking creates work that is visually striking and emotionally engaging.


 

Florian Meimberg 49

RABBICORNFILMS

Florian’s career background is resided in the world of commercial agencies. For 14 years he worked for international agencynetworks where he drafted and implemented big campagnes. As person in charge creative director he coaches several filmproductions all around the world. His work was granted with all big international Creativ Awards. To date, he is working as director for commercial films, image films, virals, webisodes and music videos. Florian lives with his wife and his both son’s in Düsseldorf.


 

Frank Schneider 27

HOMEPAGE

Frank Schneider vollendete seine Ausbildung zum Fotograf, danach zog es ihn in die schoene Werbewelt. Innerhalb von 6 Jahren arbeitete er fuer Agenturen, wie Leo Burnett, Ogilvy & Mather und McCann mit dem Schwerpunkt Konzeption. Danach zog es ihn aber doch wieder in die Welt hinter der Kamera, als Regie- Assistent sammelte er 3 Jahre bei verschiedenen Regisseuren Erfahrung, inklusive 1 Jahr Aufenthalt in New York. 1995 begann Frank selber Konzepte fuer Musikvideos zu schreiben und auch Regie zufuehren. 1998 fand er den Weg zurueck in die Werbung, jedoch hinter der Kamera.
Zwischenzeitlich trug er auch seinen Beitrag zur Foerderung der Jugend bei, er referierte als Dozent and FH in Mainz im Bereich -Visuelle Kommunikation- / -Filmgestaltung-. Seit 2007 ist er Dozent an der Texterschmiede in Hamburg. Eine Anzahl Preisen sprechen fuer ihn.


 

Frieder Wittich 7

EMBASSY OF DREAMS

Frieder Wittich hat bereits fuer diverse Spots wie z. B. Bifi, Mc Donalds und Astra Bier verschiedene Auszeichnungen erhalten (ADC Junior Preis 2000, Auszeichnung ADC Juniorwettbewerb 2004, Silber beim Spotlight Festival for Students, 2. Preis beim Young Director Award, 2. Preis Kurz & Schoen 04, Shortlist Porsche Award, Epica Award etc.). Hierbei kuemmerte er sich um Regie & Text. Neben Werbespots fuehrt er auch bei Kurzfilmen Regie und Buch. Mit seinen Kurzfilmen Mosquito und Opus gewann er ebenfalls Preise wie beispielsweise den 1. Preis beim Arizona International Film Festival 2000, beim Alpinale Filmfestival oesterreich, beim Filmfestival Augsburg, Publikumspreis Bamberg 2003 usw.


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Gero von Braunmuehl 24

HOMEPAGE

Gero is a boy from Hamburg. He made his name as a photographer on publications such as Vogue ad Elle. Before he moved on to directing commercials he spent several years as a 1st AD for international feature films, commercials and videoclips. Gero is respected for his versatility and quirky humour. His directing style is fast and furious and displays strong visual storytelling, talent driven performances and memorable visual effects.


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Hannah Schweier 35

TWIN GROUP

Geboren 1980 in München studierte Hannah Schweier Philosophie, Psychologie und Theaterwissenschaften an der Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München. Parallel dazu arbeitete sie in mehreren Theater- und Filmproduktionen als Script/ Continuity und/oder Regieassistentin. 2001 realisierte Hannah Schweier ihren ersten eigenen Kurzspielfilm „Feuer.“ Ihr Studium an der LMU schloss sie zeitgleich mit dem Vordiplom ab. Ihr nächster Kurzfilm „Alltag,“ gedreht 2003, war auch ihre Eintrittskarte für die Filmhochschule. Ab dem Oktober 2003 studierte sie Szenische Regie an der Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Ihr Drittjahresfilm AUFRECHT STEHEN eröffnete 2007 die Perspektive Deutsches Kino der Berlinale. 2008 gewann sie das Scholz & Friends – Scholarship for Creative Excellence. 2009 feierte sie Premiere auf den Filmfestspielen in Hof mit ihrem Arte – Kurzspielfilm „ausgestoßen,“ der nur mit Laien gedreht wurde. Mit ihrem Diplomfilm „CINDY LIEBT MICH NICHT“ realisierte Hannah Schweier ihren ersten Langspielfilm, mit dem ZDF kleinem Fernsehspiel und feierte damit auf der Berlinale 2010 (Perspektive Deutsches Kino) Premiere. Dieser Film beendete auch ihr Regiestudium im März 2010 mit dem Diplom. „Cindy liebt mich nicht“ wurde anschließend von NEUE VISIONEN in den Verleih genommen und im Sommer 2010 in den deutschen Kinos aufgeführt. Eine Ausstrahlung im ZDF erfolgte im Juli 2011. Von 2010 – 2012 entwickelte sie das Drehbuch zu „Nach der Saison“, welches gerade mit der Frisbeefilms in der Finanzierungsphase steckt. 2013 zählt sie zu den neuen Meisterschülern der Münchner Drehbuchwerkstatt, die sie im Juni 2014 mit einem weiteren Drehbuch abschließen wird.


 

Hein Mevissen 43

FILM DELUXE

“I’m very happy with my background as a creative,” Mevissen says. “It helps give me more understanding of the job—working with other creatives is a lot of fun.” Mevissen’s work is stylized, crisp and cinematic, often feeling as if a print piece has been afforded an extra dimension—visually, thematically, in motion. “There is no difference [between the two],” he says. “It’s all about the idea behind it. If it’s good idea, it can be a moving picture or a print ad or even a feature film.” Hein Mevissen has a fine ability to pick out the bizarreness and irregularities of everyday life. Hein is able to present them to the point, which often makes us to laugh at ourselves as much as at what we see. 
Hein has directed some of MTV’s most successful spots and campaigns, such as for MTV UK & Ireland which have been awarded in the USA and he has written and directed MTV Canada’s successful spot the “Rocket Live Earth PSA” which was honored with five awards at the 2008 PROMAX Awards, including the highly prestigious “Top 10 Gold Award.”

Hein has worked on multiple projects including commercials for Adidas, MTV UK & Ireland, MTV Canada, I Amsterdam, Dutch Horticulture, and Comedy Central all of which were part of incredibly successful advertising campaigns for these esteemed corporations.
Besides directing Hein, founder and creative director at John Doe Amsterdam, writes and designs at John Doe Amsterdam. 

Hein has a mind of his own; he is always looking for new daring different areas of excitement that will result in increased revenue.


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Ishbel Whitaker 42

WANDA

Ishbel is an Academy Award shortlisted filmmaker who works in film, design, creative direction and of course commercials. Her work encompasses both striking, beautiful and cinematic imagery as well as powerful narratives and performances. Ishbel was formerly part of the directing duo, marc &ish, whose sensational ad for Renault Clio was Campaign’s Ad Of The Week. The News of The World called it Britain’s sexiest TV ad ever, as it featured a stripping Dita Von Teese. AdFreak said of the spot “It’s so self-consciously wacky, it’s awesome”. It was banned on UK daytime TV and became a global media sensation. The spot for Amnesty International on the issue of CIA water boarding was YouTube’s ‘most watched’ 2 days in a row and brought down Amnesty’s server farm. She directed the acclaimed documentary Living Goddess, following the lives of Nepal’s child goddesses, against the violent backdrop of the Maoist revolution, and was Exec Producer of David Lachapelle’s cult film Rize. She has collaborated with David LaChapelle, the KLF, Orb, Adam Freeland and Zaha Hadid. Clients include Levi’s, Renault Clio, Amnesty International, Channel 4, Weiden +Kennedy and Publicis. She was a Creative at BBH, created installations for the Institute of Contemporary Art, London and at the Museum of Modern Art in Los Angeles (for an anti meth campaign), and exhibited her artworks in Europe and The States. Films were distributed by Lionsgate and Netflix Ishbel is currently writing and developing a feature film and lives close to London.


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James Pilkington 40

VOLLMILCH

James became interested in film-making after watching a particularly thrilling episode of “Home & Away” one afternoon. His first effort, a short film entitled “Pocket”, ended up winning the Best British Short Film award, awarded by the BBC. James branched out into commercials soon after and was snapped up by a production company in New Zealand. He enjoyed prolific success there and became one of the top commercial directors on the block. Now bored with beautiful women, sun and a better way of life Jim has moved back to Europe and has taken refuge at Mustard and Vollmilch Commercials.
Recent commercial clients include Lynx, Aero, Trumpet and Dove Chocolates.
James’ sense of laddy humour juxtaposed with a stylised visual approach give his work an unforgettable edge – recent short films “Sweet” (featuring Julian Barratt & Noel Fielding  from The Mighty Boosh) and “Reg” are testamount to this – watch them if you dare!
Awards & Accolades Trumpet – Axis Awards – Gold; Tango – Cannes Lions – Gold; Tango – Clio Awards – Bronze; Sweet – BAFTA – Best Short Film Nomination; Sweet – Kodak Short Film Award – Cannes Film Festival – Winner; Full Jurors Commendation – Cannes Film Festival


 

Jean-Louis Carrasco 18

E+P FILMS

Jean-Louis Carrasco begann seine erfolgreiche Laufbahn 1980 mit dem Studium in Photographie und Film (Super 8). Nach 2 Jahren zog es ihn nach Paris zur Film Schule -Ecole Superieure de Realisation Audiovisuelle-. Seit 1986 fortan fuer 8 Jahre arbeitete er erfolgreicher als Photograf sowie als Regisseur fuer Buehnenshows und als Filmregisseur fuer Kosmetik- und Automobil Produkteinfuehrungen. 1995 war das Jahr in dem er sich fuer die Laufbahn als Regisseur fuer Werbe- und Musikvideos entschied. Bis her kann er in seiner vor 11 Jahren gestarteten Karriere auf viele namhafte Kunden u.a. Honda, L´Óreal, P&G, M&M´s und Agenturen wie Hakuhodo, CLM BBDO, Grey und DDB verweisen. Allein in den letzten 12 Monaten betreute er weltweit mehr als 13 Produktionen.


 

JJ Keith 36

FOXDEVIL FILMS

JJ launched his career in the world of film after graduating from Edinburgh University with an MA in film studies. He directed three short films, all of which were highly acclaimed on the festival circuit and subsequently broadcasted. His second short film ‘Holiday Romance’ was nominated for an Oscar (Live Action Short) and went on to win ‘Best Short Film’ at the Hollywood Film Festival. Following a stint in TV drama, JJ turned his attention to commercials. Before long JJ’s ability to combine the sensitivities of a visual style with a lightness of performance and great casting meant he was directing spots for many clients including Gossard, Boots, Heinz, Mars, 118 118 and BT in the UK and Sparkasse, Yello, Google and Edeka in Germany. JJ’s work for Guinness and 118 118 has picked up Golds at the Creative Circle and the BTAA, Silvers at Cannes and a Bronze at the One Show. His work for ‘Ice Dew’ was the first Chinese spot to be recognized in Cannes. In 2014 JJ and his long term producer Glenn Bernstein set up FoxDevil Films GmbH in Berlin.


 

Joachim Nielsen 41

WUNDERFILM

Power to your ideas is the credo of Danish director and
Cannes Gold Lion winner, Joachim Nielsen. He adds what is necessary to make your idea shine and removes what may disturb. The output is strong, memorable and often quite funny commercials.
2002-2050 Director
2000-2002 Copywriter, Robert/Boisen & Like-minded
1998-2000 Copywriter, DDB Needham
1997-1998 Copywriter, McCann Copenhagen
1992-1997 Freelance journalist
1984-1994 Speedway rider


 

Johan Kramer 43

Trigger Happy Productions

When Johan was 9 years old, he borrowed his fathers 8mm camera and never returned it. This marks the start of his life as an experimental filmmaker. He had a short career as a professional soccer player at Ajax Amsterdam which explains his affinity to football. Johan then started working as a copywriter and part-time director at agencies in Amsterdam and London. Together with art-director Erik Kessels he set up his own agency, Kessels Kramer in 1994 in Amsterdam, with the intention of creating a communications agency capable of producing broadbased communication, including documentary and feature films. Since years now Johan is an independent director, whose work show a wide range from commercials to feature, documentary and short films, but also exhibitions and other projects that open up to a new field of creativity. His films won a whole lot of national and international prices like Cannes Lion, Eurobest and EPICA. Besides of his true film activities he is mostly also the initiator of his projects. His documentary “The Other Final” about a soccer game between the two bottom-ranked teams on the FIFA world rankings (Bhutan and Montserrat), on the day of the World Championship final got well acknowledged, widely travelled around the world and was shown at over 50 film festivals. It is 8 times awarded. For his work for „Sing for Darfur“, (forty different mini-stories come together on the day a worldwide pop concert for Darfur is being held in Barcelona) he received Best European Dramatic Feature 2009 at Paris Film Festival. He had exhibitions with his own film&photographies in Japan, became Artist of the month at CCCB in Barcelona with an exhibition called ‚44’ but he is also lecturing at MOMA New York about his love for super 8 film. In 2010 his film „Johan Primero“ got released which tells the story of a FC Barcelona fan who daily drives around the stadion in his car to make sure his favourite team wins. Johan Kramer shot award winning commercials for brands like ADIDAS, Coca-Cola, Nike, Mercedes Benz and directed succesful campaigns for BVR, LBS, Swisscom&Tina Turner and Citizen.


 

John Grammatico 49

BAKERY FILMS

John studied writing and advertising and served over a decade as an award-winning agency writer and creative director, producing work for clients such as Coke, Blockbuster, Progressive, La-Z-Boy, Del Taco, Cox Cable, Mazda and many more. From his first shoot, he found himself drawn toward the camera until inevitably he ended up in the director’s chair, where he’s most at home. From shops like BBDO and EURO RSCG in New York to
DDB Vancouver, John has worked with agencies both big and small. With every project comes another opportunity to “Find the Funny” in a way that is uniquely his own. A master of dialogue driven comedy, both for US and European clients, makes him the perfect guy to make you smile in almost every language possible. With over 5 million YouTube hits, John’s breast cancer PSA, “Your Man Reminder” has recently won TED’S Ideas Worth Spreading and a Webby Award, among others. In his free time he continues to write for both the page and screen. His passion for filmmaking is what drives it all. “To invite an audience to experience a story through your eyes…is quite a feeling.” John chases that feeling daily and wouldn’t have it any other way. In 2012 he published his first novel “Julian Rigby and the Keepers of Time”. He is living in Detroit. Exclusively with Bakery Films since 2013.


 

Jonathan Herman 29

MARKENFILM

Jonathan was born in London in the late sixties, and at the age of nine moved to the Netherlands with his parents and his twin brother. After studying guitar at the conservatory in Amsterdam he sidestepped into theatre and ended up directing various award winning television series with a theatre group he was attached to. Branching out in other directions Jonathan has since established himself as a commercials director, working with all the major advertising companies in Holland, as well as expanding his trade to France, Germany, Belgium and Italy. His promo for the Dutch lottery for DDB won a Bronze Lion at Cannes, a silver ADCN Lamp in the Netherlands and gold Eurobest in London. Subsequently, the two spots he directed for the French newspaper L’Equipe won a Gold Lion at Cannes and the Grand Prix de Strategies in Paris. Jonathan has also developed an enduring collaboration with Bavaria Beer: his ‘Life is Life’ commercial for them won him the ADCN Lamp for best director at the 2009 Dutch Art Directors Award ceremony, and since then, he has directed popular Bavaria commercials starring such Mickey Rourke and, most recently, Hugh Hefner, in a memorable spot filmed at the Playboy mansion.

 


 

Juergen Bollmeyer 9

HOMEPAGE

Since helming his first commercial in 1992, Juergen has embraced a uniquely naturalistic tone in all his work – a heightened realism, which seeks to reveal grace in the ordinary.
Fueled by the vivid imagery of the every day world around him – from epic natural settings to chaotic mega-cities – Juergen has traveled the globe creating visionary work for clients like AUDI, BAYER, BLUE CROSS, BMW, BUICK, CHEVY, COCA-COLA, DEUTSCHE BANK, JAGUAR, LEXUS, MERCEDES-BENZ, RED CROSS, SMART, TOYOTA, UBS and many others. His pure and powerful imagery has captured everything from sleek automobiles to the ever-changing contours of the human face.
Melding classic broadcast commercial work with groundbreaking alternative and viral projects, Juergen was a creative mind behind one of Europe’s earliest web-based campaigns – a 1997series of revolutionary internet virals for Daimler’s SMART car. In 2000, his work would also extend to the medium of short format station ids. Establishing a long-lasting relationship with ZDF (2nd German Television), one of Europe’s biggest TV stations, Juergen’s award-winning station IDs would go on to define the face of both stations for many years.
Juergen’s work has garnered accolades around the globe, including the ART DIRECTORS CLUB OF GERMANY, the LONDON INTERNATIONAL ADVERTISING AWARDS, as well as several GOLD AWARDS at the US INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, the 2000 GRAND AWARD at the NEW YORK FESTIVALS for MERCEDES-BENZ SLR MCLAREN, the 2012 CLIO AWARD and a CANNES SILVER LION at the 2014 LIONS HEALTH for STRYKER.


 

Jörgen Lööf 30

HAGER MOSS FILM

Jörgen started his career living and working as a stills photographer in NY for many years. He soon aimed at directing and studied film at New York University. He got his international break in the commercial film industry in the early 90’s when he did the first 5 Diesel ads, which won silver in Cannes, Grand Prix at the “Golden Swan” and gold at the “The Golden Egg”. Subsequently he started working mainly in the US and the UK.
By the end of the 90’s he got involved with Swedish ad agency Forsman & Bodenfors and together with them he “created worlds” for clients such as IKEA, Volvo, Libero and Kalles Kaviar. By then Jögren had established his style as a storyteller with very low key and subtle humor. Jörgen aimed to create “feature realism” – an elevated form of realism – in the look and the performances of the actors in his commercial work. Jörgen has received a Lion for Kalles Kaviar, which was in the “Gunn report ” as one of the most rewarded campaigns in the world. He has often been rewarded as the best director in Scandinavia and has also been on Ad Age’s list as one of the best directors in the world. His drive is to connect the audience with the product and companies in a human way by working with universal themes.


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Karina Taira 46

HOMEPAGE

Japanese-American Karina Taira was born in San Francisco and grew up in the States, yet remained close to her Japanese roots and family, several of whom provided her with artistic and creative influences. Her relationship with photography started early, by age six she was taking pictures of her friends, and putting together fashion shoots. Around the age of 15, Karina got more serious about fashion photography and started printing her images herself in the photo lab. While completing her education between in Paris, England and then Stanford University, she carried on photographing fine art projects. By 19 she was working professionally as a photographer, while studying at the Art Centre College of design in Pasadena, California. After a year off to work freelance as an assistant then a photographer in Tokyo, she had a full portfolio and started working in Los Angeles and New York in parallel to college. After graduating and moving to New York she quickly began working for major magazines, agencies, and clients. Her distinctive and award-winning Diesel Fragrance job in particular helped launch her career into fashion beauty, going on to shoot campaigns for Dior, Bill Blass, Guerlain and L’oréal. A lot of these jobs for perfume, cosmetics and luxury goods clients brought her to Paris. Her work having a very French aesthetic to it, Paris became her hub quite early on, but also to London and Milan, Tokyo, where she worked on major editorial work (Vogue, Contract under Life Magazine, XS, I-D). In 1998 she decided to further her talents into directing commercials, she self-produced her first spec commercial, which coupled with her already strong photography portfolio quickly won her jobs. Her first commercial directing job was for Boucheron for their new pearl fragrance and two years later she had two commercials short-listed in the perfume category in Cannes. Since then she has directed dozens of memorable commercials, not only for beauty and cosmetic clients (Boucheron, Cerruti, Covergirl, L’oréal, Lux, Nivea, Guerlain…), but also sensuous spots for Nestlé, as well as launching into car commercials (Alfa Romeo, Toyota). Today her bases are Paris and Rome, but travels frequently throughout the continents, as her work as a director and a photographer has been highly successful internationally.


 

Kay Kienzler 46

HOMEPAGE

Kay was born in Bad Homburg. From 2002 to 2006 he studied MEDIA PRODUCTION at University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt. In 2005 he studied abroad at Victoria University of Wellington / New Zealand, supported by a DAAD scholarship. There, he worked as a Production Assistant on KING KONG at WETA DIGITAL. In 2013 he successfully graduated from Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, where he studied COMMERCIAL DIRECTING since 2007. He participated in the Hollywood Workshop 2011 at UCLA in Los Angeles, supported by the Baden-Württemberg scholarship. His short films (f.i. in co-production with ARTE and SWR) and student commercials were successfully screened on many festivals. Kay loves storytelling in all formats, but admits, that commercial directing is the best job in the world! He currently lives in Berlin, where he is working hard  to insert his humour, quirky visual style and his focus on interesting characters into his films.


 

Keith Schofield 35

MARKENFILM

Keith Schofield is an American director of music videos and television commercials based in Los Angeles, California. His unique, quirky aesthetic work has garnered recognition even beyond the ad industry. Schofield received the “Best Rock Video” award at the 2008 UK Music Video Awards, for his direction of Supergrass’s “Bad Blood” video. Schofield’s works have been described by Anthem Magazine as “sensations that regale viewers with a joyous vitality” and by Wired as incorporating “visual gags worthy of Chuck Jones.” He has directed videos for Charlotte Gainsbourg & Beck, Justice, The BPA (Fatboy Slim), and Supergrass; and commercials for K-Swiss, Sony, McDonalds and Virgin Mobile. In 2009 he won a Cannes Gold Lion for Diesel “SFW XXX.” His hobbies include drawing, eating Urkel-O’s, and writing autobiographies in the third person.


 

Kristian Gründling 7

HOMEPAGE

Kristian Gründling hat das Filmgeschäft „von der Pieke auf“ erlernt. Neben seinen Erfahrungen als Regieassistent, Aufnahme-, Produktionsleiter und Produzent besuchte er als Gaststudent die Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film in München und studierte Medien- und Direktmarketing an der Bayerischen Akademie für Werbung. Sein erster Werbespot schaffte es bereits auf die Shortlist beim Young Directors Award in Cannes 2001 und es folgten zahlreiche nationale und internationale Auszeichnungen für seine pointierten, unterhaltsamen, visuell anspruchsvollen und oft ungewöhnlichen Werbeformate. Sein besonderes Gespür für Menschen und Geschichten kommt besonders in seinen preisgekrönten Unternehmensfilmen zum Ausdruck. Hier spielt hier auch mit Elementen des Dokumentarfilms- Der Werbefilm wird hier immer mehr zum „Wertefilm“, authentisch inszeniert, glaubwürdig emotional und verpackt in starke Bilder. Mit seinem erfolgreichen und preisgekrönten Unternehmensfilm „Der Upstalsboom Weg- Eine Erfolgsgeschichte durch Potentialentfaltung“zeigte er zuletzt den Weg eines Unternehmens hin zu einer neuen Unternehmenskultur auf- ein Unternehmensfilm, der es nach zahlreichen Auszeichnungen sogar ins Kino geschafft hat.


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Lars Knorrn 6

STINK

Lars Knorrn, Geburtsjahr 1975 in Hamburg, war schon als Jugendlicher sehr in dem Beruf seines Vaters, eines Schaubudenkuenstlers, engagiert. Er entwickelte seine eigenen Techniken in der Malerei, dem Zeichnen und der Bildhauerei. Von dem Geld, das er als Assistent seines Vaters verdiente, kaufte er sich Kamera-Equipment und Fachbuecher. Nach seinem Schulabschluss und einigen Projekten als Freelancer zog Lars Knorrn nach London. Sein Erfolg begann bei MTV Europe, wo er bereits nach drei Jahren TV-Sendungen, Shows und Image-Kampagnen fuer MTV UK, MTV Italien und MTV Deutschland produzierte. Nach einiger Zeit wechselte er jedoch in die Werbewelt und landete mit seinem ersten Auftrag direkt einen Treffer. An zehn Tagen drehte er 30 Spots fuer einen grossen Mobilfunkanbieter. Seitdem fuehrte er Regie fuer NIVEA, 8×4, Mini, Karstadt, Cabinet, Sparkasse, und Masterfoods. Er drehte den Levi-s Imagefilm -Type 1- und gewann mit den ARD Spots -Verbotene Liebe- und Leo-s Sports Club -Nuss- internationale Auszeichnungen, z.B. Gold beim -New York Festival-. Zurzeit wohnt Lars Knorrn in Berlin und Paris und arbeitet an einem Workshop fuer junge Schauspieler.


 

Laurentius Victor Emmelmann 20

E+P FILMS

Laurentius was born in 1980 in a small village in lower Austria – which probably nobody knows. He studied directing in Vienna and Ludwigsburg/ Filmakademie Baden- Württemberg. Since 2006 he works as a director for commercials. Laurentius sets great focus on timing and precision – not only private as a passionate cook, but also as a professional behind the camera. Without exaggeration, his films are to be categorized as „great cinema“. Laurentius enormous talent for outstanding casting and vivid, humourous storytelling is wrapped in great pictures, always composed in minute detail. His work includes commercials for brands such as Mercedes, IKEA, T-Mobile and many more, which have gained several awards and nominations at the Art Directors Club Germany, Porsche Int. Student Advertising Festival, First Steps Award, as well as the Young directors award. His work was furthermore featured on the SHOTS as well as the prestigeous Saatchi& Saatchi New german directors showcase in 2008. Laurentius currently lives in Berlin.


 

Levent Semerci 14

LATERNA MAGICA

Levent Semerci ist Jahrgang 1968 und absolvierte sein Film- und Fernsehstudium in Istanbul. Seine Karriere begann 1991 in Deutschland als Theaterregisseur. Nachdem er etliche Musikvideos für die DoRo Productions realisierte, legte er 1994 seinen Schwerpunkt auf den Bereich Werbefilm. Die meisten seiner Projekte realisierte er für große Werbeagenturen und Kunden aus der Türkei, wie z.B. für Ford, Garanti Bank, Deniz, Zorlu, Akbank u.v.a. Levent´s ästhetische Bilder, die Liebe zum Detail sowie sein großartiges Talent im Bereich Storytelling führten 2009 zu seinem Spielfilmdebüt mit „Breath – Der Atemzug“. Sein aktuelles Spielfilm-Projekt „Ayhan Hanim“ feierte Anfang Dezember 2011 die Premiere in der Türkei.


 

Lobo 52

LOBO

Mateus de Paula Santos is the Creative Director and founder of Lobo, a design and animation studio with offices in São Paulo and New York. He graduated in Graphic Design with a penchant for animation and all things motion, and began his career at MTV Brazil. Soon after, Mateus and a couple of friends decided to start their own company, and so Lobo was born. The unique style of the studio’s work caught the attention of the Brazilian advertising market, and it wasn’t long before foreign agencies and clients also started to request work from Lobo. After gathering several awards at festivals like Cannes, Clio, the One Show and D&AD, Mateus and his partners expanded Lobo’s operation into live action territory, setting up a film production company capable of handling all aspects of movie making. Since then Mateus’ work as a live action director proved to be as successful as in the animation front, including awarded spots for global clients like Coca-Cola, Adidas, Volkswagen and Siemens. He also served as a jury and won multiple awards in all the main advertising festivals, including Cannes, D&AD, Ciclope and NY Festivals.


 

Luci Schroder 42

HOMEPAGE

Luci Schroder’s versatile background in Film, Photography, fine arts, textile design and philosophy may help explain her multilayered and almost palpable approach to the fabric of film, with notable commercials and music video clips under her multifaceted belt. From the flamboyant surrealism of her Clip for Alpine Hands to the heartwrenching naturalism of her much-lauded piece for Quit, Schroder is already proving herself a force to be reckoned with. Add to this her hilariously unconventional work with renowned fashion photographer Nick Knight, as well as her participation in exhibitions from Paris to Melbourne, and you get a highly original artistic voice. Luci was recently nominated for the Cannes Young Director Award, and ‘What will be’, for Quit Australia was AWARD finalist in Direction.


 

Luis Guggenberger 47

TRIXTER-Commercial

A gifted designer, Luis graduated from the Munich University of Applied Sciences, with a degree in Industrial Design. From there, he worked various freelance jobs in the field of industrial design, while honing his skills in illustration and photography. In 2010 he interned as a Concept Artist at Related Designs, a leading German development studio for PC strategy games. Luis first joined TRIXTER in 2011, where he took part in Pro7 – Starforce, an award-winning ident campaign for Germany’s biggest commercial TV station, featuring an artistic mixture of traditional 2D animation and live action material. Luis quickly proved himself a vital member of the TRIXTER team, providing concept art, backgrounds and prop designs, including the design of an essential 3D prop featured in Marvel’s The Avengers (2012). A short time later, TRIXTER developed an in-house Concept Art Department, led by Luis and his inspiring vision.


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Manu Coeman 1

HAGER MOSS FILM

Manu Coeman wurde 1968 in Courtrai geboren. Er studierte an der IAD (Institut des Arts de Diffusion) in Louvain la Neuve. Er war -First A.D.- (Assistent-Director) bei Eric de la Hosseraye, Vincent de Brus, Elie Chouraqui, Paula Walker, Gerard Pires, Euzhan Palcy, Bruno Chiche…Er drehte Kurzfilme, wie -Lola-, -Point Mort- und -Ketchup-,wobei -Ketchup- am erfolgreichsten abschnitt und mehrere Awards fuer sichbeanspruchen konnte. Ebenfalls gewann er Awards fuer Twix, McDonald s, Calve-Poster-, Credit Communal -Eric- und fuer TMN -Dobermann-. In seiner Laufbahn drehte er bereits fuer Sprite, Renault, Fanta, Coca-Cola, Citroen,Yamaha, Dolce & Gabbana, Cup-a-Soup, Heineken, Pioneer, Microsoft, Durex und vielen mehr.


 

Marc Malze 2

SOUP FILM

Marc Malze was writer and director for the satire telecast extra drei (NDR television) before he studied film direction at the German film academy in Berlin (dffb). Since then he has written and produced several award winning short stories and commercials. He gained extra film experience at the Hongkong Action Film Masterclass of Tsui Hark and a traineeship with Martin Scorcese during the shooting of “Gangs of New York”. Since 2002 he has been working as a Commercial Director.


 

Mark Nunneley 45

RSA FILMS

Mark is a BAFTA nominated TV and film director and writer based in London. He has directed award-winning BBC TV comedy, commercials, music videos and short films and has been represented for over ten years by Ridley Scott Associates for commercials. His training at London’s St Martins School of Art provided the foundation for his distinctive and quirky style –realistic but with a gentle humour, an eye for the surreal and a knack for capturing beauty in the mundane. Mark was BAFTA nominated for his direction of the critically lauded BBC comedy series 15 Storeys High, starring Sean Lock and Benedict Wong, (The Guardian exclaimed ‘gutwrenchingly funny and brilliantly imaginative… We’re fed up with telling you how good it is. If you’re not watching it you’re fools. Don’t make us come round there…’) and has won numerous Silver Lions, Gold Arrows and other awards for his commercials, idents and branded content for the likes of Canon, The Guardian, British Telecom, First Direct, Cornetto and Cathay Pacific. His short film work encompasses the acclaimed “Sad?”with Sean Connery (‘Outstanding…’- John Cooper, Director, Sundance Festival), internet sensation “yOOrinal”and, most recently, the lyrical and touching “Kismet Diner” (Empire – ‘this packs in more story than many indie movies’- Winner of Manhattan Shorts Festival 2013, the worlds biggest short film festival, a Silver Lion at Cannes and over 11 million views on the www to boot).


 

Martines 9

HOMEPAGE

Frank Martin Schmidt hat sich unter seinem Künstlernamen Martines als Regisseur international in der Werbung etabliert.
Nach seinem Publizistik – und Sportstudium an der DSHS Köln begann seine Karriere zunächst beim Fernsehen, wo er für private und öffentlich-rechtliche Sender Magazinstücke und Dokumentationen drehte. Diese Herkunft prägt seine Handschrift auch in der Werbung.
Frank Martin Schmidt fokussiert immer auf die Geschichte und sieht den Spot als Gesamtkunstwerk aus Visualität, Cast, Rhythmus, Dramaturgie und Story. Authentisch – menschlich, mit subtilem Humor inszeniert er für namenhafte deutsche und internationale Kunden:
Allianz, ARD, Axel Springer, Bayer, Becks, Bitburger, Deutsche Bahn, Fiat, Henkel, Hochland, HSBC, Hyundai, Indofood, Kia, Martini, Mc Donalds, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Nestle, Opel, Otto Versand, Orange, Postbank, Sparkasse, Skoda, Telegate, Telekom, Thyssen Krupp, Uni Credit, Unilever, VW, ZDF uvm. In der letzten Zeit rückt seine Expertise für besondere Foodinszenierungen mehr und mehr in den Vordergrund.


 

Mat Kirkby 32

RSA FILMS

Award-winning commercials and promo director is a confident film-maker with a cheeky sense of humour, just look at his promo for “Women Beat Their Men” in which he persuaded a man off the street to be whacked repeatedly by a succession of women auditioning for the part. “Mat’s quirky and fresh humour shines out of his promos and firs short film (“Hard to Swallow”)” says BBC Films’ Beth Richards. “He gets subtle, but painfully funny, performances from his actors and isn’t afraid to have fun with his scripts.”


 

Maurus vom Scheidt 9

HOMEPAGE

Maurus was born in 1973. Between 1992 and 1997 he completed his photography
apprenticeship with the well known fashion photographer Jochen Haunreiter. He then went on to work as line producer and production manager as well as director-s assistant in commercials. In 1997 he began to study filmmaking at the Academy for Television and Film (HFF) in Munich. In 2002 his final film for his studies named ‘Cuba’ was internationally acclaimed and won prizes at various film festivals throughout Germany. Maurus began directing commercials in 2003 for clients such as: Ariel, Bounty, Blistex, Brigitte, CAB, Daimler-Chrysler, Goodyear, Krombacher, Leerdamer, Noah eV, Reader’s Digest, Sony and Timisoreanna Beer. Most recently, he completed work on his first feature film, ‘Wie Licht schmeckt’ (‘How Light Tastes’) Awards for the film: ‘Cuba’: ‘Starter Filmpreis’ Munich 2003 (best young director); ‘Audience award’ Shorts Welcome Festival. ‘Cuba’ was also screened at the following festivals Hofer Filmtage, Shorts Welcome, and the Landshuter Kurzfilmtage.


 

Michael Geoghegan 40

PARTIZAN

Michael has been directing content, short films, commercials and music videos for over twenty years and has recently made a spherical and interactive film for Honda and a 3D cinema advert for the launch of the new Dr Who TV series for the BBC.
He is currently developing a feature called ‘MAN DOWN’ about a bunch of disaffected British squaddies who pull of a Heathrow heist and is prepping a short film called ‘The Immaculate Misconception’ which is set in Belfast.  He has co-written and directed a short film called AtoZ about all the owners of a single car. You can see it here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H11-P5MkPdU  His directorial debut was in 1985 with the award winning music video ‘Orinoco Flow’ by Enya. His awards include D+AD, Creative Circle, The Big Awards, Pro Max, Billboards, Brit Awards, Music Week Awards, Eurobest, Webby.I won a D+AD silver for a BBC4 spot, a Gold at the Big awards for the British Army campaign, various Promax awards including Golds for BBC News 24 and BBC Radio 2, a Grammy, Webby awards, a EuroBest Award, Brit Awards, Creative Circles and Billboard Award.  Also he has made lots of music videos and won a few awards for some of them, a Grammy, various music week awards…


 

Mikko Lehtinen 46

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Mikko Lehtinen was born 1975 Lahti, Finland, studied Marketing, Acting and Theatre & Cultural history. After a year in the army Mikko started working as a production assistant on commercials, TV-programs and various feature films. Mikko tried about everything there is to filmmaking, from casting directing to being a gaffer, and worked his way up to directing. As a director he has shot over 150 commercials and 10 music videos around the world. He shot for many of the most respected international brands like IKEA, Puma, Volkswagen, Virgin Mobile, T-mobile, Nokia, Heineken, Sprite, Coca Cola, Land Rover and the Guardian. Mikko´s style is very hard pigeonhole. Like many other gifted and committed filmmakers he can easily switch between off-beat comedy, drama, even horror. Some say he´s a Scandinavian comedy director, others know him from painfully revealing and poignant drama. Throughout his career Mikko has been awarded in numerous festivals. Most recently Mikko charity spot Fragile Childhood about parental alcohol abuse has been making waves internationally. Only two days after its launch the spot has been featured on all of the major ad industry sites. Shots, Little Black Book, Ads of the World, Best Ads on TV, Coloribus, Advertolog. As well as tens of blogs around the world from France to Korea. What makes this campaign special is that the newspapers have also picked it up and encouraged discussion around this important topic. Finnish tabloid Iltalehti put up a survey asking whether it is okay to get drunk in front of your children or not. Rolling Stone Magazine contributor Joe Berkowitz writes: “The Monsters ad takes a cinematic approach that would do John Carpenter proud.”


 

Mona El Mansouri 6

SOUP FILM

Mona El Mansouri, Geburtsjahr 1965, hat eine abgeschlossene Ausbildung als Kommunikationswirtin und arbeitete als Texterin in verschiedenen Werbeagenturen. Sechs Jahre lang war sie freiberufliche Regieassistentin im Langfilm und in der Werbung, in dieser Zeit arbeitete sie zusammen mit Detlev Buck fuer den Kinofilm -Der Elefant vergisst nie-, mit Andrew Birkin fuer den Kinofilm -Salt on your Skin-, sowie mit Soenke Wortmann, Dan Krech und Nikolai Karo fuer verschiedene Werbefilmproduktionen. Seit 1997 arbeitet sie erfolgreich als Regisseurin fuer Kunden wie zum Beispiel Beck-s Gold, Opel, Coca Cola, Onko, Mastercard, Skoda und Volkswagen. Fuer den Kurzfilm -Girls Talk- erhielt sie einen Award beim Sundance Film Festival, fuer den Spot -VW Polo-Rowdy- gewann sie beim ADC, mit -LUX- erhielt sie eine Auszeichnung beim New York Advertising Festival.


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Neil Gorringe 30

MOXIE PICTURES

After graduating from Middlesex University with a degree in English Literature, Neil moved to Hong Kong, where he worked for the music station Channel [V], writing, directing and editing music shows.  Highlights of this period include filming Bjork pretending to be an owl, and eating deep fried pig intestines with David Hasselhoff. Returning to London in 1997, Neil worked for MTV UK where he directed award winning promos, idents and short form commercials for their On Air department.  Three years later he joined E4 at launch, where as Creative Director he has overseen the channel’s branding and look, winning numerous awards including a D&AD pencil for TV Brand Identities and Best Drama Promo at Promax 2008 for his Skins Series One trailer. Neil has developed his craft to become an accomplished director with a portfolio that encompasses irreverent comedy performance and stylised visual films. Neil joined Moxie Pictures for worldwide representation in April 2006 and has worked domestically and internationally on advertising campaigns for McDonalds, U-Switch and Wexley PC.


 

Nico Beyer 42

Cobblestone

After graduating from a design school in Düsseldorf, Nico was eager to direct music videos. He created and self produced two 20 seconds spots for MTV Europe, which gained him international recognition. In 1992 Nico moved to New York and signed with PROPAGANDA, which, at the time, was the no. 1 production company for music videos and creative commercials. Soon, Nico found himself directing videos for bands, like ERASURE, COCTEAU TWINS, THE VERVE, SUZANNE VEGA, THE PET SHOP BOYS and THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS. This was also the start for Nico’s career in advertising. First in Germany, then  around the world, Nico directed spots for top brands, such as MERCEDES, COCA COLA, NIKE, BMW, INFINTY, PUMA, and DIESEL. His work won numerous awards. Gold and silver at Cannes, Clio, Cresta, New York ADC, German ADC, European ADC, and the London International Awards. Tired of living out of his suitcase, Nico based himself in Paris.  In 1999 Nico directed his first short film PHANTOM, which premiered at the BERLINALE and found its way into the German cinemas. 2002, he co-founded the production company CHASED BY COWBOYS with offices in Paris, Los Angeles and Düsseldorf, Nico produced and directed spots for ADIDAS, NISSAN, SIEMENS, HUGO BOSS, LÓREAL, SONY ERICSON, FORD, GENERAL MOTORS, and TOYOTA.  Nico left CHASED BY COWBOYS in 2008 to regain focus on his directing career. He teamed up with Paris based production company PARTIZAN to open an office in Berlin, headed by exec. producer Moritz Merkel, where Nico directed spots for clients, such as HORNBACH, MEDIA MARKT, MC FIT, ADIDAS, SUZUKI, and FONIC. In 2010 Nico met Juri Wiesner from COBBLESTONE in Berlin and together they have produced and directed for CARITAS, BUNDESLIGA, SKY, LEXUS, CHEVROLET and  SPARKASSE. Internationally, Nico has just signed an exclusive agreement with London and Hollywood based production company RSA.


 

Niels Shoe Meulman 43

HOMEPAGE

Niels Shoe Meulman (also known as Shoe) is an internationally known artist and graphic designer. He is born, raised and based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Meulman began tagging ‘Shoe’in 1979 and became a graffiti legend by the time he was 18. In the eighties he met New York artists like Dondi, Rammellzee, Haze, Quik and Keith Haring. He then formed the Crime Time Kings with Bando from Paris and Mode2 from London. Together they gave graffiti in Europe its own distinctive style. In the Nineties he furthered his technique by apprenticing under the Dutch graphic design master Anthon Beeke. In the years after, he ran his own design company, Caulfield & Tensing and was partner in advertising agency Unruly, which he later turned into brand for silk scarves and a gallery. Niels Shoe Meulman revolutionized the art of writing with Calligraffiti, an art form that fuses calligraphy and graffiti. He launched this movement in 2007 with a successful solo exhibition in Amsterdam. Since then, his Calligraffiti pieces (signed NSM) have been shown in various international exhibitions and are part of several museum collections. His recent painting style can be described as Abstract Expressionism with a calligraphic origin.


 

Norbert Heitker 14

CZAR

Norbert Heitker (geb. 1971) lebt in Hamburg und Berlin. Nach dem Studium der Medientechnik in Hamburg hat er seit 1996 diverse Musikvideos fuer die aerzte, Rammstein, die Toten Hosen etc. gedreht und gehoert mit diversen preisgekroenten Videos (Echo, Komet, Kurzfilmfestival Oberhausen usw.) zu einem der Erfolgreichsten Musikvideo Regisseuren auf dem Deutschen Markt. 2001 startete er sein Debut als Werbefilmregisseur mit Susa Ehlers als seine Produzentin fuer Berliner Pilsener und wird seit Bestehen der Produktionsfirma von CZAR vertreten und hat inzwischen fuer diverse Kunden sein Talent auch in der Werbung beweisen koennen. Seine staerken liegen im Strorrytelling/People, aber auch Beauty und in der Schauspielfuehrung, insbesondere von Testimonials. Hierbei nutze ihm sein feines Gespuer beruehmte Menschen in ein gutes Licht zu setzen, die sich nicht unbedingt als die besten Schauspieler auszeichnen. Auch der Look seiner Filme ist ob der langjaehrigen Erfahrung als erfindungsreicher Musikregisseur, immer wieder neu, jedem Projekt entsprechend zugeschnitten.


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Oliver Julius 4

TRINITY AGENCY

Oliver grew up mülheim, germany. while studying economics in germany and london, he made his first contact with the film & tv world by working as a camera assistant. in 1992 oliver became a cameraman shooting documentaries, reports, image films and music videos, mainly for german and english tv stations. he then moved into advertising as a dop, much preferring celluloid over video.
once in advertising it didn’t take him long to realize that his real passion was for directing. in 2000 he directed his first commercial for kawasaki which won the bronze young directors award 2001 in cannes. he has been working as a director ever since.
given his fascination with people and their stories, it’s not really surprising that oliver loves shooting emotional, visually strong vignette films and stories with subtle humour.
his style is authentic and sensual, capturing that brief moment that says more than the moving pictures. to achieve this he casts extras and kids as much as actors and spends lots of time finding the right music to go with the mood of the film.
when he’s not filming oliver is into cars, cooking and photography. oliver speaks german and english. He’s also working on his russian.


 

Otto Alexander Jahrreiss 31

HOMEPAGE

Otto Alexander Jahrreiss kommt ursprünglich vom Spielfilm und wurde nach mehreren Arbeiten für Kino und TV, darunter der ersten Staffel der Erfolgsserie „Balko“ und den auch international viel beachteten Filmen „Der Menschenfresser“ und „China Dream“ 1999 mit „Alles Bob“ einem grösseren Publikum bekannt. In die Werbung stieg er 1998 mit einer bis heute legendären Kampagne für DEA ein, aufgrund derer er in den folgenden Jahren mit der Umsetzung unzähliger Commmercials im Bereich Comedy und Dialog betraut wurde. Nachdem Jahrreiss 2001 mit dem visuell packenden film noir Thriller „Zoom“ bei der Berlinale reüssierte und in der Folge mehrere internationale Fimpreise gewann, änderten sich auch die Anfragen seitens der Agenturen. Seitdem dreht Jahrreiss in praktisch jedem Genre Werbefilme, wobei er sich weiterhin auf Boards konzentriert hat, in denen er sein besonderes Gespür für einen an die Grenzen des Absurden gehenden, eher angelsächsisch geprägten Humor zur Entfaltung bringen kann. So entstanden in den vergangenen Jahren Arbeiten für so unterschiedliche Kunden wie VW, McDonalds, Hornbach, Kappa, Vodafone, Deutsche Bank, Media Markt, Yello, LBS, Peugeot, Gauloises, Fleurop, Telekom und viele andere, von denen wiederum viele Spots Preise wie etwa in Cannes, Rose d’Or Montreux, New York Festivals oder bei der Klappe und den Effies gewannen. Im Jahr 2011 hatte sein jüngster Kinofilm‚ die High Concept Komödie „Die Relativitätstheorie der Liebe’, bei der alle Hauptrollen von nur zwei Schauspielern, Katja Riemann und Olli Dittrich gespielt wurden, erfolgreich Premiere.


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Pascal Dash 52

EMBASSY

Pascal Dash arbeitet seit 12 Jahren international erfolgreich als Regisseur und Modefotograf. Seine Arbeit als Fotograf praegte stark seine visuelle Umsetzungskraft als Regisseur. Kein Film von Pascal Dash aehnelt dem anderen. Sein einzigartiges Framing macht die Filme unverwechselbar und sein Grading erzeugt ungesehene Bildwelten. Sein Casting ueberrascht immer wieder aufs Neue – ungesehene Gesichter, die er ueberall auf der Welt findet. Es ist die Energie und sein Gefuehl fuer Konzepte, die seine Werbefilme so kraftvoll machen. Pascal sucht immer neue Wege, neue Herausforderungen und deshalb freut er sich umso mehr, mit der Neue Sentimental Film einen Footstep in die deutsche Werbelandschaft zu setzen. Pascal arbeitete u.a. fuer Kunden, wie Bloomingdales, Citroen, Lipton, L’Oreal, Mercedes, Minolta, Schwarzkopf und Winston.


 

Peder Pederson 35

HOMEPAGE

Born in 1971… A great movie year!  Dirty Harry, A Clockwork Orange and Straw Dogs all came out that year… I am a true film buff. Did my own Horror Movie Magazine in the 90′s called Inferno, which is legendary in Scandinavia.Started out in the business as a storyboard-artist… Also I did some makeup effects for short films and stuff. Was a pretty lousy 1st AD because I didn’t want to do the scenes how the Director wanted them. Got a break with the Barbie Girl music-video for Aqua… Did some crazy local commercials for Panasonic that got won Epica and was on Shots plus a local Ford AD that was shortlisted in Cannes Lions. Both were shown at the Saatchi’s Young Director’s the following year. That was then… Today I’ve done around 400 commercials and music videos. Did some short films (one, THE WHITE GOLD, about spunk, also won some awards). Apart from that, I watch a movie almost everyday… like music and walking in the park.


 

Peter Harton 36

HOMEPAGE

Born in Bronxville, New York, Dec. 31. 1974. Peter started out making coffee and sandwiches for the crew on a Danish talk-show. Short after he began working in the camera department on television. After a couple of years he became a clapper/loader on film. He then became an assistant cameraman and worked on numerous commercials, music videos and feature films.
He shot some documentaries and short films as a photographer and then switched to the director’s department assisting some of Denmark’s most successful directors. In 2004 Peter made his debut as a commercial director. In 2010 he took a break from commercials to focus on directing a series for Danish TV called Rytteriet (The Cavalry). The TV-Series became the most watched comedy series on Danish TV that year and won the prestigious TV Festival Award for best comedy series in 2011. In late 2012 Peter and the two creators of Rytteriet reunited to develop the follow up to their successful first season. Not wanting to repeat themselves they wrote 8 new episodes together, that took the series away from the sketch-show genre and into a more continuous narrative story. The show went on air in August 2013 on National Danish Television. 
In January 2014 Rytteriet won a Danish Academy Award (Robert) for best short format tv-series. In August it won the TV Festival Award for best comedy series for the second time.


 

Philipp Stölzl 46

BIGFISH

Geboren 1967 in München absolviert er zunächst an den Münchner Kammerspielen eine Ausbildung zum Bühnenbilder. Er arbeitete mit Regisseuren wie Armin Petras, Johanna Schall und Thomas Langhoff bis er 1997 über die Produktion DoRo ins Musikvideofach wechselte, deren Berliner Office er als Creative Director leitet. Mit dem Rammstein Clip Du Hast gelingt ihm Ende der 90er Jahre der internationale Durchbruch, Clips für Madonna, Aha, die Rolling Stones, Garbage, Evanescence und Rammstein folgen. Seit 2000 ist Stölzl in der Werbung tätig und dreht unter anderem Spots für Marken wie BMW, Nokia, Rolex, Sony und New Yorker. 2002 erscheint sein beachtetes Spielfilmdebüt Baby mit Alice Dwyer, Lars Rudolph und Filip Peeters in den Hauptrollen. Seit 2005 regelmäßige Engagements als Opernregisseur und Bühnenbildner ua an den Salzburger Festspielen, bei den Wiener Festwochen, der Deutschen Oper, der Staatsoper Berlin, am Theater Basel und an der Staatsoper Stuttgart. Er arbeitet ua mit Operngrößen wie Anna Netrebko, Placido Domingo und Daniel Barenboim. 2008 startet sein zweiter Spielfilms in den Kinos, das Bergabenteuer Nordwand mit Benno Führmann, Johanna Wokalek, Ulrich Tukur und Florian Lukas in den Hauptrollen. Die Weltpremiere fand auf dem Internationalen Filmfest in Locarno statt. Nordwand hat sich international sehr gut verkauft und lief ua in Japan, Italien, England, Neuseeland, Kanada und in den USA und ist mehrfach für den Deutschen Filmpreis 2009 nominiert (ua bekommt Kolja Brandt die LOLA für die Beste Kamera). Im Oktober 2010 hat Stölzls dritter Spielfilm Goethe! in den deutschen Kinos Premiere. Die Hauptrollen spielen Alexander Fehling, Moritz Bleibtreu, Volker Bruch, Burghart Klausner und Henry Hübchen in den Hauptrollen. Sein ersten englischsprachiger Film, der Agententhriller „Erased“ (Deutscher Titel „Die Logan Verschwörung“ mit Aaron Eckhart, Olga Kurylenko und Liana Liberato) wird 2011 in Kanada und Belgien gedreht. Zu Weihnachten 2013 startet die Verfilmung von Noah Gordons Bestsellers „Der Medicus“ in den Kinos. Der Film erzählt Reise des Waisenjungen Rob Coles vom England des 11. Jahrhunderts bis in den Orient und startet mit sensationellen Zuschauerzahlen und macht 3,5 Mio Zuschauer in Deutschland. In den Hauptrollen: Ben Kinglsey, Stellan Skarsgard, Olivier Martinez, Tom Payne, Fahri Yardim und Elyas M´barek. Philipp Stölzl dreht während seiner Langzeitprojekte und Theaterproduktionen immer wieder Werbefilme. Seine Fähigkeit Geschichten zu erzählen, sowie seine Vorliebe für visuell kraftvolle Ideen stehen dabei im Vordergrund.


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RANKIN 50

RANKINFILM

Rankin is a British photographer, publisher, film director and humanitarian. With a portfolio ranging from portraiture to documentary, he has shot The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Kate Moss, Tony Blair, and The Queen to name only a few. Having co-founded the magazine Dazed & Confused, he has remained a prevalent force in publishing and has over 42 photography books to his name. He continues to direct commercials and music videos for some of the biggest artists and brands, as well as directing and producing numerous documentaries and dramas. Principally a portrait photographer, Rankin tapped into the consciousness of the 90s and 00s with an intimate approach and playful sense of humour. Immersing himself with bands, artists, supermodels and politicians, he quickly came to prominence with his natural ability to elicit emotions and create iconic pictures. He has shot covers for Elle, German Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Esquire, GQ and Rolling Stone. His body of commercial work features landmark editorial and advertising campaigns including Nike, Swatch, Dove, Pantene, Diageo, and charities such as Womenʼs Aid, Sightsavers and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Rankin always intended to pursue moving image and has been directing since 1996. Rankin has since shot commercial films for Ford Mustang, Braun, Astor, Versace, and G-Star RAW. He has shot music videos for Rita Ora, Miley Cyrus, Example, Kelis, and Mr. Hudson. He co-directed “The Lives of Saints” which won the grand jury prize at the Salento International Film Festival. Rankinʼs work is regularly exhibited in galleries around the world, as well as his own London studio. His museum-scale exhibition ʻShow Offʼopened at NRW Forum Dusseldorf in September 2012, pulling in over 30,000 visitors in 3 months. In 2009, Rankin undertook the biggest project of his career –Rankin Live- where photographed over 1600 Londoners over 9 weeks, with a person being shot every 15 minutes: Rankin proved that everyone can look like a magazine cover star, they just had to be themselves. The public paid fifty pounds to have their picture taken with all proceeds going to charity. They could see their portrait feature along side some of the worldʼs most famous faces, with their photo retouched, printed, and hung on the wall within half an hour of the shutter being fired. Rankin lives with his wife in London in Annroy his custom state-of-the-art contemporary photographic studio, gallery and living space.


 

Robert Nylund 37

COBBLESTONE

He was born in Stockholm 15th September 1976. His mother is Swedish, his father is Finnish. He speaks Swedish, English and some Finnish. Learning German but slowly. He loves football, drives a Triumph and an American boat and goes fly-fishing between jobs. He started out wanting to be a cinematographer but got bored of the technical aspects. Loves good storytelling and aims for in-camera effects and solutions, photography and cigars. Robert started out his directing career with promos and shorts. He did a numerous commercials for Sweden, Germany, USA, Spain, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Japan etc for brands such as Nokia, Carlsberg, Nissan, VW, Pepsi etc.


 

Roman Kuhn 1

E+P FILMS

Roman Kuhn ist am 07.07.1957 geboren. Er ist Mitgruender und Geschaeftsfuehrer der ersten Firma in Deutschland, die sich professionell mit Computer Grafik und Computer Animation beschaeftigte. 1985 gruendete er die Roman Kuhn & Partner GmbH, die sich mit der Konzeption, Gestaltung und Produktion von synthetischen Filmen, Werbefilmen und Videoclips befasste. Er war Dozent fuer Filmgestaltung und drehte eine Vielzahl von Werbefilmen und Videoclips wie z.B. die Spots fuer C&A, ADAC, Tom Tailor, KangaRoos. -Die Schlaefer- und -Der Voyeur- sind zwei von vielen bekannten TV – Movies, die Roman Kuhn drehte. Aber nicht nur seine TV- Movies wurden bekannt, Kinofilme wie -Three below Zero- (Max-Ophuels Preis-98), -Be Angeled- oder -Tattoo- sollten an dieser Stelle nicht ungenannt bleiben. Sein Dokumentarfilm -a woman and a half- mit Hildegard Knef wurde fuer den Bundesfilmpreis nominiert.


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Saam Fahramand 39

Rogue Films

Saam Farahmand is one of the most vital creative figures that we have seen emerging from the UK in the last five years. After winning best director at the MVA’s (by passing the ‘best newcomer’ category) Saam became key in spearheading the revival of British music videos in the latter part of the last decade (with videos for Klaxons, Simian Mobile Disco, Cheryl Cole, Janet Jackson, The XX and a ground-breaking music documentary entitled ‘Part Of The Weekend Never Dies’). Farahmand has been awarded several accolades, including being commended as one of Time Out’s London Heroes, on a list of 40 individuals which included Damien Hirst, M.I.A and Gareth Pugh. He has recently worked on select projects, including making a film for late legend Alexander McQueen, starting a boutique gallery called ‘Boyschool’, and most recently ‘ABSOLUT BLANK LIVE’, where respected vodka brand ‘Absolut’ have appointed Saam as creative director for their experiential campaign which will be unveiled in Autumn 2011.


 

Sean Metelerkamp 35

HOMEPAGE

Sean’s an aesthetic renegade –his work is ambiguous, electric, darkly poetic and utterly inspiring. His jaw-dropping video for DIE ANTWOORD caught the worlds attention, and helped launch this phenomenal South African band through youtube. Sean is a 29 year old photographer/filmmaker based in Cape Town, South Africa. He has been talked about in Dazed & Confused, Shots magazine, Playboy Magazine, Design Indaba and New York Magazine voted him one of 14 Top music directors to watch. Zef Side for Die Antwoord won an award and was exhibited in the the Guggenheim Museums in New York, Bilboa, Berlin and Venice for the Top 25 films of 2010. He is now busy travelling South Africa to document 20 years of freedom. Follow him on twenty journey.com


 

Shilo 38

FILM DELUXE

SHILO is an Emmy Award-winning creative company representing a group of filmmakers led by directors Jose Gomez and Andre Stringer. Internationally known for creating original and commissioned work that is powerful, provocative and visually extraordinary, Shilo’s deeply held passions for design-infused storytelling and innovative application of live-action, design, and animation techniques deliver breakthrough experiences for screens large and small. From its studios in New York and La Jolla, California, where recent projects have spanned short films, commercials and music videos, Shilo has the capacity and experience to originate ideas and handle all aspects of post production. Shilo published its first book, We Make It Good, in 2007, and also curates the site www.WeMakeItGood.com. JOSÉ GOMEZ is a dreamer, a visionary, an artist. His prolific history in skateboarding, street culture and fine art have all fed his talent for filmmaking and influenced his unique perspective on storytelling. Whether it be live action, animation or the mixture of the two, his stories all share a wit and a magical quality that blur the lines of reality and fantasy. As co-founder and director of Shilo, his multidisciplinary approach to filmmaking has brought successful projects to life for a large client list including Scion, Electronic Arts, US Census and Anheuser-Busch.


 

Simon Willows 31

TONYPETERSEN FILM

Simon Willows is one of the nicest men in advertising. Having cut his directorial teeth as one half of duo Simon and Jon and directing promos for such luminaries as Moby and Boogie Pimps he joined Blinkink in 2004. His commercial debut was a spot for Nike-Run London through Wieden & Kennedy, which was awarded a million awards. More recently, his international online success “Slob Evolution” was nominated for an Emmy, Webby and Cannes Lion last year, and his commercials Persil “Fireworks” for BBH and McDonalds “Run Free” for Leo Burnett were both selected as Campaign’s “Pick of the Week.”As comfortable with a puppet as he is with a human Simon Willows brings an element of hands-on, incamera magic that is sorely missing from so much of our digital world.


 

Stardust (Jake Banks) 32

ROKKIT

Stardust is an award-winnig creative studio, specializing in motion design, animation, visual effects and live-action media. Led by founder Jake Banks, Stardust’s Santa Monica and New York studios continually redefine creativity for commercial, on-air, music video and in-store presentations. Their recent work – including projects for the world’s top ad agencies, brands and recording artists – has earned numerous awards and worldwide editorial exposure.You can read an Interview with Jake Banks here. They are with Rokkit@Stink for Europe and Asia, they’re very collaborative and they’re bloody good….


 

Sven Bollinger 3

TONYPETERSEN FILM

With a past of directing and producing music videosfor 10 years, no production conditions are new for Sven and no genre is foreign. the small and large stories of daily life are spiced up with humor and style, which are his preferred field. We are realizing successful projects with Sven since 2003, won the adc award 2007 for the mercedes commercial “smith und schmidt”, as well as the spotlights puplikumpreis 2008 with the hamburger abendblatt. He also received many prizes for the adobe campaign. His newest prank is a campaign for deutsche telekom, which will run soon.

 

 


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Thed Lenssen 27

THE-DFILMS

Nach seinem Studium fuer Bildende Kuenste an der St. Joost Universitaet (Netherlands) und seinem Diplom arbeitete Thed als Modefotograf fuer Magazine wie Cosmopolitan, Harpers Bazaar, Avenue, Elegance und Playboy. Seine Arbeiten wurden in Oslo, Hamburg, Berlin und Amsterdam ausgestellt. Nach der Kombination von Fotografie und Regie konzentriert er sich nun voll und ganz auf die Arbeit als Werberegisseur unter anderem fuer Kunden wie Heineken, Philips, Volkswagen, Central Beheer, sowie auf das Gewinnen von Awards.


 

Thomas Nabbefeld 5

Thjnk

Thomas Nabbefeld wurde 1973 in Stuttgart geboren. Er studierte Film an der Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg und machte 2001 erfolgreich sein Diplom im Bereich Regie Werbefilm. Vorher ab 1994 -96 arbeitete er als Kamera- und Schnittassistent bei der Film- und Fernsehproduktion -ModernVideo- und im Anschluss als freier Editor fuer diverse Fernsehsender wie z.B. SAT.1 und DSF. 2001 entschied er sich zu einem Umzug nach Berlin und startete seine Karriere als Werbefilmregisseur und dreht seit dem sehr erfolgreich Werbefilme wie z.B. fuer Media Markt, Fleurop, Karstadt und 2005 fuer Tempo.


 

Thor Freudenthal 15

HOMEPAGE

Thor’s erste Liebe gilt den Comics. Aufwachsend, fuellt er unzaehlige Skizzenbuecher mit selbstgezeichneten Abenteuern, die er als Gymnasiast an Verlage wie Carlsen und Alpha verkaufen kann. Als Student an der UdK Berlin entdeckt Thor jedoch schnell seine Filmleidenschaft und dreht Kurzfilme, die bald auf europaeischen Festivals Erfolge feiern. Sein experimenteller Film -mind the gap- verschafft ihm schliesslich ein Stipendium am California Institute of the Arts, wo eine glaenzende US Karriere beginnt. Sein erster amerikanischer Kurzfilm -The Tenor-, ueber einen Vogelstrauss, der davon traeumt ein Opernstar zu sein, heimst neben internationalen Preisen auch einen Emmy ein, und tourt mit Spike&Mike-s renomierten -Festival of Animation-. Als naechstes stoesst Thor zum Kreativ-Team der Sony-Grossproduktionen -Stuart Little- und -Stuart Little 2-. Hier ist er massgeblich an der Kombination von Realfilm und Computeranimation beteiligt, ueberwacht Storyboards, Animationsdesign und die Visualisierung des Scripts. Es folgt der logische Schritt in die Regie. Seitdem dreht Thor im US Werbemarkt und Europa fuer Klienten wie Reebok, Nike, Florida-s Natural, Nabisco, Burger King, DeBeukelaer und Popsicle. Seine Vorliebe fuer fantastische Szenarien und Spezialeffekte kombiniert er mit subtilem Humor. Neben seinem praegnanten visuellen Instinkt, beweist er ein sicheres Gespuer fuer komoediantisches Timing und den Umgang mit Schauspielern. Zu seinen juengsten Werbefilm-produktionen gehoert die in USA sehr erfolgreiche Kampagne fuer Popsicle. Diese Kampagne ist eine Hommage an das durch Kitsch, lowbudget special effects gepraegte Hong Kong Kino und das 60er Jahre Fernsehen. Sein Kurzfilm “Motel” wurde ausgezeichnet und beim Sundance Film Festival im Januar 2005 ausgestrahlt. Auch seine weiteren Kurzfilme wurden weltweit auf diversen Festivals gezeigt und mit Awards bedacht. Sein umfassendes Wissen konnte Thor erneut im Spielfilm anwenden. Kuerzlich schloss er Dreharbeiten als Second Unit Regisseur an der Disney Produktion -The Haunted Mansion- mit Eddie Murphy ab.


 

Thorsten Herken 31

HOMEPAGE

Thorsten was born in Bremen. After several stations as a creative director, he left Jung von Matt/Alster, where he worked as CD at last, in the year 2000. During the next years he worked as a freelancer in Hamburg, Berlin, Amsterdam and New York; in this time he started to co-direct and finally completely dedicated himself to directing. His BMW Night Vision-Spot won silver at the ADC and made it on the Shortlist in Cannes. His work includes BMW, Mercedes, VW, THX, Weihenstephan and several more.
Further Thorsten founded „Pulk“, a creative collective in Berlin that reminds a bit of the agency Mother in London. Thorsten lives with his wife and daughter in Berlin.


 

Tim Loehr 15

MARKENFILM

Tim Löhr wurde am 14.6.1975 in Berlin geboren. Dort lebt er auch. Schon früher hatte Tim eine Faszination für die Werbung. Während der Schulzeit arbeitete er als freier Grafiker und Illustrator. Neben seinem Studium (Gesellschafts-und Wirtschaftskommunikation) an der Hochschule der Künste entwickelte er Konzepte in einer Werbeagentur, u.a. auch für Werbefilme. 1999 nahm Tim im Rahmen eines Seminars an der Uni am Hennessy Award teil. Er gewann drei Jahre in Folge Preise jeweils für Buch und Regie. Während dieser Zeit gelang Tim sehr erfolgreich der Einstieg in die Werbewelt.

 

 


 

Tobi Baumann 37

WUNDERFILM

wurde am 22. Mai 1974 in Koblenz geboren. Nach seinem Abitur 1993 und dem Zivildienst entschied er sich nach einer sehr erfolglosen Tournee durch Deutschlands Schauspielschulen und dem Verkauf eines Mördergags an die „RTL – Nachtshow“ für die Tätigkeit als freier Autor fürs Fernsehen statt eine klassische Ausbildung zu absolvieren.
Dies schien ihm in Sachen Freizeitwert und Bezahlung einfach unschlagbar.
Er zog nach Köln, und in den folgenden Jahren hatte er weder viel Freizeit noch verdiente er jede Menge Kohle. Stattdessen arbeitete er wie verrückt in der TV/Film – Branche und lernte sein Handwerk “on the job“ in den verschiedensten Positionen und Produktionen.
Neben seiner Arbeit hinter der Kamera hat Tobi auf der Bühne als Schauspieler und Comedian gearbeitet und trat zwischen 1990 und 1996 zusammen mit André Dietz mit den Comedy – Shows “André und sein Freund Tobi” und “Nervensägenmassaka” auf.Tobi lebt seit 1995 in Köln und arbeitet seit 2000 als Regisseur. Durch seine Zusammenarbeit mit vielen namhaften Comedians hat er sich als feste Größe in der deutschen Comedy – Landschaft etabliert.
2004 kam mit “Der Wixxer” sein Spielfilmdebüt in die Kinos und wurde mit fast 2 Mio. Zuschauern einer der erfolgreichsten deutschen Filme des Jahres.
2007 folgte mit “Vollidiot” sein zweiter erfolgreicher Kinofilm.
Obwohl er seitdem weiterhin sehr erfolgreich als Regisseur für TV, Kino und Werbung gearbeitet hat heute wartet er bis auf das Projekt mit dem richtigen Titel um endlich seine Schimpfwort – Trilogie abzuschließen…


 

Tom Tagholm

Tony Petersen Film

Tom Tagholm is an exciting director who brings unmistakable panache to all his work, along with a streak of quiet, British humour. Tom began his career as a creative at Bates Dorland, before moving into filmmaking when he was asked to join Channel 4’s fledgling creative department, 4Creative. Since then, he has written and directed numerous award-winning spots for Channel 4. In the process, he has won Creative Circle, Campaign, Promax and Cannes Lions awards, as well as a D&AD award for his Alan Carr Chatty Man campaign. Tom has also drawn praise for his commercials work outside of Channel 4, directing spots for Skoda, Mini, Tetley Tea, charity Time to Change ‘Reactions’ out of Dare London which also won him a Bronze Lion at the 2011 Cannes Lions. Tom’s films, ‘Tarzan of Bounds Green’, ‘So I Fell In Love With a Zombie’ and ‘A Bout de Truffe – The Truffle Hunter’ played in festivals worldwide and picked up a host of international award awards. Tom’s third short film, ‘The Parachutist’ with Film4 and the BFI is coming out very soon as well. 2012 has seen his departing from Channel4 after an immensely successful run, leaving behind a legacy and completing his final film ‘Superhumans’ for the 2012 Paralympic Games. ‘Superhumans’ was appraised worldwide, earning Tom the Best Director Award at the British Arrow Craft Awards 2012.


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US: Jo Tanner and Mark Howard 50

HOMEPAGE

Jo and Mark worked in advertising in London as a creative team at agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, St Luke’s and BBH, where they won more awards than anyone else (called Mark and Jo). These included two D&AD pencils.
But soon they got so bored of winning awards they started directing.
Both of them have terrible eyesight and even worse taste, so this was just the challenge they were looking for.
Since then they have pretty much been shooting back to back for a wide range of clients. Honda, Levis, Smirnoff, Orange and Guinness are some of the clients they have not had time for yet.
This is because they have been too busy shooting for Mercedes, Olympus, Sky, SAS Airlines, Hornbach, Yellow Pages, New Yorker, TMobile, Vodafone, Red Stripe, Peugeot, Bundersministerium fur Verkehr Bau und Stadtentwicklung, Samsung and Toyota.
They are represented in Germany by Twin Film, FilmDeluxe and Wanda and in Paraguay by Mark’s uncle Roderick. Frank Buggen from Scunthorpe called these guys ‘awesome’ and Daniel Klineman from Kent described their work as ‘most amusing’.


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Vesa Manninen 30

HOMEPAGE

Vesa, born in the 70′s and raised in a bucket next to a cinema theater in a small town of Raahe, North of Finland. While watching every film he could get his hands on, he started to get deeper into to the world of film making. Soon, he got bored of drawing comics and stole an 8 mm film camera. After studying classical Film Directing, Cinematography and Writing for 5 years in Film Schools, he started his professional career as a Film Director in a Post Production company. He has been working as a TVC Director since 2000. In the beginning Directing low budget commercials, music videos, short films and post production projects, but always with an ambition. You could say he is a classical Film Director with a wide knowledge of the technical parts of film making. Nowadays he works as an International Film Director for clients who have ambition for quality and who desire cinematic approach for their projects.


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Warwick 45

BIG FISH

Warwick wurde 1977 in Nord England geboren. Nachdem er als kleines Kind von 1980 bis -82 in den USA war, verbrachte er seine gesamte Schullaufbahn in Deutschland, wo er 1997 das Abitur machte. Warwick, der Engländer, liebt Filme und lebt in Berlin!
In der Werbung führt Warwick seit Jahren erfolgreich Regie. Neben Arbeiten unter anderem für Yello, Sixt, Sparkasse, Ikea, Nivea, smart, Mercedes usw. realisiert er mit seiner Eigenart und Bildsprache seine mitunter verrückten Ideen.
Mit der Sparkassen Kampagne „Giro sucht Hero“ gewann er 2011 in Deutschland viel
Aufmerksamkeit und zeigt mit fünf langen Webfilmen zur Kampagne seine Vielfältigkeit und
seinen Humor. Warwick kann gut Geschichten erzählen und bedient unterschiedliche
Genres mit derselben Begeisterung. Bildgewaltiges, wie dokumentarisches, Comedy und Beauty. Sein Spot für Smart „Offroad“ brachte ihm 2013 große Beachtung in der gesamten Werbebranche ein und wurde unter anderem mit zwei goldenen Löwen in Cannes
ausgezeichnet. In den letzten Jahren ist es ihm gelungen, seine Vorliebe für perfekte Farbigkeit und extrem minimalistisch inszenierte Kameraführung mit seinem absolut verrückten Humor in Einklang zu bringen. Damit schuf er einen sehr eigenen Stil, den wir auch gerne den „Beauty-Humor“ nennen und der zu seinem Markenzeichen wurde.
Wir sind gespannt, wo ihn das noch hin treibt…


 

Wiebke Berndt 34

STERNTAG

Wiebke and the camera are “a match made in heaven. ” This selfproclaimed “urban gipsy” began her career as a photographer working for television then applied for a music video production in 1999 – the rest is history. Well known on the Berlin art scene, Wiebke’s work spans the realm of photography, art installations, long form projects, music videos and commercial spot directing. She won the ERMIS award in gold for her Volkswagen spot, her work has been nominated for the CLIP award for music videos and has been shown in several film festivals including: Achtung Berlin Film Festival, Hof International Film Festival, Bradford Film Festival in Great Britain, International Film Festival of Creteil, France, Milano Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, Ireland and Cardiff Screen Festival in Wales, among others.  Within her career she shot commercials for Coca Cola, Volkwagen, Renault, Mastercard, Visa, T-Mobile, Vodafone, The Guardian, Nivea, Activest, HSBC, Dresdner Bank, FCUK and Sprite to mention only a few. She lives together with her family in Berlin.


 

Wolf Gresenz 51

HOMEPAGE

Der gebürtige Berliner studierte zunächst Experimental-Film und Fotografie, bevor er an der Kunsthochschule für Medien in Köln im Fach Film- und Fernsehregie postgraduierte. In den anschließenden 15 Jahren schrieb und inszenierte er weit über 100 Musikvideos für Bands und Künstler wie Beatsteaks, Lena Meyer-Landruth, Clueso, Muse, Lionel Richie, Heather Nova, Nina Hagen, u.v.a.m.
Außerdem hat er zahlreiche TV- und Kino-Kampagnen – u.a. für die Marken McDonalds, Telecom, Coca Cola, Mercedes Benz und Langnese – als Regisseur in Szene gesetzt. Seine Arbeiten brachten ihm Nominierungen und Auszeichnungen ein, darunter den Werbefilmpreis „Die Klappe“in Silber, den „Clio Award“im Bereich Young Talent in New York und 2012 den „EFFIE“-Preis in Bronze.
Zwischen 2003 und 2006 war Wolf Gresenz Initiator und Mitveranstalter des „Berlin36“-Marathon- Filmfestivals.
Neben Web-Serien (u.a. „DeerLucy“) und Kurzfilmen hat Wolf Gresenz in den vergangenen Jahren diverse Künstlerportraits und Dokumentationen produziert und realisiert, drunter den 90-minütigen Konzert-Film „Muffensausen“der Berliner Band Beatsteaks.
2014 wirkte Wolf Gresenz als Autor und Regisseur am TV-Format „Schulz In the Box“(Pro7) mit, dreht nach wie vor mit Herzblut Werbespots – wie zum Beispiel für Bundelsiga.de – und ist glücklich, Vater des kleinen Franz Levi Gresenz geworden zu sein.
Wolf Gresenz lebt und arbeitet in Berlin.


 

ADAM SMITH 51

RSA FILMS

Adam Smith is an award winning film, television drama, documentary, and music video director. His filmmaking journey began as a teenager, making visuals for raves and nightclubs in a creative collective ,which he co founded, called Vegetable Vision. He is best known for his long-term collaboration with The Chemical Brothers. Smith has worked with The Chemical Brothers since their first gig in 1994, designing the surreal and visionary video elements of their live shows. His music video for their song ‘Galvanise’ won the Grand Jury Prize Award for Best Music Video at Resfest 2005. In 2012 Smith directed the critically acclaimed Chemical Brothers concert film ‘Dont Think’. Audiences took to their feet in cinemas worldwide and danced in the aisles.‘Don’t Think’ won Best Live Film at the Music Video Awards 2013. Smith has also collaborated extensively with Mike Skinner of The Streets. His banned from TV, video for ‘Blinded by the Lights’ won the DMA Best Video and was nominated for the D&AD Silver Pencil in 2005. Smith’s comedy musical/extended music video ‘What goes up must come down’ starring Charlie Creed Miles (and featuring a cameo from Kathy Burke) won Golden Falcon Award at Ibiza Film festival 2007. In 2007 Smith directed four episodes of the highly influential drama series ‘Skins’ (Series 1) which helped launch the careers of Nicolas Hoult, Dev Patel and Kaya Scodelario. He followed this with six episodes of Charles Dickens’s ‘Little Dorrit’, the multi Emmy award winning mini series for the BBC and WGHB starring Tom Courtney,Mathew Mcfadden and Claire Foy.  In 2010 Smith directed Matt Smith’s opening episode as ‘Doctor Who’, an instant hit with the shows worldwide viewers. Documentaries for Channel 4 include an early portrait of the Grime music scene ‘Wot Do U Call It?’ and ‘A.I.P.S’ which looked at a group of Englishmen who re enact the Vietnam war in Kent.’Ghetto on Sea’ for BBC THREE charted the trials and tribulations of running a pirate radio station. He has made commercials for Nike (starring Wayne Rooney), The National Lottery, and The Children’s Society. His short film for the Jaguar F type launch starring Damian Lewis premiered at Sundance London 2013. Trespass Against Us (for Film 4/BFI and Lionsgate) starring Micheal Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson marks Smith’s debut as a feature film director.


 

Alexey TEREHOFF 33

MARK 13

Aliaksei Tserakhau aka Cosmosfilm ist ein Musikvideo-, Commercials-Director und Broadcast Designer der besonderen Art. Sein außergewöhnlicher Sowjet-inspirierter Style hat ihm bereits zahlreiche internationale Preise und Auszeichnungen eingebracht.
Aliaksei absolvierte sein Studium der bildenden Kunst in Minsk, Weißrussland und vertiefte seine Fertigkeiten als Maler weiter an der Kunsthochschule Poznan in Polen. Bereits als Student nahm er an zahlreichen internationalen Ausstellungen und Kunstprojekten teil. Während die Malerei weiterhin seine große Leidenschaft bleibt, beginnt er sich zunehmend den Medien zuzuwenden, um sich auch durch bewegte Bilder dynamisch ausdrücken zu können. So realisierte er 1997 sein erstes Musikvideo für die bekannte weißrussische Band ‚Lypis Trubetskoy’, das sofort zum Dauerbrenner auf MTV Russland wurde. Bis zum heutigen Tage hat er als Broadcast Designer sowie Commercial- und Musikvideo-Regisseur für Kunden wie unter anderem MTV Russland, O2 TV Moskau, CTV Toronto und MuchMusic Toronto gearbeitet.
Aliakseis Style ist mutig, erfrischend anders und niemals langweilig. Seine Kombinationen aus 2D und 3D Animation und Realfilm lassen fantastische und gewaltige Bildwelten entstehen. Seit 2009 ist Aliaksei ein Mitglied der M.A.R.K.13 Familie.


 

Andreas Grassl 6

HOMEPAGE

Andreas Grassl wurde 1966 in Muenchen geboren. Nach seiner Schulzeit arbeitete er als freier Fotograf und Grafiker bei der Muenchener Stadtzeitung, spaeter illustrierte er Plattencover bei Ariola.
1988 gruendete er die Firma Vivafilm in Muenchen, wo er bis heute circa 500 TV- und Kinospots, aber auch Industriefilme und einige Musikvideos gefilmt und produziert hat. Er arbeitete mit vielen prominenten Darstellern, auch im Ausland, u.A. in Namibia, Syrien und USA. Weltweit gewann er mit seinen Arbeiten knapp 60 Preise (Cannes, Clio, ADC, New York Festival, London). Einige Werbespots von Andreas Grassl wurden veroeffentlicht in den redaktionellen Teilen des renommierten Shots-Magazins, der TV-Show -Die witzigsten Werbespots der Welt- (mit Fritz Egner) und diversen Werbeshows.
Zu seinen Kunden gehoeren zum Beispiel Audi, Berentzen, Dr. Oetker, McDonalds, Siemens Grundig und Henkel, sein Spezialgebiet ist Humor und Storytelling.


 

Andre Siebert 10

HOMEPAGE

Geboren in Berlin 1966. Nach erfolgreichem Abschluss des Kunststudiums an der Universitaet Hamburg, erweiterte Andre Siebert sein Studium in New York. Dort traf er den Regisseur Markus Nispel, den er ein halbes Jahr bei seiner Arbeit begleiten konnte. Als VFX Freelance Artist war er unter anderem bei Framestore, London und Pacific Oceon Post, L.A. taetig. Zurueck in Deutschland arbeitete er zunaechst zusammen mit Alain Ginsberg in Hamburg, bevor er von ARRI Digital Film als Cineon, Flame und VFX Supervisor nach Muenchen geholt wurde. Seit Mitbegruendung der Second Unit Services im Jahre 1997 kann Andre Siebert als Inferno Artist und VFX Supervisor auf unzaehlige Preise und Auszeichnungen fuer Commercials und Musikvideos zurueckblicken. Andre Siebert hat fuer namhafte highclass Produktionen das VFX Supervising uebernommen. Darunter Projekte wie Daimler Chrysler Imagefilm – Infinite Possibilities- fuer Roland Emmerich oder Teekanne mit Sean Connery sowie die Betreuung von Autocommercials fuer BMW, Honda, Opel, Daihatsu, Porsche und Ford. Auf Basis dieser Erfahrungen fuehrt Andre Siebert heute selbst Regie und hat bereits fuer zahlreiche namhafte Kunden Filme realisiert.


 

Anniken Lien 4

FOXDEVIL FILMS

Anniken Lien hat an mehreren Kunstschulen in Paris, New York und London studiert. Ihr Diplom machte sie an der London International Film School im Jahr 1997. Nach ihrem Studium produzierte sie drei Kurzfilme und drehte zwei Musikvideos, die direkt in die skandinavischen Top 5 von MTV aufstiegen. Ihre internationale Karriere begann Anniken gemeinsam mit dem Produzenten Glenn Bernstein. Sie führte Regie bei einer großen Anzahl von Werbespots für internationale Agenturen und Kunden wie Volkswagen, Vodafone, Kraft Food, Nestlé, Lego, Beiersdorf und L’Oréal Paris. Mit Ihren Filmen gewann sie mehrere internationale Auszeichnungen und Preise wie z.B. den Epica Award und Bronze beim deutschen Art Directors Club. Ihre Kernkompetenz liegt vor allem in der stets sehr ästhetischen Umsetzung. Außerdem hat Anniken ein außergewöhnlich gutes Händchen beim Casting. Sie liebt die Arbeit mit Menschen und das Erzählen von charmanten Geschichten.


 

Arnaud Uyttenhove 45

Caviar Content

Arnaud Uyttenhove was born in Belgium in 1981. After studying cinema in Paris, he began working as an art director for various production companies. Son of a famous Belgian photographer – Frank Uyttenhove – and following his strong passion for photography, he had is directing debut in 2010 with the internationally well received documentary ‘Somewhere to Disappear’, about the american photographer Alec Soth. Since he has directed commercials for companies such as Lee, L’Oreal, Uniqlo, Eastpak, Nike and Toyota. Arnaud won a Silver Lion for his film ‘TestWife’ for Toyota at the 2013 Cannes Advertising Festival.


 

Axel Laubscher 31

COBBLESTONE

Axel Laubscher was born in Frankfurt/Germany. After some years in Columbia, India and New York he settled down in Stockholm/Sweden, where he is living with his family for over 16 years now. Axel studied at the New York University (Bachelor of Fine Arts Undergraduate Film Program). He then worked on several feature films and also directed some short films before he finally started his career as a commercial director. Axel is a great storyteller and has received several international Awards for his work. Amongst others a Gold, Silver and Bronze Lion at Cannes International Advertising Festival, Gold at Epica & Gold at Eurobest. His clients include Playstation, Mercedes, VW, Honda, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Playstation, Carlsberg,Hornbach, Fleurop, Apollo and Ikea. Most of his work is driven by “twinkle-in-the-eye-humour”, but also quite emotional and enthralling.


 

Begbie: Philipp Kadelbach and Thomas Dirnhofer 31

WHOS MCQUEEN

Begbie is the name used by the directing duo: Philipp Kadelbach and Thomas Dirnhofer, who teamed up in February 2002.
Philipp Kadelbach’s stations in life are: Frankfurt Pittsburgh, Ludwigsburg. Amsterdam and Berlin.
Thomas Dirnhofer’s are: St. Gallen, all over Europe; Africa and Vienna.
Philipp discovered his passion for moving pictures at an early age. At a very young age, he was able to set up the strategic positions of all the figures for every single James Bond showdown in his grandparent’s hall using lego bricks. Philipp studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. His graduation film “Platonische Liebe” (Platonic Love) received numerous awards, including International honours, and was included in the Berlinale 2000. Philipp has focused on commercials since 1998. In between filming advertising spots, Philipp also produces image films, music videos and feature films.
After finishing school, Thomas travelled through southern Europe, took photographs and produced video documentaries. He worked for a performance group during its European tour and then went on to work in theater and film projects in Switzerland, Barcelona, Berlin and Vienna. He then spent four months travelling through Africa and filmed a Documentary about diamond divers. His contacts to the Austrian art and music scene led him to Vienna, where he found new outlets for his creative drive. In addition to projects as an art director, he also gained experience in front of the camera as an actor and worked as a photographer. In the following years he worked as a production Assistant and shoot manager.and as a  director’s assistant. Thomas Dirnhofer has been directing commercials since 2000.
Begbie have shot for BMW, Burger King, Chevrolet, Dr. Oetker, Hornbach, Iglo, Mercedes-Benz, Migros, Postbank, Schweizer Fernsehen, T-Mobile; Wrigley’s. Bayer/Aspirin, Chevrolet, Postbank and Volkswagen.
Begbie have been awarded at both German and international festivals:
ADC Germany, the Global Awards and the New York Film Festival.


 

BIG TV: Andy Delaney and Monty Whitebloom 37

HOMEPAGE

Bigtv are one of the most respected and sought after directors of commercials and music videos today, so much so that English magazine Promo News dubbed them ‘ one of the top ten directors’ of commercials and music videos in the world’ The directing partnership of Monty Whitebloom and Andy Delaney met whilst studying at the world famous Goldsmiths College, London University. Mr Delaney was studying Film and Television. Mr Whitebloom read English Literature. Their directing career started  when they joined the production company Vivid film in London. Soon after they left to join Propaganda films in Los Angeles. In 1998 they left radical media to establish a new company, Studio Deux, which immediately became one of the leaders of its kind in London. After which they quickly became a well-known name worldwide  working with Nike, and George Michael amongst countless others. Monty and Andy have worked non-stop all over the world and continue to work with many well known brands such as; Mercedes, Lacoste, Levis, Rolling Rock and artists like New Order, Lauryn Hill, Usher, Macy Gray, Dido and David Gray to mention just a few.  They have achieved prestigious nominations and awards for their work, such as MTV award nominations for their music videos for Seal, Sinead O’conner, Soul II soul and KT Tunstall. They won the 5 awards including the best video of the year at the MVPA for Lauryn hill.  Since then they have won a Grammy for Sinead O’ Conner and MVPA nominations  for Maroon five and Dido, George Michael, and CAD’s  and won for  David Gray and KT Tunstall. In commercials they have worked with clients as diverse as Kodak, AA, AXA, Eurostar, Ford, Adiddas, and Subaru, Kohl, and the IOC.  They have won numerous awards for commercials including best ads for Volvo and the Mobeius award fro best brand fir constellation energy. They won the Grand Prix Cassie for the best commercial for the year for Sunchips. Monty Whitebloom wrote and the pair directed the short film ‘Polarbearman’ for SOS Live Earth was nominated in Euro best and in the Epica awards. Andy and Monty work within a variety of different media; films, commercials, music videos, web dramas, ARG games, art and music projects and still photography. They shoot stills for commercial fashion campaigns such as Ralph Lauren, and converse just to mention a few.


 

Britta Krause 3

Tony Petersen Film

Britta Krause wurde 1969 in Konstanz geboren und wuchs in Offenbach und Frankfurt am Main auf. Sie studierte Film an der New York University und der London International Filmschool. Britta erhielt Preise fuer den Abschlussfilm -Zail- beim FFICS Tokyo und dem Kurzfilmfest Potsdam. Dann arbeitete sie als Cutterin, Autorin und Regie-Assistentin bis ihr Kurzfilm -Fuenf Minuten- 1998 als Vorfilm zu -Lola rennt- in 43 deutschen Kinos gelaufen ist. Ihr Fernsehfilm -Family Dog- hat 2001 auf dem Muenchner Filmfest Premiere gefeiert.
Bei Werbefilmen fuehrt sie seit 2002 Regie, unter anderem fuer Bild am Sonntag, Freistaat Thueringen und DEVK


 

Calum MacDiarmid 45

Great Guns

Calum graduated from Kingston with a degree in ilustration and animation. His talents as an illustrator quickly attacted the attention of MTV. His work there acheived him great respect and resulted in him producing a series of award winnning work for MTV and freelancing for well-known brands such as Channel 4/ Living/ Bravo and Virgin 1.
Calum’s stlye is extremely indivdual and diverse. His directing form is often experimental as he uses the paints he once applied to canvas, to film with amongst other textures and liquids. He also specialises in underwater film and photography, as portrayed in his work for Living TV and Rosemount Wine.
Calum has also directed three critically acclaimed and award winning short films. (See awards below). His short film‘Worship’ was released in 2010, followed by ‘Stamen’ in late 2011 which received 400,000 Vimeo views and most recently released last month is ‘82’. His commercial credits are just as impressive as any other work Calum has been
involved in. He has produced work for agencies such as RKCR/ Y&R, M&C Saatchi and Wieden and Kennedy. Calum is represented by Great Guns worldwide.


 

Catharina Roland 10

Wunderfilm

Die bereits mehrfach ausgezeichnete Regisseurin Catharina Roland begann ihre Karriere mit einem Regiestudium am Max-Reinhardt-Seminar. Parallel hierzu zog sie ein
Kombinationsstudium an der Universitaet Wien durch. Als wenn dies nicht bereits genug fuer die Powerfrau gewesen waere, wurde Catharina dazu auch noch als Schauspielerin ausgebildet. Heute wird sie nach wie vor als Shooting Star der oesterreichischen Werbeszene gehandelt. Die entspannte Arbeitsatmosphaere, die sie verbreitet, spiegelt sich in ihren Filmen wider: starkes Storytelling mit natuerlicher, hochwertiger Bildsprache. Und nicht erst seit der Geburt ihres Sohnes Moritz 2004 kann sie ausserordentlich gut mit Kindern arbeiten. Ihr Wirken beschraenkt sich aber nicht nur auf die Regie von Werbefilmen mit dem gewissen Etwas. Vielmehr arbeitet sie ausserdem als Schauspiellehrerin intensiv mit den Stars von Morgen und inszeniert wenn es ihr Terminplan zulaesst Theaterstuecke. Zu guter Letzt ist Catharina auch noch eine der am haeufigsten gebuchten Sprecherinnen oesterreichs.


 

Charlie Siskel 47

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

Charlie Siskel is a television and film producer. His producing credits include the Academy Award-winning Bowling for Columbine, and Religulous, both of which screened at the Festival. Finding Vivian Maier is his directorial debut.


 

Christian Lyngbye 21

TONY PETERSEN FILM

Christian Lyngbye is one the most succesful directing export from Denmark. He started his directing career 1983 shooting his first music video with no budget. A few scocial spots followed immediately, which created a lot of noise in the danish tv. In 1984 he was part of the team that developed and created the first private TV station in Denmark, Kanal 2. He parallel continued his directing career in the music video industry, mostly working at night due to his daily job to make a living. He continued his work as a TV producer and program editor of various entertainment programs at Kanal 2. Hedirected interview documentaries over artists all over the world, and worked from time to time as journalist for news programs. In 1990 he founded his own production company film fabrikken focusing on commercials. He conquered very fast other markets like Spain, Germany and France. In 1995 he focused completely on his own directing carrer and stopped working as a producer as well. He became very fast a top ten director in Europe and finally won in 2006 a Silver Lion. His Viral for Nike with Ronaldhino was awarded the most succesful Viral ever in 2009. Christian Lyngbye is represented by TPfilm since 2006.


 

Christopher Schier 27

RADICAL MEDIA

Studierte Psychologie und Journalismus, schrieb Drehbuecher, Kinderbuecher und Kurzgeschichten. 1995 begann er als Produktionsassistent und Produktionsmanager bei Mungo Film in Wien. Es folgten Werbefilmproduktionen fuer den nationalen und internationalen Markt, die er als Produzent betreute. 2000 fuehrte ihn der Weg hinter die Kamera, zu seinen Kunden zaehlen unter anderem Austrian Railways, Media Markt, Skoda, Obi Baumarkt, Coke, Fanta. Mit seinen Projekten gewann er Preise wie Silver Venus, Silver World Medal, Silver EFFI, Golden Rose und weitere. Als Regisseur des 45 min. Films -Dads Dead- fuer Media Markt erreichte er 2006 die Nummer 1 der oesterreichischen DVD Charts.


 

Daniel Eskils 28

HOMEPAGE

Daniel Eskils expression springs from contemporary scandinavian filmmaking. Daniel has added subtle humour and playfulness which creates his unique and celebrated style. Behold the future.

 


 

Datenstrudel: Jörn Hintzer and Jakob Hüfner 28

BIG FISH

Seit über zehn Jahren arbeiten Jörn Hintzer und Jakob Hüfner unter dem Label Datenstrudel zusammen. Kennen gelernt haben sie sich während des Studiums an der Kunsthochschule für Medien in Köln. Sie experimentieren seitdem mit und in den unterschiedlichsten Medien. Angefangen mit Musikvideos und der Mockumentary „Weltverbesserungsmassnahmen“ bis hin zu Lachgeschichten für die Sendung mit der Maus, Arbeiten für das Theater, wo sie u.a. ein Musikvideo live auf der Bühne drehten und ein Stück mit Affen inszenierten. In den letzten Jahren drehten sie mehrere Dokumentationen für 3Sat und ARTE, in denen Animation ein wichtige Rolle spielt.
Ihren absurden Stil, der immer mit einer Geschichte einhergeht, erkennt man auch in den Werbungen wieder, die sie gedreht haben, z.B. in Fakedokus für Schweiztourismus & Solon.


 

David Tomaszewski 26

HOMEPAGE

David Tomaszewski started to make movies when he was 15 and since then he perfected the art of filmaking to its very best. He won his first award at the age of 15 when he presented his first movie at the Star wars Fan Film Awards. Just two years later, David won the Goerge Lucas Awards for the same competition. Because of his love towards movies he learned cinema studies at college and began to work as a digital artist and VFX-supervisor for four years for the prestigious Macguff Ligne. His experience as well as his ambition is incontestable and David is continously striving to develop more award-winning short films by using and increasing his strong present knowledge in production techniques. His love towards film-making finally made him become a director.


 

Detlev W. Buck 13

SILBERSEE

Detlev Buck ist Schauspieler, Autor und Regisseur. All dies war er bereits mit 22 Jahren, als er, nach Abitur und Zivildienst, mit dem mittlerweile zum Kultfilm avancierten Erst die Arbeit und dann? sein Debuet gab. Fuer Karniggels, Regie, 1991/92, erhielt er den Bayerischen Filmpreis, mit Wir koennen auch anders.., Regie, 1992, erntete er eine Lobende Erwaehnung im Wettbewerb der Berliner Filmfestspiele und vier Filmbaender in Gold und ein Filmband in Silber beim Bundesfilmpreis 1993. Auf Maennerpension, Darsteller, Regie, im Jahr 1995, folgten Liebe Deine Naechste, Regie, 1998, und Liebesluder, Darsteller, Regie, 2000. Als Darsteller war er nicht nur in Sonnenallee von Leander
Haussmann und Blue Moon von Andrea Maria Dusel zu sehen, sondern wurde auch fuer seine Darstellung des Karl in -Herr Lehmann- mit dem Deutschen Filmpreis (-Bester Nebendarsteller-) ausgezeichnet. Es folgt im naechsten Jahr der gerade abgedrehte und in Postproduktion befindende Spielfilm -Knallhart- (Arbeitstitel). Detlev Buck dreht seit mehr als 10 Jahren erfolgreich Werbung und ist seit Oktober -99 Geschaeftsfuehrer, Mitinhaber und Regisseur von silbersee film. Mit dem Anspruch -gute Filme mit guten Leuten zu produzieren und dabei den Spass zu haben- entstanden unter seiner Regie Kampagnen und Filme wie z.B.: E-on, DHL, Deutsche Post, Saturn, Skoda, Smart, Sparkasse,
HDI, Hagebau, McDonalds und mobilcom.


 

Don Cameron 11

TWIN GROUP

DON Cameron works across the creative fields of music video + commercial direction, interior design and aesthetic curation.
Creating seminal music videos for the world’s most discerning artists, Cameron’s cross discipline approach to video direction effortlessly combines performance, award winning art direction and stylizd choreography.
Commercially, Cameron’s visual language has served the most demanding clients in the fields of beauty and luxury,
Most recently Cameron has shape shifted to design interiors that combine covetable mid modern design, custom natural finishes, bespoke lighting and designed furniture, creating spaces that convey an immersive material luxury.
Crafting 68 unique guest rooms and 27 apartments, the meticulously detailed Hotel Hotel project in his native Australia was panoramic in approach and ambition. Sourcing vintage design and applied arts from around the world and working with artisans to create editioned pieces took 4 years to complete, and marked the translation of Cameron’s visual language to the built environment.


 

Enno Jacobsen 24

FILM DELUXE

1974 in Husum, Deutschland geboren, arbeitete Enno ab 1996 als Audio- Visual Media Designer beim NDR und war Teil eines intensiven Lernprogramms, welches er als bester Lehrling Norddeutschlands absolvierte. Im Jahre 1999 fuehrte er Regie bei diversen Infomercials und Messefilmen, und war verantwortlich fuer die Fotographie und Bearbeitung u.a. fuer Motorola. Im Fruehjahr 2000 uebernahm er die Rolle des Ass. Post Production Supervisors & Editors bei -Neue Sentimental Film.- Anschliessend fuehrte Enno diverse Kameraarbeiten, bei einer Dokumentation ueber Buddhismus in Europa, aus. Ab August 2000 agierte Enno ein Jahr lang, als persoenlicher Assistent von Henning Winkelmann, bei Coma* Industries, Los Angeles. Bis heute fuehrte er Regie bei diversen Werbeprojekten in Amerika und Europa, z.B. fuer Ford, BMW und Debitel.


 

Esben Tønnesen 31

TWIN GROUP

Esben Tønnesen started his career as a 1st AD while finishing his film and art studies at the University of Copenhagen. In 2003 he moved into directing and he has directed commercials, music videos, TV series, short films and also a full length feature film since. Over the years he has picked up awards and nominations at every major film and advertising festival.
The wide experience gained from shifting back and forth between longer and shorter formats have made him a versatile and incredibly keen storyteller who is particularly good at getting top performances from his actors.
Despite the serious face on the photo Esben is nearly always positive and in a good mood so, accordingly, he prefers stories with a certain degree of playfulness or a humorous twist.


 

Farnaz 18

HOMEPAGE

If Farnaz´s photographic stills often suggest windows through which the viewer has access to a story already in progress, then her recent move into commercial directing is a logical one: extending the poetic snapshots of atmosphere and circumstance into the dimensions of time, motion and cinematic space. As a director, Farnaz brings her distinct visual sensibility to the service of a unique sensitivity to rhythm, motion and captivating narratives that draw viewers into space that linger and resonate. Farnaz K. has travelled a long path since her receiving her diploma from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in California, where she specialized in photography. A truly cosmopolitan artist, she has lived in Paris, London, Sydney and Los Angeles. She counts among her many worldwide clients such publications as Vogue, Elle Town & Country,, German Max, Time Out, Ocean Drive, Yanuk, Lafayette 148 and publications of the independent Film Channel (IFC) and Christie´s. She is currently based in New York.


 

FILMLOUNGE: Peter Goeltenboth and Florian Giefer 13

HOMEPAGE

Mit einem weitverzweigten Netzwerk von Freelancern aus allen Bereichen der Produktion und Post-Produktion deckt die Filmlounge ein weites Arbeitsfeld ab. Die Arbeiten gehen von Musikvideos ueber Animationen, Corporate Videos bis hin zu Dokumentationen und TV-Beitraegen. Peter Goeltenboth & Florian Giefer haben sich 1998 beim Studium (Film & Kommunikation) in London getroffen und 2000 zusammen die Filmlounge GmbH gegruendet. Seitdem haben sie bei ueber 30 Musikvideos Regie gefuehrt, die erfolgreich bei MTV und VIVA liefen und zudem auf etlichen Festivals gezeigt wurden. Im vergangenen Jahr gab es den Echo fuer das “Best2 Video National”.
Zuletzt waren sie fuer den Comet 2005 nominiert. Andere Auszeichnungen beinhalten: MuVi
Oberhausen, Backup Clipaward, Publikumspreis Berlin-Beta, Best Film Fuji Film Contest UK.
Kathi Kaeppel & St ini Sebald haben Illustration, Animation und Grafikdesign studiert und waren seit Gruendung der Filmlounge als Freelancer fuer Animationen, Illustrationen und Designs verantwortlich. Ihre Filme liefen erfolgreich auf vielen Festivals und haben u.a. folgende Auszeichnungen erhalten: Backup Award, Gold Award The Houston Int. Film Fest, Sehsuechte Animationspreis, Silver Award SOKI-International Illustration CyberNet Competition, Jury Preis shotswelcome. Weitere Referenzen beinhalten: Luerzers Archive, Freistil.
Seit diesem Sommer fuehren sie die Animationsabteilung Trickfilmlounge.


 

Florian Seidel 34

HOMEPAGE

Florian Seidel ist nicht nur Regisseur und Fotograf, sondern auch Kopf eines kreativen Netzwerkes, welches Gesamtkonzeptionen in Zusammenarbeit mit Agenturen, Kunden und Produktionen entwickelt und realisiert. Nach einer klassischen Musikausbildung begann er als Mode-, Portrait- und Musik- Fotograf und hat sich die Liebe zur Fotografie und zum Film bis heute nicht nur leidenschaftlich beibehalten, sondern reizt die Grenzen weiterhin aus.
Er war Mitbegründer eines Adventuregames (Shine), Mitherausgeber eines Lifestylemagazins (Beast), machte Trendvideos für Levis, Lookbooks für Designer, Filme für TV Shows, unzählige Musikvideos und Commercials als freier Regisseur für viele internationale und nationale Produktionen und ist ADC Mitglied. Mit seinem über die Jahre zusammengewachsenem Team und seinem internationalen Netzwerk gründete er vor Jahren seine eigene Produktionsfirma Studio Seidel, welche schon zahlreiche Preise für Commercials, Fotos, Content Produktionen, Stopmotionfilme und Employer Branding bekommen hat. Einer der schönsten und spannendsten davon war SPPD.TV, The Pig Is Dead, zuerst als Webserie konzipiert dann als bester internationaler Kurzfilm auf dem New Yorker Independent Festival gekrönt, ging es danach um die Welt.
Zahlreiche Creative Content Produktionen folgten für namhafte Kunden in der ganzen Welt.


 

Fred Garson 24

TWIN GROUP

Fred Garson’s filmmaking abilities were recognized at an early stage in his carrier by working with one of the greatest talents of French cinema Luc Besson and he began work as an Assistant Director on films like ‘The Fifth Element’ and ‘Taxi’.
He has also collaborated with Michelangelo Antonioni on ‘Beyond the Clouds’ and with Marco Ferreri on his last feature. As for his own artistic development, he started to direct music videos for French artists such as Bob Sinclar and Cerrone as well as documentaries for feature films.
In 2000 Luc Besson produced Garson’s first feature film ‘The Dancer’, the story of a mute dancer who fulfilled her ambition despite her disability. The film was hailed as an art house sensation and gained considerable recognition for the visual energy of the choreography that was combined with music.
His work naturally leaded him to focus on directing commercials for brands as diverse as Nokia, Evian, Pepsi, Lipton and Citroën in France, London and the States. Remarkably, his style combines visual flair with strong performances. Music has a powerful presence in Garson’s work and in 2003 he started his own music studio in Paris, Vinyl-Studio, to develop film music and to promote young talents.


 

Gentlemenʼs Agreement: Markus and Hanno 29

FILM DELUXE

In 2007 we graduated (B.A.) from the ifs in Cologne (internationale
filmschule Köln). Compare us with young dogs: We are curious, playful and we
thirst for action! We are united by the joy of persuasive and inventive
advertisement. We love telling pointed and humorous stories and we attach importance to casting and storytelling. During our student days we got together to combine our talent and our professional experience and the label gentlemenʼs agreement was born. Hanno worked as an assistant director and associate producer for film and advertising film productions.
Markus was a copywriter at a leading creative agency. We want to realize spots that we’d like to watch ourselves as an audience. So, let “the dogs” loose!


 

Gerri Grabowski 24

BUBBLES FILM

Gerri Grabowski wurde in Muenchen geboren und bekam seine ersten Kontakte zum Film und Fernsehen ueber Bekanntschaften, mit dem Schriftsteller Heiner Kippert und dem Regisseur Vojtech Jasny. Es folgten Regieassistenzen und das Studium an der Hochschule fuer Film und Fernsehen in Muenchen. Nach Entstehen des Spielfilms mit dem Titel -Die Zeit nach dem Orkan-, (Praedikat -besonders wertvoll-) entwickelten sich die Bekanntschaft mit Hape Kerkeling und die Arbeiten im Comedy Bereich.


 

Hans van Rijs 2

HOMEPAGE

Hans wurde in Amsterdam geboren und lebt auch dort . Vor 30 Jahren startete er seine Karriere auf der Agenturseite und arbeitete als HEAD of TV und Creative Director fuer BBDO und J. Walter Thompson. 12 Jahre spaeter entschied er sich fuer den Weg hinter der Kamera. Hans Humor braucht keine Erklaerung, seine Spots sprechen die internationale Sprache und zeichnen sich durch sein besonderes Casting und Humortiming aus. Hier eine kleine Auslese seiner Kunden Cambriuns, Campina, Citroen, Danoontje, Dutchtone, Harrye’s, Jaegermeister, Nestle, Postbank, PTT Telecome, Milk, Stimorol.


 

HERMANN VASKE 52

Hermann Vaske

Hermann Vaske is a director, author and producer. As a director he worked with stars such as Dennis Hopper, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Udo Kier, Sir Peter Ustinov and John Cleese. As a documentary film maker he worked with extraordinary creatives and amazing human beings such as the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, David Bowie and Marina Abramovic. Hermann Vaske is the winner of the Grimme Award (Germany’s TV Oscar) and more than 100 creative awards including Cannes Lions and Clios. He runs Hermann Vaske’s Emotional Network, a film production company in Frankfurt and Berlin. Clients include ARTE, BR, MTV, 3Sat, BMW and ZDF. Hermann started his career at Saatchi&Saatchi. He worked at GGK, Springer&Jacoby, Lowe, FCB and Grey New York. His advertising work includes projects and commercials for BMW, Hornbach, Erotic Art Museum, Volkswagen, MDR, Opel, Mercedes-Benz and Deutsche Bank. Hermann’s films include the feature length documentaries “The Fine Art of Separating People From Their Money” with Dennis Hopper and “The Art of Football” with John Cleese as well as the “Why Are You Creative” series, featuring David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino and many more. In 2003, Hermann directed the mini-feature “Who Killed the Idea?” starring Harvey Keitel. In 2009 Hermann filmed “Balkan Spirit” with Slavoj Zizek and Angelina Jolie, a rollercoaster ride through the creativity of South East Europe. In 2014 Hermann finished “Arteholic” in which Udo Kier guides us around Europe’s best museums, featuring Lars von Trier, and “Bra Wars – Hollywood’s Affair with the Bra. From Cleopatra to Princess Leia and Beyond“, starring fashion designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier, porn-stars like Cicciolina and legendary director Russ Meyer. In 2016 Hermann premiered “Dennis Hopper: Uneasy Rider”, starring Diane Kruger, Wim Wenders, Julian Schnabel, Michael Madsen, Ed Ruscha, Frank Gehry, Kris Kristofferson and Harry Dean Stanton at the Filmfest Munich. Hermann Vaske is a member of the German Art Directors Club and the European Film Academy (EFA).


 

Jakub Kohák 6

FILM DELUXE

Jakub Kohák, 33 Jahre alt, wurde in Prag geboren und ist Absolvent der renommierten Prager Filmakademie FAMU. Waehrend seines Studiums drehte er den Kurzfilm -B-s-, welcher als Eroeffnungsfilm beim Tschechischen Film Festival 2002 in Pilsen gezeigt wurde und den Viewer-s Consensus Award gewann.
Kohák-s erster Werbefilm war ein Charity-Spot fuer die Charles Bridge Foundation, mit dem er unter anderem den ersten Preis auf dem RMB Award 2003 gewann. Ausserdem erhielt Jakub Kohák mit weiteren Spots zum Beispiel den Moment Award, Gold auf dem Moskauer International Advertising Festival 2002 und den Golden Watch Preis auf dem Golden Drum Award. Seine Filme zeichnen sich aus durch smarten Humor und einen besonders ausgepraegten Blick fuers Detail.


 

Jan Gleie 30

TWIN GROUP

Jan Gleie is probably one of Denmark’s greatest exports, internationally acclaimed for his prestigious images shaping and award winning campaigns.
Jan’s uniquely present style of film directing and still photography highlights a rare talent for capturing reality through layers of emotions.
Today most of his branding work is produced simultaneously for broadcast, print and internet syndication making his work a true visual experience across all formats. Jan’s straight forward approach to advertising is constantly in pursuit of balancing the commercial with real life resulting in his unconventional expression. Jan offers a totally unique, visually corresponding and expanding interpretation of a script. He is not one of the loud representatives of his guild, he is a gentle developer of emotional, authentic and sensitive images.


 

Jens Junker a.k.a. King Khalil 27

HOMEPAGE

Sein erster Kinospot wurde vom Hause Springer durch eine einstweilige Verfuegung verboten! Dieser Kinospot fuer die taz- die Tageszeitung war fuer Jens Junker und dem Kunden allerdings ein Volltreffer, ein riesen Werbeerfolg, ausgezeichnet mit zahlreichen Preisen wie, Die Klappe 2007, First Steps Award 2006, ADC und andere. Das von der Spiel- und Dokumentarfilm (HFF Muenchen) kommende Regietalent, besticht mit seinem sensiblen Blick auf die Komik des Alltags, spezifischen Verhaltensmustern von Menschen und seiner Leidenschaft fuer Schauspielfuehrung. Dabei entstehen ueberzeugende Spots mit Charme und Authentizitaet. 2006 gruendete er mit Simone Schirmer Kommunikationsdesignerin/ Texterin) ein Kollektiv fuer Kunst und Reklame KING KHALIL. Ein hochexplosives Kreativdouble, geschmackssicher und quotenfaehig. Ein sehr schoenes Beispiel fuer ihre Arbeiten stellt der in Eigenkreation entstandene Imagefilm HERZSTueCK fuer ARS Altmann dar.


 

Joachim Back 43

Soup Film

Joachim began his career as a teenager, working as a runner on feature films. He soon transitioned into different technical positions, such as camera department, lighting department, and even in post-production as an assistant editor. Determined to get behind the camera himself, Joachim borrowed some equipment and began shooting his own commercials and spec projects. He has been working non-stop ever since, bringing his unique sense of humour and highly visual storytelling to campaigns for Viagra, Captain Morgan, Tostitos, Bud Light, and Miller Light, among many others. He helmed the campaign that marked Viagraʼs first foray into comedy, which became one of the most decorated campaigns in the industry. That year, Joachim appeared on the Gunn Report as one of the top ten most winning directors in the world. Heʼs been given top industry honours including ANDY Awards, ADDY Awards, CLIOs, and three Cannes Lions, among many others.
Joachim directed the short film, The New Tenants, produced by Park Pictures. The film won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short at the 82nd Academy Awards. It has also been an official selection at various film festivals around the world. He recently directed a series of short films for Chivas Regal, a campaign that has since received critical praise from many industry magazines. He currently lives in New York with his wife and two children.


 

Job van As 39

HOMEPAGE

Job begann als erster Regieassistent für First Floor Features in den Niederlanden zu arbeiten. Er wechselte später zu line production in Antigua, wo er für Produktionen in Zentral und Süd Amerika verantwortlich war. 1999 kehrte er nach Amsterdam zurück und arbeitet seitdem als Regisseur. Werbefilme: Bavaria Beer, Beemster Cheese, Calve, Omo, Philips, Plus Supermarket, Rama, TNT, Venco, Veronica Magazine


 

John Buche 17

FRÖHLICH MANAGEMENT

John Buche is an American born director based mostly in Europe. Having grown up in Africa, the USA, and in various European countries, he speaks French, German, and English fluently. John started as PA and worked his way up, doing Assistant Director work for US features with Richard Linklater (“Before Sunrise”) and John Schlesinger. He started by directing music videos and quickly graduated to commercials for most European Markets. His campaigns include: Tcom, BMW, Bwin, Rexona. John is an all rounder with a focus on people which has led him to work with many celebrities (Heidi Klum, Franz Beckenbauer, The German National Team to name a few). He also does Beauty and Fashion and is a close collaborator with Oscar Carvallo, a Parisian Haute Couture designer. John has shot several documentaries and currently does a lot of web-based work as well. His film BMW “Blitz”won: Epica Award Zagreb: gold and bronze, ADC Europe Award: gold, New York Festival: gold and silver, ADC Award: bronze, Die Klappe Award: bronze- in category: cinema, etc…
His documentary “Sold Out –from street to stadium”(ARTE) about human trafficking in football was nominated for the Reebok Human Right Watch Award.


 

Johnny Hardstaff 48

HOMEPAGE

Johnny Hardstaff is a modern storyteller. A hybrid of Director and Designer (Johnny designs the worlds he directs), he is represented in the UK by RSA Films, the US by Reset Content and is newly represented in Germany for the first time. Johnny has directed moving image work for a broad spectrum of mass-media clients including Twentieth Century Fox, XBOX, Sony, Radiohead and the BBC.
Born 1970 in the UK’s Midlands, Johnny Hardstaff initially studied Graphic Design at St. Martins School of Art, his distinctive approach to visual media nurtured within a maverick and left-field climate unique to the school at that time.
Amongst his most notable works to date (2000-2014) remain ‘History of Gaming’and ‘Future of Gaming’(two early short films designed to engender and test corporate patronage), the Radiohead film ‘Like Spinning Plates’(long format two-track experimental music video), a contemporary raft of innovative commercials (Smirnoff / Coca Cola / Honda / Baileys / MTV etc) and his short film works.
Hardstaff’s work has been broadcast worldwide and exhibited at major museums of modern art and cultural institutes including Tate Modern / ICA / Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) / ACMI (Melbourne) / MOMA (San Francisco) / Laforet Museum (Tokyo) and the V&A Museum (London). His first retrospective was held at the Zero One Design Center (Seoul) in 2004.
Hardstaff’s ‘DarkRoom’(Philips) and in particualr his short format promo works and film sequences for Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’(‘DAVID’featuring Michael Fassbender, ‘Transmission’featuring Idris Elba and ‘Quiet Eye’featuring Noomi Rapace) and ‘The Counselor’(‘Hand’featuring Michael Fassbender & Natalie Dormer) have received considerable global attention.
As displayed within his widely documented oeuvre, Johnny Hardstaff remains firmly committed to the pursuit of post-contemporary storytelling, whether it be through commercials, long format advertising, short film formats or feature films.


 

Jose Maria de Orbe 1

HOMEPAGE

Jose Maria de Orbe wurde in San Sebastian geboren und lebt heute in Barcelona. Seine Karriere begann in Madrid, wo er mit seinem Dokumentar Film -Experience Libre- einen Award erhielt. Spaeter produzierte er mit seiner eigenen Produktion -Hector-, Spielfilme, die sehr erfolgreich internationale Awards gewannen. Spaeter begann er seine Karriere mit Werbespots und gewann zusaetzliche Awards in Cannes, New York, Chicago, Fiap und San Sebastian.


 

Juergen Nerger 1

HOMEPAGE

Jürgen Nerger arbeitet seit über 20 Jahren in der Film- und Werbebranche.
Er begann seine Karriere als Kreativer 1992 bei Springer & Jacoby in Hamburg, wo er 1996 als Creative Director ausschied und für zwei Jahre als CD zu Y&R nach Frankfurt/New York wechselte. Nach weiteren zwei Jahren als Gesellschafter und Kreativchef bei Kolle Rebbe in Hamburg wechselte er endgültig ins Filmfach und lebte bis 2006 in Stockholm, wo er als Autor und Regisseur für verschiedene Filmproduktionen mehr als 100 Filme (Television, Commercial, Industry) für Skandinavien und Nordamerika realisierte. Es folgten weitere für Deutschland, Holland und England. Seit 2007 lebt und arbeitet Jürgen Nerger wieder in Hamburg, leitet als Kreativ-Geschäftsführer die Postproduktion INFECTED GmbH und realisiert als Regisseur international Filmprojekte. Damit hat sich Jürgen Nerger einen großen Wunsch erfüllt, weil sein filmisches Herz ebenso für Storytelling, Inszenierung und Darstellerführung schlägt, als auch für die High End Postproduction, Full CGI und Animation. Die richtige Mischung aus Realdreh und Postproduction ist es, die Jürgen Nerger an einem Script am meisten interessiert und
fasziniert. Jürgen Nerger realisierte Projekte für Kunden wie Porsche, BMW, Volkswagen, Coca Cola, Bacardi, Jack Daniels, Swedish Post, SEB, Panasonic, MediaMarkt und viele andere. Für seine Filme gewann er zahlreiche Preise nationaler und internationaler Wettbewerbe – wie ADC New York, Europe und Germany, Cannes Lions, Clio, LIAA und andere.
Jürgen Nerger ist 48 Jahre alt, verheiratet und hat 3 Kinder.


 

Kai Kurve a.k.a. Kai Voepel 37

Element E

Kai Kurve aka Kai Voepel is an art director and lead motion graphic artist at das Werk in Berlin. He has produced and directed many German and international music video productions over the last years. His most famous video was the animated production of “3 Tage Wach” by the artist Lützenkirchen. Over 5 Million views and likes on youtube and on sale over the frontpage of I-Tunes without any promotion. Kai has worked with other very famous DJs and artists from the German electronic music scene, such as Oliver Koletzki, for whom he produced the video clip “Hypnotized” (3 million views); lexy&k.paul, niconè, til vor talent and highgrade. Kai also created the stunning Video for the legendary Bar 25 in Berlin, for its closing after 7 years being THE place to be in the international techno scene. The artist Dirty Doering produced a special track and Kai created an emotional concept working with Slow Motion Shots and shooting the main characters of the Bar 25 staff.
“Probably this has not been the last time you hear from Kai Kurve. Be prepared to hear or see more from him.”


 

Katja Brauer-Baratin 11

CASTA DIVA PICTURES

When Katja was 14 years old, she realized that she was never going to be a professional jockey (too big, too tall); so she did the next best thing: a master of fine arts at Konstfack Stockholm, a job at Mekano film production and photography at a Swedish fashion Magazines.
After working consistently in commercials and music videos, Katja took a break in order to do another master degree at Film Academy Baden Württemberg in Germany. At this time she moved deeper into the world of documentaries, shortfilms, and scriptwriting, strengthening her work as a commercial director and completed several short films and documentaries that were shown on television and in festivals.
Sick and tired of grey skies, Katja moved to LA, which gave her new projects a sunny touch and gave her a big smile.
Katja’s endless hours in the darkroom of a photo lab finally paid off as they sensitized her eyes for light & shadows, beauty and atmosphere of a picture. She got addicted to the world of beauty and fashion.
Beauty clients like Triumph, Sloggi, Garnier,Loreal, Procter & Gamble and Nivea followed.
Since 2010 Katja is based in Paris again and enjoys the possibility to work with the best models in the world and enjoys the fashion wit of the city.
Her passions are photography and film, fast horses and good food. If she could combine all three she would be the happiest person on earth!


 

Keiren O´Brien 48

HOMEPAGE

Keiren arbeitete sich durch alle Ebenen des Filmgeschaefts, bis hin zum Production Manager, nach oben, um schliesslich als Regisseur arbeiten zu koennen. Dies brachte ihn zu Firmen wie RSA, Park Village, BFCS und Weilands. Die Erfahrungen, die er im Umgang mit High- End Postproduktionen, Animationen und CGIs u.a. bei -The Hensons Creature Shop- erlangte, brachten ihm bereits 20 Auszeichnungen, darunter Bronze in Cannes, fuer seine Comedy Spots -Kendall Tarrant.- Nachdem er einigen Regisseuren dabei geholfen hatte, ihre Visionen zu erfuellen, verwirklichte er seinen Traum, mit der Veroeffentlichung seiner mehrfach preisgekroenten 35mm Kurzfilme, -Twig- und -The Bee Stung Wasp.- Dieser Erfolg brachte ihn zum Musikvideo, bevor sein auf eigene Faust realisierter -Testfilm- fuer Persil, von Lever Faberge gekauft wurde und er seitdem im Strom des Werbefilms mit Kunden, wie z.B. Olaz oder BBC ueberzeugt.


 

Kibwe Tavares 48

NEXUS PRODUCTIONS

Sundance prize-winning director, Kibwe created his award-winning film Robots of Brixton while pursuing a degree in architecture, at which time he also met Jonathan Gales and Paul Nicholls who together formed Factory Fifteen.
Kibwe was cited as one of Fast Company’s ‘100 Most Creative People in Business 2012’ and was awarded a prestigious TED fellowship.
He then went on to direct the Sundance film JONAH, a stunning combination of live-action shot on location in Zanzibar with beautiful visual effects created at Factory Fifteen.
Recently Kibwe was named one of the top 20 young global directors at the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase, Cannes 2014. As well as winning Best Short Film award for Jonah at the CFP-E and SHOTS Young Directors Award, he also was unanimously voted for and awarded the Special Jury prize at the same event – becoming only the 6th recipient in the award’s 15-year history as well as having received the Audience Award which was voted for by the public.


 

Lalli Jonsson 42

MYPONY

Born March 28, 1968 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Lived in Norway, The US, Spain and The Czech Republic since then. Currently lives in Reykjavik, Iceland. Educated in Iceland and in the US. Love to do things: Family, film, still photography, dogs, classic brit motorcycles, rock & roll, scuba diving, classic Land Rovers and all pretty “things” the world has to offer.
Prior to his commercial directing carrier he has done various jobs in the film business.
Started at the age of 16 by sweeping the studio floor in school breaks. Worked his way up to editing, producing, cinematography, and gradually directing commercials.
During his production years he’s worked with many of the best directors in the world, which had a great influence to his work. Done various personal projects at the same time (documentaries, music videos, short film). Worked as a runner, producer and editor prior to 1999. Represented by various production companies depending on markets. Started to direct internationally in the year 2000 in various markets around the world. Various awards in Iceland, London Advertising Awards nomination (2003), EPICA Pyramid Winner (2003 – Automobile and tire) in Sweden, Silver in Moscow advertising festival, Various nominations and awards around Europe and in the US.


 

Lars Tovik 37

TONY PETERSEN FILM

Lars was born in Trondheim, Norway in 1976. After finishing Film School he worked on several Norwegian TV-Formats. In 2001 he moved to Copenhagen where he worked as a First Assistant Director in the Film Industry. In 2004 Lars moved to London. He was quickly picked up to work as an in-house Director, and later Creative Director, for the European Broadcaster Viasat. In 2006 Lars was poached by National Geographic to direct commercials, idents, and promos. His work with them won him a ton of awards; receiving ten in 2008 alone – including seven Gold Promax Awards. He’s got a dramatic filmic quality to his work. The commercials have striking compositions and scale, mixed with clever visual effects andunderstated performances. Lars is based in London and directs Commercials all over Europes.


 

Leone Balduzzi 42

HOMEPAGE

Director and photographer. I was born in August in the land that witnessed the birth of Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, Gabriele D’Annunzio and Rocco Tano, best known as Rocco Siffredi. I came to Milan in order to complete my studies in communication. While graduating I was writing for major magazines and I started directing music videos for Planet Funk, Elisa, Tiromancino and many other musicians. I have been working in advertising since 2004 in Italy, France and Germany. I directed campaigns for Ford, Google, Ducati, Levis, Breil, UNICEF, Champion, Telecom, BMW.
My style is elegant but not too romantic, I’m young but not youthful, I am suitable for both visual and storytelling indeed.  In 2004 I founded with other professionals whom I admire a small creative collective named Kosanostra now called K48.


 

Lichthof: Joachim Bode, Thomas Stellmach and Peter Lemken 25

LICHTHOF

Lichthof Film & Animation ist ein Animationsstudio mit besonderem Augenmerk auf Figurenentwicklung und Character-Animation, mit umfassendem Service und Lösungen für jede Art Animationsproduktion –ob Zeichentrick, Stop-Motion oder 3D-Animation.
Producer / Regisseur und Lichthof-Mitgründer Joachim Bode hat Germanistik, Philosophie und Kunstgeschichte in Tübingen studiert, anschließend Film / Animationsfilm an der Kunsthochschule in Kassel. Er hat als Cartoonist, Illustrator und Storyboarder für Zeitschriften und Werbung gearbeitet, Kurzspielfilme, Werbespots und TV-Trailer als Autor, Regisseur und Animator realisiert und in mehreren Animationsstudios in Deutschland und Frankreich an Werbefilm- und Serienproduktionen mitgearbeitet. Joachim interessiert sich für klassische und moderne Malerei –und ist Member Of Society For Putting Humour Back Into Arts. Mit dem Lichthof-Team hat er zahlreiche Animationsfiguren entwickelt und viele animierte Commercials, Musikvideos und TV-Beiträge produziert –für Kunden wie Disney, ZDF, Das Erste, Wrigley / Hubba Bubba, MTV, Universal Music, LBS, Bavaria…


 

Louis van Zwol 16

TELEMAZ FILM

Louis van Zwolwurde 1971 geboren. Er studierte audiovisuelle Medien an der Kunsthochschule in Utrecht und startete 1998 seine Karriere als Werbe- und Videofilm Regisseur.Seitdem hat er fuer diverse Werbespots Regie gefuehrt, z.B. fuer die unternehmen -ns- (Hollaendische Bahn), -Citroen-, -Chocomel- und -Danone-.Parallel zu seinen klassischen Arbeiten legt Louis seinen kreativen Schwerpunkt auf Independent Filme. Diesen verleiht er eine surrelistische Richitung, indem er Gedanken und Impulse der realen Welt einem fictionshaften Character zuspricht. Alltaegliche Bilder aus seiner Umgebung erscheinen in einem neuen Licht.Zu seinen Kurzfilmen gehoeren -Intoxication-, -Shock of daylight-, -Monolouge1-, – Monolouge2- und -You and me-. Seine Filme wurden auf verschiedenen Venues, sowie beim hollaendischen Film Festival gezeigt.Louis Arbeit zeichnet sich in seinen Werbespots sowie seinen Kurzfilmen durch eins ehr gutes Storytelling und seine ganz besondere kreative Umsetzung aus. Bereits sein Casting zeigt sein geschultes Auge fuer die optimale und echte Besetzung einer Geschichte


 

Lucy Walker 41

HOMEPAGE

Lucy Walker is best known for directing four feature documentary films: Devil’s Playground (2002), Blindsight (2006), Waste Land (2010) and Countdown to Zero (2010). Her most recent film is the short documentary The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011), which premiered at Toronto 2011 and won the Polly Krakora Excellence in Filmmaking Award, the Women In Film National Geographic All Roads Award and the Short Film Jury Award: Non-Fiction at Sundance 2012 as well as being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject.

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom garnered Walker her second consecutive Oscar nomination. In 2011 she was nominated for Best Documentary Feature for Waste Land, which won over 30 other awards including Audience Awards at Sundance and Berlin and the IDA’s Best Documentary Award.

Four years earlier, Walker’s Blindsight had been among the fifteen films competing for the Academy Award nomination in the Best Documentary Feature category. Blindsight premiered at Toronto and won Audience Awards at Berlin (making Walker the only filmmaker to win this award twice), Ghent, AFI and Palm Spring film festivals and nominations for Best Documentary at the 2007 Grierson Awards and British Independent Film Awards. Countdown to Zero, about nuclear weapons, premiered at Sundance and played in Official Selection at Cannes. Devil’s Playground, an examination of the struggles of Amish teenagers during their period of experimentation (rumspringa), premiered at Sundance and also won several festivals and was nominated for three Emmys and an Independent Spirit Award.

Lucy grew up in London, England, and graduated with first class honors from Oxford before winning a Fulbright to attend NYU’s graduate film program. She was also a DJ and directed Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues, for which she was twice nominated for an Emmy.


 

Luke Losey 41

HOMEPAGE

I think of my work like celluloid knit-wear. Its got a hand made crafted feel, it would probably keep you warm in winter.
Making films and taking picture’s is something that started when i was a kid, with my Box Brownie and Super 8mm cameras. My first film was a UFO landing off of Portobello road. The digital age was still years away but i thought my spaceship was pretty convincing.
I spent a few good years in the art department before directing, which definitely informs my look and approach. I started to direct in the late 90′s and hit the jack-pot with an Orbital vid called ‘The Box’ starring Tilda Swinton as a lonely alien wondering the London streets. It won every prize going that year. Ive since worked with everybody from from KLF to Mulberry and popped out some cool short films imbetween.
The digital age has seen me branch out into into CGI, viral and video mapping buildings. Im still making my films though, the kid with Super 8mm camera got a bit older but he’s still here…watching the skies.


 

Marc & Mike: Marc O. Perino and Mike A. Kraus 17

HOMEPAGE

Marc O. Perino wurde 1974 in Deutschland geboren. Er absolvierte Praktika bei diversen Filmproduktionen in Muenchen und Los Angeles. Marc war als freier Beleuchter, Ton- und Kameraassistent fuer Werbung-, Image-, Kinofilm und Serien in Deutschland, Italien, Frankreich und den USA beschaeftigt. 2003 schloss er das Studium im Bereich Werbefilm Regie an der Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg ab.
Mike A. Kraus wurde 1973 in oesterreich geboren. Er studierte an der Photographie in Italien. Den Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video absolvierte er 1995 am Columbia College in Chicago. Mike arbeitete als Kameraassistent bei diversen Fernsehfilmen und -serien in Deutschland, Spanien und Thailand. Seit 1996 ist er Kameramann fuer Fernsehdokumentationen in Europa, USA, Suedafrika und Indien. Im Zeitraum 2003-2006 waren sie unter anderem an Werbe- und Imagefilmen fuer Condor, Mueller, T-Mobile/Nokia, Sprite und Wrigley´s beteiligt. Das Regieduo Marc & Mike gibt es seit 1997


 

Marc R. Wilkins 6

BIG FISH

Marc R. Willkins wurde 1976 in der Schweiz geboren. Im Alter von fuenf Jahren zog er mit seinen Eltern in eine Hippie-New-Age-Kommune auf Kreta, ein Jahr spaeter nach Deutschland. 1993 reiste Marc im Rahmen eines Schueleraustausches nach Neu Seeland, wo er begann, seinen ersten Film -Vom Ausbrechen- zu drehen und beschloss, in die Filmindustrie zu gehen. Aus diesem Grund sammelte er direkt nach Ende seiner Schulzeit Erfahrungen an verschiedenen Sets, so zum Beispiel von Constantin Film und Bavaria Film. Wilkins arbeitete mit Regisseuren wie Katja von Garnier, Doris Doerrie und Roman Kuhn. 1997 gruendete er -Kinoherz e.V.-, ein Verbund junger, experimentelle Filmemacher. 1999 gelang ihm sein Werbe-Debuet mit einem Spot fuer die Tour de France im Deutschen Fernsehen, viele weitere Spots und auch Image- und Kurzfilme folgten. Nach weiteren Erfolgen wurde Wilkins Creative Director bei -Lounge Entertainment-, eine Company, die alle Unterhaltungs-Disziplinen wie Music, New Media und Promo anbietet. Doch schon 2001 ging er als freier Regisseur nach Berlin, wo er seine ersten Spielfilme vorbereitete.


 

Markus Engel 49

HOMEPAGE

Studierte Film- und Theaterregie an den Claremont Colleges und dem California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Seit 1999 lebt der gebürtige Wiener in Berlin und arbeitet als Regisseur für Film, Werbung und Theater. 2003 wird sein Kurzfilm “Nachtschwimmen” beim Vendome Film Fest mit dem Best European Film ausgezeichnet; für “Der letzte Gast” nimmt er 2011 den “German Independence Award Short Film” des Internationalen Filmfests Oldenburg entgegen.


 

Martin Krejci 43

STINK

Martin Krejci was born and raised in the Czech Republic. As a young teenager he bought his first Super 8 mm camera and a few years later he was accepted into the prestigious Film and TV school at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), straight out of high school. Amazingly, his commercial-directing debut, at the prodigiously young age of 19, followed soon after, when a short film he made in his first year at FAMU won awards. Martin joined STINK and relocated from Prague to London in 2004 in order to expand his horizons. He pushed his artistic boundaries and experimented with new techniques. His previous projects include a period piece for the re-launch of the interactive Stella Artois site and the epic Guinness Tornado featuring action actor Colin Salmon (Matchpoint, Alien vs Predator, Die Another Day). Martin has a great passion for working with actors; whether directing experienced veterans or novices he enjoys drawing the best performance from the artist. Martin has picked up some amazing techniques and further enhanced his directing abilities which have been highlighted throughout his work, including commercials for Ford, Next Generation and the stop frame animation, “Adi Dassler”, which tells the tale of Adidas’s brilliant founder in a fairytale style narrative. While his Dassler film tells the intriguing story of his life without congealing into sentimentality, Krejci’s campaigns for Hornbach, through STINK Berlin, elevates the ordinary into something epic, without drifting into satire. Starting with the acclaimed “Faces” and “Cow” in 2010, these spots celebrate the hard graft associated with Hornbach tools, featuring a cast of characterful, mostly middle-aged men as its heroes – initially through the super slo-mo photography of “Faces”.
His series of films for Hornbach also includes the very successful films “Symphony”, “Festival” and the very dramatic “Crack” in 2012. These films as well as his spot for Lurpak, “Kitchen Odyssey”, through Wieden + Kennedy London has been picking up notable press and putting Martin on everyone’s director wish list. “Kitchen Odyssey” is one of the most viscerally enjoyable and inspiring commercials about cooking in a long time. And it has the quality that distinguishes Krejci’s best work – it engages both the emotions and the intelligence of the viewer. Martin Krejci recently relocated to the US to progress his feature projects and to advance his commercials career.


 

Matthias Hoene 31

PARTIZAN

Matthias is a multi award wining commercials and film director known for his epic visual storytelling style, unique take on the world and being at home with both elaborate special effect creations as well as intimate performance based films. His versatile approach to each project is united by the desire to take the viewer on an exciting emotional journey they will never forget.
Born in Singapore and raised in Berlin, Matthias grew up in a multicultural environment and worked as an illustrator and concept artist while he was still at school. He specialized in Film and Advertising at Central St Martin’s college in London and on the back his award winning graduation shorts, he was snapped up by Partizan straight out of college and tapped up to direct the music video ‘Star 69’ for Fatboy Slim.
Shortly after, at the tender age of 22, Saatchi and Saatchi commissioned his first commercial, a cheeky canine adventure for Club 18-30. It went on to win a Golden Lion in Cannes and set Hoene up as a major talent in the world of commercials. Since then he has been busy directing visionary campaigns for clients like Guinness, O2, Saab, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Playstation, EA Games, McCain, Kelloggs, Chase Bank, Dyson, Nissan, Ford and the BBC.
His meticulous yet light hearted approach has earned his spots awards for direction, special effects, use of dialogue as well as production design.
He has also studied acting (Central School of Drama), design, cinematography and script development rounding him off as a versatile storyteller able to create worlds and convey any emotion or story on the big and small screen.
Most recently his epic Giff Gaff commercial through Fallon took over entire 3 minute ad breaks and showed that Matthias is at home with both thrilling storytelling as well as heart warming quirkiness and humour, all presented with cinematic and evocative imagery. The spot was part of APA’s ‘Best Commercials of 2013’.
His first feature film, the horror comedy ‘Cockneys vs Zombies’ enjoyed a successful cinema run and won multiple audience awards around the world. He developed his next original feature idea, a Sci-fi thriller called ‘Capsule’ with screenwriter Ian Shorr and has set the film up with Hutch Parker (The Wolverine) at 20th Century Fox. The project has been featured on the Blacklist, Hitlist and Bloodlist as one of the best unproduced Hollywood screenplays of 2013. Shooting is set to begin in 2014.


 

Max Millies was born in 1978. After high school in Hamburg he moved to London to study film and communications, which is basically a subject for people who don’t know what to do with their lives. Fortunately, he spent a lot less time at university than in dodgy English pubs, where he laboriously studied the world’s best humor. Superbly educated, he moved to Berlin in 2002 on a mission to teach Germans hilarity. He started writing music videos and commercials and eventually landed in the agency world. After 10 years as a copywriter and creative director at Jung von Matt and BBDO he went freelance in 2013 to concentrate on making films. Today he works as an independent director and CD in Berlin and New York. He has received numerous accolades including 7 Cannes Lions and 12 Art Director’s Club awards.

 


 

Michael Scheibenreiter 50

MUSIKBETRIEBE

Michael was born and grew up in a musical family in Düsseldorf. He has been composing and producing music since the early 90’s. He founded “Scheibenreiters Musikbetriebe”in 2000, his own recording and production studios for electronic music. Alongside his advertising work, electronic music forms the core of his activities: both “Phoneheads“projects and the “Swimmingpool“project have brought him fame and success in the global club-scene. As “Phoneheads“he and fellow DJ and partner Philipp Maiburg, founder of the “Open Source Festival“, have produced 5 Albums and 12 Maxis, as well as the extremely successful “Phoneheads & the Düsseldorf Symphonic Orchestra –Live at the Tonhalle“DVD. In 2008 Michael rebuilt his “Musikbetriebe“Studios, and was joined by the guitarist Frank Schwiklewski. From 2010 on they produce several scores and soundtracks for German TV like “Polizeiruf 110“alongside their activities on TVCs.


 

MK 12: Ben Radatz, Jed Carter, Tim Fisher and Shaun Hamontree 46

THE EBELING GROUP

Ben Radatz, Jed Carter, Tim Fisher, and Shaun Hamontree founded artist collective and design lab MK12 in their hometown of Kansas City in 2000. Art school fugitives, the shop (now nine strong) has carved a unique niche in the design world, where art, commerce, film and music happily coexist. In 2002, MK12 joined The Ebeling Group – which reps the collective around the globe. Within the animation and design industry the name MK12 has become synonymous with setting conceptual benchmarks. Their list of corporate clients has consistently grown; providing broadcast and commercial design work for international clients and brands like Coca-Cola, Adidas, Nokia, Electronic Arts, Cartoon Network, Best Buy, MTV, ESPN and Haagen Daas. Their skill at designing masterfully animated visuals has led them to work with agencies such as Wieden+Kennedy, J. Walter Thompson (Japan), Fallon Worldwide, Arnold, Kramer-Krasselt, The Martin Agency, Ogilvy & Mather, and Chiat Day. Within the last six years MK12 has been cultivating a name for themselves within the independent and commercial film industries. The design team has sat at the helm of their own internal film projects such as “Ultralove Ninja” (Sundance 2005), “History of America” (Sundance 2008), and Sunkenlust (Martha’s Vineyard IFF 2008) to name a few. Commercially, the collective has provided animation for notable feature film projects such as Marc Forster’s “Stranger Than Fiction” (2006), “The Kite Runner” (2007), “The Quantum Solace (Summer 2008)”, “Telephoneme” (2010)won Best Epermental Film at The Miami Short Film Festival. There most recent short film “Follow The Sun!” was premiered at FITC Toronto 2011.


 

Moritz Laube 24

EMBASSY

Moritz Laube wurde 1979 in Frankfurt am Main geboren und begann seine Karriere als Werbefilm Editor fuer diverse Regisseure, wie z.B. Til Obladen oder Wim Wenders. Nach seinem Studium der Philosophie, Psychologie und Neuer Deutscher Literaturwissenschaft, war er 2001 Editor bei seinem ersten Film in Spielfilmlaenge -BAP- Ode to Cologne-, von Wim Wenders. 2003 schliesslich, absolvierte Moritz ein Regiestudium an der deutschen Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb) und war im darauf folgenden Jahr erneut Editor, diesmal beim Spielfilm -Land of Plenty-, ebenfalls von Wim Wenders. Seit Januar 2006 ist Moritz exklusiver Regisseur bei -embassy of dreams.


 

Neil Gust and Jamie Lamond 29

HOMEPAGE

Jaime Lamond is a talented and creatively driven designer, animator and editor, Jaime moves comfortably among three disciplines combining them for clients such as Volvo, French’s and MCI. “The design I like best is design which, no matter how important to the work, is integrated to the point of invisibility.” Editor Neil Gust has the eye of a graphics artist and the ear of an accomplished musician. He approaches his editorial process through music, then collides the images and text in rhythmic harmony to create a visual experience that is distinctly his own. A multiple AICE Award winner two years in a row, Neil has also been honoured with two Bronze Clios for Editing. They will present their new work including their stunning ads for Jaguar, which represents a radical new approach to editing and film production.


 

Nicolette Krebitz 51

Heimatfilm

Nicolette Krebitz  ist eine deutsche Schauspielerin, Regisseurin und Musikerin. Mit den Hauptrollen in Domenica sowie den Fernsehproduktionen Schicksalsspiel und Ausgerechnet Zoé erzielte sie größere Aufmerksamkeit. Für ihre Darstellung der HIV-infizierten Zoé wurde sie mit dem Adolf-Grimme-Preis ausgezeichnet. Den großen Publikumserfolg erreichte Nicolette Krebitz 1997 mit bandits, für den sie gemeinsam mit ihren Kolleginnen Katja Riemann und Jasmin Tabatabai einen Soundtrack schrieb, der Gold-Status erlangte. 2001 produzierte sie mit Jeans ihren ersten Spielfilm, bei dem sie auch selbst Regie führte. Ihre Regiearbeit Das Herz ist ein dunkler Wald mit Nina Hoss in der Hauptrolle erhielt 2007 viel Anerkennung von der Filmkritik. 2008 drehte Krebitz eine Episode des Filmprojekts Deutschland 09.                                                                       Mit WILD (Kinostart 14.04.2016) erzählt Nicolette eine Geschichte von Freiheit und Glück. Kraftvoll, sinnlich und ebenso faszinierend wie verstörend führt sie mit ihrem Film in die entfesselte Welt einer jungen Frau, die unsere stillschweigenden Vereinbarungen mit der Zivilisation aufkündigt und sich unerschrocken für ein Leben ohne Netz und doppelten Boden entscheidet. Und die sich mit jedem Schritt in die „Wildnis“ einen Schritt weiter selbst befreit.


 

Niklas Weise 21

HOMEPAGE

Niklas Weise was born in Germany in 1973. After studying Film in New York in the late 90s Niklas soon began to shoot music videos and commercials for bands/brands like Nike, Deichkind, Hornbach, Volkswagen and Adidas. He lately worked with production companies like Stink, Partizan, @Radicalmedia and Cobblestone.
Niklas currently lives in Berlin.


 

Numero 6: David Nicolas 30

PARTIZAN

David Nicolas was born in 1969 in Aix-en-Provence. Drawing has played a large role in his life since childhood. David attended the ”Gobelins de Paris”, School of Animation for 3 years, where, with the help of his computer, he taught himself how to make his first short films in 2D animation. While painting, the designing of record covers, and animated series are his principal activities, David has directed in collaboration with his brother, Laurent, an animated series ”Les Lascars” for CANAL+, Channel 4 and  German TV. After the success of their next film entitled ”Pierre le cosmonaute they signed with Partizan Midi Minuit. Their fantastic music promo “Starlight” for Supermen Lovers was selected for festivals and the French “Victoire de la Musique 2002″ Awards. A second music promo for Super Fury Animals “It’s Not The End of the World” won the special jury prize at the prestigious Imagina 2002 Festival and a silver at D&AD. After completing a UK campaign for the radio station Capital FM David & Laurent worked on a number of large advertising campaigns including a Halifax commercial for DLKW and Coca Cola projects for the World Cup.  David’s internet viral films, that showed UFOs flying across the skies of Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Brooklyn, were made while researching his first feature project: a comedy about the biggest UFO hoax of all time which is to be produced by Partizan Films. The films clocked up over 3 million hits within their first two weeks on YouTube and were featured in the LA Times, on CNN and on Fox News.


 

Olivier Bennoun 40

WANDA

Olivier Olivier studied medicine in France, but after five years he decided to switch paths for filmmaking. Today he is a young accomplished French director. He is recognized for his offbeat style and for his high level in directing cast. He is also very much at ease in technical and post production weighted projects. Whether he is shooting comedy or  positioning cable cams, his trademark is always on one aspect the Atmosphere : on set and off set. He is crazy and rigorous in the same time. It’s a Chess player with a funnel on his head. His last campaign for Tippex “ A Hunter shoots a bear” has been seen by more than 35 millions people on Youtube in hundred days, and won a lot of awards : 4 Cannes Lion (2 silver, 2 bronze), 1 Clio ( Silver), 1 New-York Festival World’s Best advertising  (Bronze), 5 Cristals, 1 Grand Cristal, 2 Epica ( 1 gold, & silver), 4 Eurobest (1 Gold, 2 Silvers, 1 bronze), 3 Winners Club des directeurs artistiques, 1 Grand prix Stratégie…
„No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.“ Aristotle


 

Paolo Monico 25

E+P FILMS

Seine Karriere im Bereich Werbung begann Paolo als Assistant Art Director und spaeter als Assistant Director. Er kollaborierte mit namhaften auslaendischen Regisseuren, bevor er ab 2001 einige Spots und Musikvideos, vor allem fuer den italienischen Saenger -Ligabue-, drehte. Auf der langen Liste der Namen, fuer die er bereits auf dem Regiestuhl Platz genommen hat, finden sich ausserdem -Citroen-, -Fox-, -Ray Ban-, -Sky TV-, -VW- und -Sony.- Seine Arbeiten waren bereits mehrmals Short Listed in Cannes, sowie beim Art Directors Club Italia, bei welchem er ausserdem einmal Bronze erhielt.


 

Patrick Bergh 35

B-Reel

Stockholm-born Patrik lives in London and has been with Partizan since 2002.
since then he has directed commercials for clients including Volkswagen, Ford, the BBC, The Times, Electrolux and Nissan’s innovative Road Movie campaign – a branded short film, ‘Exit’, which ran in sections as idents over 24 weeks in the commercial breaks for ’24′ and ‘Nip and Tuck’ on Sky TV. It was voted ‘Ad of the Week’ in The Telegraph. ‘Exit’ was also included in the 24 box set. In 2002 he won the Film Four/Orange Short Film Competition at the Edinburgh International Film Festival with a charming short film, Veronique, which outshone 2000 other entries and five other short-listed scripts to be declared the overall winner by public vote. Veronique was then screened on Channel 4 and FilmFour. More shorts followed, including ‘When Harry Met Barry’; a three-minute short that has been screened on Channel 4, at the Rushes Soho Shorts festival in London as well as at various other film festivals in Europe. Before he became a director, Patrik trained as an actor at the Lee Strasberg Institute but soon decided he preferred life behind the camera. He studied filmmaking at The London Film School where, at the end of his course, he won the Kodak Student Commercials Awards.


 

Pekka Hara 38

HOMEPAGE

Director Pekka Hara is a true Finnish export. A sign of that is the rather pompous title of ” Best International Director” he was awarded with at Midsummer Awards in London 2005. A year later highly acclaimed Creativity magazine picked him to it’s “Directors To Watch” article, which featured the 20 most interesting up-coming directors around the world.
In 2009 Hara won a Silver Lion in Cannes – that’s a stunt that no other Finnish director has been able to pull of since the early 80s. But that’s no wonder, because his spots have been frequently hitting the finalist lists in Cannes, New York, Eurobest and Montreux since 2003. His work include commercials for such brands as Philips, Volvo, Disney, Dell, McDonald’s, Nokia, Ikea, Santander and Huawei. He is best known for his nuanced work, which combines charming performances with cool visuals. The most famous work includes a true heavyweight campaign for Volvo (EuroRSCG Worldwide), being one of the biggest television driven campaigns in USA in 2006. Other Hara’s classics are Philips Ambilight’s launch in China (DDB London) and the launch campaign for Santander “Live More” (EuroRSCG Helsinki) spot has gained notable attention among industry websites and blogs around the world.


 

Peter Peake 21

AARDMAN

1992 begann Peter bereits fuer Aardman zu arbeiten. 1994 schrieb, animierte und fuehrte er Regie bei seinem ersten Kurzfilm -Pib & Pog-, dieser wurde bei der British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominiert und gewann im selben Jahr den McLaren Award beim Filmfestival in Edinburgh. Des Weiteren war er einer der -key animatoren- beim Oscar Gewinner -A Close Shave-. Er schrieb und drehte noch weitere Kurzfilme und Serien (z.B. Captain Sarcastic, Rex the Runt) die ebenfalls sehr erfolgreich waren. 1996 drehte er seinen ersten Werbespot fuer Pepsico Ruffles. Seitdem ist sein Kundenstamm gewachsen, er hat unter anderem fuer Coca Cola, Walkers Crisps and Wrigleys gedreht.


 

Postpanic 41

HOMEPAGE

Founded in 1997, PostPanic is a Dutch hybrid film production company creating unique visual work for the international advertising, broadcast, retail and music industries. Our distinctive visual style has come about through a shared passion for live action, motion graphics, visual effects and 2d/3d animation. As mixed media specialists, PostPanic’s projects are creatively driven and therefore not primarily technique-led. Some are completely live-action based, others focus on a more motion graphic-led execution and some are just a combination of every technique you can think of! That’s why we choose to produce, direct, design and animate ourselves so our ambitious ideas stay true to our original vision once in production. The international group of directors share a common design background and are very hands-on, often choosing to work on a certain aspect of the production such as motion graphics, animation or compositing. This is clearly reflected in PostPanic’s creative attitude and approach to a project. We are also specialists in integrated project deliverables, meaning we can simultaneously create multiple platform executions of a single visual project (for example, providing television & cinema spots, print visuals, viral films as well accompanying digital assets for websites and mobile). Over the years, PostPanic has enjoyed creating work for international agencies and brands including Nike, MTV, ASICS, Google, MINI, McDonalds, Vodafone, TomTom, Coca-Cola, Disney and Amstel. At the centre of our collective is PostPanic’s Amsterdam studio, a permanent team of producers and creatives specializing in live action, motion graphics, 2d/3d animation, visual effects and print. We also have a regular network of specialist freelancers that are pulled in depending on the nature of a project. The PostPanic studio is housed in a new building overlooking the river in central Amsterdam and has won attention worldwide for its unique interior architecture. This includes a green screen studio, edit suite, gallery space and large grandstand for accommodating an audience for PostPanic events the most famous being PostPanic’s ‘Panic Room’, a bi-annual inspiration evening which has featured some of the industry’s most-respected international creative figures.


 

REMO CAMEROTA 49

GREAT GUNS

With a background in film, visual arts, design, photography, interactive media, illustration and animation, Remo Camerota is the archetypal modern day artiste who embraces multi-media platforms and expresses them in a compelling visual style. A multi-award winning director and photographer, he is also the author of 2 bestselling photography books ‘Graffiti Japan’ and ‘Drainspotting.’ His work in fine art and photography has seen him create murals and exhibit alongside some of the worldsleading artist including Banksy, Obey, JR and many others. Remo’s corporate clients range from Red Bull, Nikon, Kiss, Sony, MTV,DEVO, General Motors, McCann, Aardman and Tommy Hilfiger. 2014 saw him create a groundbreaking animation for the Clinton Foundation that helped save the lives of suffering children in Africa, through an educational campaign. And saw him resurrect Donna Summer through animation and customized holographic programing. He is currently writing his latest feature film and has started developing an animated series, Kit Robot. Says Laura Gregory: ‘Remo came to Tokyo to speak at one of our recent creativeworkshops. His fame among the young creative and marketing attendees was expanded upon when they heard about his journey and saw the span of his work which includes the Graffiti he is so well known for; his environmental urban art projects for the city of Singapore and Hong Kong including “Aardmans, Gromit Unleashed”, and his Mural for “Ogilvy and Mather’s” Tokyo office – coupled with his ironically perceptive award winning films, ’Love Hotel’ and ‘Meat Market’, it proves that his work is both moving and shocking, never to be forgotten.’


 

ROBIN POLAK 49

MARKENFILM

1978 wurde Robin Polák in Prag geboren. In den frühen 80er Jahren emigrierten er und seine Eltern nach Deutschland. Nach dem Abitur arbeitete er als Runner und Tonmann bei verschiedenen internationalen Kinofilmen. 2000 absolvierte er ein Praktikum bei MTV, anschließend ein Volontariat und arbeitete danach als freier Regisseur und Autor. In dieser Zeit entstanden diverse Trailer, Kurzfilme und auch TV Serien, wie z.B. Ulmen Auftrag mit Christian Ulmen und Nora Tschirner. 2009 gewann er den Young Directors Award in Cannes und in den darauf folgenden Jahren weitere internationale Awards. 2012 besuchte Robin eine Drehbuchakademie und arbeitet seitdem auch als Drehbuchautor. Momentan hat Robin gerade die Dreharbeiten an seinem Kurzfilm Oskarreif gemeinsam mit dem Bayerischen Rundfunk mit Devid Striesow und Frederick Lau in den Hauptrollen abgeschlossen. Der Film wird 2015 im TV ausgestrahlt. Robins Arbeiten basieren auf originellen Stories, subtilem Humor und einem starken Cast.


 

Roman Kälin 32

TWIN GROUP

Roman Kälin ist 1985 in Einsiedeln in der Schweiz geboren. Nach dem Matura Abschluss 2004 in Pfäffikon SZ beginnt er mit einem Praktikum im Architekturbüro Hanspeter Kälin und Partner in Einsiedeln und geht später 2005 ein halbes Jahr nach Kanada, um dort seine Englischkenntnisse zu vertiefen. Von 2006 bis 2007 studiert er Architektur an der ETH Zürich und seit 2007 hat er sein Studium an der Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, in der Studienrichtung Animation und Visual Effects fortgesetzt. Seit 2009 ist er als CG Artist tätig, u.a. bei Elefant Studios, Zürich, Glassworks, London und Psyop Inc., New York.


 

Samuel & Gunnar 26

ICONOCLAST

Samuel Bjarki Peursson graduated from the commercial college of Iceland in the year of 1996 and started his career as a radio DJ. During his time as a DJ for FM957 he worked as well as an Online editor/Offline Editor/Post Production Director and D.o.p. Samuel started to work as a director for Spark Production in 2002 and continued this occupation in 2004 for Sagafilm. Gunnar Pall Olafsson turned out in an identical way. He graduated from the college of Hamrahlid in 1997 and spent time working as an Offline editor as well till he was hired by Spark Production in 2002 as well. Samuel and Gunnar met and since then they have been working together. The outcomes of this -work-partnership- were various Icelandic awards, e.g. -The Icelandic Advertising Awards- or -The Icelandic Film and Television Awards-. Together they directed commercials for clients such as: Vodafone, VW, Coke or Mastercard.


 

Sebastian Alfie 16

VIVAFILM

Sebastian Alfie wurde 1971 in Buenos Aires, Argentinien geboren. Zwischen 1990 und 1999 arbeitete er als texter in diversen Werbeagenturen (BBDO, Agulla&Baccetti, Grey). Zur gleichen zeit studierte er an der Hochschule fuer Film in Buenos Aires, nach deren Abschluss er 1999 seine eigene Produktionsfirma gruendete und mit der er fuer Brasilien und den lokalen Markt arbeitete.2002 zog er nach Madrid und begann dort zusammen mit Jimmy Ayerza Regie zu fuehren. Zu den kunden des Regie- Duos Alfie &Ayderza gehoerten unter anderen Ford, Vodafone, telefonica und Smart, fuer die sehr aufwendige produktionen in Madrid, Barcelona, Sofía und Buenos Aires realisiert wurden. Mittlerweile hat sich das Duo getrennt und Sebastian Alfie fuehrt alleine Regie.Sebastian Alfie hat fuer seine Spots zahlreicche Preise und Auszeichnungen erhalten, so etwa in London, New York, Clío und Cannes. Zu seinen weiteren Arbeiten zaehlen etliche Kurzfilme, die auf festivals in London, Holland, Berlin, etc. ausgezeichnet wurden. Zur zeit arbeitet er an seinem ersten Spilefilm.


 

Silvio Helbig 16

ELEMENT-E

Silvio Helbig, geboren in Süddeutschland begann seine Kariere als Fotograf bevor er an der renommierten Filmhochschule „Konrad Wolf“ in Babelsberg studierte, die er als einziger seines Jahrgangs mit Auszeichnung abschloss.
Sein Abschlussfilm „TRANSPORT“ ist der wohl aufwendigste Kurzfilm der je in Deutschland gedreht wurde. TRANSPORT wurde auf der Berlinale in der Reihe Perspektive Deutsches Kino uraufgeführt. Er gewann den Deutschen Kamerapreis und wurde ebenso in Palm Springs Film Festival mit dem Kodak Award ausgezeichnet.
Mit seinem Einstand in Werbung gelang ihm mit „Crashtest“ für den französischen Autohersteller Renault direkt der Durchbruch. Der Werbespot gewann nicht nur unzählige nationale und internationale Auszeichnungen, sondern ist der weltweit meistgeschaltete Werbespot der je in Deutschland produziert wurde.
Sein Folgespot für Renault „Ballett“ brach ein Tabu und gilt als einmalig in der Autoinszenierung, da in ihm Zerstörung als Ästhetik inszeniert ist.
Seitdem hat Silvio nicht nur für verschiedene Automarken gedreht, sondern auch mit seinen Filmen für andere Produkte seine Vielfältigkeit unter Beweis gestellt. Was zahlreiche Auszeichnungen in den letzten Jahren belegen.
Silvio Arbeitet als Regisseur und Kameramann in Personalunion. Er ist mit komplexen technischen Anforderungen genauso vertraut wie damit Schauspieler auf den Punkt zu inszenieren. Silvio lebt in Berlin.


 

Skinny (David Hache and Marc-Edouard Leon) 42

Partizan

SKINNY’s visceral style throws viewers into the rebellious worlds of wild heroes who
live life in the moment with no fear of consequences. Yet, while the directing duo’s
work can be provocative, it is known above all for its grand stories, iconic
characters, and powerful relationships. Their vision is never without soul: it balances
aesthetic beauty with emotion to forge a body of work that’s young, fun, and sexy.
SKINNY signed to Partizan after their memorable video for Devendra Banhart with
Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings became one of the first Youtube sensations.
They soon gained critical acclaim and international attention by making promos that
are closer to mini movies, like their video for German DJs Moonbootica, which was
nominated for a UK VMA and selected for the prestigious Saatchi & Saatchi’s New
Directors’ Showcase during the Cannes Lions. They also won an MVPA award for
directing French electro prodigy Yuksek’s video, “Always On The Run,” where a
vicious posse burns a path of destruction through its desert community.
The film-obsessed pair’s taste for cinematic visuals and edgy stories has put them
at the vanguard of emerging directors. Their iconic promos for artists like CeeLo,
FUN., and Ke$ha have collected millions of views online, are regularly celebrated on
the year-end Best Of lists of media outlets such as NME, Spin, and MTV, and have
featured everywhere from the Hammer Museum to the 2011 and 2012 SXSW film
festival to the pages of Rolling Stone, Time, NY Times, and Shots. They were
praised in a Paper Magazine article “Long Live The Video Star” on Los Angeles’
most up-and-coming music video directors and also prolifically shoot commercials,
internet virals, fashion spots, and concert visuals for some of the biggest names in
the industry. Watch out for these two directors who have generated some of the
most unique and unforgettable work of the past five years.
SKINNY is comprised of Franco-American directors, David Hache and Marc-
Edouard Leon. Both are based in Los Angeles.
Commercial Work: Longchamp, Lipton, Yves Rocher, Wildfox Couture, Mutuelle
Générale, Blu eCigs, Freixenet, L’Oréal Group (Garnier, Vanderblit, Daniel Hechter).
Music Video Work: Devendra Banhart, CeeLo, Angel Haze, FUN., Tiësto, Marina
and the Diamonds, Yuksek, Wyclef, Ke$ha, Moonbootica, Michael Stipe, Designer
Drugs, and Felix Da Housecat, among others.


 

Stephane Levallois 27

FILM DELUXE

Stephane lebt zurzeit in Paris, 1988 schrieb er sich an der Penninghen-s Superior Graphic Art School ein. Er schloss als Bester ab und wurde selbst Dozent. Als Art Direktor wurde er Teil der Video Game Editor Company Cryo. Zeitgleich designte er Storyboards, arbeitet fuer Werbeagenturen, Produktionsfirmen und fuer die Filmindustrie. Er arbeitete mit Groessen wie Eric Planchon, Bruno Aveillan, Louis Leterrier and Wong Kar Wai. Er designte fuer John Galiano, Jean Baptiste, Mondino und Hedi Slimane. Er recherchierte und designte Charaktere fuer Times Warner und Marvel Studios. Ein bekanntes Projekt war zum Beispiel -The incredible Hulk II-. Sein erstes ein erstes Comicheft -Noe- kam im Jahre 2000 auf dem Markt, 2 Jahre spaeter folgte sein erster Kurzfilm -Carcan- welcher mehrere Preise u.a. den Canal Plus Award gewann.


 

TANGA ELEKTRA 43

Mokoh Music

TANGA ELEKTRA, das sind die Brüder David und Elias, die seit ihrer jüngsten Kindheit zusammen Musik machen und aus Neo-­Soul-­, Elektro-­ und Funk-­ Elementen über viele Jahre ihren eigenen, unverwechselbaren Sound geschaffen haben. Bei dem Weg einzigartig zu werden half, dass beide Brüder ihr Instrument studiert haben und nie etwas anderes als Musik gemacht haben. Mit ihren außergewöhnlichen Songs, die ihnen erst kürzlich einen Verlagsvertrag mit MOKOH Music und BMG Rights Management einbrachten, ihren erstaunlichen Improvisationen und einer reduzierten, ungewöhnlichen Instrumentierung begeistern sie seit 2009 das Publikum bei ihren energetischen Konzerten, wovon sich nicht nur die Besucher der Fusion schon mehrfach überzeugen konnten. Wenn man TANGA ELEKTRA hört und sieht, ist es für viele überraschend und faszinierend, dass der moderne und ungewöhnliche Sound der Band nur von einer Geige und einem Schlagzeug live gespielt wird.


 

Thomas Heinelt 21

FICTION FILMS

BFA (Mitgruender und Gesellschafter von Fiction Films GmbH, Director). Thomy Heinelt verliess Deutschland 1989 um in den USA zu studieren. Nach seinem erfolgreichen Abschluss 1994 am Massachusetts College of Art (BFA) arbeitete er als Freelancer fuer unterschiedliche Agenturen. Ende 1994 wurde Thomy von Rowntree 3D als Art Director/Animator engagiert. Waehrend dieser Zeit produzierte er unzaehlige Show Openers und Station ID’s fuer Fernsehkanaele wie HBO, UPN, Discovery Channel (Re-Design), The Animal Planet etc. Thomy Heinelt war verantwortlich fuer Regie und Post-Production, seine Arbeiten wurden in How, Print Magazine und im ADC NYC Annual veroeffentlicht. Im September 2003 kehrte er mit seiner Familie zurueck nach Deutschland, um dort gemeinsam mit Johannes Noerr Fiction Films zu gruenden. In dieser Zeit fuehrte er Regie und leitete die Post-Produktionsabteilung fuer Kunden wie Audi, Bosch BSH, Brose, Debitel, CondeNast, Fein, BMW Group, etc.. Unter anderem gewann er Preise beim New York Festival (Bronze fuer Thermo Electron (2001), Bronze fuer Philips (2002) und wurde Finalist fuer Strellson fuer Best Direction in 2005).


 

Thomas Roebers 37

HOMEPAGE

After a one year film school in India, Thomas graduated as a director in 2002, Higher School of the Arts, Utrecht. He travelled the world working as a cameraman, director and editor. Projects varied between documentaries and commercial productions.  In 2010 he won the golden reiger, the european design award and the history online price for his project: www.scholtenhuis.nl . The film “Foli”  reflects Thomas’s passion and love for film and music. A combination of “new generation” fast and condensed story telling, combined with meaningful documentary content; resulting in an innovative style for commercial productions. Like his last film for ARRIVA, Deutsche Bahn. Thomas is now stationed in Amsterdam, the Netherlands with his studio A Moving Company.


 

Thor Omar 3

HOMEPAGE

Thor Omar wurde 1967 in Island geboren. Er studierte Film an der Columbia Universitaet in Los Angeles und machte 1993 erfolgreich seinen Abschluss. Von 1993-1997 arbeitete er in Los Angeles als 1st AD bei vielen grossen Werbefilm-produktionen, wie z.B. Propaganda und Palomar Pictures. Er arbeitete in dieser Zeit auch mit sehr namhaften Regisseuren wie Dore Verbinski, Jason Harrington, Tony Kaye und Pam Thomas. 1998 kehrte er nach Island zurueck, um dort zwischen 1998 und 2000 als 1st AD bei verschiedenen Filmproduktionen und bei dem Filmprojekt -101 Reykjavik- mit der Schauspielerin Victoria Abril zu arbeiten. Dann startete er im Jahr 2000 seine Karriere als Regisseur und dreht seit dem sehr erfolgreich Musikvideos und Werbefilme.


 

Thorsten Kirves 36

MY PONY

Thorsten Kirves arbeitete als Kameramann im Bereich Dokumentation bevor er sich der Regie zuwandte. Nach einigen Kurzfilmen in Deutschland und Kanada, die auf Festivals, im Kino und TV liefen, begann schließlich seine Regie-Arbeit in der Werbung. Im Zentrum seiner Arbeiten stehen die Menschen mit ihren liebenswerten Schwächen, Gefühlen und ihrem Wahnsinn. Seine Stärke ist die Schauspielführung, Geschichten zu erzählen, Humor, Spannung und Emotionen authentisch und in wenigen Sekunden präzise auf den Punkt zu inszenieren.
Das hat er für Kunden, wie Ikea, Renault, Asics, Bild, TV Spielfilm, Beiersdorf und Telekom getan. Damit hat er Preise gewonnen, wie Epica Silver 2007, Silberner Löwe Promo-Lion Cannes 2008, The One Show Merit Award 2008 und Cresta Awards Winner Ambient Media 2008. Daneben verfolgt er seine Leidenschaft auch in Langfilm-Projekten. Er machte seinen eigenen Dokumentarfilm „Freunde“, der die Lebenswege von 7 Männern und die Geschichte ihrer Freundschaft erzählt und auf dem Filmfest Hamburg ein Publikumserfolg war. Zur Zeit arbeitet er auch an einem Drehbuch für seinen ersten Spielfilm.


 

Timur Bekmambetov 29

BAZELEVS

Timur is a Russian-Kazakh film director known for vampire franchise Nochnoy dozor (Night Watch) in 2004 and Dnevnoy dozor (Day Watch) in 2006. Timur Bekmambetov established himself as a master of dense narrative. His films often surprise the viewers with eerie details, hectic pace and unusual twists and turns.  He attended the Moscow Energy Institute, but he was more interested in art and movies, so he studied painting at Tashkent Theatrical Art Institute, graduating in 1987 as artist of theatre and film. He worked as set designer at “Ilkhom” Drama Theatre in Tashkent, and at Uzbek Film Studio. Since 2005, Timur has been working in Hollywood, writing, directing and producing Wanted (2008), 9 (2008), and The Red Star (2008). Back in Russia, he made another success directing Ironiya Sudby. Prodolzhenie (2007), a romantic comedy based on the Soviet era characters and capitalizing on nostalgia among some of the post-Soviet audiences.


 

Tomas Mankovsky 41

HOMEPAGE

Tomas Mankovsky is an inspired, craft-driven director with a strong background in advertising. Born in Poland in 1979, Tomas moved to Sweden at the age of one, and grew up drawing crazy inventions and dreaming up wildcat schemes. Having graduated from Beckmans College of Advertising, he began his career as an advertising creative at Ogilvy in Stockholm. Then, moving to London, he worked at Fallon for the next five years. While a creative at Fallon, Tomas simultaneously began to explore his interest in filmmaking, which allowed him to develop and showcase his visual inventiveness. Since 2009 Tomas is directing, he has filmed the short ‘Sorry I’m Late’ to follow up his emotionally charged, self-produced short ‘Little Big Love’. In addition, his recent promos for Robinsons, featuring a real-life video game, showcase his combination of visionary imagination and technical expertise. He has also made inventive commercials for clients such as Diesel, Sony, Orange and Cadbury. Still pushing brain-boundaries at all times, Tomas spends his spare time writing film scripts, launching a range of Tetris-shaped bathroom tiles and inventing things, most recently a domino that generates sound.


 

Toon Aerts 50

CZAR FILM

2001 beendete Toon Aerts die Sint Lukas Filmschule in Bruessel mit seinem Kurzfilm -Dialing the Devil- und wurde umgehend von CZAR.BE unter Vertrag genommen, um Werberegisseur zu werden. Toon hatte einen -Blitzstart- und schon bald vertrauten ihm Belgiens kreativste Agenturen ihre Ideen an. Seine Arbeit wurde auch in Holland wahrgenommen, wo er z.B. fuer einen hollaendische Mobilfunkanbieter und fuer Lipton Ice Regie fuehrte. 2005 drehte er fuer ASICS mit AimaqRappStolle in Berlin seine erste Werbung fuer den deutschen Markt und hofft wegen dieser positiven Erfahrung mehr in Deutschland arbeiten zu koennen. Neben der Werberegie arbeitet er gerade an einem Dokumentarfilm ueber die heutige Funkmusik-Szene.


 

Uwe Flade 20

HOMEPAGE

Im Jahr 2000 gruendete Uwe Flade die Cooper Filmproduction in Koeln mit dem Ziel Filme und Dokumentationen zu produzieren. Dann entschied er sich wieder als Freelancer zu arbeiten und fuehrte v.a. Regie bei Musikvideos fuer Bands wie Nickelback, Sportfreunde Stiller sowie auch bei Werbung. 2005 erhielt er bei den ANIMAGO AWARDS GERMANY fuer die Musikvideos “Precious” und “Enjoy the silence 04″ von Depeche Mode den Jury Preis. Ausserdem wurde sein “reality check” Schneider TM beim RESFEST 2003 gezeigt.


 

Vincent Jerome 16

HOMEPAGE

Vincent Jerome was born in May 1967 and grew up in Paris. He started working in 1985 as a 1st Asst. Director in Music Videos and Commercials in France and Spain (living in Madrid for over 5 years).During this time he assisted French comedy and storytelling directors such as Luc Besson, Jean- Marie Poire, Gerard Jugnot, Edourd Molinaro,… but also Fashion &beauty photograhers/Directors including Jean- Baptiste Mondino, Stephane Sednaoui, Paolo Roversi, Ruven Afanador, Erick Ifergan,… as well as English & US Directors like Mark Romanek, Ralph Parsons, Nigel Dick, Rocky Morton & Annabelle Jankel… In 1992, Vincent moved to the USA to work in Los Angeles and New York for 5 years. He started dircting short Films & Music videos to built a showreel. He then came back to Paris in 1997 to start working as a Commercial & Music Video Director. In the last few years he has shot commercials for:Emporo Armani (Perfume &Cosmetics); Opel (Automobiles); Nivea Beauty (Cosmetics); Coca Cola (Soda); L´Oreal (Beauty); As well as several Music Videos, most for young an up-coming French electronic artists. In the last 3 years Vincent´s work has been very successful on foreign markets, and in particular on several jobs for Spain and Germany


 

WEFILM 52

RABBICORN

Wefilm is an award-winning production company, that specialized in making impact with engaging films for brands. The films of the Amsterdam-based director’s collective are viewed over 200 million times online and are awarded by more than 100 international advertising awards. Wefilm works for clients like Heineken, Vodafone and Google. For the German market, Wefilm is exclusively represented by Rabbicorn Films. Wefilm was founded in 2010 by two brothers who believed in a radical change. Today, it has become a collective of directors and storytellers who pioneer in groundbreaking advertising. Wefilm challenges its team and its clients to get out of their comfort zone and fine-tune a concept until it got something truly unique. Wefilm is an independent production company that co-creates content with agencies and brands that are daring enough to embrace the power of storytelling. Wefilm won 10 Cannes Lions (among which the Grand Prix in 2013), 14 ADCN Lamps (among which the Grand Prix in 2013), 8 Eurobest awards and 15 Esprix Awards.


 

William Armstrong 46

MARKENFILM

William grew up between Botswana and South Africa, completing an arts degree
from the University of Cape Town and a post graduate diploma in directing from
Vancouver Film School, Canada. His first project was a test commercial for Jaguar was shot around Connemara in Ireland in 2012. This went on to win a Young Dirctor Award at the Cannes Lions advertising festival last June and shortly thereafer William was also awarded Best New Director at the Kinsale Shark awards in Setember. This year William was short listed for the Greenhorn new talent award at the Institute of Creative Advertising & Design in Dublin 2013 has seen an explosion of activity with Willia directing campaigns for local and international clients in locations as far as India,Israel and South Africa. William joined Markenfilm in April for Germany and Austria and sined with Knucklehead in London in September William’s speciality is a visual emotive style, with love for dramatic landscapes, tones and textures: most of all, telling stories with sparks of emotion that inspire their audiences. Recent Interviews: Little Black Book http://lbbonline.com/news/new-talent-william-armstrong/
One Point Four http://onepointfour.co/2012/06/20/a-mind-stretched-by-newexperiences


 

Wolf Jaiser 41

VIDEOTAPE

Wolf Jaiser started his career working as a creative director for famous lollipop company CHUPA CHUPS, after directing several films for this brand he became intrigued by film and went to prestigious film school FILMAKADEMIE Baden- Wurttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany. His first commercial after film school made it to the shortlist at the YDA, Cannes and was awarded at several festivals. Wolf has been directing commercials, station id’s and music videos for over 10 years now e.g. AUDI, Birkenstock, BISS Homeless-Magazine, Brandt, Chupa Chups, Danone, Media Markt, Mentos, SAP, Triumph, T-Mobile, ZDF to name but a few. In 2007 he started his collaboration 16tracks with Motion Graphics Designer Claus Winter. They started bringing animation and video-live sets on stage and catwalks. In 2008 they’ve won the RADIOHEAD Competition. Their RADIOHEAD music video VIDEOTAPE was awarded and screened on numerous Film Festivals worldwide. Their work YSL – FASHIONS FADE reached SILVER at the Animated Fashion Award (Festival of Animated Film) in Stuttgart 2012. In Oktober 2011 Wolf launched his own production company VIDEOTAPE, THE MEMORY COLLECTIVE and teamed up with his former producer Aleksandar Avramovic. They are based in Munich and London – crafting commercials and motion content projects at a world-class level of artistry.


 

Albert Kodagolian 28

INTERROGATE

After graduating from the prestigious film school at USC, Albert has developed his craft, first as a producer then as a cinematographer on a number of independent feature films.
Ironic as it may seem, his latest move to London, after living in Los Angeles for ten years, has brought him closest to his dream. The transition to directing presented itself when Albert wrote and directed a public service announcement for a charity endorsed by Mike Figgis, the prolific director of Leaving Las Vegas.
Albert’s commercials have earned awards and recognition from nearly all of the industry trades. His Budweiser ad Journey debuted during the Super Bowl, and his 60-second cinema spot Projectionist for the Seattle Film Festival won 6 Telly Awards. SHOOT selected his Theraflu spot Bus as ‘Top Spot of the Week’ for its cinematic feel and delicate approach.
His Sci-Fi film, Human Suit, has been recognized on the ‘Top 10’ list of AdCritic and Boards magazine. It also garnered him a prestigious nomination for Best Direction at the D&AD’s and went on to win a pencil at the One Show and at the Kinsale Advertising Awards and Clio Awards, and was listed as one of the best ads of the year at the APA 50 in London.
In October of 2006 Albert was selected in the top directors issue of SHOOT


 

Alex Feil 23

HOMEPAGE

Born in 1977, Alex grew up in a makeup artist’s family. His interest in film started early. While in school, he worked for the ZDF, a German TV station, as an assistant in film editing.
After graduation, he immediate succeeded in working as a freelance editor, nationwide. His first works were in documentaries (e.g. Guido Knopps „Hitlers helpers“), before he moved on to commercials.
He spent the next 5 years as a freelancing editor and postproduction supervisor.
2006 he had his breakthrough as a commercial director with the film “a.r.t. – jump”who was awarded all over the world.
Critics hail Feils special sarcastic humor in his commercials and the authentic characters. Throughout the years his work was internationallly honored by the most important festivals.
He is a member of the Art Directors Club and participates as a judge at International advertising festivals from time to time.
Alex Feil lives with his wife and his two kids in Los Angeles.


 

Andreas Hafele 30

HAFZOO

Bevor Andreas Hafele nach England ging, um dort Film zu studieren, machte der gebürtige Österreicher zunächst seinen Abschluss in  Architektur und Bauingenieurwesen. Während seiner Ausbildung an der Bournemouth Film Academy führte er bereits Regie für Werbefilme, von denen zwei bei den Kodak Student Awards als Best Commercial ausgezeichnet wurden. Darüber hinaus war er 2005 mit seinem Spot „Orange“ beim Young Directors Award in Cannes nominiert, wo er 2006 schliesslich mit seinem Spot „Sound of Music“ auch ausgezeichnet wurde. Seitdem wurde er sowohl in der SHOTS  als  auch in der Creative Review als „Creative Future in Commercial Direction“ gefeatured und war bei „The Reel“ als „Ones to watch“ gelistet. Andreas lebt in London und wird in Deutschland exklusiv von Randy and Abel Film vertreten. Seine Filme zeichnen sich durch einen originellen Humor und ein exzellentes komödiantisches Timing aus.


 

Andy Kinsella 40

HOMEPAGE

Andy is Executive Producer at Stink Digital, he is interested in work that lies on the edge of culture, finding out what happens when art, creativity, entertainment, and social interactivity collide. He likes the bit where fantastic planning, creative, design and technology come together. He is part of the 40 member award-winning interactive production team of interactive creatives, developers, animators, designers, digital producers.
Since launching in January 2009, Andy’s team has worked on interactive and film campaigns for Nike, Adidas, Philips, Nokia, Diesel, Lexus, Nike, Sony Playstation, Ikea, Axe, T- Mobile, Stella Artois, Ben & Jerry’s, Gucci, Wrangler, Lenovo, Cadbury’s, John Lewis, AT&T and Intel, among others.  “In under three years, we’ve won a Grand Prix in Cannes, Cannes Cybers of various colours, Eurobest and Oneshow golds, silvers and bronzes, a Webby Award, and 18 FWA SOTD awards and a SOTM”  Stink does interactive creative, concepting and design and continue through to high-end execution and build. “As a company, we make everything from live-action and animation to microsites, web apps, mobile phone applications and installation work.”


 

Anrick Bregman 40

UNIT9

Presented by PARASOL ISLAND
Anrick makes content for the browser and the smart phone, built on a dialogue between the viewer and the story. He is challenged by the idea of stories which are experienced, not just browsed.
Awards: New Media Film Festival, ’11. SXSW shortlisted, ’11. Webby’s, ’11. D&AD, ’11. FWA top 50, ’11. Cannes Lions, ’11. And more.
He curates the Hoxton Window Project (displaying visual artists‘ personal work as inspiration for the creative community). He exhibits codegenerated installations as part of Tango & Hawaii. And he was keynote speaker at the Wave Festival in Rio de Janeiro, and spoke at OFFF2011 in Barcelona.
Anrick builds interactive experiences using flash and backend technology, combined with live action or animated production techniques. He focuses on dialogue and storytelling through the integration of ideas and technology, and explores the medium creatively and functionally, but always in the context of a campaign or message. e outcome is a steady stream of new experiences which for him question and redefine what the ‘interactive’ represents.
He has been a  Copywriter, Art-Director Freelance for MTV Emerging Markets. He was part of a small creative team who created a new brand identity for all the Emerging Market territories of MTV Europe. They developed the “Electro-Folk” theme as a brand philosophy, and Anrick wrote and directed a series of short ‘folk-tales’. He has also been a Senior Creative Full-time at Cartoon Network Short-form content development and animation direction. Anrick has an Associates Degree in General Studies. NVCC Virginia (magna cum laude) and a BA of Fine Arts in Media Production. American College in London.


 

Arne Feldhusen 28

MARKENFILM

Nachdem Arne seit den frühen 90ern als Cutter- und Regieassistent arbeitete, übernahm er 1999 die Regie bei dem Dokumentarfilm Strassenkinder in Deutschland und ist seitdem als freier Regisseur tätig. In den letzten Jahren führte er erfolgreich Regie bei den bekannten Comedy Fernsehrserien Stromberg und Ladykracher. Als Werbefilmregisseur hat er erfolgreiche Kampagnen  für Kunden wir Mediamarkt. Ebay, Migros, Toyota, RWE etc. geschaffen. 2006 bis 2008 war Arne Dozent an der Hamburg Media School. Arne lebt in Hamburg und Berlin.


 

Baran Bo Odar 25

HOMEPAGE

1998 begann Baran Bo Odar, eigentlich von allen nur -der Bo- genannt, sein Studium an der Hochschule fuer Fernsehen & Film Muenchen, mit dem Schwerpunkt Regie. 2001 absolvierte er ein Regiepraktikum bei Doris Doerries Kinofilm -Nackt.- Danach folgte in den Jahren 2005-2006 das Studium in der -Masterclass der Werbung und Imagefilm- in Muenchen. Waehrend dieser Zeit entstehen zahlreiche Filme, fuer die Baran einige Nominierungen und Awards erhaelt. Ebenso erfolgreich sind seine Werbespots, wie etwa -Hadi Mini-, mit welchem er u.a. beim -First Steps Award- shortlisted war


 

Ben Hartenstein 4

HOMEPAGE

Ben Hartenstein wurde 1975 in Norddeutschland geboren. Er wuchs in Hamburg und Kopenhagen auf. Nach seinem Schulabschluss in Hamburg, blieb er dort und arbeitete bei Verlagen fuer Mode und Lifestyle-Magazine als Assistent. Von 1998 bis Ende 2001 studierte Ben Scenographie mit Schwerpunkt Film an der NYU Tisch School of Arts, 2001 ging er nach Kopenhagen, um seinen Abschluss an der Koeniglichen Kunstakademie von Kopenhagen in Scenographie und Design zu absolvieren. Waehrend des Studiums arbeitete er immer wieder als Art Direction Assistent fuer Magazine wie Wallpaper und Amica. Er bekam frueh die Moeglichkeit sich als Regisseur fuer aesthetische Werbefilme mit Story-Charakter zu etablieren.
Ben lebt in Kopenhagen ist unverheiratet und liebt seinen Beruf, wobei es ihn immer wieder ans Theater und Ballett zurueckzieht.


 

Boss & Stennert 36

BIG FISH

Cyrill Boss (geboren am 24.11.1974 in München) & Philipp Stennert (geboren am 25.08.1975 in Göttingen) leben in München und fungieren seit über 10 Jahren als Regie Duo.
Schon während der Hochschule (Szenische Regie und Drehbuch Studium an der Filmhochschule Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg) fanden sie kreativ zusammen und entwickelten gemeinsam erste Kurzfilme. Seit dem Filmstudium sind sie gemeinsam als freie Autoren und Regisseure tätig und haben neben drei großen Kino-Spielfilmen (Constantin Verleih) auch etliche Werbespots gedreht und mitentwickelt. Fürs Fernsehen zeigten sie eine andere Seite ihres filmischen Schaffens und adaptierten zwei düstere Psychothriller des Bestsellerautors Michael Robotham. Boss & Stennert haben bereits mit Schauspielern wie Bastian Pastewka, Christian Ulmen, Christian Tramitz, Moritz Bleibtreu, Ulrich Noethen, Christiane Paul und vielen anderen zusammen gearbeitet. Beide sind extrem passionierte und uneitle Filmemacher und die totalen Spielfilm-Nerds. Sie schreiben ihre Spielfilm-Drehbücher selber und bestechen auf allen Jobs schon in der Vorbereitung durch filmische Intelligenz und guten Humor.
Seit einigen Jahren haben sie nun auch schon ihre Erfahrungen auf Werbe-Jobs anwenden können und waren damit bis heute sehr erfolgreich.


 

Bronques 48

HOMEPAGE

Merlin Bronques is an American musician, artist and photographer originally from Brooklyn, NY, United States who grew up partly in Montreal, but primarily Aylmer, Quebec, Canada. He is best known as the controversial nightlife personality behind the website lastnightsparty.com. Based in New York, he is the site’s founder and sole photographer and travels frequently to Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Berlin, London, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and a host of other party destinations to photograph events, nightlife, and the party people.


 

Carl Addy 46

THE MILL

Carl is the Mill+ Design Creative Director. Whilst heading up the Mill+ design team, Carl has directed the Google Chrome ‘Jamal Edwards’ and ‘Julie Deane’ spots, with ‘Jamal Edwards’ being the second most viewed ad on YouTube of 2012 and winner of a Silver Clio Award in the Television/Cinema category. Some of his recent highlights include, directing the opening titles to the 2011 Ciclope Festival, Credit Suisse ‘Bam’, MTV’s ‘Rhythm Jerk’ and the Young Directors Awards 2012 trailer film. He has also just completed the highly anticipated We Are Shining ‘Wheel’ music video, which was featured in Vimeo Staff Picks, and the recent artistic retrospective of 2013 for BMW Motorrad Germany, titled ‘Unstoppable’. Alongside CD and Directorial duties, he is also a designer, illustrator and musician. Furiously trying to maintain a balance between the commercial dark arts and his personal work. Carl has over 16 years experience in the industry, having previously been an art director at Ogilvy & Mather, a founding member of Produce Interactive, owner and founder of the design consultancy Harmless and Domesticated, design director at The Ebeling Group and group head at Iris. He has won Advertising, Design and Direction awards, mentored at both the Miami Ad School and Barcelona’s Atalier school and has also served as a judge for the D&AD Awards. Most recently, he has spoken at OFFF Barcelona, Istanbul and Mexico City.


 

Charley Stadler 34

GAP FILMS

After graduating in Germany with a Masters degree in visual communications, Charley made his name as a photographer on publications such as Elle, Vogue and Max. Widely respected for his versatility and experience Charley’s directing style depicts strong visual storytelling, big picture combined with exceptional talent driven performances and a solid knowledge of special effects. In 1997, ‘Campaign Magazine’ elected him as one of the ‘worlds hottest new directors’. Charley has shot way over 100 commercials around the globe and has won numerous awards at the N.Y Festival, London Int’l Awards, Cannes, Bessies, Mobius, Epica, Montreux and the ADC. In ‘2005 Charley wrapped up directing a feature film starring Gary Oldman and Robert Carlyle titled “Dead Fish


 

Christian Aeby 43

Glass Film

Christian was born in Bern, and grew up in Switzerland. He has worked as a bank apprentice, journalist, assistant to the opera director in Basel, St. Gallen, and later in Rome and Verona, before a permanent position as the director’s assistant at the Zurich Opera House, where he helped on various operas including “Elixir of Love“, “Werther“, “Tosca“, “Carmen“, “Woyzeck“. assisting Götz Friedrich, J.P. Ponelle and Otto Schenk. Following that he worked on “The Cousin from Nowhere“, in Lüneburg. the premiere of “Baal“ at the Salzburg Festival, and the Vienna State Opera on “Attila“, Genoa (Santi, Chiara, Martinucci). After which he started directing films. He was a founding member of the film production company Schnyder & Aeby in Zurich, and founding member of GLASS AG in Zurich and GLASS Media in Los Angeles. Today he is owner of GLASS Film Hamburg. Based in Hamburg and Zurich Christian works all over the world, winning Silver and Bronze Lions in Cannes and Various prizes from Bronce to Gold from the German, Austrian and Swiss ADC and Aurora.


 

Christian Riebe 13

HOMEPAGE

Christian Riebe was born in 1975 Germany. When he was 15 years old, he contributed to
filmmaking for the first time being in involved in the Art Department in a feature film production.
That was the moment Christian fell in love with the whole industry. After graduating from school he
devoted himself entirely to filmmaking, making his way from props buyer to Art Director. He
worked on lots of features and TV series in that period.
Whilst on set Christian realized he could do much more, which is why he enrolled in the
Filmacademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in 2000, specializing in directing advertising. Whilst studying
he started to work as an assistant to the VFX supervisor on “The Thief Lord” movie, eventually
developing himself into a fully fledged VFX supervisor. Later Christian was nominated for the
National German TV Award in the “Best Visual Effects” category. After his graduation in 2005 he
has successfully directed lots of commercials around the world, always leaving behind satisfied agencies and happy clients.
A strong blend of intimacy and precision allows Christian brings out the best in a product while
shooting tabletop-centered work. However, his natural shooting style lends itself perfectly to warm, family and children work.
Christian truly enjoys working with kids and has developed a style that works well for him. His approach centres on giving the kids space to just be themselves, rather than cluttering their heads with too much direction and information. Kids thrive when they get to figure things out for themselves and when they feel like they are contributing and helping. From there Christian gets involved and works with the scene.


 

CISMA a.k.a. Denis Kamioka 32

PARASOL ISLAND

Brazilian based director Denis Kamioka, aka Cisma (Portuguese for schism), began his career as a motion designer at Lobo in Brasil, later on he was invited by Diesel, the jeans company, to be part of its creative team in Italy, then moved to Barcelona where he began to shoot mixed media films. Finally in 2008 he came back to Brazil where he establish himself until now working as commercial live-action director. Cisma is fluent across technical mediums from Stop Motion, 3D animation to Live Action, and views himself as a designer and storyteller equipped with filmic and graphic solutions. He elusively describes the creative process as a search for meaning that is finished when the meaning is completed.


 

Daniel Lwowski 34

WOLFF BROTHERS

Daniel Lwowski was born in Burghausen/Germany in 1972. He studied media design, technology and economics at the media university in Stuttgart. Daniel was active as a cutter, graphic designer, assistant director and making-of director at DoRo film productions in Vienna. After that he took the chance of becoming a director and realizing his ideas in commercials and music videos. By now he belongs to the most renowned German video clip directors, working for artists like Herbert Grönemeyer, Rosenstolz, No Angels, Juli, Christina Stürmer, Söhne Mannheims, Sabrina Setlur, Sarah Connor, Wyclef Jean, Silbermond and so on. In 2009 he received the Echo Award for the best music video for the band Rosenstolz. 2010 he’s nominated again. In the field of car commercials he gained several awards, e.g. for Porsche and Audi, too. Daniel’s distinctive skills in storytelling and dialogue direction have won him numerous awards. He is particularly skilled in combining technically challenging and emotional storytelling into a homogeneous whole.


 

David Incorvaia 40

HOMEPAGE

“It’s rare to find a young creative hybrid today with the talent & skill for both Creative Direction and Film Direction.  David Incorvaia shot on to the international stage with a fresh creative voice as Director-Writer on the television series Simsala Grimm, viewed in over 200 countries.  His unique mix of comedy, beauty and the absurd were quickly recognized by the advertising world, and in a less than five years – David directed commercials in nearly all markets around the world, created over forty music videos & emerged as a raw talent for Creative Direction with bold ideas attracting more and more clients to him.

David Incorvaia is also the co-founder & creative director of Unusuals.net,  creator & artistic director of the Berlin36 Film Festival, a Merrit Award Winner and Berlinale Script Station finalist.    He is a graduate of  RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) where he received his BFA, Magna Cum Laude.  He also studied at Brown University & Central St Martins College of Art, London.

David’s clients include McDonalds, BNP Parabis, MTV, Hugo Boss, Maggi, Tchibo, the Red Cross, Hornbach, BMG & Volkswagen.”


 

Dean Blumberg 33

EMBASSY OF DREAMS

Dean is a filmmaker from Johannesburg, South Africa whose film career began as an actor but it was not long before he knew that his future lay behind the camera. Working his way through film school, on set in every department, he graduated in his honours year with four award-winning short films. These films swept up awards across the international film festival circuit making him one of South Africa’s most awarded filmmakers. Finally, his films landed him in Cannes where he was officially selected to showcase his work. After returning to South Africa, Dean joined Freshwater Films – later to become Bouffant – as a researcher. He spent five years as an apprentice to multiple directors before beginning his own career as a commercials director. Within his first year of directing Dean had gained recognition for a number of spots at awards festivals around the world, including Cannes, CFP-E Shots Young Director’s Award, Midas Awards and Clio Awards. Added to these awards, Dean was chosen for the 2007 Shots New Directors Showcase and was the only South African to appear in the Film section of the 2007 Gunn Report’s 100 Most Awarded commercials list worldwide for his First For Women spot “Taking the piss”. Dean has become the most awarded Director in the Creative Circle’s history, having won Creative Circle’s Ad of the Year three times. Dean has continued to collect up awards as the worlds most prestigious Advertising showcases including Cannes Lions, Clio’s, London International and One Show, the Grand Prix at the Loeries Advertising Awards . Amongst these achievements Dean is also responsible for the international-breakthrough commercial, Nando’s “Last Dictator Standing” and one of the world’s most viewed Tourism commercials “Reconsider.”


 

Dino Fetzer 7

HOMEPAGE

Dino Fetzer has been working in the international advertising world as an director for more than 15 years. He attended the Directing Program of the Film Akademie Ludwigsburg in Baden-Württemberg. Right from the beginning of his carrer he won the London International Advertising Award. Dino followed this by directing for many of the top commercial agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, BBDO, J. Walter Thompson, Jung von Matt, Scholtz & Friends, Euro RSCG, Gramm, Grey, Select NY and many other prestigious clients. He has worked as a director on brands such as Coca Cola, Mercedes, Ducati, Mini and many more. On these Sets Dino has gathered a high profile team of specialists around him, with whom he has developed a good amount of different content over the years including feature film scripts, game concepts, TV show formats and Music Videos.
Dino has subsequently won the Saatchi & Saatchi showcase in Cannes, been a Finalist at the London Advertising Awards and on the ADC shortlist. Most of the awards have been with submissions of social benefit, commercials and Public Service announcements that reflect on Dino’s motivation.
Though he has worked for many big brands, he is inspired by powerful imagery and the effect they have on the viewer. He believes in the power and the potential of capturing the imagination of people through stories and loves to create visual worlds.
Dino has recently concentrated on feature film scripts and treatments and has developed a whole new body of work for commercial development and exploitation.


 

DORIAN AND DANIEL 51

element e

Born in different decades, grew up in the two far away parts of Germany, Dorian & Daniel had a common passion …to tell stories visually. First they went in two different directions. While one of the two studied film history, the other was working as a graphic designer in various advertising agencies. Quickly they were aware of their                                          As both start to studie at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in the course advertising director in 2012, their paths finally crossed. They quickly realize that they can play constantly with their ideas and complement their skills. So Dorian & Daniel begin early to work as a directing duo in this advantage of having two heads and four eyes to tell new stories. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always with great pictures.


 

Eric Will 10

HOMEPAGE

Nachdem er seinen Abschluss am Grandes ecoles in Frankreich gemacht hatte, lebte er fuer kurze Zeit in New Mexiko, bevor er zur Zeit des Mauerfalls nach Berlin zog. Er arbeitete als Journalist fuer Musik- TV Programme (z.B. MTV- FashionShow) und startete seine Karriere als Regisseur fuer Musik Videos. In London entdeckt er seine Vorliebe fuer intensive Post- Produktion, waehrend sich seine arbeiten zuvor durch exotischen Landschaften und Wuesten auszeichneten. In den letzten Jahren konzentrierte er sich vollkommen die Werbung. Dazu zaehlt sowohl der letzte Mazda 3 Spot als auch Coca-Cola, Fanta, LG Electronics, GlaxoSmithKline und Hyundai Werbungen. 2003 bekam Eric Will den Silver Crystal Apple Award fuer den Beko Commercial.


 

Eva Munz 23

HOMEPAGE

Eva, in Muenchen geboren, waechst in Deutschland, Italien und Frankreich auf. Sie studierte Publizistik und spaeter Filmregie an der Hochschule fuer Fernsehen und Film in Muenchen. Dort produzierte sie eine Reihe von Kurzfilmen, Musikvideos und eine laengere Gruppenproduktion. 1996 beschliesst sie, selbst Regie zu fuehren und ist schnell sehr beschaeftigt. Sie reist viel und leidenschaftlich; 1997 zieht sie nach Neu Dehli, danach nach Bankok. Ihr europaeischer Style und ihre Faehigkeit, sich in neue Kulturen hineinzudenken, machen Eva zu einer gefragten Marke, weit ueber die Grenzen Thailands hinaus. Seit 2005 lebt Eva wieder in Berlin, wo sie fuer verschiedene Zeitungen und Magazine schreibt. Im September 2006 veroeffentlichte sie den Fotoband -Die totale Erinnerung. Kim Jong II’s Nordkorea-.


 

FEEDMEE: Susanne Lüchtrath, Gerhard Menschik, and Anton Riedel 37

HOMEPAGE

FEEDMEE ist ein international arbeitendes Regiekollektiv mit Sitz in Köln und wurde 1999 vom Trio Gerhard Menschik, Susanne Lüchtrath und Anton Riedel gegründet. FEEDMEE hat sich auf Regie mit Motiondesign spezialisiert. “Wir lieben es, unseren Idee beim wachsen zuzusehen…”Dabei möchte sich FEEDMEE nicht auf ein Medium festlegen. Auf Film oder auf Papier…Poetisch oder wild, Fotos oder animiert. FEEDMEE liebt es, an die Grenzen zu gehen und all ihre Stärken in den unterschiedlichsten Bereichen der audiovisuellen Kommunikation zu verbinden.
FEEDMEE is an international creative collective based in Cologne, Germany, founded in 1999 by general manager Gerhard Menschik and directors Susanne Lüchtrath and Anton Riedel. FEEDMEE specializes in directing and motiondesign. They create and love raising ideas. Pixel or Paper…poetic or wild…still or animated…Their strength is to combine them all.


 

Florian Anders 46

HORRIS

Im Jahr 1985 reiste er aus der DDR aus. Horris studierte Literaturwissenschaften und Philosophie an der Universität Bielefeld. Das Studium brach er ab. Von 2002 bis 2004 erhielt er seine Regieausbildung von Dr. Walter Blohm. Nach den Lehrjahren ging er nach Berlin, um dort seiner Leidenschaft für schöne Bilder und spannende Geschichten nachzugehen. Als Regisseur und Autor verarbeitet Horris seine Kreativität in verschiedensten Produktionen: Spielfilmen, Werbungen, Musikvideos, Kurzfilmen und
Dokumentationen. Im künstlerischen Film behandelt er mit besonderem Interesse ernste und heikle Themen. Besonders interessieren Horris die verschiedenen stilistischen Erzählweisen anderer Länder wie zum Beispiel das koreanische oder französiche Kino. Bei der Gestaltung seiner Bilder verlässt sich Horris daher mit Vorliebe auf eine Hochglanz-ästhetik, um seinen oft schwierigen Geschichten mit einer starken visuellen Kraft für sein Publikum zugänglich zu machen.


 

Florian Wittman 32

TWIN GROUP

Geboren 1980 in Deggendorf. 2002 arbeitete er für zwei Jahre als Grafikdesigner bei Premiere in München. 2004 bis 2006 war er freier Mitarbeiter bei Premiere in der Abteilung Creative Services in München. 2004-06 begann er sein Studium im Studiengang Digitale Medien an der Hochschule für Künste Bremen. 2006/07 arbeitete Florian als Senior Designer bei Creation Club, München. 2007 studierte er Animation an der Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Ludwigsburg. Seit 2007 ist er freiberuflicher Grafikdesigner und 3D-Artist in München und Stuttgart.
“Wrapped” ist sein Abschlussfilm an der Filmakademie.


 

freier.eckert: Matthias Freier and Alexander Eckert 23

HOMEPAGE

Matthias Freier und Alexander Eckert sind beide Autodidakten und haben ihre ersten Schritte mit Kurzfilmen getan. Matthias Freier ist früh nach New York gegangen, besuchte die New York Film Academy und hat vier Jahre für’s Fernsehen gearbeitet. Zurück in Deutschland führte er bei Musikvideos Regie und zählte schnell zu den begehrtesten Regisseuren seines Fachs. Er gewann unter anderem den Cometen für beste Regie. Er machte Videos und Live-DVDs für Die Fantastischen Vier, Joy Denalane, Patrice, Seeed, Samy Deluxe, Fünf Sterne Deluxe, Udo Lindenberg, Nena, Jazzanova und viele
andere. Nebenbei holte er mit dem offiziellen DFB Bewerbungsfilm die Fussball-WM 2006 nach Deutschland. Alexander Eckert konzentrierte sich zu Beginn seiner Laufbahn auf den Bereich Kurzfilm. Er führte Regie und produzierte mehrere Filme wobei sein letzter hohe Aufmerksamkeit bei Filmfestivals erlangte und auf mehreren Sendern gezeigt wurde. Dieses führte zu seinen ersten Aufträgen. Er machte Musikvideos für Deichkind und führte bei ersten Werbungen Regie. Da Beide in der Werbung noch in ihren Anfängen waren, taten sie sich 2004 zusammen, um mit Ihrer Erfahrung aus der Musikvideo- und Imagefilmwelt auch die Werbung mit ehrlichen und einprägsamen Bildern zu bereichern.
Ein Meilenstein ihrer Arbeit war ein 45 Minuten Imagefilm für das Unternehmen DSM, das seit Jahren die
Weltrangliste im nachhaltigen Wirtschaften anführt. Gemeinsam drehten sie unter anderem für Opel, Baden Württemberg, ARD, Mc Donald’s, ZDF, DSM, Vodafon, VW, das deutsche Handwerk, Telekom, Deutsche Bahn, unitymedia, KfW und NEFF.


 

Georg von Mitzlaff 38

Element E


 

Hady 14

BUTTER

Hady wurde vor ca. 30 Jahren in Lagos, Nigeria geboren. Mit neun Jahren zog er mit seiner Familie nach England und verbrachte seine Kindheit in der laendlichen Idylle von Somerset. Vom strahlenden Glanz Londons magisch angezogen, haengte er seine Cricket-Karriere schon bald an den Nagel. Sein erster Film, ein Spot fuer die Londoner
U-Bahn, wurde von -Shots- in die -New directors–Kategorie aufgenommen. Schnell wuchs das Interesse an Hadys Arbeit, die -Campaign- praesentierte seine Diet Tango und Nike Spots sogar in ihrem -One To Watch- Teil. Mittlerweile hat Hady ueber 30 Spots fuer UK, Frankreich, Spanien. Deutschland und den US Markt fuer etablierten Werbeagenturen und Kunden gedreht. Wenn er die Zeit hat, entwickelt Hady diverse eigene Projekte, so entstand unter anderem der Kurzfilm -Run-. Nachdem der Film auf verschiedenen bedeutenden Filmfestivals gefeiert wurde, bestaetigte sich seine Entscheidunger im Filmgeschaeft besser aufgehoben zu sein, als beim Cricket. Begruendet in seiner Liebe zum klassische Kino, liegt Hadys Staerke darin, in seinen Filmen aussergewoehnliche realistische Geshichten zu erzaehlen. Das gelingt ihm am Besten, wenn kein Cricket Schlaeger in der Naehe ist.


 

Hauke Hilberg 34

HOMEPAGE

Geboren 1982 in Duisburg als Kind des Ruhrgebiets. 1996 Realisierung von ersten Filmen. 2002 Volontariat im Bereich Kamera- und Tonassistenz inklusive Kameraausbildung bei Enon TV & Film Production. Freier Mitarbeiter bei RTL in der Grafikabteilung und grafische Betreuung von Live-Sendungen. Seit 2005 Studium an der Filmakademie Ludwigsburg, Fachbereich Regie / Werbefilm.
Parallel Realisierung von Kurzspiel- und Animationsfilmen sowie Arbeit im 3D- und Compositingbereich.
Hauke liebt den skurrilen Humor von Monthy Python, Loriot oder Peter Sellers. Zuletzt drehte er mit einem Elefanten in einer Sparkasse.
Filmografie Ausschnitt: Pepsi – Protect your MAX (ADC Award); Pepsi Max – Kleine Momente des Lebens (ADC Award); Olympia Skandal – Die deutsche Zeit stimmt (ADC Award); CUBE (Shortlisted in Cannes Young Directors Award 09); Psapp – I want that (Musikvideo) (Saatchi New Directors Showcase)


 

Honest 29

HOMEPAGE

Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion met in New York at Parsons The New School For Design. They’ve been working together for over 10 years. Their collaborations began with animations, but quickly evolved into other creative endeavors, including art installations, music videos, commercials and short films. Eventually the partners focused on writing, producing and directing films such as Satellite Car Chase, Falling man, The Shortest Race and Boob.
Jonathan and Cary’s directorial feature film debut, Cooties, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Lionsgate for domestic distribution and Universal for international. Cooties showcases their distinct visual style and talent to work with an ensemble cast.
HONEST’s work has been recognized with multiple projects featured at SXSW, Cannes, Webby Awards, FWA, Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors, Shots New Directors Showcase, Vimeo Staff Picks, CA Web Picks and ADC Young Guns.


 

James Marsh 31

RABBICORN

James Marsh’s MAN ON WIRE premiered at the Sundance film festival in January 2008. The film took both the Jury Prize for best film and the Audience Award in the World Documentary section. The film is a partly dramatized re-telling of an outrageous plot by a group of French artists to rig a high wire between the Twin Towers for aerialist Philippe Petit to perform on in 1974. MAN ON WIRE has won an Oscar for best documentary feature this year.
An Oxford University graduate, Marsh originally worked as a director for the BBC. He then directed a series of award winning and critically acclaimed documentaries known for their visual as well as their interesting subject matter.
His breakthrough documentary, TROUBLEMAN (1994), chronicled the last years of soul singer Marvin Gaye and his murder at the hands of his father, a fundamentalist preacher and occasional transvestite.
This was followed by THE BURGER AND THE KING (1996), a documentary about Elvis Presley’s bizarre eating habits as told by those who cooked for him at Graceland.
Marsh’s dramatized documentary film WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP is an intimate, shocking and sometimes hilarious account of the disasters that befell one small town in Wisconsin during the final decade of the 19th century.
Marsh’s first dramatic feature THE KING was selected for entry at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. A tale of jealousy and revenge set in the American Bible belt, the film stars Gael Garcia Bernal and William Hurt. The film was co-written with Oscar nominated screenwriter Milo Addica.
Recently Marsh finished shooting a feature adaptation of David Peace’s crime novel NINTEEN EIGHTY, starring Paddy Considine (THE CINDARELLA MAN, THE BOURNE CONSPIRACY).
NINTEEN EIGHTY is produced by UK Broadcaster Cannel 4, and is set for worldwide release in 2009.
James Marsh lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.


 

Jan Wentz 30

MARKENFILM

Jan Wentz was born in 1968 in Düsseldorf, Germany. In 1991 he successfully achieved his Bachelor in Fine & Applied Arts (Film & TV Productions) in Athens and Ohio (USA). After attending various internships and taking classes at the Media and Art School in Cologne he built up his own production company producing documentaries, videoclips and shortfilms. An alluring job offer brought him back to the United States: As personal assistant of director Amin Q. Chaudri and his Continental Film Group he worked on various independent movies. During that time he shot his own shortfilms and wrote different scripts for feature films. Back in Germany Jan discovered his love for commercials while taking part in a seminar about the „Art of advertising“. In 1995 he launched his international career as commercial director with Markenfilm, Wedel. Since then he has directed various spots for clients such as smart, Mercedes, Siemens, Marlboro, Hornbach, Seat, Swisscom…and many more.


 

Jim Canty 25

TWIN GROUP

Jim Canty has established himself as a clever and versatile director. His beautifully shot Spiritualized video shows his talent for classic, cinematic performance. His witty homage to Radiohead’s “Just” for Mark Ronson perfectly exhibits his talent for finely balanced humour. And his much talked about one shot piece for Kaiser Chiefs’ “Love’s Not A Competition” is an example of his bold ideas and impeccable execution.
2013 saw two collaborations with Scottish band Biffy Clyro, both videos shot in USA. And also a typically Canty-crafted multi-screen film for Mumford & Sons. Jim Canty has also directed ads for Kellogg’s, Colman’s, The Times and award-winning Observer spots.
Jim started directing in 1999, moving from a background as a successful editor. He was the Jim half of the successful duo Jake and Jim. Together they directed videos for Super Furry Animals, Spiritualized, Paul Weller, Faithless, Stereophonics, Catatonia and Grandaddy to name but a few. And commercials for Observer, Nescafe, Cinzano, WH Smiths, Abbey National, Sony PlayStation, Powerade, Nike and BMW.


 

Joachim Hellinger 13

HELLIVENTURES

Nach seinem Studium an der HFF München und der F.E.M.I.S. in Frankreich arbeitete Joachim Hellinger (Helli) international als Regisseur für Werbefilme und Dokumentationen. 1996 gründete er die HelliVentures Filmproduktion und spezialisierte sich auf die Bereiche Sport, Natur, Outdoor und Adventure. Kennzeichnend sind seine Präzision und kreative Voraussicht beim Dreh unter extremen, oft unberechenbaren Bedingungen. Mit seiner Passion für die Elemente und einem untrüglichen Gespür fürs Menschliche vermittelt er die faszinierende Welt des Abenteuers und des Sports. Helli hat Werbespots fuer internationale Kunden wie DaimlerChrysler, Ferrero, Karstadt, Kraft Foods, Levi Strauss Deutschland, Philip Morris, Red Bull, Danone, ING DiBa, Samsung, Swatch, Colgate und Nestlé gedreht. Ausserdem gewann er mit einigen Dokumentationen sowohl als Regisseur als auch als Produzent weltweite Awards (X-Dance, Mountainfilm in Telluride, Banff Mountain Film festival…). Ein paar Beispiele hierfür sind Live your Dreams (2003), Berserk in the Antarctic (2001), Pororoca (2003), Patagonia (2005), Überflieger (2010), Female Tale (2011).


 

Joern Heitmann 9

FILM DELUXE

Before becoming a director, Joern Heitmann spent most of his time behind the camera, but exchanged the view through the lens for a farsighted overview of total project realization. As a music video and advertising film director, the native of Hamburg is a true multi-talent. Joern Heitmann likes to tell special stories, in which he brings to life together with his teams in video clips produced with lots of attention to detail.
Since founding his own production company for music videos in 2002 with three former DoRo colleagues, Joern Heitmann has worked with many different artists such as Rammstein, Rosenstolz or Herbert Groenemeyer. He was awarded the ‘VIVA Comet’ for his work in 2003, honored by the ADC in 2005 and this year received the ‘Klappe’, an award for TV and movie theater commercials in the German-speaking regions of Europe, for the visual implementation of the title song by Peter Heppner and Paul van Dyk to the movie ‘Das Wunder von Bern’. Joern Heitmann filmed his first advertising clip for Fanta in South Africa in 2003 with Film Deluxe. It was his initial advertising piece and it was to be followed by many more. In addition to films for the Coca-Cola Company, Joern Heitmann has directed a large number of meticulously produced TV trailers for Premiere TV and SAT 1 TV for Film Deluxe.


 

John Doe 14

STERNTAG

Johnathan Cederic Petersen Doe wurde am 20.06.1972 in Brazzaville/Kongo geboren. John Doe entstand aus einer Musketier-Laune. Ein Versprechen, das 5 Jahre waehrte und tatsaechlich eingehalten wurde. Mit besten Freunden zusammenzuarbeiten, reisen und feiern zu duerfen, ist definitiv der beste Naehrboden fuer ungezuegelte Kreativitaet und Phantasie. Der Name steht zu 100% fuer die Philosophie des Regie-Quartetts: staatenlos, anonym und fiktiv moechte man sein.
In den letzten Jahren machte John viele Werbefilme fuer grosse Marken wie zB. Bayer, Blaupunkt, Lay-s, Nestle und Vodaphone. John arbeitet in fast allen Laendern der Erde und ist in Deutschland bei Sterntag Film in Hamburg.
Auszeichnungen: El Comercio “Oil”: Bronze, FIAP Buenos Aires 2004; El Comercio -Sold-: Finalist, London Advertising Festival 2005/ shots magazine #86 El Comercio “Mustang”: Silver, -El Sol-, San Sebastian Advertising Festival 2004 Bronze, NY Festival 2004; InVita -Funeral-: Cannes Finalist 2004 Yellow Pages -Needle-: Finalist, FIAP, Buenos Aires 2003; Clip 40: Finalist FIAP 2005.


 

Jonas Arnby 36

THE BRAINSTORMCLUB

Jonas lives in Copenhagen with his wife and daughter. He likes to travel all over the world, to direct commercials. He loves to fish and play badminton, sometimes he even reads a book. In the future he will direct his first feature film, it is about two people who meet while eating a Döner – very romantic. He is a member of The Brainstormclub in order to produce creative and fun work.


 

Josh Josimovic 2

HOMEPAGE

Josh Josimovic arbeitet seit ueber 10 Jahren als Regisseur und Kameramann.
Er drehte Clips fuer Falco, Sarah Brightman, Gianna Nannini, Marius Mueller-Westernhagen, die Fantastischen Vier, Bruce Springsteen & H-Blockx. Weiterhin ist auf seiner Liste Media Markt, Austrian Airlines, Vittel, Renault, Danone, Coca-Cola und die Deutsche BA wieder zu finden. Zahlreiche internationale Auszeichnungen darunter Gold beim ADC Deutschland und einen Golden Award in Montreux belegen seine kreativen Arbeiten. Josh lebt zur Zeit in Wien


 

Julian Benedikt 34

Julian Benedikt

Award winnig director Julian Benedikt began to make films after meeting legendary drummer Chico Hamilton in 1994 and producing his first movie: „Chico Hamilton – Dancing to a Different Drummer“ In 1998 Julian Benedikt received international acclaim for his film „Blue Note – A Story of Modern Jazz“. The film won, among others, the prestigious Peabody award and received a Grammy nomination. Julian Benedikt also produced a tribute to world-renowned photographer Helmut Newton „Helmut Newton’s SUMO“ in 1999. He is founder of Benedikt Pictures, Film and Media Productions, a production company, focusing on image films and international co-productions for TV and cinema. His works for commercial clients include: Audi, VW, Mercedes, BBDO, Lamborghini, Leica, Würth Group, Benedikt Taschen Verlag, Chrysler, United Visions, Scholz & Friends, Gillette


 

Kai Sehr 39

WHOS MCQUEEN

Für sein Regie-Debüt, den Kurzfilm “Gewaltsame Welt”, wird Kai, als erster Filmemacher überhaupt, für den “Großen Preis der Künste” der Stadt Düsseldorf nominiert. Noch im selben Jahr dreht Kai auch seine ersten Werbungen, und wird sogleich mit dem Silbernen Löwen bei den Werbefestspielen in Cannes ausgezeichnet. 1995 studiert Kai Spielfilm-Regie am American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Nach dem Studium befasst sich Kai fast ausschließlich mit Music Videos und wird dabei zu einer der führenden Regisseure in Deutschlands. Regelmäßig werden seine Videos für den Echo, den Viva und den MTV Award nominiert. Schließlich wendet sich Kai wieder der Werbung zu, die er nie ganz aus den Augen verloren hat. Ein weiterer Löwe in Cannes, diverse Gold und Silber-Auszeichnungen beim ADC, Gold beim CAA (dem Österreichischen ADC), mehrfach Gold in Montreaux folgen. Mehr und mehr zirkelt Kai’s Interesse um soziale Themen. Fast schon als logische Konsequenz seiner künstlerischen Entwicklung dreht Kai 2009 die Dokumentation “Skateistan – Four Wheels and a Board in Kabul”, sein erster Langfilm. Der Film wird – kurz nach seiner Fertigstellung – während der Berlinale 2011 bei Cinema For Peace als “Beste Dokumentation Des Jahres” ausgezeichnet.


 

Katja Kuhl 48

HOMEPAGE

Katja Kuhl was born in 1969 in Frankfurt am Main. She studied visual communication at the College of Art in Berlin and works as a photographer and director. In addition to music videos for artists as Tokio Hotel, Ich + Ich, Reamonn, Glass House, No Angels and Sabrina Setlur, she shot commercials (Dove, GEZ, JVC), TV Opener (Galileo Mystery, 13th Street) and photographed musicians as Silbermond, Sido, Bushido, 50 Cent, Michelle Hunziker, Dizzee Rascal and Revolverheld for CD covers or magazines. Besides working for the music industry Katja portrays actors and shoots fashion for designers as Kilian Kerner.


 

Keith Rogerson 48

WUNDERFILM

Keith Rogerson lebt in London und hat sein Studium Grafik und Illustration, an der Kingston University London absolviert. Er spezialisierte sich auf Animation und wirkte an einer Reihe von Werbefilmen und Musikvideos mit verschiedenen Animationstechniken mit. Seine Fernseharbeiten umfassen Stopp frame Animationen und animierte Photomontagetechniken, diese reichen bis zu humoristischen live action Projekten.
Zu seinen Kunden zaehlen unter anderem MTV, BBC, Channel Four, McDonalds, AirFrance, British Knights, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, The Bible, Society, Mark Powell, Johnson and Johnson, Motorola, Panasonic, Ribena, Burger King. Seit dem Jahre 1999 arbeitet Keith mit Wunderfilm zusammen und leitete die Regiearbeit der ersten 4 Plus Kleine Preise Filme (von mittlerweile ueber 50).


 

Knut Burgdorf 26

E+P FILMS

Knut Burgdorf  was born in the year of 1970, received his Abitur 1990 and during his school career he went on an additional exchange year to South Africa. He studied Architecture and Design at the University of Calgary, Canada, and started as a designer for Studio Z Design Associates. Despite his work for Studio Z, Burgdorf worked as well for TBWA/CHIAT/DAY as a art, senior art and creative director in Toronto and Duesseldorf. Finally, in the year of -07, he started as a director for e+p commercial. His love for pictures and good stories made him decide to be director and as a director, Knut convinces with his feeling for the right way to translate emotions into actions… always precise and perfectly planned.


 

Lars Buechel 15

ELEMENT E

Lars Buechel, Jahrgang 1966, wurde in Eutin in Ostholstein geboren. Er studierte Theaterwissenschaften und Philosophie in Berlin und spaeter an der KHM in Koeln, unter anderem als Schueler von Dominik Graf und P. F. Bringmann.
1993 erhielt Lars Buechel fuer die WDR-Produktion -Fritz und Erna, ein Liebesfilm- das Stipendium der Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film- und Fernsehproduzenten MBH Muenchen. Nach dem Regiepraktikum fuer Dominik Grafs DIE SIEGER (1994) verwirklichte Buechel zwischen 1994 und 1997 fuer den NDR -4 Geschichten ueber 5 Tote-, einen Episodenfilm ueber Bestattungszeremonien, und entwickelte in dieser Arbeit bereits seine ausgepraegte Vorliebe fuer eigenwillige und emotional besonders starke Geschichten.
Im Jahr 2000 feierte er mit JETZT ODER NIE ZEIT IST GELD sein Kinodebuet – und gleich einen Riesenerfolg, der Film lockte weit ueber eine Million Zuschauer in die deutschen Kinos. Fuer das Drehbuch von JETZT ODER NIE ZEIT IST GELD erhielt Lars Buechel zudem schon 1997 den Drehbuchpreis der MSH, auf dem Filmfestival Paris wurde der Film im Jahr 2000 mit dem Publikumspreis ausgezeichnet. Im Maerz 2004 legte Lars Buechel mit ERBSEN AUF HALB 6 seinen zweiten Kinospielfilm vor, nach dem Erfolg seines Debuets eine Fortsetzung seiner Zusammenarbeit mit Autorin Ruth Toma und Kamerafrau Judith Kaufmann.
Anfang 2005 gruendete Lars Buechel gemeinsam mit Berndt. T. Hoefflin element e, seine eigene Produktionsfirma, die sich auf die Entwicklung von Spielfilmen, Kurzfilmen und Werbefilmen spezialisiert. Der erste abendfuellende Spielfilm, PAULAS GEHEIMNIS (Regie: Gernot Kraea), wurde im Sommer 2005 abgedreht und wird voraussichtlich im Fruehjahr 2006 in die deutschen Kinos kommen. Seit 2000 hat Lars Buechel ueber 100 Werbefilme gedreht und diverse Auszeichnungen erhalten.


 

Laszlo Kadar 45

Jo!Schmid

Laszlo Kadar ist geboren in Budapest, Ungarn. Nach Abschluss der Ungarische Film Akademie übersiedelte er nach Deutschland. Seine Karriere startete er in München als DoP. Arbeiten mit Dominik Graf, Nico Hoffman Roland S. Richter. Deutsche Film Preis, Bayerische Film Preis, San Sebastian Publikum Preis u.s.w. Anfang der 90er Einstieg in der Werbung. Zwei Jahre als DoP. Ab 93 als Director & DoP. 14 Jahre lang führte er Laszlo Kadar Film. Um die 100 verschiedene Auszeichnungen für Werbe, Image und Industrie Filme. Laszlo Kadar drehte in dieser Zeit um die 50 Music Promos von Nena bis Rammstein. Repräsentiert im Deutschland bei JO!Schmid.
Zitat: “Werbung ist eine wunderbare Sandkasten mit Kleine und Grosse
Spielzeugen”.


 

LERNERT & SANDER 42

Homepage

Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug are two highly talented Dutch gentlemen based in Amsterdam. They combine a keen sense of aesthetics and concept with a strong design background, all driven by their subtle dry sense of humour and enormously attractive self-confidence.   Among their recent work, they’ve created eye-catching installations for the windows at Selfridges, where they transformed large household objects into lady’s shoes. They have also produced remarkable editorial films for Fantastic Man, Wallpaper and Nowness, the quirky music video ‘Elektrotechnique’, and their own personal projects, such as the ingenious documentary ‘How To Explain It To My Parents’.  Their film “Natural Beauty”, commissioned by Nowness, has become an international phenomenon, racketing up almost 1.5 million hits on YouTube and being blogged by luminaries as unexpected as Perez Hilton and Oprah Winfrey.   For their latest work, a film for the magazine Wallpaper*, they hooked up with the Italian tailors of Brioni.  Whether working for clients or on their own video art, Lernert & Sander push simplicity to its most aesthetically powerful limits. Their work has been shown at international festivals in New York, Rio de Janeiro and Oberhausen.


 

Linus Ewers 13

HOMEPAGE

Linus is the Hamburg-based director whose reputation as a maverick was globally imprinted in 2004 when his student film, a romantic fantasy told at 2,400 frames per second for Calvin Klein Watches, gained international attention. A decade into a professional career, Linus’distinctive style –a marriage of stunning visuals, compelling storytelling and a mastery of visual effects –brands campaigns for many of the advertising world’s leading players. Linus’ driving motivation as a commercial filmmaker is to reveal the emotional potential of the script, and induce the viewers to connect with it. Linus approaches every project from this point of view, whether the world is fantastic, or realistic.


 

Luciano Urbani 36

REBOLUCION

Luciano Urbani started directing commercials in 2008. His first works (Peugeot Invisible and Silence, Unicenter Rain, Claro Guinea Pig) immediately surprised the industry with their maturity and cinematographic strength. He has studied Graphic Design at the University of Buenos Aires, Art History at the Buenos Aires Fine Arts Museum and Acting with the Awarded Argentinean actor Julio Chavez.
While he developed his interests in painting and post production design, he worked in advertising as the assistant director of the most important directors in Argentina for many years. Now he is 32 years old, and is quickly becoming one of the most important directors in Latin America. In 2009 he was nominated for the Young Directors Award in Cannes. In 2012 Luciano won an Bronze Lion at Cannes with the ANDES “DANCER”spot.


 

LUDOVICO EINAUDI 50

BOSWORTH MUSIC

Ludovico was born in Turin, Italy and trained as a classical composer and pianist at the Milan Conservatorio before continuing his studies with Luciano Berio, one of the most important composers of the twentieth century avant-garde. His career began with a series of prestigious commissions for institutions such as the USA’s Tanglewood Festival, Paris’ IRCAM and recently the National Center of Performing Arts of Beijing , but he turned away from what seemed a glittering classical career to forge his own musical path, giving him the freedom to reconcile his wider-ranging influences. It was a bold strategy but one quickly rewarded, when Ludovico’s electric harp suite ‘Stanze’ (1997) was first played on BBC Radio the switchboard jammed with listeners. It was a similar story with his next release ‘Le Onde’ (1998), a solo piano cycle he performed himself. A listener-organised campaign made it Ludovico’s breakthrough and a permanent fixture atop the Classic FM charts. This upswell of grass roots activity, snowballing with the onset of the internet and social media, has allowed Ludovico to build a uniquely close relationship directly with his audience. ‘Le Onde’ also ignited Ludovico’s career in Film & TV music and he has since composed many awardwinning scores including ‘Doctor Zhivago’ (2002) and ‘Sotto Falso Nome’ (2004) which also became successful albums in their own right. In recent years Shane Meadows’ acclaimed film ‘This Is England’ (2006) and its television sequel ‘This Is England ‘86’ (2010) have brought a BAFTA nomination for Ludovico and introduced his music to a huge new audience. In 2011 another acclaimed film used his music: “ Intouchables” by Olivier Nakache and Eric Soledano. The film has been voted as the cultural event of 2011 in France and it has been submitted for the 85th Academy Award. As Ludovico’s fame grew, his concert schedule naturally grew along with it and became an increasingly important part of his life. It immediately led to two new albums, Diario Mali (2005), a collaboration with kora virtuoso Ballaké Sissoko and his first live solo album ‘La Scala Concert 03.03.03’ (2003), recorded in his adopted city of Milan. The release of ‘Una Mattina’ (2004) saw more ‘firsts’, it was Ludovico’s debut album on new and current record label Universal and also his most ‘classical’ to date. Largely written for solo piano, it leapt to the top of the UK Classical album chart and gave him his first sold-out UK tour. Now one of the most popular composers in the UK and throughout Europe, at home Ludovico’s reputation scaled even loftier heights and thus on May 26th, 2005 in Rome, Ludovico Einaudi was awarded the ‘Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana’ (or ‘OMRI’) the senior order of Knighthood bestowed by the Italian Republic. With people around the globe now clamoring to see him Ludovico became a permanent fixture on the road, traveling to new audiences in India, Japan and the USA. Along the way he formed a collaboration with Robert Lippock of post-rock band ‘To Rococo Rot’ and the results would be heard in two albums released in 2009, one featuring Ludovico as ‘band member’, the other as a solo artist. Other Highlights of his activity in 2012 include: a performance at BT River of Music in July , an acclaimed tribute to Luciano Berio with his composition “The Elements” premiered in Rome in September and his parecipation at the London Film Festival in Oct 2012 playing at the projection of “This is England” with live score. In November he has been awarded with the Premio Vittorio De Sica from the President Giorgio Napolitano. “In a Time Lapse” is the new album recorded in October 2012 in a Monastery near Verona. The cd was released in January 2013.


 

Luzian Schlatter 39

MARKENFILM

Luzian Schlatter was born in Switzerland. He is now based in Zurich and Paris, and works as
a director for commercials all around the world. Descrip(on of Luzian’s Style by Kim Danielsen: “I think he is a true master of crea(ng extreme sensual and mysterious but totally feel good universes -­‐ places and spaces where you want to be and where brands and products come to life in the most beau(ful way! Almost a David Lynch-­‐like aesthe(c -­‐ using original classic film workmanship added with a visual pool of contemporary styles and techniques. A true oasis for your eyeballs and mind in a world with so many indifferent commercials!”


 

Marcelo Burgos 49

MYPONY

Marcelo was born in Argentinia but has lived in Madrid since 1998. His first job, after finishing Art studies at the age of 18, was as an illustrator for Ogilvy Buenos Aires. He subsequently worked in many of the most prestigious advertising agencies in Argentina and Spain, first as Art Director and later as Creative Director: Ogilvy, Y&R Buenos Aires, BDDP Madrid, Vega Olmos Ponce and Remo in Spain. As a creative, he won more than 70 advertising awards including Cannes, Clio, Andy, NY Festivals…
Six years ago he decided on a change and became a Director/Partner at Garlic.tv
Within a few short months the prestigious magazine Shots had included him in its New Directors showcase with an entirely self-drawn and animated Music Video. By now he is considered one of the most talented directors in Spain. His work has received many national and international awards including nine Cannes Lions and other awards at NY Festivals, Fiap, Clio, etc. He complements his directing career with sculpture and printmaking. Marcelo tries to never work on two projects at the same time, so he can
put all his energy on the project he is doing. That’s why he usually won´t realise more than 8-9 projects a year.


 

Mario Zozin 32

MARKENFILM

By coupling visually arresting imagery with classical film technique Mario Zozin has been able to create pieces that are both poetic and emotionally evocative. Whether it’s a high-octane action sequence or a quiet character exploration, Mario’s work revels in the broad spectrum of human emotion, crafting images of powerful resonance that range from the small and nuanced to the loud and visceral.
Mario’s creative career began in Cologne, Germany where he worked in multiple departments for various television production companies. It was at this time that he developed skills in every major facet of production including camera, editing, producing and most notably writing, a talent that allowed him to develop and direct his own original programs spanning a variety of genres.
From here, Mario went to the prestigious Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg where he set the groundwork for a versatile career by writing and directing music videos, commercials, and short films, many of which won him international acclaim including a 2009 Cannes Young Director Award for his short “Oleg – Life of a Weightlifter” and a highly coveted European Student of the Year Award from the Art Director’s Club in 2010. His short film “Emil Orange” has also won international recognition and played in festivals all over the world.
Mario’s unique combination of craft and creativity has allowed him to create innovative commercials for a client list that includes Mercedes Benz, Coca-Cola, Lufthansa, Hyundai, BBC, Turkish Airlines, Canon, and the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra for which his “The Biggest Concert in the World” spot was awarded two Gold Lions at Cannes.


 

Markus Goller 49

GAP FILMS

Markus was born in Munich, Germany in 1969. After graduating high school Markus completed an editing internship at Filmhaus Munich and worked as a freelance editor for commercials, video clips as well as feature films. In 2001 Markus switched from editing to directing and works as a freelance director for commerials, documentaries and feature films. He realized his first feature-length movie “Mask under Masks” in 2001. His latest motion picture “Friendship!” has enthused over one million visitors already. After spending several years in Los Angeles, Markus has now returned to Germany and lives in Berlin.


 

Martin Schmid 46

JO SCHMID

After studying graphic design in Munich, Martin Schmid went on to work for various creative agency departments and as Art Director for Surf Magazine. In 1989, he became Creative Director for Springer & Jacoby in Hamburg for a stint of more than 6 years. In 1995, he quit the agency scene and founded Jo!Schmid Film Productions in Hamburg together with photographer, Daniel Josefsohn. In 2001, JO!SCHMID relocated to Berlin. For the last 14 years, the two Schmid brothers have been producing commercial films, including campaigns for Audi, BMW, Coca Cola, IKEA, LBS, Mercedes Benz, Vodafone,  VW, amongst others. This has resulted in numerous national and international awards, including the Silver Lion for Audi – “The Fan” in Cannes 2001. Current selection of awards:
T-Mobile „Ankunft“ – Die Klappe 2009: Bronze, Vodafone Superflat „Reloaded“ – Die Klappe 2007 und 2008 : Bronze // VDW Award 2008, CMC-Markets „24-Money Never Sleeps“ – NY Festivals 2007: Silber // Midas Award 2006: Gold, Sparkasse „Hardselling“ & „Chinese“ – EPICA 2006: Bronze, IKEA-Campagne „Dieters Head + Baby“ – EPICA Europe 2005: Silber, IKEA-Campagne „Schlafzimmer“ – ADC Deutschland 2005: Bronze, West Cigarettes „Demonstration“ – EPICA 2004: Bronze, Skoda Superb „Badges“ – Eurobest 2003: Silber, Mercedes Benz „Bergsteiger“ – Die Klappe 2003: Bronze, Audi „The Fan“ – ADC Europe 2002: Gold // ADC Deutschland 2002: Silber, ZDF History „Zeitzeugen“ – Eurobest 2011: Bronze // ADC 2011: Auszeichnung Film Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bahn „Der Chef kommt“ – DDP 2011: Silber // Effie 2011: Silber // EPICA 2011: Bronze, Deutsche Bahn „Travel Symphony“ – DDC 2011: Winner // Die Klappe 2011: Bronze, Deutsche Bahn „Ferien auf dem Rücksitz“ – DDC 2011: Bronze, ZDF History „Zeitzeugen“ – Eurobest 2011: Bronze, ZDF History „Zeitzeugen“ – ADC 2012 Ausz. Film, ZDF History „Zeitzeugen“- D&AD 2012 Nominierung, Jako O „Kind, einfach nur Kind“/“Der Wunsch“/“Termine“ – Die Klappe 2013: Bronze, Deutsche Bahn „Schwer zu beeindrucken“ – Die Klappe 2013: Bronze plus additional awards from prestigious creative bodies such as ADC, ADC Europe, Midas Award, N.Y. Festivals, Eurobest, Clio, Cannes Lions, Die Klappe and various publishing’s in Shots Magazine. Agencies, which JO!SCHMID collaborate with, include amongst others, Jung von Matt, Springer & Jacoby, Saatchi and Saatchi, BBDO, J.W. Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather, TBWA, Scholz & Friends, McCann -Erickson, Start AG. Since the beginning of 2002, JO!SCHMID has become increasingly involved in overseas projects for companies such as Publicis Paris, Bates Barcelona and J. W. Thompson in Mexico City, to mention a few. Martin Schmid is a member of Britainʼs D&AD since 1999, the American ADC since 2000 and Germanyʼs ADC since 2001. In 2006, Martin Schmid was chosen as a member of the D&AD jury. For several years now, Schmid has been lecturing at the Film Academy in Ludwigsburg.


 

Matthieu Mantovani 38

HOMEPAGE

After studying art in Paris, Matthieu started out as a photographers assistant, working with fashion photographer Paolo Roversi. Spending long hours on commercials sets persuaded him that his enthusiasm lay in directing. He formed directorial trio ZOO with Julien Rambaldi and David Fauche in 1998, and together they became one of the most sought after directorial teams in France. Matthieu began directing solo in 2004. His work has ranges from moved from geeky, edgy comedy to sophisticated special effects and
stunning contemporary photography. Recent credits include spots for VW, Smart, EDF, Molson & the French Highways Agency. His creative diversity was demonstrated by his short film “Broadway”, a collaboration with celebrated French composer Sebastien Tellier. This mix of live-action and comic book animation was awarded at film festivals worldwide and recently installed in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. In January 2011 Matthieu joined Bakery Films, and everybody still keeps asking whether he is Italian or French and how to pronounce his Christian name properly.


 

McBess and Simon 45

HOMEPAGE

Known individually for their signature illustration styles directors and artists Matthieu Bessudo (aka McBess) and Simon Landrein co-direct animation and live action under the moniker McBess and Simon. Over the past few years, McBess and Simon have directed commercials and content for brands including 02, Sony and Google amongst others, with their recent film ‘Havana Heat’ for the charitable organisation Good Books bringing them international acclaim. In 2012 the guys collaborated with Mother London to design and create all the marketing material for The Secret Policeman’s Ball at New York’s Radio City, in conjunction with human rights organisation Amnesty International. McBess and Simon’s illustration and design work has featured in spots for Nissan and Deezer and multi-platform campaigns for Converse, Umbro x Footlocker and Orange and has featured in exhibitions in Europe, North and South America. Their work has featured in everything from the Hayward Gallery to the New York Times, whilst McBess’ rock band The Dead Pirates is a mainstay on the European music circuit. McBess’ current show ‘The McBess Horror Picture Show’ has just opened in Paris and runs until 31st October.


 

Micky Suelzer 16

HOMEPAGE

Micky Suelzer wurde am 10.10. 1974 in Wuerzburg geboren. Dem Erwerb der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife 1994 schloss sich ein zweijaehriges Volontariat zum Mediengestalter an. Mit dem Abschluss dieser Ausbildung fuehrte er auf freiberuflicher Basis seine Karriere als Avid Editor und Trailer Producer in Koeln und Berlin fort. Micky studierte an der Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Anschliessend war er als Editor bei Postworks NY, New York City, USA taetig. Im Jahr 2004 erhielt er ein Stipendium der Landesstiftung Baden- Wuerttemberg und nahm an dem Workshop -The Hollywood Perspective- an der UCLA in Los Angeles teil. Vor kurzem folgte Anfang 2006 das Bestehen der Diplompruefung an der Filmakademie Ludwigsburg.Micky Suelzer arbeitete im Verlauf seiner bisherigen Karriere unter anderem als Producer bei zahlreichen On- Air Promotion Kampagnen fuer RTL mit. Zu seinen neueren Arbeiten zaehlte der in 2005+ die Regiefuehrung fuer 8 Spots fuer den ASTRA Word Cup sowie Regie des DIESEL- Spots -The Denim Doctors-. Im Jhr 2005+ belegte er zudem den 3. Platz des ADC Junior auf dem -kurz und schoen Festival- in Köln.
Seit 2006 dirigiert er für große und kleine Kunden.


 

Moist Creation: Xander Bartole und Sebastian Ungrad 43

betty berlin

Moist Creation is Xander Bartole and Sebastian Ungrad:
Director Xander grew up in the warm and wonderful city of Caracas, Venezuela. A few weeks after finishing school in 2005, he moved to Berlin to pursue his passion of filmmaking. Soon after graduating from film school he founded Moist Creation with his mate Sebastian Ungrad (3D & Motion Graphics Artist) Together they embarked on a journey to make kick-ass music videos and commercials.
VFX & Motion Designer Sebastian came to Berlin to get a degree in film directing -he‘s a selftaught motion designer who’s love for his art and his perfectionist spirit has won him international recognition and in 2009 Sebastian founded Moist Creation together with his pal from film school, Xander Bartole.


 

NALLE SJÖBLAD 49

SAUNA INTERNATIONAL

I often wonder at the reasons for my fascination with moving images and storytelling. I really can’t formulate any credible explanation for stumbling into directing. I was born in 1982. As a kid I wanted to be a scientist, even though all my science projects often reminded more of paint drenched wood sculptures than anything scientific. I also built a series of useless traps for catching snakes. Later on I grabbed a video camera. I guess everything I do still resonates from the love of creating and telling stories.

 

 

 


 

Nicholas Barker 20

HOMEPAGE

Zunaechst als Radio Producer fuer die BBC taetig, wechselte Nicholas Barker zum Fernsehen, wo er verschiedene TV Serien kreierte (z.B. -Washes Whiter- und -Signs of Times-), in denen er bereits seinen eigenwilligen visuellen Stil und beissenden Humor etablieren konnte. Inzwischen variiert seine Arbeit von Fernsehserien und Dokumentationen fuer die BBC, ueber Werbespots (z.B. fuer Heineken, Smart und Stella Artois) bis hin zu seinem ersten Spielfilm -Unmade Beds-, der von Chelsea Pictures produziert wurde.


 

Niels Laupert 10

HOMEPAGE

Schon frueh tummelt sich Niels in der Filmlandschaft und sammelt bei diversen
Filmproduktionen Erfahrungen, bis ihn schliesslich das Filmvirus endgueltig erwischt. 1997 geht er auf die Hochschule fuer Fernsehen und Film Muenchen, um Produktion und Medienwirtschaft zu studieren. Nach seinem Diplom setzt er noch einen drauf und studiert weiterfuehrend Regie. Dass es beim blossen Studieren nicht bleibt, zeigt seine Rolle. Mit eindrucksvollen Bildern, Humor und viel Gefuehl verleiht Niels Videoclips, Imagefilmen und Commercials seine eigene Handschrift. Derzeit arbeitet er an seinem ersten Kinofilm.


 

Niko Tziopanos / Andreas Lampe 40

WEAREFLINK

weareflink is a directors/creative collective based in Hamburg / Germany. 
Blurring boundaries between design, computer graphics, visual effects and live-action, weareflink merges innovative thinking and a broad range of production techniques. The award-winning team specializes in mastering the art of multi-disciplinary motion content / images creation. Niko started studying communication design and new media arts at the Design Factory international in 1996 in Hamburg. After his graduation 2000 he first continued his career as art director for several Hamburg based advertising agencies and multimedia studios. In 2001 he changed his focus to computer animation and motion graphics and started working for Hamburg based company Brand New Media. As an art director and motion graphics artist he was responsible for branding several major german TV networks such as ZDF, RTL2 and NBC Germany. This work put his name on the map of broadcast design. At Velvet he did more work for other prestigious TV Networks (both domestically and internationally – such as Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera Sports, Starhub eCity, DSF & Skysports). Back in Hamburg Sehsucht hired Niko as Creative Director and he started to work more and more as director / designer also for commercials and trailer. During this time some of Nikos most known work was created. Among others his Konzerthaus Dortmund trailer won world wide recognition and awards in Cannes and other festivals. Andreas started in an agency in Hamburg. 1991 he joined a production company and worked his way up from assistant to producer. After having supervised TVC productions around the world, Andreas decided in 1996 to relocate to Los Angeles (USA). Between 1996 and 2009 he worked as an Executive Producer and Producer for both agencies and production companies. During this time he produced a series of more than 16 commercials for the IPO of Deutsche Post (DHL). During a period of 8 months (2000/2001) these films were produced on three continents (Germany, Italy, USA & China) with german celebrity Thomas Gottschalk and advertising agency Jung von Matt.
In 2006 he met his future partner Niko Tziopanos when working as an Executive Producer at Sehsucht. Before starting weareflink he continued to work as an agency producer around the world. weareflink is working with The Joinery in the US and Independent in the UK.”


 

OLAF VAN GERWEN 49

Olaf Van Gerwen

Olaf was born in 1973. After his studies in Social Sciences and Audiovisual Production he starts directing music videos and TV shows. He entered the advertising business as an off line editor. After becoming Amsterdam’s most sought after cutter, he went back to directing. He has shot commercials for all major agencies in The Netherlands and numerous jobs for agencies in Europe, Eastern Europe and all over Asia. As director he has always had a passion for cinematography and lighting. He has taught himself to be a Director of Photography and has been shooting his own films for over 7 years now. His work as DOP brought a highly visual signature to his work. Most of Olaf’s clients are in food, dairy and service industries. He is also co-owner of a production studio in Amsterdam, specializing in food and table top photography and film. Olaf and his girlfriend live in Amsterdam, where they raise two teenage daughters and a dog.


 

Olivier Venturini 2

TEMPOMEDIA

Olivier Venturini wurde am 9 Juni 1963 in Marseille geboren. Er arbeitete bereits fuer Marken, wie Renault, Westin, American Express, Seiko, Renault Megane, Adidas, Telit, Fiat, Audi, BMW, Renault, Cartier, Alfa Romeo, Seat, Suzuki, Dimple, France Telecom, Coca Cola, Ikea, Vodafone, Opel und Fuji. Sehr stolz ist er auf seinen Kurzfilm Bathroom. Mit der Kampagne fuer Coca-Cola gewann er ein Award beim ADC und Bronze bei der Deutschen Klappe. Ausserdem bekam er einen Award fuer die Kampagne William Lawson und Audi, BBH London. -Dressed to kill- wurde bei AD&D nominiert. In New York und beim ADC gewann er ebenfalls Bronce fuer -Nur Die- (The Look of Love).


 

Parasol Island 52

Parasol Island

Parasol Island is a digital creative studio based in Duesseldorf and Berlin. With services spanning CGI, film, post production, digital experiences and VR, the team integrates all visual disciplines, enabling agencies and brands to reach their audience across all mediums and channels. The Island is home to more than 85 passionate talents creating unique advertising experiences for the automotive, fashion and consumer goods industry. While Parasol Island values happy clients more than shiny trophies, their work has been garnered with Cannes Lions, Lovie, ADC, LIA, Mobius and Promax/BDA awards in gold and other colors, as well being selected as ‘FWA site of the month’ and ‘vimeo staff-pick’.


 

Patrik Goelz 15

HOMEPAGE

Patrik wurde 1976 in Worms am Rhein geboren und studierte Regie an der Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. Seine Studentenfilme fanden bereits früh Anerkennung und wurden dabei mehrfach nominiert und ausgezeichnet: Unter anderem beim „Spotlight Festival“, dem „Young Director Award“ in Cannes, dem „First Steps Commercial Award“ in Berlin sowie bei der „Porsche International Student Advertising Competition“ in Ludwigsburg.
Seit Abschluss seines Studiums hat er für zahlreiche Kunden gearbeitet, unter anderem für Bosch, Daimler, Tatonka, Allianz und Epson. Dabei konnte er sich auch die Auszeichnungen „Spot des Tages“ von w&v und „Top der Woche“ von Horizont ergattern.
Mit „Die Stille beim Schuss“ war Patrik Co-Regisseur einer Dokumentation über die Fussball-WM 2012 der Gehörlosen in Ankara und hat zuletzt sein erstes Musikvideo inszeniert. Neben seinem Job als freier Regisseur ist Patrik seit seinem Diplom 2005 auch als Editor tätig.


 

Peter Engblom 51

Peter Engblom

Peter is the Artist in Residence of the George Hotel in Eshowe, Zululand. Peter is a former yacht-broker, museum designer and professional snake catcher, who then studied photography at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt in Munich, before returning to Zululand. He designs lots of public museums, meaningful and otherwise. Has held a number of solo and group exhibitions. His work is represented in major, and minor collections everywhere. He describes his work as ‘the Celestine Prophecy meets Mad Magazine’. The creative Director for Durban’s bid to win (which it did) the UIA 2014 Architectural congress. Peter uses traditional Japanese Kamisibai techniques to reveal the travels of Mr Mpunzi Shezi, the first Zulu missionary who went to Japan at the turn of the century and brought back Zen to the Zulus, and wrote the Zulu-Indian Cookbook  called ZoolooVindaloo. Peter is a descendant of the original Norwegian, Lapp missionaries who evangelised Zululand a century and a half ago. He speaks no Norwegian but English Zulu and German.


 

Philip Haucke 15

FRÖHLICH MANAGEMENT

Philip is an independent director based in Berlin. Graduate Student with a MFA in Screenwriting and Directing of University of Television and Film Munich (HFF), student of HFF’s advertising division graduating the ‘Master-Class for Commercial, PR- and Imagefilm’ and graduate of the UCLA Professional Writers Program. His directed and partly scripted commercials won multiple awards including Germany’s First Steps Award, VDW, the Porsche Award, numerous Spotlight gold and silver awards, such as the Shortlist at the Young Directors Award in Cannes and honors of the Art Directors Club Germany. Exceptional visual storytelling, a talented passion for directing actors and true love for humorous dialog, that’s what his versatile expertise is all about. While humor and stylized, authentic lifestyle set the genre for his commercial career, his feature projects serve a mix of comedy and serious drama for the cinematic screen. His feature film debut COLD VOID won numerous outstanding international festival awards. Philip recently directed spots for top brands, such as HORNBACH, FERRERO, IKEA, FISHERMANNS FRIEND, SKODA, MASTERCARD, POSTBANK, RWE and MEDIA MARKT.


 

Raf ´n Roel 50

Caviar Content

Die Beiden trafen sich an der Bruesseler Film Academy. Waehrend sie gemeinsam an diversen Werbespots und als Regieassistenten arbeiteten, entstand ihr erster Kurzfilm -A Message from Outer Space-, welcher international grosse Erfolge feiern durfte. Durch Zusammenarbeit mit Top Agenturen in Belgien und Holland erhielten sie schnell grosse Popularitaet.


 

Rick Lenzing 51

SOUPFILM

Rick Lenzing is a 40-year-old commercial director from Amsterdam, Holland. After trying out many kinds of (art) education and even more different jobs in the Dutch theatre, TV and features scene (production and editing), he finally established himself as a director some 14 years ago. Over the years Rick worked for virtually every agency in Holland as well as some abroad. Some years ago he and his producer Paul Brand founded their own company “LenzingBrandFilms”, which has expanded in 2006 with a new roster of directors, changing the name to “Bij Brand/In Case of Fire”. Rick is well known for his typical style of humour and great storytelling. His characters become alive and realistic, even in the short time span of a TV commercial. Over the years he has won 6 ADCN awards (ArtDirectorsClubNetherlands), as well as Bronze and Silver Lions in Cannes. Rick Lenzing loves his family and loud music.


 

Rob Kaplan 51

BETTIBERLIN

Rob Kaplan graduated with a first degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Then he decided what he really wanted to do was direct. Staring at the BBC as a researcher he swiftly rose through the ranks to become producer/director specialising in human observational subjects. He contributed to many groundbreaking programme strands such as Modern Times, Cutting Edge and Top Gear. Rob has worked for all the major UK broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky throughout a 12 year career. He has held key roles on major acclaimed TV strands like Modern Times, Cutting Edge and Top Gear. But craving a more visual aesthetic, and inspired by music to create arresting images, he was drawn to commercials and promos. In his first year, Rob received the cfp/e-Shots’ New Directors Award at Cannes 2002 for Wranglers’ Western Dreams and featured in Saatchi’s New Directors’, Cannes’ and Kinsale advertising award showcases. He was listed in the top 10 new talent to watch by Boards Magazine 2003 and finalist at the inaugural Viral Awards, London 2004. Since then he was made commercials for Coca Cola, Glaxo Smithkline Beecham, Hyundai, Rover MG, South African National Brands, Tuborg Beer, Mars Confectionary, Mates condoms, Wrangler jeans and The Samaritans as well as sponsored programming for HSBC bank. His most recent work is for Mazda and the COI anti-bullying campaign.


 

Rudolf Ragner 37

SALT

While most directors elect to work alone, Rudolf & Ragnar have chemistry. Benjamin Rudolf Kempf  (from Switzerland) and Daniel Ragnar Fagerson (from England), both established directors in their own right, teamed up and hit the scene with a bang, three years ago when they directed a viral campaign for BMW. Through their unaffected style and gentle humour, they now count Nokia, Yahoo! & LG, as clients/fans of their work. The first half of 2010 has had a definite European theme. First stop was snowy remote Finland to film rally driver Juha Kankkunen for Nokia’s latest car kit launch, then to Switzerland to direct a spot for a major supermarket chain before shooting fashionistas in Milan, Paris and Munich for fashion brand Value Retail.


 

Sean Fitzpatrick 21

FILM DIRECTORS CLUB

As a director Sean believes strongly that the image should do the talking. With a powerful visual style that needs no words. Conjured from a mix of African roots and creative nourishment drawn from Amsterdam, the visual languages he develops are used for film and photography projects around the world.
As a photographer Sean understands how to build a full story within a single image. This comes through intense focus on each aspect of the story: the casting, the location, the fall of light, the backstory and the emotion. He believes the difference is in the details.
Sean applies this to his film work as well: each shot of each scene speaks many words. The details are all in place. When structured as a narrative, the scenes build a meaningful film. This is most notably found in his commercials for Orange Babies, V&D, Bario and UFA.
With the recent publication of The New African Cookbook, Sean has begun building associations between people and food. He shoots people who are passionate about food and shoots food in a personal context. His images and insights into “food culture” make food more personal and close by.


 

Sharon Berkal 14

HOMEPAGE

Auf der Suche nach einer neuen Heimat und weiterer Inspiration verlaesst Sharon Berkal schon nach dem Abitur ihre Geburtsstadt Muenchen. Sie zieht nach London und beginnt am renommierten London College of Fashion zu studieren. Das Studium umfasst alle Bereiche der Mode – Journalismus, PR, Foto und Styling. Zusaetzlich absolviert sie ein Praktikum in der englischen Sonntagszeitung “The Observer”, wo sie den Moderedakteuren bei zahlreichen Fotoshootings assistiert. Bis heute ist es wahrscheinlich dieser Abschnitt ihres Lebens – das Studium, die glitzernde Metropole und der allgemeine “way of life” der Londoner – der den groessten Einfluss auf ihre Visualitaet nimmt:
Stylish with a slightly kinky edge! 

Im Jahr 1997 zieht Sharon zurueck nach Muenchen und beginnt in einer kleinen, feinen Werbeagentur zu arbeiten, die sich auf Below-the-line-Massnahmen spezialisiert hat. Die Kunden- und Projektliste umfasste Namen wie Burger King, Reemtsma, 4711, Tiffany und das Modelabel Voyage. Doch der schon seit Kindheitstagen getraeumte Traum vom bewegten Bild laesst Sharon nicht los… Mit dem Wissen noch einmal ganz unten anzufangen zu muessen zieht Sharon ins aufstrebende Berlin und heuert bei einer der groessten Musikvideoproduktionen der 90er Jahre, der DoRo Berlin, an. 
Auf dem Weg nach oben trifft sie auf etliche Kaffeemaschinen, Kopierer und manch anstrengenden Regisseur. Aber es lohnt sich, denn schon eineinhalb Jahre spaeter dreht sie ihr erstes eigenes Musikvideo. Das sexy Day-for-Night-Beach-Party-Debuet wurde in Deutschland und England ein grosser Erfolg. Jetzt und viele Videos spaeter arbeitet und lebt Sharon als freie Regisseurin und Autorin in Berlin-Mitte. 2005 stehen, nebst der Umsetzung ihres ersten Kurzfilms, auch Schritte in Richtung Werbung an.


 

Simon Ritzler 34

HOMEPAGE

Simon was born in Guenzburg (Germany). He studied graphic design at the “Fachhochschule für Gestaltung” in Wiesbaden (Germany). He moved on to study “commercial directing” at the well-known film academy Baden-Wuerttemberg (Ludwigsburg, Germany), after two years.
Besides his love to filmmaking he is interested in photography, art, history and football. His all time favorite movies are “the Good, the Bad and the Ugly“ and „Blade Runner“. Simon works as commercial director and is currently based in Berlin.


 

Smith & Foulkes 28

NEXUS PRODUCTIONS

Since teaming up with executive producers Chris O’Reilly and Charlotte Bavasso at the Nexus studio back in 1997, Adam Foulkes and Alan Smith have gone on to develop a reputation as one of London’s top directing teams, receiving a 2009 Oscar nomination for their 3D animated short ‘This Way Up’.
Their commercial work includes spots for Coca-Cola, Honda and Observer has also brought them many awards and accolades including a Grand Prix Award and Gold at the Cannes Lions, a Grandy at the ANDYS, an ITV Award for Best Commercial, several BTAA Golds and Silvers, BTAA Craft Gold awards, the Platinum Award for Creative Circle and 2 Golds, 5 Silvers and 2 black pencils at D&AD. Honda ‘Grrr’is the most awarded commercial in the world from 1999-2008.
Film and broadcast credits include the film title sequence for Thunderbirds and an animated film within a film’for DreamWorks/Paramount’s Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events. They also directed several sketches for the BBC’s animated comedy show Monkey Dust.


 

SUSI SIE 52

SUSI SIE

SUSI SIE (1982) is a Berlin-based artist whose work moves between the fields of art and science. She is on a a mission to explore the physical and mathematical nature of unusual forms, substances and materials 
to show the hidden beauty and magic of our natural world that constantly surrounds us. Strictly applying analog techniques
 and refusing any computer animations or effects, Susi Sie’s haptic and detailed work is above all a highly personal study of the genuineness, perception and authenticity of things. Susi Sie’s work has been featured by internationally renowned online platforms such as Gizmodo, The Creators Project, This Is Colossal, Motionographer and Arte Creative, has been exhibited around the globe (New York, London, Paris, Rome, Sao Paulo, Norway) and won several Vimeo Staff Picks and awards at international film festivals. She studied video art in Maastricht (2002-2006) and worked in a Cologne-based post production agency (2006-2011). Since 2011 she works as a freelance director, DoP and editor.
She does what she loves. And loves what she does. Clients: 
Olympic Games CC I Porsche Design I Dom Perignon I Volvic I Red Bull I Olympus I Lenscrafters I
The New Republic NY I Becks I Babor I Burkhardtsmaier I Glass Air Records I Macorma


 

Teppo Eve Hoegman 45

BETTIBERLIN

My name is Teppo Högman. People call me Eve. Don’t ask why ! I’m 32 year old boy from Helsinki, Finland. I grew up in East-Helsinki. I got beaten up there and I learned to beat up. It was quite a wild neighborhood when I was young. It must be the same pattern in all ghettos. I wouldn’t change a day. My mom and dad got divorced when I was 9. After that it was me and my dad. We lived our very colorful lifestyle until it was time for me to get independent and move away from home. My dad is a very important person in my life. Today I’m a dad. I’ve got a gorgeous blonde 9 months old son waiting for me at home. Life is different now. When I was younger I took interest in snowboarding and photography. I developed b&w pictures and observed the world around me. Sports took 13 years of my time. I got a glimpse of success, taste of champagne and I was enjoying life. After that it was time for studies. I applied to school and got in as one of the three chosen ones. I was lucky! I studied cinematography in University of Art and Design in Helsinki. Working as semi pro snowboarder and studying full time wasn’t a good match so I had to choose. I chose school. It was a rough decision back then. I graduated from school as cinematographer and have been working with live picture since. I’ve been shooting commercials, TV-series, short films and one feature film. About one year ago I started directing commercials. It’s fun, demanding and highly motivating. There is still a lot to learn. At the moment I enjoy the summer and try to find some time for myself. One of my motto’s for life is  “live life to yourself and try to make the best of it, you’re not born here just pay taxes”. So skip the big wheel for once and just enjoy: the nature, the sun, good food, friends, family and just life itself. My big passion is Thai food, I could just eat it forever and ever…I have travelled a great deal and I enjoy new experiences and cultures. I’m also passionate about many other things: music, Formula 1, FC Barcelona, driving my motorcycle, swimming and watching a good movie….I have been a fan of Indiana Jones since I was a little boy, I just love adventure movies! My goal is to one day show the Americans the middle finger and collect the best prizes : )


 

Thomas Krygier 48

TWIN GROUP

Thomas Krygier ist in Hamburg geboren und aufgewachsen. Nach dem Abitur verließ er Deutschland und lebte in Mailand, Paris, Tokio und Los Angeles. Sein derzeitiger Wohnsitz ist die pulsierende Metropole London. Hier wird er in seiner Tätigkeit als freier Regisseur und Drehbuchautor täglich inspiriert. Eine weltweite Kampagne für Levi´s, die im Jahre zuvor von Richard Avedon fotografiert wurde, war Thomas erster Job als autodidaktischer Fotograf. Während des Shootings in New York traf er auf Tibor Kalman, den visionären Graphikdesigner und Chefredakteur der Zeitschrift „Interview“. Begeistert von der Arbeit des jungen Fotografen bot Tibor Thomas gleich seinen zweiten Job an. Nachdem ihn Tony Kaye als Werberegisseur entdeckt hatte, wurde Thomas von Quentin Tarantinos Produktionsfirma „A Band Apart“ repräsentiert.
Als Regisseur arbeitete Thomas bereits mit zahlreichen namenhaften Schauspielern, wie dem Oscar-Preisträger Peter O’ Toole oder Bruce Willis, zusammen. Thomas hat eine Leidenschaft für das Casting, ein gutes Auge für neue Talente und ist bekannt für seine Fähigkeit, eine Geschichte emotional und witzig zu erzählen. Mit seiner Sensibilität für Fotografie ist es nicht überraschend, dass Thomas mit einigen der weltbesten Kameramännern, wie zum Beispiel den Oscar-Gewinnern Vittorio Storaro, Freddy Francis und John Mathieson, zusammengewirkt hat. Ob es ein Action-Film für die Schweizer Zeitung BLICK ist, die unvergessliche Launch-Kampagne für EUROSTAR oder die preisgekrönte interaktive SAATCHI-Werbekampagne für die britische Armee – Thomas Filme sind immer eye-catcher.
Zur Zeit schreibt und entwickelt Thomas seine eigenen Filmprojekte. Vor kurzem hat er sein neuestes Drehbuch „Glare“, ein Teenager-Drama über Gangs in London, fertiggestellt. In seiner Freizeit betätigt er sich als „Skript-Doktor“ für britische Drehbuchautoren. Thomas wurden als Werberegisseur viele Auszeichnungen verliehen. Trotzdem glaubt er, dass der wahre Erfolg eines Werbespots nicht darin liegt, Preise zu gewinnen, sondern den Verkauf der beworbenen Produkte zu steigern.
Nach all den Jahren im Geschäft, liebt Thomas immer noch die Werbung.


 

Thomas Wommelsdorf 17

HOMEPAGE

Thomas Wommelsdorf wurde 1964 in Duesseldorf geboren. 1981 stieg er bei der Agentur -Lowe- ein, wo er eine dreijaehrige Ausbildung absolvierte. Danach entschied er sich fuer die Muenchener Produktionsfirma -Cebra Film- zu arbeiten und als Regieassistent ausgebildet zu werden. In dieser Zeit arbeitete er mit vielen namhaften Regisseuren wie zum Beispiel Helmut Dietl, Walter Brandau, Ian Caisse und dem zweimaligen Gewinner des Goldenen Loewen Ben Oyen. 1988 ging er nach Los Angeles wo er bei Nearly Normal Enterprises im Productionsservice taetig war. Von 1991 bis 1997 arbeitete er als freier Producer in Hamburg unter anderem bei der HKF Filmproduktion und Final Cut und sammelte bei meist internationalen Projekten einen reichen Erfahrungsschatz. In den Bereichen Beauty, Fashion und Storytelling agiert Thomas schon lange auf hoechstem Niveau. Seit 1997 ist Thomas Wommelsdorf als Regisseur taetig und arbeitete erfolgreich fuer grosse Kunden wie Beiersdorf, Kabel Deutschland, Toyota, T-Mobile, Wasa, Tchibo, C&A und Triumph. Seine Kurzfilme -Tuesday- 2004 und -Inge und Rudolph- 2003 liefen erfolgreich auf mehreren Festivals wie dem Interfilm in Berlin und dem Avantgarde Filmfestival in Sevilla.


 

Thor Saevarsson 31

TEMPOMEDIA

Having been recognized as one of the biggest new talents in the world in the prestigous Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase at the Cannes Lions Festivals, you could forgive Thor if he had let so much international acclaim go to his head.
However you would be hard pushed to find a more down to earth filmmaker.
Dedicated to being a world class director one day meant learning every aspect of filmmaking. He progressed at an astounding rate within the realm of production working his way up through the ranks to the level of assistant director on Hollywood Blockbusters. The lures of the Hollywood Hills could not keep this native snowboarding Icelandic enthusiast away from his beloved glaciers for long and he returned to Scandinavia where his career as commercials and music video director took off like a rocket.
Getting a flying start into his chosen profession he won the Audience and Silver Awards at the Nike Young Directors Awards.
Recently Thor has finished work on an urban culture spot for Nike as well as a 3 spot viral campaign for Young Guns – International Advertising & Design Awards. Other international clients include Philiips, Hutchinson 3G, McDonalds, Vodafone, Fuji, T-Mobile, Peugeot, General Electric, Coca Cola, West, UPC, Belgacom and Thule Beer.


 

Tibor Glage 41

MARKENFILM CROSSING

Tibor Glage was born in 1973 in Düsseldorf and grow up in Brazil. 5 years and some sunburns later he went back to Düsseldorf and finally to Hamburg. After his bachelor´s degree in business studies he decided to follow his passion. He wanted to become a filmmaker. Before he went to ”The London International Film School” Tibor Glage worked for several Production Companies and gained experience as an Art Director and Assistant Director. At ”The London International Film School” he expanded his knowledge in the art and technique of filmmaking in various workshops, such as with Terry Gilliam (Tideland, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil), Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas, The Sopranos) and Freddy Francis (The Straight Story, Cape Fear, Glory). In 2001 Tibor Glage shot his graduation Film ”hätte wenn und aber”. Since then he has directed over 100 commercials for clients like Mercedes Benz, VW, Deutsche Telekom, McDonald´s, IKEA, Canon, Sandoz, Axe, Olympus and music clips for Mousse T, Xavier Naidoo, Sasha etc. One of his latest projects (12/2010 – The Axe Dark Temptation Adventskalender) is the most successful Unilever online project ever worldwide. Tibor Glage won several awards worldwide at Cannes, New York Festival, ADC, Epica etc. In parallel he his working on two scripts for feature films and a TV series.


 

Titus 20

HOMEPAGE

Bereits 1996 gruendete der 1979 in Hildesheim geborene Titus. die Produktionsfirma -silberfisch.tv-. Seit 2000 arbeitet er als freier Producer und Autor beim ZDF Fernsehen in der Redaktion PuR. Waehrend seines Regiestudiums an der Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, welches er im Fruehjahr 2006 erfolgreich abschloss, drehte er zahlreiche Werbespots, u.a. fuer World Vision, Fanta und Ikea. Fuer -I-pod- gewann er 2006 Silber beim -spotlight– Werbefestival und belegte den 1.Platz beim Young Directors Award in Cannes.


 

Tom Roope 40

BIG FISH

http://therumpusroom.tv
Creative Director and one of the founding partners of The Rumpus Room, Tomas Roope has been a leading digital practitioner since 1994. His first project anitrom, launched in 1995, was awarded “The most Outstanding Contribution to Digital Culture” award at the European Internet Week in 2010.

The Rumpus Room is a company that works with agencies and clients designing and building technology to create social entertainment. It was founded to harness the power of people building experiences together and align this activity with brand communication.

Our projects involve participation though directed creation and submission of user content. We bring content together to create rich experiences, optimised for distribution via traditional and emerging platforms, creating something greater than the sum of its parts.

We have worked on a wide range of projects generating experiences, outputs and installations across TV, social platforms, real world, mobile and web.

These experiences were made in collaboration with agencies such as Wieden + Kennedy, Mother, BBH, CHI, Publicis, Cole and Weber United, Hypernaked and Brooklyn Brothers. The brands we worked for include Nike, Coca-Cola, The International Olympics Committee, TalkTalk, Cadburys, Dell, Microsoft, Range Rover, MAC Cosmetics and Nokia.

Our work has been recognised with some of the highest accolades, by some of the biggest award bodies, including D&AD, Cannes, Oneshow, Brit Insurance Design of the Year, Campaign Media Awards.


 

Torbjörn Martin 46

ACNE

With a mixed background, from fine-art family, master of science-degree in engineering and almost 10 years of field experience making films, Torbjörn has a special standing point in film-making. After several years of music videos and short films for festivals, the first feature length portrait about legendary Swedish artist, Håkan Hellström, was finished in 2011. Several awards later Torbjörn joined Acne and has since been busy directing commercials for brands such as IKEA, TELE2, UNICEF, Volvo,Canal Digital. Torbjörn loves all parts of the film making process and has worked as both editor and DP. With a flare for classical cinema, he is still always searching for the core of the story in every script.


 

VEM 25

HOMEPAGE

Nach seinem Abschluss an der UCLA (Univesity of California, Los Angeles) fing er seine Karriere als Kurzfilmregisseur an und fuehrt seit 2000 professionell Regie bei Musikvideos. Mittlerweile hat er mit zahlreichen Groessen der Musikindustrie zusammengearbeitet. Darunter z.B. -DMX-, -Pharell Williams- und -Timbaland.- Neben zahlreichen Nominierungen wurde einer seiner Clips, von -Entertainment Weekly-, zum -The best of 2005- gekuert


 

VIRGILIO VILLORESI 50

ANTONELLA PERILLO AGENCY

Virgilio Villoresi is an internationally recognised Italian craftsman who lives and works in Milan. Virgilio was born November 10, 1979 in Fiesole (Florence,Italy). He learned alchemical synthesis from Harry Smith, structural ontology from Jonas Mekas, how to make art of garbage from Jack Smith, ritual magic from Kenneth Anger. His early inspirations include Poland Animation [Jan Lenica, Zbigniew Rybczynski, Walerian Borowczyk, Daniel Schezcura, Jerzy Zitzmann] the European experimental cinema [Patrick Bokanowski, Chris Marker, Straub and Huillet], the American underground [Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Brothers Kuchar], the European avant-garde [Jean Cocteau, Luis Buñuel, Man Ray, Oskar Fischinger] Italian experimental [Paolo Gioli, Alberto Grifi] as well as avant-garde theatre, art and literature. He has won awards at international festivals in Europe, and has exhibited his work at Art Basel Miami. He is an autodidact who has rediscovered and mastered the old technique of “step-by-one” stop trick. He reapplies this technique with his own that he calls “strange objects recovery” to create scenarios where experimental cinema meets the world of the game and magic, in films such as ” J ” and ” Finish”. Villoresi’s work is in demand in the fashion and advertising world, where he has created lauded pieces for haute couture fashion houses like Valentino and Fendi. He has created video clips for the popular singers Vinicio Capossela, and for John Mayer. In interludes he has created Idents for TV broadcasts, while constantly creating his own lovely little films.


 

Werner Damen 38

Soup Film

Werner is dutch and he’s gorgeous. What else do you need to know… He was a professional sportsman in floor excercises and trained others as well. We figure this is how he manages to keep his yummy shape…We love his work because it shows great sensitivity with impeccable taste and sense of design. His lighting and the looks he creates simply rock. And we love to work with him because he is sharp and quick, has a wonderful juicy sense of humour. On set he knows what he wants and how to get it.
That makes life goooood. He worked for various international agencies and clients and currently lives in Amsterdam.


 

WIM WENDERS 50

WIM WENDERS STIFTUNG

Wim Wenders (born 1945) came to international prominence as one of the pioneers of the New German Cinema in the 1970’s and is considered to be one of the most important figures in contemporary German film. In addition to his many prize-winning feature films, his work as a scriptwriter, director, producer, photographer and author also encompasses an abundance of innovative documentary films, international photo exhibitions and numerous monographs, film books and prose collections. He lives and works in Berlin, together with his wife Donata Wenders. Wim Wenders studied medicine and philosophy before moving to Paris in 1966 to study painting. Though ostensibly pursuing an apprenticeship in the studio of the graphic designer and engraver Johnny Friedlaender, he spent his afternoons and evenings in the Cinématèque Francaise. This “crash course in the history of film” would become the most important stage in his education, as Wenders soon began to think of film as an “extension of painting by other means”. His career as a filmmaker began in 1967 when Wenders enrolled at the newly founded University of Television and Film Munich (HFF Munich). Parallel to his studies at the HFF, he also worked as a film critic from 1967 to 1970. At this point in time he had already directed various short films. Upon graduating from the academy in 1971, he founded, together with fifteen other directors and authors, the Filmverlag der Autoren, a film distribution company for German auteur films, which organized the production, rights administration and distribution of their own independent films. After completing his debut feature out of film school THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK (1971) Wenders turned to shooting his road movie trilogy, ALICE IN THE CITIES (1973), WRONG MOVE (1974) and KINGS OF THE ROAD (1975), in which the protagonists try to come to terms with their rootlessness in post-war Germany among other things. His international breakthrough came with THE AMERICAN FRIEND (1977). Since then Wenders has continued to work both in Europe and the USA as well as in Latin America and Asia and has been honored with countless awards at festivals around the world, including: the Golden Palm and the British Film Academy Award for PARIS, TEXAS (1984); the Director’s Prize in Cannes for WINGS OF DESIRE (1987); the Golden Lion in Venice for THE STATE OF THINGS (1982); and the Silver Bear for THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL (2000) at the Berlin International Film Festival. His documentary films BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB (1999), PINA (2011), and THE SALT OF THE EARTH (2014) have all been nominated for an Oscar. During the 2015 edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, Wenders will be presented with the Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achivement. His most recent feature film EVERY THING WILL BE FINE will be shown in the official program of the Berlinale out of competition. The medium of photography has accompanied and extended Wenders’ artistic work from the very beginning. The starting point for the pursuit of an independent body of photographic work was the photo series WRITTEN IN THE WEST, which came into being during the preparations for his film PARIS, TEXAS (1984), on Wenders’ journeys crisscrossing the American West. His second large photo exhibition PICTURES FROM THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH led Wenders to countries such as Australia, Cuba, Israel, Armenia and Japan – always in search of images that seek to capture the essence of a place. Wenders’ photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the entire world since 1986, in among other places: Centre Pompidou, Paris (1986); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2001); the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2002); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2003); the Shanghai Museum of Art (2004); the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome (2006); the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (2010); the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2012); the Fundació Sorigué, Lleida (2013); the Villa Pignatelli, Naples; GL Strand, Copenhagen (2014); and Villa Panza, Varese (2015). A comprehensive retrospective of his photographs was on exhibit in the Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf from 18 April 2015. Among other honorary titles and positions, Wenders has been a member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin since 1984, and holds honorary doctorates from the Sorbonne in Paris (since 1989), the Faculty of Theology at the University of Fribourg (since 1995), the University of Louvain (since 2005) and the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Catania (2010). Wim Wenders is a member of the order Pour le Mérite and since 1996 he has been President of the European Film Academy. He teaches as a professor at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. In the fall of 2012, together with his wife Donata, Wim Wenders established the Wim Wenders Stiftung in Düsseldorf. The establishment of the foundation was deeply rooted in the intention to create a legally binding framework to bring together the cinematic, photographic, artistic and literary life’s work of Wim Wenders in his native country and to make it permanently accessible to the general public worldwide. At the same time, the non-profit foundation model also serves to ensure that his whole body of work may belong only to itself as endowment capital and that it thus remains beyond the reach of any form of private self-interest. All proceeds from the licensing business are used to finance the central purpose of the foundation: the promotion of the arts and culture through the restoration, dissemination and preservation of Wenders’ work on the one hand and through the support of young talents in the field of innovative narrative cinema on the other.


 

Zoran Bihac 48

HOMEPAGE

Zoran Bihac wurde am 26.12.1965 in Ludwigsburg geboren. Er hat Bühnenbild an der Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart bei Prof. Jürgen Rose studiert. Während dem Studium hat er als Illustrator und Artdirector für Trickfilme gearbeitet und diverse Ausstellungen gemacht. Während er an der Filmakademie Baden Württemberg 4 Semester studierte, fing er an selber Musikvideos zu produzieren. Nachdem er 8 Jahre in Barcelona lebte und für den spanischen Markt gearbeitet hat, lebt er zur Zeit in Berlin. Seit 1996 arbeitet Zoran Bihac als Regisseur für Musikvideos und Werbefilme. Seine preisgekrönten Arbeiten waren unter anderem für Nike, Coca Cola, Volvo, Mercedes, Fiat, Hornbach, ONCE, Ben, Vodafone, Telefonica, Jim Beam, San Miguel, etc.. Und für Bands wie Rammstein, Die Fantastischen Vier, Turntablerocker, the Pharcyde, Sportfreunde Stiller, etc.. Er unterichtet und gibt Seminare an der Filmakademie Baden Württemberg Abt. Werbefilm, an der UdK Berlin GWK und beim Al Jazeera training center Doha.


 

The following alphabetical registry of Directors Lounge/Regielounge participants is intendend as a convenient guide only. 
The film production company listed next to the director, is the company that brought the director to the lounge, but might not be the only company representing this director today. 
To encourage exclusivity and simplicity, we reserve the right to only link one production company to each director – this being the company that brought the director to the Regielounge. 
The Regielounge is now approaching its 40th edition in 7 years, some directors might be exclusively represented by another company today. 
Only in the change of exclusive representation, do we reserve the right to add a second link to the director’s current exclusive production, and/or the director’s own homepage on request. 
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