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Direktion und Administration

Rachel Schmid und Nicole Schroeder©AyseYavas

Ko-Direktorinnen

Rachel Schmid
+41 21 312 68 40
E-mail

Nicole Schroeder
+41 21 566 26 17
E-mail

Rachel Schmid (*1964) hat in Zürich, Berkeley und Paris Betriebswirtschaft, Germanistik und Theaterwissenschaft studiert und in Hamburg ein Nachdiplomstudium in Kulturmanagement besucht.

Sie begann ihre berufliche Laufbahn 1987 als Theater- und Filmproduzentin. 1999 spezialisierte sie sich mit einer internationalen Weiterbildung zur Expertin für Script Development. In dieser Funktion hat sie unzählige Produktionsfirmen, Filmförderungen, Trainingsprogramme und Festivals im In- und Ausland bei der Projektauswahl und Drehbuchentwicklung beraten.

Von 2005 bis 2019 arbeitete sie unter anderem als Geschäftsleiterin von MEDIA Desk Suisse, als Stellvertretende Leiterin des Master Film an der ZHdK, als Eurimages-Delegierte des Bundesamtes für Kultur und als Kommissionsmitglied in diversen Filmförderungen (u.a. Zürcher Filmstiftung und Luxemburger Film Fond).

Sie engagiert sich für Diversität in der Filmindustrie und ist Mitglied verschiedener Gleichstellungskommissionen.

 

Nicole Schroeder (*1967) studierte Rechtswissenschaften und Kunstpädagogik und schloss letzteres mit einem M.A. ab. In der Filmbranche begann sie als Kurzfilmpreis-Organisatorin und Open Air-Kino-Programmiererin. Während neun Jahren arbeitete sie als 1st Assistant Direcotor auf nationalen und internationalen Filmsets, anschliessend vier Jahre als Line Producer. Von 2008 bis 2019 unterrichtete sie regelmässig in der Disziplin Film der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.

2012 begann sie, als Bereichsleiterin für FOCAL zu arbeiten, und realisierte Veranstaltungen zu Filmtechnik, Stoffentwicklung, Transmedia, digitalen Medien, Gender / Diversität und Innovation. 2016 initiierte sie den branchenübergreifenden Bereich CrossFOCAL.

Sie ist Ko-Initiantin der ersten Schweizer Filmstudie „Die Gender-Frage“ und Gründerin des Netzwerks SWAN (Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network). Ihr besonderes Interesse gilt dem Entwickeln von Ideen, dem Aufbau von Kooperationen und Netzwerken und dem Schaffen von Chancengleichheit. Sie setzt sich für den Nachwuchs ein und unterstützt einen innerschweizerischen Dialog über audiovisuelle Narrative.

Anne Perrenoud

Anne Perrenoud
Tel. +41 21 312 68 17
info@focal.ch

Telefon und Sekretariat; Administration der Bereiche Produktion, Regie Spielfilm, Auswertung, Drehbuch und Crossfocal/Diverses sowie der europäischen Weiterbildungsprogramme und der Spezialmassnahmen (ausser Mentoring for Docs). Administration des Stiftungsrats und Produktion des Programmheftes.


Cécile Verpoorten

Cécile Verpoorten
Tel. +41 21 312 68 17
info@focal.ch

Telefon und Sekretariat; Administration der Bereiche Animationsfilm, Regie Dokfilm, Filmtechnik und Schauspiel sowie von Mentoring for Docs. Produktion des Jahresberichts.


Muriel Rieser

Muriel Rieser
Tel. +41 21 312 68 17
info@focal.ch

Verwaltung der Anmeldungen, Wartung der Datenbank und Überwachung der Debitoren. Bezahlung der Rechnungen und andere buchhalterische Aufgaben.

Sandrine Oberli

Sandrine Oberli
Tel. +41 21 312 68 17
info@focal.ch

Finanzmanagement und Buchhaltung. Finanzielle Verwaltung von FOCALresource in Holland und Buchhaltung der europäischen Seminare.

Katja Schudel

Katja Schudel
Tel. +41 21 312 68 17
info@focal.ch

Übersetzungen/Redaktion; Administration des Stiftungsausschusses, des Stage Pools und des andragogischen Bereichs; Verwaltung der Seminarevaluation durch die Teilnehmenden.

Lea Gerber-Maurer

Lea Gerber
Tel. +41 21 312 68 17
stage@focal.ch

STAGE POOL-Verantwortliche
stagepool.focal.ch

Nicolas Monguzzi

Nicolas Monguzzi
Tel. +41 21 312 68 17
webmaster@focal.ch

Administration der Webseiten, Webdesign, Grafik.


Benjamin Veillon

Benjamin Veillon
webmaster@focal.ch

Administration der Websites und Entwicklung der Datenbank.

Bereichsverantwortliche

Fred Guillaume

Animation / ANIMA PLUS
Fred Guillaume
Director
Tel. +41 26 401 30 32
fred.guillaume@focal.ch

Fred Guillaume was born in Fribourg (Switzerland) in 1976. After obtaining a Baccalaureate in Literature in 1998, he turned to the animated film realm, producing a first film, jointly with his brother Samuel, in 1998: Le petit manchot qui voulait une glace [The little penguin who wanted an ice cream]. The two went on to fulfill several film orders, advertisements, scientific films and shorts for "Cinemagination", their own production company. From 2003 to 2007, they embarked on their first full-length feature film Max & Co (Switzerland, France, UK), which travelled to over 20 countries and won, most notably, the Audience Award at the Annecy Festival. In parallel with their movies, Fred Guillaume collaborated on several projects for shows and installations; he also invited public interest through a children's film club, La lanterne magique, setting up various workshops and lectures as well. He is highly interested in the latest technologies, for which he has developed several tools and joined various research projects in a narrative vein.

Jessica Hefti

Jessica Hefti
Tel. +41 79 523 83 33
jessica.hefti@focal.ch

Jessica Hefti was born in Zurich in 1989. During her apprenticeship with a publishing house in Zurich, she worked as a freelance cultural journalist for several regional newspapers. Due to her interest in telling stories, she then studied Documentary Film at the ‘Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’ (Germany). At that point she came to realize that as much as she loved working on films, she enjoyed even more following through on other people's good ideas and lending support to filmmakers. She obtained a Master's in Arts Management from the University of Zurich for Applied Sciences in 2013. After five years as a freelance production manager and assistant director for film, event and communication projects, she is now working as a TV Producer for Zodiac Pictures in Zurich.

Anna Luif

Regie Spielfilm
Anna Luif
Director
Tel. +41 79 373 91 19
anna@niece.ch

Anna Luif is of Hungarian descent. She was born in Zurich in 1972.
After passing the higher education entrance qualification in 1991, she visited India, where she worked in Mother Teresa's children's home.
In 1992 she worked as a trainee with filmmaker June Kovach.
She completed her film studies at the HGKZ (today called ZHdK), where she made several short films. She also worked as a trainee with the artist Pipilotti Rist and played in the women's band Rosebud.
In 1999 she wrote the screenplay for her short film SUMMERTIME. The short was completed in 2000 and won 20 international awards.
In 2003 her first feature LITTLE GIRL BLUE was released and has meanwhile been screened at more than 30 film festivals.
In 2010 her second feature MADLY IN LOVE was released.
Anna Luif is currently working on new film material.


Nicole Borgeat

Bereichsverantwortliche Schauspiel Westschweiz und Mitarbeiterin im Bereich Spielfilmregie Westschweiz
Nicole Borgeat
Screenwriter, director and dramaturg
Tel. +41 76 615 67 46
nicole.borgeat@focal.ch

Born in 1966. After her film directing studies at INSAS (Brussels), she initially worked as a production assistant and as a first assistant.
In 2003, she wrote and directed Demain j’arrête, which received an award in Locarno and was nominated for the Swiss Film Award. She then co-wrote two TV comedies: Pas de Panique (2006), directed by Denis Rabaglia, and Sauvons les Apparences! (2008), which she directed herself. She is about to start shooting her first feature called Le vaste monde.
In the theatre she has worked together with Yan Duyvendak, Omar Ghayatt, Alexandra Bachzetsis and Guillaume Béguin. She co-authored the staging of several performances which toured for a long time in both France and Switzerland.

Edgar Hagen

Regie Dokumentarfilm
Edgar Hagen
Documentary filmmaker and author
Tel +41 61 681 48 82
edgar.hagen@focal.ch
edgarhagen.com

Born in Basel in 1958. He studied philosophy and German philology at the University of Basel and at the Free University of Berlin. In 1987 he obtained a Master of Arts from the Free University of Berlin. He then worked as a journalist and dramatic advisor. He has been an independent documentary filmmaker and author since 1989. He made the cinema documentaries Zeit der Titanen (2001), Someone Beside You (2007) and Journey to the Safest Place on Earth (2013). Since 2000, various teaching activities in the field of cinema and documentary narration. He has been a member of the Board of the Swiss Filmmakers Association (ARF/FDS) since 2010.

Vanja Baumberger

Technik
Vanja Baumberger
Tel. +41 79 921 11 50
vanja.baumberger@focal.ch

Born in Geneva in 1962. After completing her studies in the film department of the École Supérieure d'Art Visuel (currently: HEAD) [graduate school] film, she continued mainly in the production field. She participated in the Sputnik art-house movie theater's collective build-up and programming. She also coordinated and managed the Festival Black Movie '91 tour; was a location manager trainee on a film by Claude Goretta and on one by Moshé Mizrahi. She worked as a production assistant for Alhena Films (Roi Blanc, Dame Rouge by Sergei Bodrov), for Apsara Productions (Stairs by Peter Greenaway),and New Morning Productions (HD recordings of the 1994 jazz concerts). Further still, she was Production Director for a short-film series for the M6 TV channel, and for La Rencontre by the Swiss film director Irène Lichtenstein.
Ms. Baumberger went on to work for the ICRC over a fourteen-year period, serving as an interface between the film directors and technicians and the humanitarian experts. As such, she was in charge of the filmmaking logistics, supervising the postproduction stages and managing the stock of audiovisual equipment.
She is particularly at ease with the technical side of the subject, and thus with the ever-evolving technological tools of the trade.

Franziska Von Fischer

Bereichsverantwortliche Schauspiel Deutschschweiz und Tessin
Franziska von Fischer
Actress, speaker, trainer
Tel. +41 43 233 83 94
franziska.von.fischer@focal.ch
franziskavonfischer.ch

Franziska was born in 1973 and grew up in Zurich. From 1993 to 1997, she studied acting at the University for Music and Theatre in Hamburg (Master of Arts). In 1995 and 1996, she received a study award at the acting competition organised by Migros-Kulturprozent. After completing her training, she worked full-time at the Landestheater Tübingen for three years. She has been working as a freelancer since 2000 and has appeared in numerous premieres of contemporary drama performances. She currently plays the role of Emmi Rothner in Gut gegen Nordwind and also appears in Alle sieben Wellen by Daniel Glattauer at the Theatre of Winterthur. She has participated in various radio plays and regularly works as a speaker for the Swiss television. Trainer (Federal Professional Certification Level 2).


Nicole Borgeat

Bereichsverantwortliche Schauspiel Westschweiz und Mitarbeiterin im Bereich Spielfilmregie Westschweiz
Nicole Borgeat
Screenwriter, director and dramaturg
Tel. +41 76 615 67 46
nicole.borgeat@focal.ch

Born in 1966. After her film directing studies at INSAS (Brussels), she initially worked as a production assistant and as a first assistant.
In 2003, she wrote and directed Demain j’arrête, which received an award in Locarno and was nominated for the Swiss Film Award. She then co-wrote two TV comedies: Pas de Panique (2006), directed by Denis Rabaglia, and Sauvons les Apparences! (2008), which she directed herself. She is about to start shooting her first feature called Le vaste monde.
In the theatre she has worked together with Yan Duyvendak, Omar Ghayatt, Alexandra Bachzetsis and Guillaume Béguin. She co-authored the staging of several performances which toured for a long time in both France and Switzerland.

Carola Stern

Auswertung
Carola Stern
Tel. +41 44 450 41 86
carola.stern@focal.ch

 

Jacqueline Surchat

Drehbuch
Jacqueline Surchat
Screenwriter
Tel. +41 79 245 44 39
jacqueline.surchat@focal.ch

Jacqueline Surchat began her career with the 7-minute feature Au bout du fil, which obtained the school’s best film award in 1989. Her Utopie hors-jeu received the 1992 Award of the Public at the International Comedy Festival in Vevey. Her 30-minute feature Le bonheur à cloche-pied (1994) received the Golden Unicorn at Bludenz and the Best Short Film Award at Upsala.
In 2004, Jacqueline Surchat started focusing mainly on screenplay writing. Between 1991 and 2013, she contributed to the screenplays of some dozen shorts and features. She created Marilou, a series of 24 episodes for RTS and acts as a script consultant for many Swiss, French and Quebec films.
Together with Madeleine Denisart, she published Le cigare et les fourmis, which explores the life of women working in the industry of Canton of Vaud from 1850 to 1950.

 

CrossFOCAL / Diverses
Vakant

Mitglieder des Stiftungsausschusses

Mariano Tschuor

Stiftungsratspräsident
Mariano Tschuor
Tel. +41 79 756 63 00
info@focal.ch

Mariano Tschuor, geboren 1958 in der Surselva (Graubünden), ist Journalist und Dramaturg. Von 1982 bis 2019 arbeitete er als Redaktor, Produzent, Chefredaktor und Direktor bei der SRG SSR. Er war Mitglied der nationalen Geschäftsleitung und verantwortete – u.a. – die Filmpolitik der SRG. Heute hat Tschuor seine eigene Firma «Agradora» für Projekte, Kommunikation und Moderation. Er ist Präsident der Stiftung «Denk an mich – Ferien und Freizeit für Menschen mit Behinderung», Präsident der Medienkommission der Schweizer Bischofskonferenz und Mitglied der Eidg. Migrationskommission.


Séverine Barde

Séverine Barde
Camerawoman
Tel +41 22 344 11 29
sbarde@bluewin.ch

Born in 1966 in Geneva, Switzerland.
After obtaining her higher education entrance qualification (Latin section) from Collège Sismondi in Geneva, she studied film between 1987 and 1989 at the “Institut des Arts de Diffusion” (IAD) in Belgium.
She worked first as second and then as a first assistant camera in Switzerland, Belgium and France. From 1998 she has been as a director of photography in feature and documentary projects.
Among these projects are: Feature documentaries: Made in India; Fiction feature films: Attention aux chiens.


Ivan Madeo

Ivan Madeo
Produzent
Tel. +41 44 508 12 34
ivan.madeo@contrastfilm.ch

Geboren 1976 in Bern. Nach seinem Abschluss in Filmjournalistik und Psychologie an der Universität Fribourg ist er als Konzepter und Producer in einigen der grössten Werbeagenturen der Schweiz und Italiens tätig. Er führt bei Kurzfilmen Regie, bevor er 2009 die Produktionsfirmen Contrast Film Bern und Zürich gründet, die vielfach prämierte Filme wie DER KREIS (2014), HEIMATLAND (2015), DER LÄUFER (2018) und STÜRM (2019) produzieren. Er wirkt an mehreren internationalen Filmfestivals in Spartenkategorien als Juror mit (Biennale Venezia, Molodist Kiew, FICG Guadalajara, Filmfest Hamburg), ist EAVE-Absolvent und „Producers on the Move“ am Festival de Cannes. Im Vorstand des Schweizer Filmproduzentenverbands SFP, Mitglied der European Film Academy, Schweizer Filmakademie und der Fachkommission Dokumentarfilm beim Bundesamt für Kultur BAK.


Gianclaudio Meyer

Gianclaudio Meyer
Animation director and producer
Tel. +41 71 223 78 08
megi@swissonline.ch

M.Sc.ETH, M.A.HSG. Born in 1960. Studies in electronics, marketing, communication, and finance at ETH Zurich and the universities of St. Gallen and Klagenfurt. Partner of the digital animation studios Animagination Sàrl in Lausanne, director and producer of animated films. Long-term instruction in telecommunications, image and sound techniques at the University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen. Member of the Board of the Swiss Animation Film Group. Expert of the Swiss Federal film fund’s grant committee for seven years. Specific interests: animation and experimental films, film financing.


Bettina Oberli

Bettina Oberli
Director
Tel. +41 44 241 47 28
b.oberli@bluewin.ch

Bettina Oberli was born in Interlaken in 1972 and studied filmmaking at the Zurich University of the Arts. Her graduation film Supernova was awarded best newcomer movie of the year.
She has been working in New York for the directors Hal Hartley and Steve Buscemi.
After her awarded debut Im Nordwind (2004) she wrote and directed Late bloomers in 2006. The film became the most succesful Swiss film since 30 years and was sold all over the world. It was the official entry at the academy awards 2008.
In 2009 she directed Tannöd – the murder farm in Germany. The film was shown in theatres and at festivals around the world and won several awards.
In 2013 she directed her first theatre play, Anna Karenina, at the Theater Basel.
Her film Lovely Louise (2013/14) was succesfully released in theatres in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and shown at film festivals all over the world. Stefan Kurt and „the grande dame“ Annemarie Düringer play the leading roles.
Bettina is currently working on a TV Series for Swiss National TV and developping her next feature films Le Vent Tourne, with co-writer Antoine Jaccoud, and Wanda, with co-writer Cooky Ziesche.
Bettina Oberli lives with the DOP Stéphane Kuthy and their two sons in Zürich.


Michael Steiger

Michael Steiger
Producer
Tel. +41 44 286 79 90
steiger@turnusfilm.com

Michael Steiger was born in Berne in 1965. After receiving his degree (Matura) at the Ecole de Commerce in Neuchâtel, he studied business at the European Business School in Reichhartshausen (D) and enjoyed various exchange semesters in London as well as in Paris. In summer 2005, he became general manager of C-FILMS AG in Zurich and co-owner since 2006.
In July 2015, Michael Steiger and Anita Wasser joined Turnus Film as producers and partners. They are known for many box office hits like: nighttrain to lisbon by Bille August, youth by Paolo Sorrentino, i am the keeper by Sabine Boss, the foster boy by Markus Imboden as well as many TV Movies, like tatort, die akte grüninger by Alain Gsponer and upload by Tobias Ineichen. The productions rascals on the road, grounding – the last days of the swissair and the foster boy and night train to lisbon count among the biggest Box-Office Successes in recent Swiss film history.


Sven Waelti

Sven Wälti
Head of Coproductions SRG SSR
Tel. +41 31 350 94 60
sven.waelti@srgssr.ch

Sven Wälti has been in charge of SRG co-productions at a general management level since April 2012. He coordinates all of SRG's film funding activities within the framework Pacte de l'audiovisuel and represents SRG's interests in collaborations with ARTE. Previously he was the managing director of Cinésuisse, the umbrella organisation of the Swiss film and audiovisual sector, and a collaborator of SUISSIMAGE. He read law at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and completed further training in political communication and cultural management. He is a member of the Federal Film Commission. He is in the Steering Committee of the Prix Europa and on the board of directors of the Ciné-Bulletin.

Mitglieder des Stiftungsrats

Stifter

  • SDF Verband Filmregie und Drehbuch Schweiz
  • STFG Schweizer Trickfilmgruppe
  • SSFV Schweizer Syndikat Film und Video
  • FTB Verband Schweizerischer Filmtechnischer und Audiovisueller Betriebe
  • SFP Association suisse des producteurs de films
  • SFA Swissfilm Association
  • SVFJ Schweizerischer Verband der Filmjournalistinnen und Filmjournalisten
  • SKV Schweizer Kino-Verband
  • fds filmdistribution schweiz
  • PROCINEMA Schweizerischer Verband für Kino und Filmverleih

Weitere Mitglieder

  • SSM Schweizer Syndikat Medienschaffender
  • Cinélibre Verband Schweizer Filmklubs und nicht-gewinnorientierter Kinos
  • Fonction : Cinéma Association professionnelle pour le cinéma indépendant
  • GARP Gruppe Autoren, Regisseure, Produzenten
  • IG Interessengemeinschaft unabhängige Schweizer Filmproduzenten
  • HEAD Haute école d'art et de design, Genève, Département cinéma
  • écal École cantonale d'art de Lausanne, Unité cinéma
  • ZHdK Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Departement Darstellende Künste und Film
  • SSA Société Suisse des Auteurs
  • SUISSIMAGE Schweizerische Genossenschaft für Urheberrechte an audiovisuellen Werken
  • SRG SSR  Schweizerische Radio- und Fernsehgesellschaft