Visions for Producers: Navigating through Festivals

Maja Zimmermann

Maja Zimmermann

Aline Schmid

Aline Schmid

Max. 20 producers
Date and venue

Monday, 28 January 2019 during the Solothurn Film Festival

Registration deadline
13 January 2019; kindly include a one-page CV and provide three questions of interest to you on the subject of the workshop
CHF 150, including lunch
Jessica Hefti and Jasmin Basic

This workshop promises a lively exchange of ideas on the subject of festivals and markets, as well as on initiating international projects. How can I make the most of my visits to various Festivals? And, too, how do I find a coproduction partner? Jointly with the Solothurn Film Festival and Swiss Films, FOCAL offers producers a chance to meet the artistic managers of various international film festivals.

In the spirit of the Cannes Film Festival and the Berlinale, the producers Maja Zimmermann and Aline Schmid provide clear-cut examples of how various opportunities can be put to best use in positioning oneself and carrying out one's projects. In this day-long session, producers will thus be able to actively reflect on their role and their own international positioning. Together, participants will consider how to develop their appearance also on an international level, in order to apply their newfound confidence to their daily professional activity.


09.30 – 10.45
Introduction «How to navigate through Festivals» with Maja Zimmermann (Producer, Motivo Films) and Aline Schmid (Producer, Beauvoir films)

11.00 – 12.30
Meet the Festivals
Four directors of renowned international film festivals present their festival’s profile as well as their selection criteria.
With: Nita Deda (Director, Dokufest - International Documentary and Short Film Festival), Svenja Böttger (Director, Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis), Miguel Dias (Director, Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival), Marcel Jean
(Director, Annecy International Animation Film Festival)

14.00 – 16.00
FOCAL-Workshop «How to navigate through Festivals»

16.30 – 18.00
Pitching & Interactive Exchange


Maja Zimmermann
is a founding partner and producer of Motivo Films in Los Angeles since 2004 (a.o. KILLING JESUS, THE 4TH COMPANY), specialising in coproductions with Latin America. Enjoying a wide network in both the United States and Europe, she has become an expert at bringing people together and coming up with exciting screen projects.

Aline Schmid
Producer Alice Schmid has been directing the Geneva production company Beauvoir (a.o. CLOSING TIME, WALDEN) since 2016. Often leading her abroad, her projects, including documentaries as well as feature films, have won several international awards. In 2015 she was selected to participate in ‹Producers on the Move› at the Cannes Film Festival – an experience she will be describing.


Nita Deda
Director, Dokufest - International Documentary and Short Film Festival - Prizren, Kosovo
Svenja Böttger
Director Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis - Saarbrücken, Germany
Miguel Dias
Director Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival - Portugal 
Marcel Jean
Director Annecy International Animation Film Festival - France

in cooperation with

  • Solothurn Film Festival
  • Swiss Films