Experts 2019

Sara Fattahi – filmmaker

Sara Fattahi, born in Damascus in 1983, studied Law at Damascus University and graduated at the Fine Art Institute in Damascus. Storyboard artist & animator for several channels such as Al Jazeera Kids and SpaceToon, as well as art director of soap-operas from 2003 to 2008. Since 2010, independent filmmaker and producer. Since 2014 collaborations in research and writing for independent short films. First short documentary 27 METERS in 2013

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. Fattahi’s first feature length documentary COMA was produced in 2015 and was granted the ‘Regard Neuf Award’ for the Best First Feature Film at Visions du Réel 2015. Her second feature film CHAOS won the ‘Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente’ at Locarno Film Festival 2018.

LEENA KOPPE – Director of Photography

Leena Koppe, born in Vienna, studied Cinematography at the University of Musik and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Since her graduation she shot six feature films, several documentary movies, a few commercials and projects with visual artists and dancers.
Twice she was nominated for the Austrian Film Award, as well as for the Romy Award which she won in 2015.
As a first female Director of Cinematography she also won the Best Picture Award for a feature film at the Diagonale 2011 and the Kodak Analog Award in 2019 for THE GROUND BENEATH MY FEET which had its premiere at the Berlinale Competition in 2919.

Jakob Ballinger – Gaffer

Jakob Ballinger’s relentless interest to tinker with lights, rigs and fixtures was fused with his fascination for film early in his childhood. Years later he enrolled at the National Film School in Vienna to deepen his knowledge of the craft. He has been working as a gaffer, in the field of his choice, ever since. Specializing in large scale feature films and commercials, his international career has taken him all over the world. The Light Bridge emerged as Jakob wanted to address and find answers for the needs and possibilities of new age lighting for digital cinematography. The companies first launch was in collaboration with DoP Christian Berger – they released the first stable version of the Cine Reflect Lighting System.
As an industry gaffer with experience on projects ranging from small productions to major film studio shoots, he understands the need for high-quality and economical lighting for various creative projects with differing budgets.

Monika Willi – Editor, Director

Monika Willi, born in Innsbruck, is an Austrian film editor known for her many years of collaboration with Michael Glawogger (e.g. France, Here We Come!, Workingman’s Death, Contact High, Whores’ Glory) and Michael Haneke (e.g. The Piano Teacher, Time of the Wolf, The White Ribbon, Amour, Happy End). She has also worked regularly with Barbara Albert (Northern Skirts, Free Radicals, The Dead and the Living) and Florian Flicker (Suzie Washington, Hold-Up). Monika Willi has received many awards and nominations for her work. UNTITLED was Monika Willi’s co-directing debut. At the moment she is editing Ulrich Seidl’s Wicked Games, Juno Mak’s Sons of the Neon Night and Brigitte Weich’s Ned, tassot, yossot…

Michela Occhipinti – Filmmaker

Michela Occhipinti was born in Rome in 1968. After spending part of her life between Rome, Morocco, Hong Kong, Congo and Switzerland, in 1991 she moved to Milan and then to London, where she started working in documentary and advertising as a researcher and production assistant. Since 1995 she has been living in Rome working in cinema, documentaries and advertising in various positions in Italy and abroad. In 2003 she travelled one year throughout South America producing and filming the documentary ¡VIVA LA PEPA! (GIVE US BACK THE CONSTITUTION) on Argentina’s social crisis. From 2005 to 2007 she cooperated with RAI 2 directing various reportages on immigration issues. In 2008 she filmed SEI UNO NERO, a non-profit documentary shot in Malawi on the opening of a radio station for Aids and malaria prevention
. In 2010 she produced and directed LETTERS FROM THE DESERT (EULOGY TO SLOWNESS), her first feature documentary, which participated in over 80 Festivals worldwide receiving 21 awards, making it one of the most awarded documentaries of 2010. In 2018 she directed her first feature film FLESH OUT in Mauritania.

Jakob Brossmann & David Paede – Filmmakers

Jakob Brossmann is a documentary director and stage designer
. He studied stage design at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna, where he now teaches .
2015, his first feature length documentary LAMPEDUSA IN WINTER was presented at the Semaine de la Critique in Locarno, the international competition at DOK Leipzig and won the Austrian Academy Award for Best Documentary and 14 other prizes. With David Paede he directed LISTEN TO THE RADIO (Gehört, Gesehen – Ein Radiofilm), which won the Audience Award at the DIAGONALE 2019.

David Paede is a documentary director. He studied in the master’s program “Time-based media” with the focus on documentary film at the Art University in Linz.
He directed and produced a number of short and medium-length films before co-directing his first feature film LISTEN TO THE RADIO (Gehört, Gesehen – Ein Radiofilm) with Jakob Brossmann.