Official Festival Guests

Anna Thommen
Regisseurin

Anna Thommen besuchte nach ihrer Ausbildung und ersten Berufserfahrungen als Primarlehrerin den Vorkurs an der Schule für Gestaltung und schloss 2008 den Bachelor «Video» an der HSLU mit dem Film Second me ab. 2013 folgte der Master in Filmregie an der ZHdK mit dem Dokumentarfilm Neuland, welcher zahlreiche Festivalpreise unter anderem 2013 das «Goldene Auge» des ZFF gewann. 2019 erschien ihr neuer Film Volunteer in Zusammenarbeit mit Lorenz Nufer, der auch den Basler Film- und Medienkunstpreis gewann.
After her education and first professional experiences as a primary school teacher, Anna Thommen attended the preliminary course at the School of Design and completed her Bachelor
Fabrizio Fracassi
Cinematograph

Fabrizio Fracassi hat Dokumentarfilme für das Fernsehen und Kino geschnitten, Werbe- und Kurzspielfilme realisiert und auch Drehbücher geschrieben. Die Mechanismen und vielfältigen Möglichkeiten des Geschichtenerzählens über digitale Medien faszinieren ihn und das Thema rund um soziale, partizipative Plattformen nimmt einen wichtigen Stellenwert in seinem Berufsleben ein. Im 2017 entwarf und lancierte er das soziale Schreibnetzwerk «Fuel».
Fabrizio Fracassi has edited documentaries for television and cinema, created commercials and short fiction films, but has also written screenplays. He is fascinated by the mechanisms and multiple possibilities of storytelling through digital media and the topic around social, participatory platforms occupies an important place in his professional life. In 2017, he designed and launched the social writing network «Fuel».
Frank Matter
Filmemacher*in

Geboren 1964 in Basel, Schweiz. Seit 1991 freischaffender Produzent und Filmemacher sowohl im fiktionalen wie auch dokumentarischen Bereich. 1993-2006 In New York tätig. Inhaber der Firma soap factory GmbH in Basel.
Born 1964 in Basel, Switzerland. Since 1991 freelance producer and filmmaker in both fiction and documentary. 1993-2006 Active in New York. Owner of the company soap factory GmbH in Basel.
Sara Stijovic
Filmmaker in Residence

Sara Stijovi? (Podgorica, 1997) is a senior in college studying Film and TV directing at Faculty of Dramatic Arts Cetinje, with a GPA 10.00. Now, she is specializing in Documentary film. For being the Best student at FDU Cetinje, she has been awarded by both the City of Cetinje and the University of Montenegro. During three years of studies, she had directed several short fiction and documentary films. Her film “Bars, walls” has won an award for the Best documentary film at the 17th Hyperfest film festival (Bucharest, Romania). Besides that, it was in official selection in: Montenegro/ Herceg Novi film festival, MicroFAF, Krajina FF, DUFF – Dubrovnik film festival (Dubrovnik, Croatia), Sombor FF, Document Vranje 2018, First Frame Sarajevo, Motovun FF, Jahorina film festival, etc. She is holding an Al Jazeera Ambassador certificate from a Investigation documentary training lead by Oscar nominees and Emmy winners, Giovanni Ulleri and Ekrem Rrahmani, that took place during the first Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary film festival 2018 in Sarajevo, BiH. In April of 2019 she took part in Talent Campus of the 37th Fajr International film festival in Tehran, Iran. In June and May she took part in Looking China Film Youth Project in Harbin, China where she has created and produced short documentary film “Sincerely yours”. Also, in June of 2019, she has been selected for an Artist residency in the city of Campobasso, region Molise, Italy where she independently created short documentary film “Italian treasure”. Now, she is developing a feature documentary film with the work title Gina, her first feature film. During the Balkan Film Market that took place in Tirana, Albania, she has pitched the Djina project, and won an award for BEST PITCH for Documentary film.
Simon Spiegel
Filmkritiker

Nach der Matur 1996 in Basel studierte Spiegel Germanistik, Filmwissenschaft und Geschichte an der Universität Zürich. Ebenda wurde er 2007 im Fach Filmwissenschaft mit der Dissertationsschrift Die Konstitution des Wunderbaren promoviert. 2018 habilitierte er sich mit Bilder einer besseren Welt an der Universität Bayreuth im Fach Medienwissenschaft. In seiner Forschung beschäftigt er sich insbesondere mit filmischen Formen der Science-Fiction und der Utopie sowie mit Theorien der Phantastik. Spiegel ist Gründungsmitglied der Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung und Mitherausgeber der Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung. In der Vergangenheit war er für zahlreiche Schweizer Tageszeitungen als Filmkritiker tätig, unter anderem für die Basler Zeitung, den Blick sowie die Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Heute schreibt er regelmäßig für die Filmzeitschrift Filmbulletin sowie für das Online-Magazin Republik. Von 2008 bis 2014 war Spiegel Co-Leiter der Dokumentarfilmsektion Semaine de la Critique am Locarno Film Festival. Seit 2021 ist er Präsident des Vorstands von Fantoche, dem Filmfestival für Animationsfilme in Baden.
After graduating from high school in Basel in 1996, Spiegel studied German, film studies and history at the University of Zurich. In 2007, he received his doctorate in film studies for his dissertation Die Konstitution des Wunderbaren (The Constitution of the Miraculous). In 2018, he habilitated in media studies at the University of Bayreuth with Bilder einer besseren Welt. In his research, he is particularly concerned with cinematic forms of science fiction and utopia, as well as theories of fantasy. Spiegel is a founding member of the Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung and co-editor of the Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung. In the past, he has worked as a film critic for numerous Swiss daily newspapers, including Basler Zeitung, Blick, and Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Today he writes regularly for the film magazine Filmbulletin as well as for the online magazine Republik. From 2008 to 2014, Spiegel was co-head of the documentary section Semaine de la Critique at the Locarno Film Festival. Since 2021, he has been president of the board of Fantoche, the film festival for animated films in Baden.