Feature-length Films (Alphabetical Order)
Prof. Dr. JANET HERING
Hering is the Director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (Eawag), Professor of Environmental Biogeochemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich (ETHZ) and Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). She is a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science. Hering was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2015 and as a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences in 2017.
Imhoof studied German Literature, Arts and History in Zurich and attended the film class at the Zurich Academy of Arts. Two of his first documentaries were prohibited in Switzerland, but were awarded several times. In 1981 his feature film “Das Boot ist voll” won a Silver Bear at the Berlinale and was nominated for the Oscar. His film "More than Honey" was the most successful Swiss documentary of all time. Imhoof is member of the Academy of Arts Berlin, the European Film Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences AMPAS in Los Angeles.
Frei is a renowned international filmmaker and film producer. Since 2006, Frei has been an associate lecturer on Reflection Competence at the University of St. Gallen. From 2006 to 2009 he was president of the “Documentary Film Commission” for the film section of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker is since August 2010 the president of the Swiss Film Academy. In 2021 the University of St. Gallen awarded Frei an honorary doctorate of social sciences. MORE INFORMATION
Schlaepfer is the president of the association International Arab Film Festival Zurich. Co director of Arab Film Festival Zurich. She is an award-winnerfilmmaker, film producer and actor, and jury member of numerous international film festivals.
Prof. Dr. KONRAD STEFFEN
Steffen is a glaciologist/climatologist and the director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL. Since 1990, he has been operating the "Swiss Camp", an arctic observation station in Greenland. His research focuses on ice surfaces in the polar and alpine regions and the effect of global warming on them.
Short Films (Alphabetical Order)
Bornkamm is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a film scholar. She currently works on a thesis about the European and Egyptian collaboration while building up the Egyptian film industry during the 1930s. Her documentary "When you are gone, I’ll still be there" about children who try to make the world a better place has been shown at film festivals worldwide.
Reiter is film theorist and documentary filmmaker. She currently writes her PhD at the University of Zurich about war and documentary. She studied German literature, film studies and philosophy and worked several year in different positions in the field of documentary.
After studying Biology at the ETH in Zurich, Sedivy has been working at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL for 3 years. She then changed to Swiss national TV SRF where she worked for 11 years producing nature documentaries for the Swiss program called “Netz Natur”. Currently she works at the Swiss program called “Schweiz aktuell”, where she is mainly reporting on nature and environment.
Scientists-as-Filmmakers (Alphabetical Order)
Hall teaches environmental humanities courses in a science-based environmental studies program at the University of Zurich. Holding a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Hall is a historian of science and the environment, recently serving as Vice-President for the European Society for Environmental History. His research focuses on restoration, biological invasion, and disease ecology.
Melendo is a full professor at Cordoba University (Spain). She is the co-director of the master degree in cinematography and the coordinator of the bachelor degree in cinema and culture of Cordoba University. Melendo develops research investigations on history and film studies. She is particularly interested in the modern cinematography and the rural cinema.
Schnyder studied history and biology at Zurich University. She works at Zoo Zurich as a picture editor, and she also produce films for the Zoo. Among other projects, she filmed the wild elephants in Thailand, and the orangutans in Sumatra. Currently, Schnyder assists the production of a full-feature documentary film about the animals in the Zoo Zurich.
Vallotton studied biology at the University of Lausanne. He has been studying bird migration in the Swiss Alps since 1994 and he co-authored a comprehensive book on the birds of Switzerland. Since 2003, he is scientific assistant at the Natural History Museum of the City of Geneva. Has been a jury member of several documentary festivals.