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Philipp Fussenegger

Philipp Fussenegger is an Austrian director, scriptwriter, producer, and photographer.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in directing in Salzburg, he completed his studies at the renowned Academy of Media Arts in Cologne with the well-received diploma film ‘Henry’. ‘Henry’ was awarded with the First Steps Award 2016 in the category Best Mid-length Film and was nominated for the Austrian Film Award in 2017.
In 2016, he wrote the comedy streaming series ‘Die Schilehrer’ (The Ski Teachers) and directed the pilot ‘Geld spielt keine Rolex’, which became the audience’s favourite at the Hof Film Festival 2017 and caused great controversy in Vorarlberg, Austria. During this time he founded funfairfilms as a film collective.
As a producer, Fussenegger found success with the medium length film ‘Main Man’ (director Florian Forsch) which was awarded with the Max-Ophüls-Prize 2018 for Best Medium Length Film and was nominated for the Austrian Film Prize in 2019.

Currently, Fussenegger is working on his feature film debut ‘I Am The Tigress’. The documentary film project has already received film funding from the BKM and the state of Vorarlberg.
He is also in negotiations with international co-production partners to realise his international fiction feature film debut ‘The Tigress’ which will be shot in Germany and the USA starting in 2020.

Philipp Fussenegger is managing director of funfairfilms. He is also a member of the German Film Academy and the GABA Initiative LA.

@philipp_fussenegger

Felix Groefler

Born in 1986 in Vorarlberg, Austria, and trained as an advertising photographer. Besides commissions for well-known agencies Groefler has applied himself to artistic photography. As backdrop for his conceptual work, he has sought out cities such as Paris, New York, and Sao Paulo. Groeflers exploration of the depths of modern society has been exhibited by renowned institutions including KunstHausWien and Palais Thurn und Taxis in Bregenz, Austria.
An autodidact in the film industry, Felix Groefler started as a still photographer, went on to operate the film camera, and is since 2014 a creative producer. In this capacity, he founded production company Funfairfilms together with Philipp Fussenegger. Currently, he is managing post production of the pilot for the company’s projected tv-series Die Schilehrer.

@felixgroefler

Judy Landkammer

Landkammer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Multi Media Art at Salzburg in 2010. From 2011 to 2014, she worked for Peter R. Adam as an assistant editor. She has been a freelance film and video editor since 2014. Judy Landkammer’s first feature film “The Misandrists” celebrated its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2017. Her film project “Main Man” premiered at the 2018 Max Ophüls Film Festival where it won the jury prize for Best Mid Length Film and was nominated for the Austrian Film Award 2019. She co-founded COVEN BERLIN in 2013, a queer feminist artists collective and online platform, that has exhibited in institutions like neue Gesellschaft der bildenden Kunst (Berlin), Schwules Museum (Berlin), and Municipal Gallery Arsenal (Poznań). Over the past years, she has worked multiple times with directors and artists such as Bruce LaBruce, Matt Lambert and Philipp Fussenegger (currently “I Am The Tigress”).

@judifruiti

Michael Steinwand

During his Master’s studies in Theatre, Film and Television science, Ethnology and Sinology at the University of Cologne, he also completed two semesters abroad at the Film Academy Beijing/China. In 2013, he graduated with an emphasis in the Hong Kong cinema of Wong Karwais, the history of stereoscopic 3D film and transcultural documentary film. In 2015 he completed the Masterclass Non-Fiction at the International Film School in Cologne.

Since 2011, he has worked as a producer and production manager for various film productions. In 2017, he joined funfairfilms as Executive Producer. In addition to the Max-Ophüls-Preis Award 2018 for his first production ‘Main Man’, the film also received a nomination in Best Short Film for the Austrian Film Award 2019.

Currently at funfairfilms, Steinwand is producing the international documentary ‘I Am The Tigress’. The project received a production grant from the BKM and the state of Vorarlberg.

Dino Osmanovic

Osmanovic was born in Doboj, Bosnia, but moved to Austria at the age of 7. He completed his studies in Multi Media Art at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. During his studies, he spent an Erasmus semester at the Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He went on to study cinematography at the Munich Academy of Television and Film in 2010 where he completed his diploma. In recent years, he has worked on numerous films as a cinematographer including ‘Jenny’, which was nominated for the German Short Film Award, and ‘Kreatura’, which was nominated for the Golden Frog Award for Feature Length Documentary at Camerimage 2017. He also worked as cinematographer on the insider documentary ‘Germania’ which went on to be distributed in German cinemas. His latest work ‘Saudade’ won the IDFA Award (Student Section) in Amsterdam.

His past work with funfairfilms as cinematographer include ‘Henry’ which was awarded the First Steps Award and nominated for the Austrian Film Prize and ‘Main Man’ which won the Max-Ophüls-Preis 2018 and was nominated for the Austrian Film Prize. ‘I Am The Tigress’ is his directing debut. Since May 2019, Osmanovic has been working as an artistic and scientific assistant at the University of Television and Film Munich in the Institute for Cinematography.

@dino.osm

Florian Forsch

Florian Forsch was born in Moers, Germany. He trained as a photographer, received his Certificate of Apprenticeship in 2005 and has since worked professionally as a photographer, currently specialising in photographing interiors. In 2010, Forsch graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication from the Academie Beeldende Kunsten, Maastricht, and went on to gain practical knowledge through an internship with Rosa von Praunheim Filmproduction in Berlin.

Between 2008 and 2014, Forsch worked on a number of film projects as writer, director, actor, and assistant director. Notable projects include ‘Wir Lieben Alltag’, ‘Cruising’ and ‘European Requiem’. ‘Main Man’ is his graduate film for the Academy for Media Arts in Cologne.

Story development and Screenwriter

Zazou Röver

Since graduating from the Berlin DFFB Screenplay Academy, Zazou Röver has worked as a freelance screenwriter, film dramaturist and script editor.
Her film education was provided by international lecturers such as Christopher Vogler, Roland Klick, Mogens Rukov, Dick Ross, Bobette Buster, Cunningham & Schlesinger, Felix Huby, Thomas Schadt, Chris Craus and Dževad Karahasan.

From 2005 to 2018, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in German Literature/Social Sciences and Master of Arts in European Literature at Humboldt University in Berlin.

The collaboration with Fussenegger began in 2016. Together they developed the narrative material for several of his film projects. Since then she has been responsible for script development and conception at funfairfilms.
Her writing work with Fussenegger on their fictional debut feature film ‘The Tigress’ is an adaptation from the documentary ‘I Am The Tigress’, for which she was the dramaturgist.

Story development and Screenwriter

Alexis Smiley Smith

Originally from the West Coast of the United States, Alexis Smiley Smith has been living in Berlin since 2017. In 2005, she attended the Northwest Film School and then went on to study at Colombia Media Arts College in Chicago. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing in 2007 at Seattle University. Before coming to Berlin, she received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Non Fiction from Eastern Oregon University. Stories from her collection, ‘Liminal Spaces: Essays On the Beautiful Terror’, have been published in The SAND Journal and NAILED Magazine. Her essay on the Vietnam War and dementia, ‘Uncle of Things’, was nominated for the 2019 Pushcart Prize in Non Fiction.

She joined funfairfilms in 2018 as the English language writer/consultant, text editor and screenwriter. Smith first worked as the story consultant on ‘I Am The Tigress’ and is now the co writer for the narrative feature length film ‘The Tigress’.