Magazine article Screen International

James D Stern, Kevin Macdonald, Gabrielle Tana among Mentors for Zurich Master Class

Magazine article Screen International

James D Stern, Kevin Macdonald, Gabrielle Tana among Mentors for Zurich Master Class

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The Master Class is a five-day networking and mentoring programme for 20 emerging filmmakers.

James D Stern, Kevin Macdonald and Gabrielle Tana

Director Kevin Madconald, Endgame Entertainment CEO James D Stern and producer Gabrielle Tana are among the expert speakers participating in the Zurich Film Festival’s Master Class that begins today (October 3).

The Master Class is an intensive five-day networking and mentoring programme for 20 directors, screenwriters and producers from 18 counties.

Further speakers include filmmakers Christian Frei, Jacob Berger, Jon Kasbe and Ann Hui, and writer Thomas Meyer.

The programme kicks off today with SRF Writer’s Day, a collaboration withSchweizer Radio und Fernsehen. The day’s activities include a pitching session of the sixth Treatment Awards by SRF and Telepool, which has the theme Together We Are Strong this year. There will also be a public screenplay reading by actors from projects by previous winners of the Treatment Awards by SRF and Telepool and from screenplays by participants of the Munich-Zurich Screenplay Workshop.

Reta Guetg, Zurich’s head of industry, told Screen, “We bring a mix of top-notch players as well as aspiring filmmakers and fresh talent to Zurich. Our line-up is a reflection of that by presenting first, second or third directorial works in our competitions whilst featuring gala premieres by the industry’s greats. …

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