Nora Jaenicke is an award-winning filmmaker currently residing between Cambridge and New York City. She grew up in Italy with German parents and studied Film at the European Institute of Design in Rome and Screenwriting at Vancouver Film School. Later on she was able to deepen her studies in Psychology and Creative Writing at Harvard University, while on a full scholarship. She has worked in Cologne, Germany, for a Documentary Film Production Company and as a Set Designer in Los Angeles, before starting to write and direct her own films. Her feature length screenplay Whales was selected to be a part of the Kitzbuehl Writing Residency in August 2017, and her first feature film is slated for production in May 2019.
She has made several short films that won multiple awards at prestigious festivals all over the world. When she is not busy exploring the world, writing or making films, she runs a screenwriting retreat in the heart of Tuscany and a Film Festival on the Italian island of Elba.
Laura Morante is an Italian writer, director and actress. As an actress Laura worked in over 100 film productions and was awarded and won countless Awards including The Golden Globes, the Venice Film Festival and the David di Donatello Award.
In 2012 she made her directorial and writing debut with the French-Italian co-production Cherry. The film was nominated for the Davide di Donatello Award. In 2016 Laura wrote the screenplay for the film Assolo, which she also directed. In addition to the screenplays Laura wrote two novels.
Alex is best known as an actor/producer (SAG/AFTRA) playing the latin lover on several US tv shows, he was chosen to play Zorro for several live events after Antonio Banderas could no longer do the role, acted opposite Bruce Willis for one of his theater productions at Creative Artists Agency, and can be seen in the upcoming film THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND, for which he is in the semi-finals for the SPIRIT AWARD, SAG AWARD, and GOLDEN GLOBES. Alex is also an EMMY AWARD NOMINEE 2018 for a segment on his life and work.
As a director/producer – his works have premiered at several prestigious festivals – THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND (SXSW 2018), MADINA‘S DREAM (SXSW 2016), GODKA CIRKA (SUNDANCE 2014), as well as on Netflix, iTunes, and globally.
As a scientist/engineer – he consults directly on Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Physics, and Nanotechnologies to the Department of Defense, the Pentagon, all US Military Branches, and Intelligence Agencies.
As a humanitarian – his work has been featured on TED Talks and awarded with the Congressional Award for Humanitarian service in the rescue and aid of trafficked children globally.
Kim Münster is a Creative Producer, Director and CEO of the German film production company Treibsand Film. She specialises in independent documentaries and feature films. It is her main interest to produce films that deal with social and predominantly political themes. In 2016 she received the award of ‘High profile woman‘ from the Center of Competence for Women int the Work space. She studied cinematography at the Fachhochschule Dortmund and is alumna of the Mediengründerzentrum NRW 2015. Her co-produced short film series “Points of view” toured through program cinemas in NRW and won numerous awards. Her short film “Bye, Bye Comrade” from 2018 was awarded by the German Film Rating Comission with “Prädikat Wertvoll = valuable. Her first feature length Documentary “Coming and Going“ was funded by Film and Medienstiftung NRW and the Sundance Film Fellowship. It was nominated for the First Steps Award 2015 and has won 7 awards at international festivals worldwide.
She is member of the association Filmbüros NRW.
“I perceives filmmaking as the process of personal growth through examining people and themes:. I always had this incredible urge to understand people and their actions. The cinematic medium lends itself for creative exchange with perspectives and realms that are unknown to me. This way I learn something about others as well as myself.”
Ramfis Myrthil is a New York-based filmmaker who loves telling New York stories. He works to produce narrative features that reflect the best, most captivating parts of his community – passion, integrity, and honor.
A founding partner and co-President of Beast of the East Productions (BOTEP), the highlights of Ramfis’ career are ever-growing. He had the privilege to work on and produce the Mary Pickford biopic “Why Not Choose Love: A Mary Pickford Manifesto.” Most recently, Ramfis went to The 2018 Sundance Film Festival with “A Boy, A Girl, and A Dream,” which placed among the top 18 films for the entire festival, and has since been picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films and will be showing in theaters this Fall.
“The Broken Ones,” which he produced, sold out the opening night of The SOHO International Film Festival 2017, and is currently set for domestic, as well as South African and Chinese distribution.
His previous film, “Good Business,” featured Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl, winning two Best Comedy awards before being picked up by Shorts International.
Ramfis’ proudest achievements are producing The Zombie’s first-ever music video “Any Other Way,” and premiering “Love and The Small Print,” at Cannes, where Shorts International pick it up for worldwide distribution.
Ramfis’ company, BOTEP, produced “Bridge and Tunnel,” earning 12 awards and 30+ nominations across 40+ festivals, and a limited theatrical run before being picked up by Amazon.
His continued growth and success in the film industry earned him a spot in Stars’ 2018 40 Under 40 list.
Last year, he had the privilege to moderate a panel on breaking into Hollywood for the 10th annual Bushwick Film Festival.
Ramfis also produced the 2013 Hurricane Sandy documentary “Powerless,” as part of a campaign for hurricane relief in Long Beach NY. The city awarded it a special Proclamation.
He is also member of BAFTA NY, The Friars Club, The Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS), Toastmasters International, and the advisory board of the Long Island Film/TV Foundation.
Francesca Di Matteo is an Italian television journalist, anchorwoman and writer. Expert in video journalism, TV production and live news broadcasting, she is specialized in investigative journalism and television reportage.
She started her career in the Justice Press Department of the Italian Parliament and was promoted to the European Parliament in Bruxelles. This led to her being one of the main anchorwomen at Mediaset, an Italian-based mass media company, the largest news broadcaster in Italy, equivalent to CNN in the United States.
A graduate of the University of Rome, receiving her Master degrees in Journalism and Communication and in Literature with honors, Francesca, now living in Manhattan, is a freelance journalist for American and International companies, her focus being investigative journalism.
She is a strong believer in women empowerment and does everything she can to encourage and promote more female role models.
Yvonne Maria Schäfer is an actress (SAG/AFTRA), awarded producer, executive advisor and world traveler.
In 2008 Yvonne founded the film production company YMC Films in New York and in 2012 a branch in Germany the YMC Entertainment GmbH.
Yvonne worked on over 50 film productions. Her film productions include, FORGET ME NOT (2009) directed by Federico Castelluccio, with Peter Greene, “The Child”, an adaption of a bestselling novel by Sebastian Fitzek, with a star cast, released in theatres (2012), CHECKMATE, KEEP YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER (2013), premiering at the AFME, supported by Robert Redford, HOME STAY (2018), BERLIN I LOVE YOU (2018), with Hayden Panettiere and the action film THE OTHER PATH (2019).
YMC’s documentary co-productions, include STICK EM UP RELODED (2015), THE CUBAN HERD (2016) and GLORY PERU (2018).
As an actress she can be seen in films such as CHECKMATE, THE CHILD, THE BROOKLYN BANKER, HOME STAY, MEDUSA.
In addition, Yvonne consults on many international film productions and is an executive advisor for various other companies including Mercaptor Discoveries Pharmaceuticals, where she was Chairman of the Executive Advisory Board.
Jakob Creutzburg grew up surrounded by musicians and dancers. During his career as a dancer he had the pleasure of traveling widely since he was a child. Later on he also worked as an actor, in production design and as an assistant director for dance and theater ensembles.
Besides narrative films Jakob still loves to work on dance and theater films as well as creating stage visuals and installations. His credits in these fields include working for the Lincoln Center, New York (2010), and for “La Porta Della Legge” at the Teatro La Fenice, in Venice (2014). He is the co-founder of the camera rental “Hand & Fuss” (Berlin, Germany).
After finishing his studies in cinematography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund he has been working as a director of photography, primarily in Berlin, but also internationally. He has worked on four of Nora’s films: Between Seconds, Whales, Joyce and an earlier version of Whales “When the Whales Cry”.
In collaboration with “Volle Pulle Filmproduktion” he was the Director of Photography on the feature films “2Close2U” (2015, Director: Steffen Baermann), “Therapie” (“Therapy” 2016, Director: Felix Charin) and “Die Farbe des Chamäleons” (“The Color of the Chamaeleon” 2018, Director: Jürgen Klaubetz). Currently in progress are the German/Swedish feature Film “Fünf Finger sind ´ne Faust” (“Five Fingers are a Fist”, Director: Laura Fischer) and Nora Jaenicke’s first feature film “Whales”.He has made films in Germany, Austria, Poland, Spain, Greece and Sweden.