Erwin M. Schmidt has studied film production and worked in production, international sales and for film festivals and was Wim Wenders’ 3D producer. He has an avid interest in new narrative formats and new distribution channels. In 2016 he co-founded the Propellor FilmTech Hub, together with the European Film Market of The Berlinale, the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival. In 2018, together with Oscar nominated producer Gian-Piero Ringel, he cofounded the FilmTech Office, a shared office for creatives and entrepreneurs in film, storytelling and tech (www.filmtechoffice.com). He is an organizer of the monthly FilmTech Meetup Berlin and the programmer of infiniTIFF, a section for new forms of storytelling at Transilvania International Film Festival. He is a regular keynote speaker and panelist with topics focusing on technology and innovation in the film industry.
A seasoned multi-platform creative strategist and content creator with global experience and a passion for telling stories that inspire people.
For the past 10 years, Temi’s helped brands such as Emirates, BMW and Squarespace tell their unique stories.
As Director of Creative Strategy at BBC Worldwide and Guardian News & Media both in London and New York, she helped connect brands to the global and influential audiences of these award-winning media companies.
Since moving to Berlin over two years ago, to challenge her creativity, expand her network and tell bold and inspiring stories, she self-released her debut EP ‘A Battlefield of the Mind’, produced a number of experiential events in Berlin, including an interactive beauty event at Soho House.
Aside from developing pilots for two new exciting projects, she’s also lending her storytelling skills to creative production institute, dBs Berlin and executive producing a slate of short films that tell inspiring stories about rapidly growing international creative community.
Born in Recife, Brazil, in 1988, Ygor was passionate from an early age on cities, politics and cinema. In Argentina, he made a film on his cellphone about nomadism and new ways of living in the cities. El Leaving (2012) premiered at BAFICI and was awarded as Best international Short film at the Viña del Mar Film Festival, Chile. But he wanted to change, to go further.
#YA (2015) portrayed 12 cities and urban resistance against the era of global inequality. Mixing narrative fiction, tweets, and user generated content, he was nominated to a Crystal Bear in the Berlinale and honoured by international festivals and awards. In 2015, he received an honor BA in audiovisual design by the University of Buenos Aires and became a Berlinale Talents (2016) and IDFA DocLab (2017) alumni. His new project @bout the Sun_ is a VR experience on deportation, diaspora and return. I live in Berlin.
Syni Pappa was born in Cologne, Germany. She graduated in Film (Raindance Filmschool, London) and in Social Anthropology (Panteion University, Athens). Her screenplay collaborations for the feature films “Feline” and “Haunted By City Lights” (Sources2, Babylon, Serajevo Talents) are in development as European Co-productions. In 2015 she completed her short “Whack”; winner screenplay of SEE Cinema Network (2013) Funding Award, presented at Euroconnection, Co-Production Forum (2014), realized in Co-production with the Greek Film Center, Croatian company Kinematograf and EMMY nominated VFX studio Yafka. Whack has been screened in festivals as Clermont Ferrand, Filmfest Dresden, Brest and won the Cinematic Achievement Award at Thess International Short Film Festival 2015. Her upcoming short “The National Garden” was granted a funding award by Athens Film Lab, AIFF''s screenplay competition and development program. She lives in Berlin, writing her debut feature film “Wrong Island”.