Tutors

Tutors

The best way to learn filmmaking is to make films, with the support and guidance of experienced industry practitioners. MetFilm School tutors are working industry professionals who are as passionate about teaching as they are about film. Tutors are chosen for their knowledge of their discipline as well as their ability to inspire, and collectively have been nominated and have won numerous awards.

MetFilm School Berlin employs a mixture of talent from the international film industry. Not only will students be taught by industry professionals, with up to date knowledge of the industry, they will also develop a network of contacts by engaging with professionals during their time at the school to enable them to launch their career.

Please find a selection of the School’s faculty members below.


Tutors

ATHANASIOS KARANIKOLAS

MA Directing course leader. His Film Sto spiti won the price of Ecumenical Jury at the Berlinale in 2014 and his feature Echolot premiered at the Berlinale 2013. In 2016 he was guest Juror at the Oberhausen Film Festival. See IMDB profile:

DR BRIGITTA WAGNER

A Ph.D in Film and Visual Studies from Harvard University. Her feature film Rosehill has been shown at various US film festivals. She has taught Film at Harvard University, New York university Berlin, Indiana University and other institutions. See IMDB profile:

CARL FINKBEINER

As an award-winning Director of Photography, Carl has shot numerous movies for TV / Cinema, TV episodes, commercials and documentaries. He is based in Berlin.  See IMDB profile:

NORA MANDRAY

Nora Mandray is an award-winning French filmmaker based in Berlin. From 2011 to 2012, Mandray lived in Detroit in order to write and direct a trilogy of short documentaries about the bankrupt city’s reinvention. Its first installment, 3 Acres in Detroit, premiered at the Berlinale in 2014 and has screened worldwide since – it tells the story of a willful urban farmer who sets out to transform an abandoned house into a greenhouse. Mandray holds a double-Master’s degree from the University of California-Los Angeles film school and from the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris.  See IMDB profile:

ALASDAIR REID 

Alasdair Reid is a composer within feature filmmaking, with work included in 1 winner and 3 nominees at BAFTA.  In 2006 he went on to win the prestigious volkswagen score prize at the Berlin Film Festival.  See IMDB profile:

JOHN BURGAN

John Burgan is MA Documentary & Factual course leader at MetFilm School Berlin. After training at the BBC and the UK’s National Film & TV School, he has worked in the German capital as a director, writer and editor, mainly in the documentary field. His first feature-length film Memory of Berlin,  has been broadcasted and screened at many international film festivals, and has been selected for the Chris Marker retrospective in Paris. He has a broad range of credits, from political documentaries to music clips and commissioned films, reality and corporate projects. He is an active member in the CILECT international network of film schools. See IMDB profile:

 

 

JAN BAUER

Jan is a writer/ director for film and TV.  Jan has Director credits on The Bill, Großstadtrevier, In aller Freundschaft – Die jungen Ärzte, Coast Guard and Holby City.  See IMDB profile:

ULLA KÖSTERKE

Production Sound Mixer with over 20 years experience on award-winning films The Look – Charlotte RamplingWork Hard Play HardDie Spielwütigen, Patong Girl and popular German TV programs like Das Traumschiff and Polizeiruf 110. See IMDB profile:

MATTHIAS LUTHARDT 

Matthias Lutthardt is a graduate of the German School for Cinema and Television (DFFB). He received a nomination to the Silver Wolf Award at the 2004 Amsterdam International Film Festival for his feature-length documentary Menschen brauchen Hobbies. In 2003 he was the production manager for the Ugandan film Full of Energy.  After graduating from the Konrad Wolf School in 2005 he started shooting his first fiction film, Pingpong, a tense drama that gained much critical acclaim.  See IMDB profile:

JASON KOHL
Jason is an alumnus of UCLA’s MFA directing programme and a Student Academy Award finalist. His films have screened at festivals including SXSW, Los Angeles, BFI London, Locarno and many others. His first non-fiction book, A Practical Guide to Film School will be published by Focal Press later this year.  See IMDB profile:

SOL BONDY
As a producer, Sol’s credits include Doll, the Fatso and Me, Youth and Petit. His graduate feature film premiered at the Berlinale 2012 and was nominated at the 2012 European Film Awards. He co-runs One Two Films, a successful Berlin based film company.  See IMDB profile:

 

CLAUS DEUBEL

Claus is an award-winning cinematographer working in television and cinema. His credits include Tatort, Zischke, Rosenheim Cops and Unser Charly.  See IMDB profile:

HENNER WINCKLER

Henner is a writer and director in Berlin, and his films Klassenfahrt (2001), and Lucy (2006) were shown at numerous festivals (Berlinale, London Film Festival and Karlovy Vary) and won international awards and critical acclaim.  See IMDB profile:

RALPH NETZER

Ralph is Director of Photography with over 20-years experience working on feature films, TV series, documentaries and various art installations. His cinema credits include Silent Waters, 3 Chinesen mit dem Kontrabass, Ritterinnen and Endstation Sehnsüchte.  See IMDB profile:

RICK MINNICH
Rick is an American-born writer-director based in Berlin. His feature documentaries include Heaven on Earth (FIPA dOr), Homemade Hillbilly Jam (Hot Docs, True/False, Sheffield Doc/Fest) and Forgetting Dad (Special Jury Award, IDFA).  See IMDB profile: