MetFilm School Tutors

MetFilm School 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 careers.

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


EDUCATION MANAGEMENT TEAM

Jonny Persey, Director

Jonny Persey

DIRECTOR

METFILM

Jonny is passionate about creating and maintaining a valuable and industry-relevant educational system, spearheading the synergy between the group’s separate facets to offer students the best learning experience possible. He gets a buzz from watching our graduates win work, runs projects, and apply their trade-in film, television, online, and across the creative industries in the UK and beyond.

David Howell, CEO

David Howell

CEO

METFILM

David has 18-years’ experience in Higher Education Management, most recently as Registrar and Commercial Director at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. As Registrar, providing overall strategic leadership for Quality, Data and Planning for the Institute. As a Director of the company, he has also played a key part in the development of overall governance capability, both academic and corporate.

Silvia Beck, Principal, MetFilm School Berlin

Silvia Beck

PRINCIPAL

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

Silvia Beck has a career that spans almost 30 years in the international film and TV industry. Whilst studying Cinematography at the NFTS in the UK, Silvia shot two BAFTA-nominated short films; Going Down and Bait, and went on to become a respected director, editor and cinematographer for documentary films. Silvia’s commitment, effectiveness and academic leadership in teaching and enhancing the student learning experience was also recognized by the UK Higher Education Academy who awarded her Senior Fellowship. She has headed up MetFilm School Berlin as Principal since its inception in 2012.

Rachel Wood, Deputy School Director, MetFilm School London

Rachel Wood

DEPUTY SCHOOL DIRECTOR

METFILM SCHOOL LONDON

Rachel is a screen professional with many years of experience in the film industry. She was Head of Production in London for LA-based Catch23; Head of Development for esteemed UK producers Stephen Woolley and Nik Powell. She has also served on the BAFTA jury and NFTS Script Advisory Board.

Steve Pinhay, Deputy School Director, MetFilm School London

Steve Pinhay

DEPUTY SCHOOL DIRECTOR

METFILM SCHOOL LONDON

Steve has more than 25 years’ experience of television producing in the UK and across the world, including BAFTA and RTS award-winning shows, working for companies such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery, Sky and Disney. Steve is a member of the NFTS Television Advisory Board.

Lisette Johnston, Head of School, ScreenSpace

Dr Lisette Johnston

HEAD OF SCHOOL

SCREENSPACE

Lisette has been a journalist for the past 15 years, working as a multimedia news reporter, producer and editor. Since 2010 she has worked in many roles at BBC News, most recently as the Planning Editor for BBC World News in London. Lisette is hugely passionate about education and holds a formal teaching qualification.


Programme Leaders

Henner Winkler, BA Practical Filmmaking, Programme Leader

Henner Winkler

BA PRACTICAL FILMMAKING

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

Henner is a critically acclaimed writer and director based in Berlin. His films Klassenfahrt and Lucy and Das Freiwillige Jahr were shown at numerous festivals (Berlinale, London Film Festival and Karlovy Vary) and have won international awards.

Ralph Netzer, MA Cinematography, Programme Leader

Ralph Netzer

MA CINEMATOGRAPHY

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

Ralph has over 20 years’ experience working on more than seventy feature films, TV series, documentaries and various art installations worldwide. His feature film Silent Waters won the Golden Leopard (Best Film) at 56th Locarno International Film Festival.

Athanasisos Karanikolas, MA Directing, Programme Leader

Athanasisos Karanikolas

MA DIRECTING

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

Athanasisos’ film Sto Spiti won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlinale in 2014 and his feature Echolot premiered at the Berlinale in 2013. In 2016 he was a guest juror at the Oberhausen Film Festival. He holds a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

John Burgan, MA Documentary and Factual, Programme Leader

John Burgan

MA DOCUMENTARY & FACTUAL

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

John is an active member of CILECT who has taught across Europe, with a broad range of credits, from political documentaries, music clips and commissioned films to reality and corporate projects.

Katja Rossy, Undergraduate, Course Manager

Katja Rossy

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE MANAGER

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

Katja has over ten years’ experience in video production in both Russia and Germany which has provided an in-depth knowledge and a wide range of perspectives and approaches in the field of media production. Katja previously advised and guided students at the Russian State University on their path into the world of journalism. At MetFilm School Berlin she is the first point of contact for all Undergraduate students, supporting them on their journey from day one to graduation.

Corinna Volkmann, Postgraduate, Course Manager

Corinna Volkmann

POSTGRADUATE COURSE MANAGER

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

Corinna has been working in the media industry for over 20 years. She studied German, History and Media Consulting and went on to work as a production manager, assistant director on many award winning documentary and feature films. Corinna also worked as a film journalist for Deutsche Welle and has extensive experience in national and international film funding.


Support Team

Dr Brigitta Wagner, MetFilm Futures

Dr Brigitta Wagner

METFILM FUTURES BERLIN MANAGER
AND BA & MA TUTOR

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

Brigitta holds 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.

Marvin Borchers, MetFilm School Berlin

Marvin Borchers

OPERATIONS MANAGER

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

Marvin holds a degree in Film & Television with a focus on camera. He worked in the camera department for several TV commercials and combines technical skill with a keen sense of organisation. At MetFilm School Berlin he manages the Kit Room team and oversees the School’s resources.

Marielle Sjømo Samstad, MetFilm School Berlin

Marielle Sjømo Samstad

KIT ROOM CO-ORDINATOR

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

After studying Film Techniques & Technology in Kentucky Marielle explored Documentary Filmmaking at MetFilm School Berlin in 2016. By seeking knowledge in different crew positions on various projects Marielle has gained a lot of experience on set as well as production. In the Kit Room Marielle coordinates the equipment rentals, helps to ensure the equipment is in good working order and provides technical support to the students.


Tutors

MetFilm School Berlin works with a strong and diverse tutor base, who are all working screen professionals. They will help you develop all the practical skills you need to succeed in your chosen career path in the screen industry.  

Please find a selection of the School’s permanent and visiting tutors below.

Alasdair Reid, Tutor, MetFilm School Berlin

Alasdair Reid

TUTOR

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

Dan Chilsolm, Tutor, MetFilm School Berlin

Dan Chilsolm

TUTOR

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

Jason Kohl, Tutor, MetFilm School Berlin

Jason Kohl

TUTOR

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

Maja Classen, Tutor, MetFilm School Berlin

Maja Classen

TUTOR

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

Nora Mandray, Tutor, MetFilm School Berlin

Nora Mandray

TUTOR

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

Rick Minnich, Tutor, MetFilm School Berlin

Rick Minnich

TUTOR

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

Ulla Kosterke, Tutor, MetFilm School Berlin

Ulla Kosterke

TUTOR

METFILM SCHOOL BERLIN

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