Mal is an American/German filmmaker, writer and illustrator based in Berlin. He started making films at age 10, and never stopped! He studied film directing at Chapman University in Orange, California, where his thesis film went on to win a Student Emmy, was shortlisted for the Student Oscars, and traveled to film festivals across the globe.
Since then Mal has lived and worked as a film writer, director and producer in Mexico, France, Morocco, Italy, the Congo and Germany, where he founded his own production company. He now works on designing film courses that will train the next generation of passionate, empathetic, and ambitious creatives.
As head of the academic film programme here at dBs Berlin, Gabrielle is very much the caretaker for all things related to the film courses. From curriculum development to overseeing student productions and assessments, she also teaches and ensures the best possible experience for students and staff.
As a filmmaker whose passions lie in development, screenwriting and film analysis, Gabrielle has a practical and theoretical know-how of filmmaking in a variety of formats. She also holds extensive film teaching experience in both Germany and Australia.
Adam Donald is a Berlin based actor, director, scriptwriter and acting tutor. Originally from New Zealand he initially did his undergraduate training in Stage and Screen Acting and went on to get a Masters in Directing form Toi Whakaari - New Zealand Drama School and Victoria University Wellington. He has since worked extensively in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Adams career began as Director of Wellington based theatre company Short Term Visitor Parking where he devised, directed and wrote predominantly comedy productions. He has performed in many a Shakespeare production in the rocky mountains of Colorado, devising shows and teaching for GALSCO The Great American Laughing Stock Company. Most recently in Germany he has been teaching acting and film to young people. He has a passion for inspiring others and is dedicated to helping them discover and craft their hidden talents.
Matthieu Schmit is a creative producer and storyteller. With a background in screenwriting and directing, he combines his creative work with his passion for travel, adventure and human challenges. His expertise in post-production and visual effects led him to collaborate with some of the greatest artists and directors of our time: Wim Wenders, Tadao Ando, David Lynch, Sebastião Salgado, Bruno Dumond; and on various international productions, with Marvel studios, HBO, Canal + and Warner entertainment to name a few.
In 2016, he created the collective GhostRaum, where he uses his experience and creative partnerships to materialise visual concepts and images, always with an approach to technology as a means for telling stories.
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Growing up in an immigrant family with encouragement to try everything and the economic necessity to use whatever is at hand (including a home photography darkroom), Juli was determined to become an artist and technical experimenter at a young age. A twist of fate accidentally landed her in film school and she went on to work in the film industry as a sound editor and make short experimental films that have been shown in festivals in Milan, London, L.A., Chicago, Berlin, Vancouver, Toronto and New York. In 2005, Amoré won the Best Canadian Film award at Toronto’s International One-minute Film Festival and in 2011 the Jury Prize for Experimental Film at the Toronto Underground Film Festival. Her first feature length documentary was finished in early 2016. She enjoys collaboration and interdisciplinary practice, but always returns to DIY filmmaking.
Sarah Bleasdale is a European-based choreographer and performer, originally from New Zealand. She holds a BA in Contemporary Dance and Choreography, a Commercial Dance Diploma, and a BA in Political Science and Religious Studies. Sarah has danced for Cie.Antonia Baehr(GER), SOIT/Cie.Hans Van den Broeck(BEL), Renan Martins(BR), PROJECTion Dance(AUS) and Demestri+Lefeurve(FR/BEL) amongst others. She had her gallery installation work with Dir. Leonie Kubigsteltig published for unstable.eu in Berlin, and has collaborated with the Belgian ‘20 For Brussels:Young Choreographers’. In 2016 Sarah was an award winner at the International Solo Dance Competition at Gdansk Festival Dansa for her choreography ‘SMIRK’. Commercially Sarah performs comedic Burlesque under the persona Miss Phoenix Rising, and has both choreographed and performed in music videos and live music shows in Europe, Australia and New Zealand for a variety of musical genres. Currently, Sarah is a member of German dance company GAU, and works with Belgian UBIK Theatre Group as the choreographer/director for their upcoming Festival Actoral premiere.
Originally from Slovenia, Simon graduated from the Ljubljana Film Academy in 2001 and has worked as a TV director for Slovenian National Television and independent director/producer for several years.
In 2003 Simon co-directed and co-produced the documentary film Amigo, which was selected as best Slovenian documentary of the year, and received the award for “Artistic Achievement" at the international Golden Knight Film Festival in Kaluga, Russia. He also wrote and directed the documentary Blue is the Sky for National Slovenian TV; the story of a man who chooses to live a life outside the restraints of society high atop a mountain. In 2005 he moved to Berlin and started onionfilms with the purpose of creating moving and thought-provoking documentary film, much like Karaka – The Seed of Change.
Jon-Carlos Evans is a Berlin based filmmaker, audiovisual artist and writer native to St.Louis, Missouri USA. He holds a B.A. in Film Production from Webster University-St.Louis and a MFA in Media Arts Production from the City College of New York. Active since 2005, he has worked in the television and film industry for such clients as NBC Universal, Animal Planet, ABC, CBS, et al. Under his musical alias Klaas von Karlos, Evans is also is the founder of experimental-electronic music collective ReVerse Bullets and creative director of the GLITCH performance series/music label. As Klaas von Karlos, he is also a member of music projects BIINDS, Naked Sweatshop, and Divan Rouge. He is a recipient of the Eastman Kodak Student Grant (2006), the Aloha Accolade Award (2010), Honolulu International Festival), and the Silver Palm Award (2010, Mexico International Film Festival). His recently completed film, "All Tomorrow's Children," continues to play in festivals after winning the Bronze Remi Award at Worldfest Houston and Best Narrative Film at the 2018 CUNY Film Festival. He currently contributes as a Staff Writer for the media website Black Nerd Problems.
Daniel Dietz is an interdisciplinary German artist with American roots. His background encompasses a wide variety of activity. Within music, he has been involved in the performance arts, acting and singer songwriting. Within film and visual media he has experience in projection mapping, 360° photography, editing, directing, shooting and producing. Most recently Daniel is involved in projects which define editing techniques that meet the needs of an evolving audience in progressive formats such as Social Media Content. He joined dBs Berlin Film in 2018 and teaches on the Film Production course.