Open City Documentary Festival

Producer Masterclass: Joëlle Bertossa

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Joëlle Bertossa will be in conversation with critic and programmer Carmen Gray about her career producing creative documentaries. A graduate from the film school INSAS in Brussels in 1999, Joëlle Bertossa worked on several films as a first director’s assistant before being hired by Nicolas Wadimoff at Akka Films in 2003, where she produced such films as Aisheen, and Still Alive in Gaze. In 2012, Joëlle founded Geneva-based Close Up Films, and has produced around 20 documentaries and 6 fiction films since, including Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche’s Advocate, which premiered at Sundance and went on to win awards at several festivals. Joëlle also co-produced Raoul Peck’s Cesar winner I Am Not Your Negro, and Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec’s acclaimed animated film The Swallows of Kabul, which premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard competition. Joëlle Bertossa is also very involved in following young Swiss directors, and has twice won the prestigious Prix de Soleure honouring Swiss film. She has supported directors such as Karim Sayad (Of Sheep and Men, My English Cousin), Michele Pennetta (Pescatore di Corpi, Il Mio Corpo) and Maya Kosa and Sergio da Costa (Bird Island).

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