Our Team

Patricia Mestanza Niemi is an editor for feature films as well as an editor and producer for cinema trailers. Editing has been her passion for more than 20 years, during which she established a large network of filmmakers. The idea of capturing stories of our constantly changing society prompted her to set up the UNIFIED FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL. p.mestanza@unifiedfilmmakers.com

Patricia Mestanza Niemi

Festival Director

Florian Deyle is the CEO and co-founder of DRIFE Film Production, as well as partner of tnf Telenormfilm. He studied Political Science and Publishing before completing his studies at the University of Television and Film Munich. Since the foundation of DRIFE, Florian has worked as a producer of feature films and TV movies. He is a member of the German Film Academy and of the European Film Academy.
f.deyle@unifiedfilmmakers.com

Florian Deyle

Festival Director

Amir Soufi has been working in Entertainment Marketing for 18 years, developing and executing campaigns for major and independent film distributors, television stations and publishing houses. His work was nominated for and awarded with multiple Golden Trailer Awards. He was educated in the US, the UK and France and holds two Master's degrees in International Marketing Communications as well as a degree in Film Directing and Writing. To him, filmmaking is an integral part of our society. Film reveals aspects of ourselves and others that we otherwise wouldn't encounter. For that reason, he joined UNIFIED FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL.
a.soufi@unifiedfilmmakers.com

Amir Soufi

Head of Marketing

Annika Schönwitz completed her Master’s degree in American Studies and Film Studies in Hannover, after which she worked as a programming assistant for the 46 th Seattle International Film Festival. She joined the team of Unified Filmmakers to spread its message of solidarity, creativity and peace.

Annika Schönwitz

Festival Coordinator

Meriam Belkadi has a B.A. in International Relations and a M.A. in Politics and Economics of the Middle East and North Africa. She believes in powerful stories and authentic images. Her goal is to foster collaboration between filmmakers from all over the world, which is why she joined UNIFIED FILMMAKERS.

Meriam Belkadi

Festival Programmer & International Relations

Natalie Papapetrou, born in Gütersloh, has worked in the arthouse cinema sector for over 20 years as a projectionist, coordinator and theater manager. Last year, she co-organized the 14th Five Lakes Film Festival, coordinating cinemas, accreditations and events, as well as film purchasing and selection.

Natalie Papapetrou

Festival Programmer & International Relations

As a freelancer for editing and motion-design for over two decades, Simon Gugeler also loves everything the medium of film has to offer. When he heard about the festival, he just had to help with everything design-related and is excited to see how the idea will grow.
simon@framefaktur.de

Simon Gugeler

Designer

Marcel Janick Paul is a young film editor, director and screenplay writer. He studied Digital Film Production in Frankfurt am Main. During his studies, he directed four short films and assisted on the sets of various feature films. His passion lies in feature films and documentaries on the big screen. Currently he is working on scripts for upcoming film productions and is developing feature films for which he is writing the script and intends to direct.

Marcel Janick Paul

Editor

Michael Münch is a freelance editor and director from Frankfurt Germany who has always loved to collaborate with new people. His films have been screened at international festivals, on Netflix and in movie theatres. As a filmmaker of the digital generation he is deeply connected to all creative processes in the making of movies and commercials. With the deep conviction that art will sustain all crises he joined UNIFIED FILMMAKERS as an opportunity to shape the future of movie display and storytelling in the film world.

Michael Münch

Editor

Ragnar Keil is a German director and screenwriter who splits his life between Germany and Canada. He has written, directed and produced several short films and an award-winning documentary. Throughout his career he has maintained a focus on expanding and developing professional relationships with international filmmakers. He is currently acting as an advisor for international co-productions wishing to film in Canada and Germany. Ragnar is also in the development stage of his first feature-length film.
r.keil@unifiedfilmmakers.com

Ragnar Keil

Representative North America

Amin Mohammadi studied film editing in Teheran. Since 2006, he has been working as a freelance photographer and editor. He edited his first short film in 2006, and from 2014 has worked as director on several music videos. As a photographer, Amin has won the 2007 "Buschehr sarzamin khorshid" and the 2014 "Zarrin Unternehmen" competitions.
a.mohammadi@unifiedfilmmakers.com

Amin Mohammadi

Representative Iran

Ken Kj Onoda-Song is a Korean-Japanese businessman born in Japan. He lived, studied and worked in North America and Asia, starting his career as a consultant and advisor, specialising in international business development & networking for over a decade. Though he is new to the film industry, he has experience in entertainment and hopes to bring great value to the UNIFIED FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL with his vast network and personal connections worldwide.
k.onodasong@unifiedfilmmakers.com

Ken Kj Onoda-Song

Representative Japan

Tosca Schönberg is a German-Spanish actress and filmmaker based in Berlin and Palma de Mallorca. After finishing her Cinematography Studies for Film Direction in Madrid, she began working behind the camera as a script supervisor, directing her own short films and handling film rights and licenses. She is now starting out as an actress and, by joining the UNIFIED FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL, connecting her passion for filmmaking with her network in the Spanish-speaking sector in this endeavour to motivate filmmakers to never give upon their creativity, essential for keeping us creatives alive.
t.schoenberg@unifiedfilmmakers.com

Tosca Schönberg

Representative Spain

Sabrina Fidalgo is a multi-award winning director and screenwriter from Rio. She was named by the American publication BUSTLE in eighth place as one of the most promising filmmakers around the world in a list of 36 international directors. She studied Performing Arts at Uni-Rio, Filmaking at the School of TV and Cinema in Munich (Germany) and Scripwriting at the University of Córdoba (Spain). Her films have been shown at more than 300 festivals worldwide. Medium length “Rainha” (2016) won more than 30 awards and was selected for the IFFR - Internacional Film Festival Rotterdam. Her last short “Alfazema” (2019) was doubly awarded at the Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro among others. She is also a columnist at HuffPost Brasil.

Sabrina Fidalgo

Representative Brazil

Born in Tangier,Mehdi Souissi is a young filmmaker that has explored most of the fields in crafting movies. Well known as 1st AD, his field of work doesn't stay on a set. His passion for culture, self-education and discovery - have pushed him to create, participate, and collaborate in multiple activities to bridge cultures. He joins the UFM TEAM strongly motivated by the fact that "stopping the World", doesn't mean "pausing Life!". And of course belief of union, collaboration, participation, collectivity... m.souissi@unifiedfilmmakers.com

Mehdi Souissi

Representative North Africa

Yvonne Ernicke is a trained writer, actress and filmmaker based in Berlin. After her master degrees in Literature and Culture studies she studied Marketing and Journalism and worked for TV, Radio and Online Formats. As actress she already started with the age of 9, she is winner of Susan Batson Scholarship New York and works for international Cinema and TV productions ever since. She also produces film music as a singer and songwriter.
y.ernicke@unifiedfilmmakers.com

Yvonne Ernicke

Relations Artists