Our Team

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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.

Florian Deyle


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.

Amir Soufi


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

Oliver Schmidt is CEO and Founder of Moreliance Consulting GmbH & Co. KG. After completing his Studies of economics at Catholic University Eichstätt and Fachhochschule Düsseldorf, he started his consulting activities. First related to SAP Consulting with ICM, International Consulting-Group Munich and later for 16 years as Inhouse Consultant and Senior Project Manager at Bertelsmann SE, one of the leading German Media Companies. Finally, he was Partner in a Management Consulting Company before founding his own Consultancy in 2020.

At Unified Filmmakers, he is responsible for financial affairs. o.schmidt@unifiedfilmmakers.com

Oliver Schmidt

Chief Financial Officer

Theresa Stöckle holds a BA in „Business Administration and Art" from the Alanus Hochschule, Alfter. Her interest in stories and organizing first led her to work in book trade. Yet she found herself more and more curious about the meaning of moving images and eventually editing. She has volunteered in several international projects and international encounters became a substantial part of her life. At UNIFIED FILMMAKERS she is happy to find her interests for film and international exchange combined.


Theresa Stöckle

Festival Coordinator, Editor Assistant

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 Gugeler

Lead Designer

Andreas Misera studied physics when the internet became big. He decided that online business is more interesting than pure science and has been working in digital companies for more than 25 years. Andreas' specialties are planning, strategizing and executing on technology, data and new markets. He also enjoys photography and playing in a band


Andreas Misera

Chief Operating Officer

Miriam Guesme is a Tunisian Climate Justice Activist.

Miriam Guesme

Representative Middle East

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


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.

Ragnar Keil

Representative North America

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