Daniel Schwartz


Switzerland – USA

Daniel Schwartz is a filmmaker, photographer, and multimedia artist based in Zurich. Born in Nairobi in 1987, Schwartz grew up in Atlanta, Georgia before attending school in Philadelphia, Gaborone, and Zurich. He has a degree in Urban Studies and photography. Schwartz currently directs the production company Gran Horizonte Media, and works at the Urban Think Tank at ETH Zurich. His work focuses primarily on urban transformation from social, political, and spatial perspectives.

His photography and writing have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Domus, The Suddeusche Zeiung, ArchDaily, Art in America, and numerous books.

His films have been featured in festivals, museums, and broadcasts such as the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), MoMA NYC, The Venice Biennale of Architecture, The Pinakothek der Moderne München, The Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Arko Art Center Seoul, Schweizer Fernsehen (SRF), The Winterthur Kurzfilmtage, Al Jazeera, and Arte.

In partnership with Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Julien Temple

Film Director


Julian Temple is an English film, documentary, and music video director. While studying at Cambridge, he came across the works of French anarchist director Jean Vigo. This lead him to attend the National Film and Television School in Buckinghamshire. After graduating, Temple moved to London, where he encountered the burgeoning punk scene, notably the Sex Pistols.
Temple became the band’s documentarian, filming gigs and producing the documentary The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (1979). Following the success of Swindle, Temple began a career making music videos, working with such artists as the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the Kinks.

In addition to making music videos, Temple also directed  and produced several full length films. In 1986, he oversaw the production of Absolute Beginners, a film featuring David Bowie as a fashion photographer. While a critical flop, it has now become a cult classic. In the same year, Temple directed Earth Girls Are Easy. He went on to make other films, notably Bullet, Vigo, and Pandaemonium, as well as feature length and serialized documentaries. Temple has worked with the BBC, ABC,  Australian Opera, and numerous other organizations.
Temple continues to make films, television series, and music videos.

Martha Fiennes

Film Director


Martha Fiennes is an award winning feature film and commercials director, writer and producer. She made her directorial debut with the film Onegin (1999), an adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, which starred her brother Ralph in the title role. The film was met with great critical acclaim; she won the Best Director Award at the Tokyo Film Festival and the Best Newcomer at the London Film Critics’ Circle. Fiennes wrote and directed her second feature film, Chromophobia, 2005, a drama of interwoven stories with an all-star cast, which closed the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. In addition to her acclaimed feature film work, she has conceived and developed a unique digital technology, in collaboration with producer Peter Muggleston.

Martha Fiennes will be showing her ground-breaking piece, Nativity, at the Archfilmfest. Using a combination of architectural elements from the Renaissance to the present time, with film actors, Nativity treats moving image as fine art, and the subject for contemplation. Fiennes has created a piece without  conventional narrative structure, that randomly and imperceptibly morphs from one image to another, using architectural elements and actors, to create a mesmerizingly beautiful work. Nativity has been shown at the National Gallery, London, and is currently showing at the 57th International Art Exhibition, the 2017 Venice Biennale.

Sophie Fiennes

Film Director


Sophie Fiennes is an award winning film and documentary maker, who uses non-fiction to create films that are artworks in themselves. She worked for many years with Peter Greenaway on films that included, Drowning by Numbers, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Prospero’s Books.
Fiennes’ documentary The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, and  The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology was written and presented by the philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek. Her most recent film Grace Jones; Bloodlight and Bami ,(2017), is an observational odyssey into the world of the iconic singer and performer.
Fiennes work for television includes her first short Lars from 1-10, about the Danish film director Lars Von Trier and his ‘Dogme rules’ film manifesto and arts documentaries, The Late Michael Clark, (2000), Because I Sing, (2001) VSPRS Show and Tell, (2005) and Liu Xiaodong Half Street, (2013). She also made a 5 minute fictional short First Row Orchestra, for the Arte’s Hopper Vu Par, (2012).
Sophie Fiennes will be showing her work, Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, described by Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian as, “a deeply serious meditation on artistic practice and expression.”
Fiennes’ films have received international distribution and screened in festivals from Cannes official selection to Toronto and Sundance. She was awarded a NESTA fellowship in 2001, to develop her innovative approach to film, and the Arte France Cinema Award in 2008, at Rotterdam’s Cinemart.

Bruno Salas

Filmmaker & Producer


Bruno is a filmmaker and producer based in Chile. He studied Visual Arts at Universidad Finis Terrae, and Culture & Art Semiotics at Universidad de Chile.

From 2010 to 2012 he worked as a cultural assistant for the Mexican Embassy in Santiago. In 2011, he co-founded the production and filmmaking company Tampa Films. He produced Escapes de  Gas in 2015. Bruno is currently directing and producing the documentary La Colección en Peligro (The Endangered Collection), and is the executive producer for the documentary Francisco Ariztía.

Bruno also collaborates with FICARQ (Festival Internacional de Cine y Arquitectura) and ChileDoc as Guest Coordinator for ChileDoc Conecta.

In partnership with ArqFilmFest and the Embassy of Chile in the UK

Cristóbal Palma

Photographer & Filmmaker


Cristobal Palma is a photographer and filmmaker based in Santiago, Chile. He was born in Oxford in 1974, and studied at the Architectural Association before beginning his career as a photographer, focusing primarily on architecture and urban landscapes. In 2010, Palma began producing short architectural films in addition to his photographic work. His films have been shown in Canada, Colombia, Portugal and Italy. In 2012, his film work was presented at CANCHA, the Chilean Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2013, his film Piling Up won the prize for “Best Architecture Short Film” at ArqFilmFest in Santiago, Chile.

Some of Palma’s recent editorial work has been featured in Monocle, Wire, The New York Times, Domus, and Architectural Digest. His work has been included in several solo exhibitions and major collections, including that of the MoMA.

In partnership with ArqFilmFest and the Embassy of Chile in the UK

Maurizius Staerkle Drux



Maurizius was born in Cologne in 1988, and grew up in Zurich. Influenced by his parents (his mother performs in her own satirical revues, and his father is a comedian and mime), he moves between the worlds of language and image, which are synthesized in film.

Since graduating from the Zurich University of the Arts, he has worked as a documentary filmmaker and sound designer. Concrete Love is his first feature length film.

In partnership with the LOBBY and Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom

Helene Hokland

Festival Director


Helene Hokland grew up in the arctic town of Harstad, northern Norway, but has lived in London for nearly all of her adult life. She initiated and organized the Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival (AMIFF), which took place for the first time in Harstad in October, 2016. Hokland has a bachelors degree in Drama & Theatre Arts from Goldsmiths  College, and a bachelor in Business and Management studies from UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, Harstad.

Hokland has extensive experience coordinating and marketing cultural events. Prior projects include the Institute of Contemporary Ars, the Design and Copyright Society, the contemporary music festival Ilios, and the Oslo-based art, music, and architecture oriented SALT project.

In partnership with Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival

Miguel Angel Contreras

Architect and Festival Director


Since his years as an architecture student at FAU, Universidad de Chile, Miguel Angel Contreas has enthusiastically explored the areas where architecture, music, comics, and the cinema meet. This has led him to develop and create different publishing and web projects, where he has served as editor and director. In the past, he has taught at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidad de Chile. He has extensive experience in the field of architecture, ranging from design, to supervision, to project management. He has served as Head Architect, and contributed to large scale projects. His expertise lies in educational, corporate, and healthcare architecture.  Contreas has previously served as a juror at the 2014 Dedalo Minosse cinema prize in Vincenza, and at Cinekton in Puebla, Mexico.

Contreras is currently founder and director at ArqFilmFest, in addition to curating independent projects and working as Senior Architect and project manager at Murinho + Raby architects.. He is also involved in research regarding the relationship of architecture with cinema, video games, and comics.

In partnership with ArqFilmFest

Davide Rapp

Architect and Videomaker


He obtained his Master Degree in Architecture (2005) and his Ph.D in Interior Design (2015) at Politecnico di Milano. He participated in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – Fundamentals (Biennale Venezia, 2014) with ‘Elements’, a movie montage of short architecture-related clips, conceived specifically for the introduction room of the exhibition ‘Elements of Architecture’, curated by Rem Koolhaas , the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design . He has been published in Italian and international architecture magazines such as Abitare, Domus, Icon Design, San Rocco and Architectural Review. He has lectured in several Universities in Italy (Politecnico di Milano, Domus Academy – Milano, NABA – Milano, Università degli Studi di Genova, IED – Cagliari), Germany (Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule – Halle) and United Kingdom (Mansfield College – Oxford).

Kjetil Jakobsen

Prof. Intellectual History


Kjetil Jakobsen is professor of intellectual history at Nord university, Bodø, Norway. From 2011 to 2014 he served as the Henrik Steffens professor of Scandinavian studies at the Humboldt university, Berlin.
Jakobsen works on modern Scandinavian, French and German history, and has published a large number of books and articles on politics, arts and media.
The film “Hammersborg. Protecting the bygone future”, is based on Jakobsen’s essay “Hammersborg. Protecting the bygone future”, which was published by Bergen Kunsthall in 2014. Excerpts from Jakobsen’s text make up the voiceover of Sigmundstad’s film.

Birgitte Sigmundstad

Artist & Filmmaker


Sigmundstad graduated from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, and now works as an artist and documentary filmmaker. Her films have been screened and exhibited at numerous festivals and institutions. In 2013, her film A Letter to the Minister of Culture was screened in Grimstad.

Sigmundstad received the prestigious Einar Granum Art Award in 2011.

In partnership with Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival

Helene Eggen

Assistant festival director and film programmer.


Helen Eggen is originally from Oslo, and has since moved to the neighboring town of Harstad, home of the Arctic Moving Image and Film Festival. Eggen joined the AMIFF team after the first edition of the festival in 2016. She works together with director Helen Hokland on programming and production. Eggen holds a master’s degree in Media Studies, with a specialization in Film Studies. Her thesis placed the Taiwanese artist and filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang in a broader context of art and film history with continuity and intertextualiy throughout across his enire artistic career, arguing that his films are innovative both within the fields of film and art due to the way that they explore, challenge and unite film genres and art forms.

Eggen is currenly working on various documenary and short film projects while studying Culture and Management at the University of South Norway. You can read more about her documentary and short film projecs on her website:

In partnership with Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival