PANEL 2 - The Art of Making a Low/Micro Sci-Fi Movie

The second panel will take place on Saturday Morning at 11:30 in Kino 2 and will be moderated by Anthony Straeger. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask and discuss experiences on a wide range of topics from funding, filming and distributing a low/micro budget with independent industry professionals.


Stéphanie Joalland

Stéphanie grew up in a small town in Brittany, France, but has lived in Norway, U.S., Canada, UK and Germany. She has a masters degree from a leading French business school, Audencia Nantes. She began her career in story development at French studios TF1 International and Canal Plus. She moved to America to study producing, directing and screenwriting at UCLA where she graduated in 2008. After writing, co-producing and directing her first feature film THE QUIET HOUR Stéphanie is now developing her next projects as a writer/director: THE SEEDLING and THE NOCTURN. She also works as an advisor and mentor on an MA Film Program with Staffordshire University in England. Stéphanie is an alumna of Berlinale Talents and IFP Emerging Narrative in New York.

Sean McConville

Sean began his career as a Special Effects technician on big budget studio films, including STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE, MORTAL KOMBAT, and James Bond movies GOLDENEYE and TOMORROW NEVER DIES. Sean has a Master of Arts Degree in Screenwriting from the London College of Communications. After graduating LCC Sean moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, and graduated in 2004. Sean’s debut feature film as a writer/director, DEADLINE, starred Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch, showcased at Berlin, Cannes, and the American Film Market in Los Angeles, where it sold for distribution to 40 territories around the world including the U.S.

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Chris Reading

Chris is a writer and director based in London working in all forms of film including commercial, media content and feature length projects. His first feature film SOMNUS was acquired in 2016 and distributed worldwide with Epic Pictures Group. Chris is now developing new film and TV projects including a sci-fi sitcom. His work always has a focus on science fiction and comedy. As an Indie Film Maker, he’s pleased to be taking part in the Panel discussion. This will be His first trip to Berlin and hopefully not his last.

Anthony Straeger - Moderator

I love finding creative solution and strategy to almost any kind of problem. Being effective and efficient isn’t a business to me it’s fun. Taking a puzzle and making it work that is satisfying and that is why I have produced and directed countless productions from movies to documentaries to corporate films and shows. As director and producer I’ve been responsible for producing a varied range of content and solutions providing pre-production budgets, scripts and editing through to the final output. To do this, I have learned to be organized, patient and understanding and that’s why I’m moderating this panel!