SXSW Mentor Sessions


Annick Mahnert

Annick Mahnert studied film production at the New York Film Academy and worked as a production assistant at Roger Corman’s Concorde-New Horizons. After moving back to Switzerland, she went on to work at 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. When the opportunity arose, she took up the job of Marketing Manager for the Pathé Multiplexe in Dietlikon (Zürich).

Mahnert also worked for two years at maximage Filmproduktion as a production assistant and participated at the production of documentaries and feature films, some of which won awards at the Swiss Film Awards (Heimatklänge, Dir. Stefan Schwietert - Nebenwirkungen, Dir. Manuel Siebenmann).

Annick Mahnert worked for 5 years as a Sales Manager for Frenetic Films, a major swiss independent film distributor in Zurich, dealing with Studio Canal, Europacorp and Wild Bunch titles amongst others before movig to Paris early of 2012 to join the renowned sales agency Celluloid Dreams handling sales and acquisitions. Since 2013, she is working as a freelance acquisitions consultant and festival programmer and was hired in November 2013 as Foreign Representative for the Market & Festivals department at Swiss Films, the promotion agency for Swiss filmmaking.

In 2008, she produced the short film Dead Bones, directed by Olivier Beguin, and persuaded actors Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead) and Arie Verveen (The Thin Red Line) to boar the project. The movie was shot in Almeria, Spain, and has more than 90 festival selections worldwide, winning several awards.

She is currently developing a project based on an Edward Bunker novel with Fathi Beddiar, screenwriter of the upcoming Colt 45, a thriller directed by Fabrice du Welz and produced by Thomas Langmann (La Petite Reine) and recently boarded the new films by Gustavo Hernández (La Casa Muda), Dios Local, and Jeremy Gardner’s (The Battery) yet Untitled Project, as an executive producer.


Annick Mahnert


Austin Convention Center, 4th Floor Room 11AB
Mar 8
11:00am – 12:30pm

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