Shooting Stars

European acting talent in the limelight at the Berlinale

Shooting Stars is just one of the numerous events initiated by European Film Promotion (EFP), aiming to render European film productions visible. SWISS FILMS is a member of this association of film promotion agencies. Since 1998 EFP has presented during the International Film Festival in Berlin Europe’s new generation of acting talent: the “Shooting Stars”. The event has evolved into a label and become a talent exchange for young actors. Switzerland has participated since 1999. Since 2008 a jury has selected the ten best candidates.

Luna Wedler

Shooting Star 2018: Luna Wedler

Born in 1999 in Switzerland to a Swiss mother and a German father. Luna Wedler obtained a degree in Contemporary Dance and is currently studying at the European Film Actor School in Zurich. At the age of 14, she was cast for the film AMATEUR TEENS. This coming-of-age drama won the Audience Award at the Zurich Film Festival, the Zurich Film Award and was nominated...

Kacey Mottet Klein

Shooting Star 2016: Kacey Mottet Klein

Born 1998 in Lausanne to an American father and a Swiss mother, Kacey Mottet Klein grew up in Switzerland. At the age of 10 he was cast for Ursula Meier's film "Home" and he gave his onscreen debut alongside Isabelle Huppert. Kacey was awarded with the Swiss Film Award for this first role. Since then he has appeared in several acclaimed European films. "Gainsbourg...

Sven Schelker

Shooting Star 2015: Sven Schelker

Born 1989 near Basel, Switzerland. A graduate of Munich's Otto Falckenberg School, Sven Schelker has been a member of the acting ensemble at Hamburg's Thalia Theatre since 2012 with roles in Macbeth, Platonov and The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet, among others. During his studies, Sven received the Migros Culture Percentage Acting Student Award in 2010 and 2011. He...

Carla Juri

Shooting Star 2013: Carla Juri

Born in 1985 in Ticino, Switzerland. Carla Juri grows up bilingual in Ambri and studies acting in Los Angeles and London (2005-2010). Her first film role already brings her success: she wins the Swiss Film Prize in 2011 for her performance in Cihan Inan’s “180º.” For her leading role in Xavier Koller's “Someone Like Me” she is awarded with the Swiss Film...

Max Hubacher

Shooting Star 2012: Max Hubacher

Born in 1993 in Bern, Switzerland, Max Hubacher had a taste of theatre already at the age of seven, with his first performances in a children’s theatre awakening his passion for the stage. At the age of 13 Max appeared in the Schauspielhaus Zürich, playing the role of Paul in “Liebestraum” by Robert Walser (director: Thomas Koerfer). Since 2007 Hubacher has...

Celine Bolomey

Shooting Star 2009: Celine Bolomey

Born in 1975, Celine Bolomey studied drama at INSAS in Brussels and has appeared in the theatre productions throughout Europe. She performs in some twenty theatre plays notably under the direction of Galin Stoev (“Antigone”, “Tchékhologie”, and “Oxygène” and “Genèse n°2” by Ivan Viripaev - Paris, Avignon in 07, Montreal, Brussels), Omar Porras...

Joel Basman

Shooting Star 2008: Joel Basman

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Joel Basman had his first taste of acting participating in a youth theatre project at the city’s Schauspielhaus in 2003 and in graduation projects of students at the Drama Academy in Zurich in 2004 and 2005. He appeared in the successful Swiss TV series «Lüthi & Blanc» between 2004 and 2006. Joel has been studying at the European...

Nils Althaus

Shooting Star 2007: Nils Althaus

Born in 1981 in Bern, Switzerland. He was selected as Shooting Star in 2007 for his first role for his radical portrayal of Marco Nia in “Breakout”. 2008 nomination for the Swiss Film Prize «Quartz» as Best Emerging Actor in «Breakout» and 2009 as Best Actor in “Happy New Year”. The nomination for his role in «Eine wen iig - dr Dällebach Kari» marks...

Carlos Leal

Shooting Star 2006: Carlos Leal

Né en 1969 à Lausanne (Suisse) dans une famille d'immigrés espagnols. Il est co-fondateur et chanteur du groupe de hip-hop «Sens Unik», qui a rencontré un grand succès en Suisse et en Europe depuis le début des années 1990 (jusqu'à sa dissolution en 2005). Ce groupe qui associe le rap et le chant à des textes critiques sur la société a déjà reçu...

Johanna Bantzer

Shooting Star 2005: Johanna Bantzer

Geboren 1978 in Zürich, Schweiz. Noch während ihrer Ausbildung an der Theater Hochschule Zürich (1999 - 2003) erhält Johanna Bantzer als Carol in «Strähl» ihre erste Kino-Hauptrolle und wird mehrfach ausgezeichnet: mit dem Max Ophüls-Preis als «Beste Nachwuchsdarstellerin» (2004), mit dem Schweizer Filmpreis 2005, und sie wird Schweizer Shooting Star an...

Michael Koch

Shooting Star 2004: Michael Koch

Born in 1982 in Lucerne, Switzerland. 1999-2006 Actor in various theatre peformances and films. 2003-08 Attends the KHM (Kunsthochschule für Medien) Cologne, Film and Television department. 2008 Receives degree from KHM. 2009 German Short Film Award for “Polar”.

Mona Petri

Shooting Star 2003: Mona Petri

Geboren 1976 in Zürich, Schweiz. Nach ihrer Ausbildung an der Berner Hochschule für Musik und Theater (1997-2001) wird Mona Petri am Landestheater Tübingen engagiert. Sie wechselt ans Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe (2002-2006), wo sie 2003 als Eve in «Das Mass der Dinge» mit dem Förderpreis der Armin-Ziegler-Stiftung geehrt wird. Daneben steht sie mit ihrer...

Michael Finger

Shooting Star 2002: Michael Finger

Born in 1975 in Zurich, Switzerland. Received acting degree from the Theatre Academy of Zurich. Since 2001 works as independent actor and director. 2002 Awarded Swiss Film Prize, Best Actor in “Utopia Blues”. 2002 Swiss Shooting Star. 2009 founder of the Contemporary Circus and Theater Company, and Cirque de Loin.

Anne-Shlomit Deonna

Shooting Star 2001: Anne-Shlomit Deonna

Née en 1973 à Lausanne. Nationalité suisse-israélienne. Dès son enfance, Anne-Shlomit Deonna s’initie à l’expression artistique et suit une formation théâtrale à Genève, Jérusalem et Bruxelles. Diplômée de l’Ecole supérieure d’art dramatique de Genève, elle joue depuis 1996 dans de nombreuses créations théatrales et participe à des...

Martin Rapold

Shooting Star 2000: Martin Rapold

Born in Switzerland, trained as a classical singer and worked as a free journalist before studying at the European Film Actor School in Zurich. After having earned the Shooting Star award of the European Film Accademy for his lead performance in Florian Froschmayer's feature “Exklusiv” in 2000, he appeared in more than 40 cinema and television productions in...

Soraya Sala

Shooting Star 1999: Soraya Sala

Born in Switzerland to an Egyptian father and an Italian mother, Soraya studied acting at the European Film Actors School in Zurich. She is an accomplished chanson and folk singer. After gaining experience as a stage actress and appearing in short films, she played in one of the major Swiss co-productions, Fredi M. Murer's “Vollmond”. This role and her part in...