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Mini Bio (1)

Ivan Madeo is founder and managing director of the two Swiss production companies Contrast Film Bern and Contrast Film Zurich, which he runs with his partners Stefan Eichenberger and Urs Frey. After majoring in film journalism and clinical psychology, he had previously worked for leading advertising agencies in Switzerland and Italy. With Contrast Film he's been developing and producing socially and politically engaged films that were selected at Berlinale, Locarno, San Sebastian, qualified to run for Oscars and Golden Globes and won many awards e.g. Panorama Audience Award and Teddy Award at Berlinale, Max Ophüls Award at Saarbrücken, Swiss Film Awards, two Student Oscars and one Oscar nomination. Ivan Madeo was Switzerland's "Producer on the Move" in Cannes in 2017, he is an EAVE alumnus and worked as a jury member at several film festivals such as Venice Film Festival, Molodist Kyiv, FICG Guadalajara in Mexico. He's a member of the European Film Academy, Swiss Film Academy, Swiss Film Commission for Documentaries at the Federal Office of Culture and board member of the Swiss Film Producers' Association SFP.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Contrast Film

Personal Quotes (3)

Together with two other production companies we have coproduced a pretty complicated feature film by 10 directors. The learning was that you first have to accept the diversity of the producers and directors in order to profit the most from each other. Being different opens eyes. It's like in Europe, after all it's diversity that makes for greatness.
I've always loved telling stories. But since I'm completely untalented when it comes to acting and directing, I focused on writing and producing the stories I wanted to tell.
Even if we're not directing, my partners and I are present in every film we produce. We always say that the projects we initiate or select as producers talk about issues that we would still be engaged with personally even if we weren't making films.

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