After his B.A. in Media and Communication Science, Philosophy and Sociology at the Universities of Fribourg and Bern, Stefan majored in film production at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). During his studies, he directed the silent short SALTY TIMES that was brought to the Swiss cinemas as a supporting film of the Academy Award winner THE ARTIST. The two graduate thesis films he produced achieved a great festival success: the short film PARVANEH won the Student Academy Award and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film, whereas his documentary UNKNOWN TERRITORY won the First Steps Award and was nominated for the Swiss Film Awards. Stefan is a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences AMPAS, the European Film Academy, Swiss Film Academy and Swiss Film Producers’ Association SFP. He is partner, CEO and producer of CONTRAST FILM Bern and Zurich.