A conversation with Simone Stewens: 20 years of ifs

This month, Simone Stewens is leav­ing her posi­tion as chief and cre­ative exec­u­tive direc­tor of my Alma Mater, the inter­na­tion­al filmshool Cologne, which I attend­ed back in the days as one of her first stu­dents in film direct­ing — and which is turn­ing 20 this year.

I had the priv­i­lege to talk with Simone about ear­ly begin­nings of what is today con­sid­ered to be one of the lead­ing film­schools in Ger­many. We talked about goals and mile­stones and about what was always most impor­tant to her  both in train­ing film­mak­ers, as well as in film in gen­er­al.

Find the video here (in Ger­man only, unfor­tu­nate­ly)