Film festivals have always been a cornerstone of Nicole Reinhard's career, be it during her studies in cinema, history and cultural anthropology, her activities for VIPER, the international festival for film, video and new media in Lucerne, or in her efforts to help build and expand the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. Since 2005, she has been the director of Stadtkino Basel and of Landkino, and since 2007 of the newly founded cinematheque Le Bon Film. In 2008, Nicole Reinhard won DEFA's Program Award together with Beat Schneider. In 2011, Nicole Reinhard and Beat Schneider launched Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel, which they still manage together today. The same year, Nicole was named Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by then French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterand. Nicole Reinhard is a regular jury member and a member of the Swiss Film Academy since 2018.
“At Bildrausch, I want to show films that pursue their own visual and narrative paths, films that offer resistance – both poetically and radically. It is important to keep rethinking what a festival should be, with open eyes; to bewitch us with form and content, and to surprise us – in other words: to give both courageous cinema and its audience a sensual and unique opportunity to enjoy a special encounter.”
Already during his studies of sociology, cinema and philosophy, Beat Schneider was involved in building Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, and he also investigated the hybridisation of the short cinematic form from a theoretical perspective. Starting in 2003, he became involved in Zurich's Kino Xenix, and significantly helped shape the cinema as one of its programme directors and as a member of the management team. In 2005, Schüren Verlag published his anthology "Xenix – Kino als Programm". Starting in 2007, Beat Schneider started to contribute his cinematic vision to the programme of Stadtkino Basel. In 2008, he and Nicole Reinhard won DEFA's Program Award. Beat Schneider has been deputy director of Stadtkino Basel, Landkino and Kinemathek Le Bon Film since 2012. In 2011, he and Nicole Reinhard founded Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel, which they still manage together.
“I want cinema to explore life, both my own and that of others; I want to feel the emotions as well as the social and political entanglements of today's human being. Films should be pure ecstasy, emotion and elixir – and Bildrausch is an inspiring forum and an enchanting festival.”
The Portuguese-born programmer Susana Santos Rodrigues is the co-founder of the film production and distribution company VAIVEM, and she works as a project consultant and programme delegate for Latin America and Portugal for the film festivals Rotterdam, Cinéma du Réel and Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel. She is also a member of the selection committees of the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival and the Hubert Bals Fund. She also works as an international consultant for the Doha Film Institute and as an external expert for Creative Europe – Media.
Bernd Brehmer is the co-founder, director and curator of UNDERDOX, the International Film Festival for Documents and Experiments in Munich. Since 1995, he has been one of the managers of Munich's Werkstattkino and has defined its internationally renowned film archive with his choice of film acquisitions. In 1991, he founded the film magazine "24", and from 2003 to 2006 he was the head of distribution of "Exit Verleihagentur", which was dedicated to documentary filmmaking as well as German independent productions. Bernd Brehmer has been a member of numerous juries and has curated film programmes for international festivals, including Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel.
Olaf Möller is a film critic, festival programmer and teaches film history Aalto University in Finland. The Cologne-based author writes regularly for specialist magazines such as "Sight & Sound", "Cinema Scope", "MUBI Notebook", "Eye for Film" and "Film Comment". Olaf Möller has also published books on film theory and history, including works on Dominik Graf, Thomas Heisse and Romuald Karmakar, and about post-war German cinema. He has, among other things, curated film programmes and retrospectives for Viennale, Locarno Film Festival and Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel, and is responsible for the retrospective of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Jean Perret worked as a film journalist for various publications as well as for French-speaking Swiss radio. In 1990, he created the Semaine de la critique at the Locarno Film Festival, and headed the indipendent section until 1995. From 1995 to 2010, Perret was the director of the international documentary film festival Visions du Réel in Nyon. In 2010, he was appointed as director of the film department of Haute école d'art et de design (HEAD) in Geneva, which he remained until his retirement in 2018. Today, he works as a moderator at numerous international film festivals, organises courses and seminars and writes for platforms such as www.filmexplorer.ch or magazines such as "La Couleur des Jours". For Bildrausch, Jean Perret curates the Thinking/Space, "a place of generous curiosity, which is shared with everyone".
Ursula Pfander puts Bildrausch into words and brings the film festival into the newspapers. She also works for the international documentary film festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, Locarno Film Festival, Solothurn Film Festival and is a board member of artlink, a Swiss organisation dedicated to cultural cooperation. Before becoming a freelance copywriter, concept designer and press officer, she was in charge of communications at Fribourg International Film Festival, and was responsible for Swiss film culture at the Swiss Federal Office of Culture. In the book "Rex, Roxy, Royal. Eine Reise durch die Schweizer Kinolandschaft" she portrayed the most beautiful cinemas of the Canton of Berne.
Christine Waelti worked in corporate communications for companies such as UBS AG or Basel Tourism for more than 20 years, and she most recently graduated with a Master of Advanced Studies in Marketing Management from the University of Basel. Since 2017, she has been managing innovative and strategic projects at the intersection between marketing and PR with her company Waelti Content & PR, has helped anchor the Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel brand even stronger in the city, and has also been active as a co-organiser of Adväntsgass in Glaibasel.
The Basel-based art historian and media scholar Fabian Frei works as a freelance artist and curator, among other things for the festival "Guck mal Günther, Kunst". He is also a board member of the Basel art space DOCK. At Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel, he ensures the smooth assembly and dismantling of the festival's physical infrastructure, coordinates the numerous volunteers and solves even the most tricky problems of the festival guests and the team.
Backoffice – Anna Weber
Proofreading – Dominik Suess
Translation – Andrew Blackwell
Transport of copies – Annick Meli
Advertisements – Barbara Keller-Bergheimer
Graphic appearance – Ludovic Balland Typography Cabinet
Team catering – Angela Knor
Bar managment – Adeline Sirlin
Chief operater – Johannes Wolfsperger