Press release, November 16, 2021


After Nicole Reinhard, the long-term director of Stadtkino Basel and Co-director of Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel left to take a post at Filmpodium Zurich, the trustees of Le Bon Film created a new management structure. A new director, who will take overall responsibility for the four film enterprises, will work alongside two artistic directors: Susanne Guggenberger for Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel and Beat Schneider for Stadtkino, Landkino and Kinemathek Le Bon Film. We are happy to announce that the board of the Le Bon Film association has chosen Samuel Steinemann as the new director. His previous role was as managing director of Künstlerhaus Boswil, a centre for music and culture. He will take up his new post in January 2022. With this appointment the new trio of directors, which together will form the management team, is complete.


Samuel Steinemann (Director)

Born in 1971, Samuel Steinemann grew up in Zug. After studying Musicology and Philosophy in Zurich, and Cultural Management in Winterthur, he founded the Sinfonietta Zug, whose founding concert was a live orchestration of Chaplin’s silent film classic “The Circus”. From 2000 he lead the festival Strings in Lucerne as managing director, with responsibility for numerous world wide concert tours, before taking over as artistic director of the multi-disciplinary non-repertory theatre Casino Zug, where he made a name for himself with creative event concepts. Most recently he was managing director of the Künstlerhaus Boswil. 


“With my experience in the performing arts I want to lead film arts in Basel towards a networked future, characterised by even more cooperations. Through a variety of cultural experiences we build a world that is truly experienced only live, in a particular place. I see a lot of potential here – and great strength compared to the Netflix sofa at home.”

Beat Schneider (Artistic Director Stadtkino Basel, Landkino, Kinemathek Le Bon Film)

Beat Schneider studied film, sociology and philosophy in Zurich, where he was active in a student film club early on. He later became a member of the directorial team and curator of the International Short Film Festival Winterthur. From 2003 to 2012 he co-directed the programm of the Kino Xenix in Zurich. In 2012 he became artistic director of Stadtkino Basel. From 1. December 2021 he will take on the role of artistic director for Stadtkino Basel, Landkino and Kinemathek Le Bon Film. 


“The history of film from the silent era to the cutting-edge present is an immensly rich ressource. I am looking forward to drawing on this history, and to further develop the Stadtkino Basel as a place of cinematic socialisation.”

Susanne Guggenberger (Artistic Director Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel)

Born in 1970 in Austria, Susanne Guggenberger studied history and communication sciences in Salzburg. She then worked for over two decades in various roles in the film industry, including as an independent documentary producer for Mira Film, as well as in World Sales at Autlook Filmsales and at the Filmfestival DOK Leipzig. Most recently she lived and worked for five years in Los Angeles. Since 1. October Susanne Guggenberger is responsible for the artistic directorship of Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel. 


“The cinematic exploration of our world and its almost endless variety of expression enrich my daily work. Bildrausch is a wonderful place, where this enthusiasm is cultivated and shared with audiences. I am looking forward to this new challenge!”


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