In forming their new company FICTION PARK, producers Markus Halberschmidt and Maria Tsigka, focused on two simple principles: producing content they love to watch and providing an ecosystem for talent from around the globe.
FICTION PARK was born in Düsseldorf to develop and produce original Film and TV content that inspire and move international audiences. Whether science-fiction, fantasy, thrillers or comedies, what unites the company’s line-up is stories of enduring value. FICTION PARK is a playground for passion and vision in storytelling.
Markus Halberschmidt brings in an expertise of more than 25 productions and a problem-solving demeanor into the team. He started working as a creative producer in 1996 and won in 2000 his first producer’s award for The end of the war, his first international co-production. Among the films he produced over the years are international co-productions with 10 countries. His latest co-production Big father, small father and other stories with Vietnam held its world premiere in Competition at the 2015 Berlinale. Markus is a member of ACE. At FICTION PARK he is the spirited healer, with a talent to making things happen and turning ideas into action.
Maria Tsigka brings in a background of 10 years in development and a passion for the power of storytelling into the team. She started working in the film industry in 2001. Since then she has been involved in commercial, art-house and international productions and won awards with film projects in several markets. In 2010 Maria graduated Eave and in 2015 was selected in the prestigious Inside Pictures Program. At FICTION PARK she is the insightful force, who puts imagination into motion and has an eye for talent.
Since 2005, after his studies at the International Filmschool Cologne, Christoph Mathieu works as a screenwriter, journalist an marketing manager. His 3D-Sci-Fi-film „Life on Laika“, which he wrote with Dennis Todorovic, received the Wim Wenders Scholarship in 2015. In 2017 the book series „Lucid“, also written by Christoph Mathieu and Dennis Todorovic, was published by Bastei Lübbe. Beside these projects Christoph writes screenplays for German Television like the ZDF crime series „Professor T“.
Since 2014 Christoph works as marketing manager for film distributor Rushlake Media, where he oversees new video on demand solutions like Kino on Demand, a service which allows cinemas to present films online. As a freelancer he develops marketing strategies and concepts for film- and video-companies like Broadview TV, Tubelounge and Hitchon. He teaches marketing and drama at the Popakademie Mannheim.
You find more infos about Christoph Mathieu on his website
Damiano Femfert was born in 1985. His mother is Italian, his father German. He speaks and writes in German, Italian and English and presently lives in Italy. After high-school in Frankfurt and Melbourne, he has studied comparative literature at the Universities of Rome La Sapienza and Paris X Nanterre graduating with a thesis on James Joyce’s Ulysses, before attending the screenwriting class at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. Still in high school he started a collaboration with the German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau which lasted for 6 years. His articles appeared monthly under his columns “Stories from school” and later “Around the world”. His travel-writings have since appeared in other German-speaking newspapers like Neue Zürcher Zeitung or Handelsblatt, his theatre pieces and art related essays have been published in anthologies, his short films have participated at international festivals.
He is currently working on three feature-film projects and a novel. Besides his activity as a writer he also works as a curator of modern art for museums and institutions, and as a lecturer at LUISS University in Italy.
DENNIS ALME DE VISSCHER
Dennis Alme De Visscher is a multilingual scriptwriter for TV series and children’s animation seen on F5, BBC, Rai, Netflix, Disney Channel, CBC, Canal +, etc.
Born in Belgium, Norwegian citizen and living in Oslo and France, his passion is content: creating it and finding it. He also works as a Senior Acquisition Manager with 20 years of experience in providing scripted content in the multi-platform media landscape; a combination that allows him to build his skills as a content creator and provider.
Born in southern Germany as the son of a Czech mother and a Montenegrin father. Trained theater and television directing at ARTTS International in the UK, lived in and worked in Prague. Studied film directing and screenwriting at ifs international film school in Cologne, the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw and the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam. First feature SASHA (2010), second film SCHWESTER WEISS participated at eQuinoxe in 2013 and was theatrically released in Germany in 2016.
With co-writer Christoph Mathieu he has recently written a six-part eBook series titled LUCID, released by Bastei Lübbe in 2017. Their second project together, the screenplay LIFE ON LAIKA has been awarded with the Wim Wenders scholarship in 2015/16. He is currently working on HEXENKLAGE, a historical mini series funded by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and HOMESHOPPERS’ PARADISE, a TV comedy with writer/director Nancy MacGranaky-Quaye for SWR Television and Ziegler Film Germany.
You will find more infos about Dennis Todorovic on his website
Writer & Director
Konstantin Bojanov, born in Bulgaria in 1968, is a filmmaker and a visual artist. After graduating from the National School of Fine Arts in Sofia in 1987, he received an M.A. from the Royal College of Art, London, and later studied documentary filmmaking at NYU. His career as an artist began in London in the early 90s, and his work has been exhibited internationally private galleries and museums.
His directorial debut was the short film Lemon Is Lemon (2001), followed by the award-winning documentary Invisible (2005). Bojanov’s first feature film Avé premiered in 2011 at Semaine de la Critique, Cannes, and went on to win numerous prestigious awards. His second feature Light Thereafter (2017) premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and was nominated for the Huvos Tiger Award. He currently in development of his third feature Nights and Days. Konstantin Bojanov lives and works between Berlin and Sofia, Bulgaria.
Krisi Olivero is a screenwriter/producer from the US. She works in film, television, web and advertising and stays busy with a variety of topics and genres. She has worked with clients such ABC, Discovery Channel, ESPN and the US Olympic Committee.
She is committed to telling stories and believes strongly in the power of a writers’ room. Her recent short film, “Wander” which was written, shot and completed within a 48 hour time period, will be featured at the 2017 Festival de Cannes.
You will find more infos about the work of Krisi Olivero on her website
Screenwriter & Producer
A screenwriter/producer with more than ten years in the Film/Media industries, consultancy and research, Nick has built a career as an expert in script, story development and producing. He worked in many different international territories and have an intimate understanding of the creative process, working with companies including Weinstein Europe, Warner Brothers, Universal, Technicolor, Pressman Films, Animus, FCCE, ITV Bigtalk and many others to gain small number of screen credits for completed projects.
He also runs a small production company Threepunk Productions producing high quality short material. His first big budget Hollywood feature film (Associate Producer and script development) The Man Who Knew Infinity was released in 2016, Starring Oscar Winner Jeremy Irons and Oscar Nominee Dev Patel.
Peter Furrer is a screenwriter hailing from Mainz, Germany. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies, Peter went on to study Serial Storytelling at the International Film School Cologne where he graduated in 2015 with an M.A.
Now, Peter bounces around Germany as a freelance screenwriter, trying to get cool stuff made. In addition to that, he also works in the newly founded writers’ room at ZDF Digital in Mainz.
Thomas Bernhard Wipf, born in the Black Forest (Germany) in 1970, worked as an actor for more than 10 years, until he was discovered and promoted as a comedy-screenwriter by animation producer Prof. Gerd Hahn (Hahnfilm AG) in 2000. He developed and wrote for Hahnfilm the animation series The Gnarfs (Super RTL) and Lola Rabbit (NDR). He was author and editor for the TV Series The School Of Little Vampires (RBB) and furthermore developed the adventure series Red Caps (RAI).
His shortfilm Ludwig´s Lust was released by Constantin Film (FBW predicate „valuable“) and he got a state development funding for the script Pocket Money Millionaires in 2010. He currently is developing comedy clips for the MDR-production Medienkater and for his book- and TV Series The Avatars Of Morpheus – produced by Oetinger Verlag.