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Susanne Mann

Susanne Mann




Decision Maker 2017


Susanne startet off with linguistics and communication, before she ended up exploring new territory - and studied producing at the German Film- and Television Academy of Berlin (dffb), Germany. Several years of freelancing as assistance and production-coordinator in national and international feature film productions happened before and besides that.
With her short film WAHTS LEFT by David Nawrath she gets nominated for the German Film Award and the European Film Award. Her diploma film is OH BOY by Jan-Ole Gerster, for which she takes over the production management. It wins 6 German Film Awards incl. Best Film, Best Script, Best Director; the European Discovery of the Year 2013 and the Audience Award (European Film Award) and 20 more awards around the festival circuit and gets sold in all major territories for cinema releases.
In 2009 she founds her company zischlermann filmproduction Gmbh with her associate Paul Zischler, which produces feature films of all genres as well as creative documentaries in and for an international market.

company profile

ZISCHLERMANN FILMPRODUKTION is a company based in Berlin, Dresden and Lübeck run by Susanne Mann and Paul Zischler. The company produces both features and creative feature documentaries, co-producing with international partners for a broader market. Concentrating on international co-productions with mainly fiction films for cinema release, they also aim for high quality media content for TV/VOD and lately develop series.

We firmly believe that good scripts will always get made. With both the fictional and the documentary films we produce we want to tell stories from people and places in this world. We want to inspire and give broader views on current issues.
Their latest international co-productions are the THE EREMITES by the Italian director Ronny Trocker, which is a German-Austrian production, premiered at the Venice Filmfestival in the Orrizonti Section and is still on shown at prestigious festivals around the world. The German-Australian feature ELIXIR by director Brodie Higgs, which had its world premiere at the Berlinale 2015; In German cinemas released was SEX & CRIME by Paul Florian Müller.

On the documentary side of film, there is WAR OF LIES by Matthias Bittner (IDFA, HotDocs Toronto), which won the International Emmy for Best Foreign TV-Documentary in 2016 and and just recently released in German cinemas the documentary CONNY PLANK - THE POTENTIAL OF NOISE.

zischlermann filmproduction is a member of ACE (Paul Zischler) and The German Independent Producers Association.