Masterclass presented by SEBASTIAN STRASSER at the Apollo 111 Theater: ADVERTISING VS. CINEMA

director Sebastian Strasser will share his experience in the field and explain how to develop a complex narrative in a short format, either advertising or short film.


Sebastian Strasser is one of the most successful commercial directors in the world, with over 20 years of experience. He was born in Sibiu, and later studied in Germany at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. He worked as a writer and journalist for the German political show Zak / “Privatfernsehen” broadcast on ARD. In 2000, he began his career as a director.

He has won more than 200 international awards for his innovative advertising campaigns (16 Lion Awards at Cannes, multiple Gold and Silver Awards at the London IAA and the New York Festival), including for brands such as Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Nissan, Audi, BMW and Vodafone. Volkswagen’s “Kids on Steps” spot was selected as one of the top 20 commercials of the 21st century by Gunn Report in 2015. In addition to commercials, Sebastian also directs short films – his first Happy End short (with Matthias Schweighöfer and Katharina Schüttler) was screened at the Berlinale Film Festival in 2005.

In 2016, he moved to Los Angeles, where he developed the dystopian series Darklands as a creator, writer, director, the project being selected for production by the Warner Brothers studio.

His next short film, Apparat, starring Ulrich Thomsen and Ayelet Zurer, was made in 2019.

TUESDAY, APRIL 19 | APOLLO THEATER 111 | 5:00 p.m.

Reservations on The masterclass will take place at Apollo 111, and admission is free, subject to availability.

Organized by the Cinemascop Association, AIFF.6 is a cultural project co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration *, with the support of the United States Embassy in Romania ** and the Romanian Film and Audiovisual Producers Union – Romanian Association of Opera Management in Audiovisual.

Supported by: Banca Transilvania
Partners: Romanian Cultural Institute, Fortech, Europa Cinemas, French Institute of Romania, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Cinema Museum of the Peasant, Apollo 111, Eventbook, Voodoo Films.
Co-organized by Multi Media Est
Main media partner: Radio Guerrilla, AGERPRES.
Media partners: Days and Nights, Cinemap, Film Menu, Ziarul Metropolis, LiterNet, Movie News, IQads, SMARK, Films in Frame, The Institute, CineGhid, Munteanu Recommend, AARC – All About Romanian Cinema, Radio Romania Cultural

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** This project is partially funded by a grant from the US State Department. The opinions, findings and conclusions presented during the project belong to the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the US State Department.

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