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Sir Karim Patwas CV

Born in Hillingdon, London. Childhood in Biel, Switzerland

1985 - 89
Apprenticeship as a electromechanic

1986 - 89
Photography course at art school, Biel

1989 - 91
Press photographer for the local press.

1992 - 1996
Studies at art school, Lucern film dept. HSLU.

1996 - 2010
Developing and directing short and feature films.

since 2010
Developing scripts and directing long feature films for cinema.

since 2003
Teaching at some extremly cool places...

Filmography (selection)

Supersonic Airglow (Music Documentary) 50' / DCP
Production: Studio Impossible, Zurich
Starring: The Young Gods & Koch-Schütz-Studer

Driften (Feature Drama) 91’ / DCP
Production: Langfilm AG, Freienstein
Starring: Max Hubacher, Sabine Timoteo, Marie-Susanne Wrage, Andrea Zogg u.a.

Commercial for Migros „M-Budget WG“
Orderer: Jung von Matt AG, Zürich. Client: Migros Genossenschaft, Zürich

All tomorrows birthday parties (Music Video) 4‘15“
Production: ADO, Fuka Fonds, Regional Filmfound, Lucern

Brother (Short Feature) 14‘ / HDV
Production: Maulwurf Produktion Berlin

High above ground (Dok) ca. 14‘ / MiniDV
Production: Karmer Pataks, Sister Cities exchange Programm: Luzern - Chicago.

The Chronomaniacs (Short Feature) 10‘ / 35mm
Production: Dschoint Ventschr AG, Zürich
Starring: Janic Halioua, Cheryl Graf, Ueli Jäggi, Urs Bihler, Stefan Rutz u.a.

Karim Patwa’s Spaceship (Docufiction) 60’00“/Digibeta
Production: Dschoint Ventschr AG, Zürich

The AV-Workshopsupporter (Short Feature) 8’30”/16mm

Prices & Funding

Werkbeitrag by the Filmstiftung Zürich
for script development

25. Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
NDR Regiepreis (best director award) for DRIFTEN

Swiss Film Award best actress Sabine Timoteo for DRIFTEN

Max Ophüls Price, Saarbrücken for DRIFTEN
-Price by the Saarländischen Ministerpräsidentin (best director award)
-Fritz-Raff Price for best script
-Price by the Ökumenische Jury

Treatment funding for STALKING, Migros Kulturprozent.

City grant by the canton of Lucern (Werkbeitrag)


Three weeks research in Durban for the project CORNUBIA STORIES, supported by Pro Helvetia South Africa.

Six month studio grant in Varanasi, India. Supported by Fuka Fonds, Lucern and the swiss cultural cities conference (SKK).

Four month studio grant in Chicago supported by the city of Lucern.


1996 - ongoing
Represented at a number of filmfestivals: Int. Filmfestival Locarno, Int. Filmfestival Singapore, Max Ophüls Price Saarbrücken, Molodist IFF Kiew, Cinequest San Jose, Shortfilmfestival Hamburg, Shortfilmfestival Winterthur, Shortfilmfestival Zürich, Solothurner Filmtage a.m. in TV2.jpg,Mirr_Mam Tanzen.jpg und Ich Bebe.jpg