Duscha Kistler read History of Art and Film Studies in Zurich. While she was at university, Duscha Kistler was involved in the organisation of various exhibitions and multimedia projects. After that she was involved in Videoex, the international video and experimental film festival in Zurich, where she played a significant part in three of the festivals. Her great passion for film, art and film festivals ultimately led her to animated film and, consequently, to Fantoche.
Duscha Kistler was responsible for the commercial management of the Fantoche Festival in 2003 and 2005. She has been the creative head of the festival since Fantoche 2007. As Artistic Director, she designs and coordinates the entire festival programme, chooses upon the special features, initiates various cooperations and leads the competition selection processes. In addition to that, she bears overall responsibility for the catalogue and programme texts in her capacity as author or editor.
Andrea Freund read Culture Management at the University of Zurich in Winterthur. In addition, she has developed a wide range of expertise as the designer of various art, theatre and music projects. After obtaining a variety of experience in business and advertising, she was employed as a "Film Production Manager" at teamstratenwerth in Basel from 2004 to 2006 where she familiarised herself greatly with the medium of film. She was Commercial Director at Fantoche from September 2006 to October 2010.
She has been responsible as Commercial Director Fantoche for operational implementation of the festival and for the overall administration. Her tasks include budget and finance accounting, fundraising and sponsoring, human resources and contracting, as well as coordinating the entire festival geographics and ticketing. She holds all the threads of the festival organization in her hands, and is responsible for smooth and seamless production.