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Pia Marais


Of Swedish/South African parents, Pia Marais grew up in both countries.
Having studied art at Chelsea School of Art (London), The Rietveld Akademie (Amsterdam) and KunstAkademie (Duesseldorf), she went on to study film at the DFFB in Berlin, where she is still based.


After several engagements in film business in Germany as casting director, assistant director and writer, she made her feature debut with The Unpolished, which won various prizes, including Rotterdam’s Tiger Award in 2007.

Her second feature film At Ellen's age, was developed at the Cannes Résidence and premiered at the International Competition in Locarno Film Festival in 2010, followed by many other international festivals, including: Toronto, London, Bafici, MoMa New Directors/ New Films. Besides other awards, she received for the second time the Crossing Europe Award and Jeanne Balibar won Best Actress Award in Buenos Aires for her outstanding performance in the film.

Layla Fourie, her third feature premiere at the 2013 Berlinale Competition.


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"Decompression" by Yona Rozenkier won $50,000 at the Lab's closing events
The 2018 Lab Dates: 3-10.12.2017, 20-25.03.2018
"I Dream in Another Language" was accepted to the Sundance Film Festival
"Decompression" was selected to the Cannes Film Festival L’Atelier
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