The St.Moritz Art Film Festival (SMAFF) was founded in 2020 as a non-profit association, with the declared intent of organising a national and international cinema and audio-visual festival in St.Moritz and the Swiss Engadin Valley and of fostering the dissemination of cinema, art and audiovisual culture at the cantonal, national and international level.

Executive Board+

Members elected by the General Assembly of Members of the Association. The Executive Board can be constituted up to seven members and is currently composed of: Martin Hatebur (Chairman), Francesca Ariani, Elena Foster and Rolf Sachs.

Curatorial Council+

The curatorial team is composed of art film specialists who discuss and select the programming with the Artistic Director. It is composed by Leonardo Bigazzi, Mary Pansanga and Róisín Tapponi.

Jury‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ +

The Jury changes every year, is composed of international members and according to the annual topic. The Jury for the 2024 edition will be announced shortly.

Art Advisory Board+

The Art Advisory Board is an independent group of opinion leaders, collectors, cultural activists and influencers, proposed by members of the Executive Board. The mission of the Art Advisory Board is to promote the activities of the Festival internationally, to elevate the cultural profile of the activities and to broaden the reach of the audience. It is composed of: Michel Auder, Johannes Binotto, Lionel Bouvier, Sabine Boss, Bob Colacello, Stuart Comer, Marie Donnelly, Elena Filipovic, Ladina Florinet, Maja Hoffmann, Samuel Keller, Andrea Lissoni, Matthias Lerf, Anthony McCarten, Shahryar Nashat, Iouri Podladtchikov, Pipilotti Rist, Roya Sachs, Tilda Swinton, Not Vital, John Waters, Oskar Weiss.


The first Chairman of the St.Moritz Film Festival is Dr. Martin Hatebur. Dr. Martin Hatebur has worked since 2001 as an independent attorney at law advising different international clients such as the Nestlé Group of companies, Basilea Pharmaceutica AG, Basel, Flexico Sarl, Paris, Jousse Entreprise gallery, Paris, White Cube gallery, London, Meyer Riegger gallery, Berlin, etc. Besides his activity as an attorney at law, Martin Hatebur collects contemporary art and is a member of different art institutions and museums worldwide. In particular, since 2008, he is President of the Kunsthalle Basel. He is a Swiss national and lives and works between St. Moritz, Basel and Paris.

Artistic Director+

Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Artistic Director of the St. Moritz Art Film Festival, is an architect and curator. After working with Herzog de Meuron in Basel from 2005 to 2007, he taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture as Unit Master for six years. In 2013, he founded Beyond Entropy Ltd, a curatorial agency operating in Africa and Asia. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Golden Lion for best national participation for the Angola Pavilion at the Venice Biennial. In 2015, he designed the Mangiabarche open-air gallery and directed the exhibition program for the MACC Museum in Sardinia. From 2017 until 2022, he worked as director for Hauser & Wirth Gallery in London and St.Moritz.

Managing Director+

Diana Segantini has her DNA in arts & culture being the great-granddaughter of the painter Giovanni Segantini and curating the family’s artistic heritage in the Engadin. She founded Segantini Unlimited, an agency focused in curation, arts advisory, cultural mediation and productions such as documentary & fiction films, art exhibitions, music concerts & art talks. Diana holds a Masters in International Relations, a specialisation in Documentary Filming & Radio Broadcasting and a PhD in Arab Islamic culture and is fluent in 10 languages. She is thrilled to be part of the team of SMAFF: “I am humbled to take on this new opportunity to build bridges, being deeply rooted in the valley and in art, we can show how arts & film can create a fascinating dialogue here in the Engadin and connecting it with the world”.

Head of Public Outreach+

Ewa Hess is a Swiss art and film critic. She started her trajectory as art and film critic with studies of literature at the University of Zurich and Sorbonne Paris. After working as film critic for «Berner Zeitung» she changed for the national Sunday paper «Sonntagszeitung» in Zurich, where she was in charge of a weekly cultural edition for 15 years. She was guest lecturer at University of Zurich and at Zurich Art School ZHdK.

Production manager+

Elisabetta Preite is a production manager focused on theatrical productions and tournées, podcasting, and editorial projects. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literature and has furthered her education with a Master’s in Media Management. Her master’s thesis, titled “Cross-platform consumption: the MTV case.” was conducted in collaboration with VIACOM International Media Network.