Later this month, Sarah Lotfi
, the extraordinarily gifted filmmaker from Colorado Springs, will speak in Geneva
as part of the United Nations
' World Intellectual Property Organization Open Innovation: Collaborative Projects and the Future of Knowledge
Lotfi, along with her team, will present "Open Collaborations in Independent Film" at this conference, examining "the processes of collaboration open to independent filmmakers in technology, business models, and financing," according to the press release. Then she'll screen her most recent film, Menschen
Lotfi on the set of Menschen.
Lotfi, who is 25, was approached after conference organizers watched the 2012 film, according to the release. Menschen
follows a German company at the end of World War II that has taken in a boy with a developmental disability, played in real life by an actor with Down syndrome. Lotfi is the keynote speaker, but will be presenting with Anastasia Cummings
, one of Menschen
's producers and a successful woman in the filmmaking field, as well as Ben Sullivan
, David Grauberger
and Jeremiah Delasio
, who work in the state film scene.
It's a tremendous honor for Lotfi, as WIPO
is one of the U.N.'s 17 specialized agencies. Other speakers at the conference include architect Rem Koolhaas
, film historian Kevin Brownlow
and actress Iréne Jacob
The conference runs Jan. 22-23, with Lotfi's presentation taking place the first day at 4 p.m. It's free and open to the public (register here
), should you have the means to cross the pond.