CEO, Partner & Producer
Sarah Born grew up in Germany and Spain. She studied cultural sciences at Europa Universität Viadrina. In 2004 she started working as production assistant at NikoFilm Berlin. From 2007–2011 she worked in sales and acquisition at First Hand Films in Zurich. In 2009 she participated in the EURODOC Programme for European documentary film producers. In 2011 she started working in film production again. Since May 2012, she has been a producer at Catpics Ltd and, since September 2014, the co-owner of Catpics AG, as well as managing director. Sarah Born is a member of the SWAN and EWA Network and juror at the film fund in Zug.
Theresa Berres studied Literature-, Art- and Media Studies at the University of Constance. From 2013 to 2014 she participated in the ERASMUS programm, studying at the University College Cork in Ireland. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Zurich, holding a Master of Arts in film studies.
In addition to her studies, she worked as an assistant director at the Theater in Constance. From 2015 to mid-2016, she interned at the Worldsales and Swiss distribution company First Hand Films. Since autumn 2016 she is production assistant at Catpics Ltd. In 2018 she also started working at CognitoFilms Ltd and Cine Royal Productions Ltd.
Urs Lindauer studied philosophy and political sciences at the University of Zurich, holding a complete notary training and confederate High School Certificate. Later he moved on studying the Network Cinema CH Master, graduating with a Master of Arts in Film Studies in 2010. From 2010 to 2013 he ran the Schweizer Jungendfilmtage in Zurich. Afterwards he worked on the production of animated films at Kompost Film Production GmbH. Since mid 2015 he works as accountant at Catpics Ltd.
Catpics Ltd was founded in 1984 as an independent production company in Zurich. The company has specialized in quality feature films, documentaries and high-end drama with commercial appeal. Based in Switzerland, Catpics Ltd not only focuses on telling great stories in unique ways but also on producing commercially viable feature films for the global marketplace. Sarah Born took over the company in 2018, and dedicated herself to collaborate with like-minded international and domestic creatives and partners to bring great stories to the screen.
Catpics is a member of the European Producers Club.
Catpics Ltd. was founded in 1984. From the very start the goal was to produce high-quality films with a big box-office potential. With „Black Tanner“ (1986, directed by Xavier Koller), „The Saltmen of Tibet“ (1997, doc by Ulrike Koch), „Gripsholm“ (2000, Xavier Koller) and „Late Bloomers“ (2006, Bettina Oberli) Catpics Ltd. represented Switzerland in the Oscar competition. The coproduction „Set Me Free“ (2000, Léa Pool) was the official Canadian entry for the Academy Awards, and the film was shown in competition at the Berlinale. „Journey of Hope“ by Xavier Koller won the Oscar for „Best Foreign Language Film“ in 1991.
The feature film „Late Bloomers“ by Bettina Oberli reached 600'000 admissions. The documentary „Mani Matter – why are you so sad?“ (2002, directed by Friedrich Kappeler) sold 150'000 tickets. These two Catpics titles are among the most succesful Swiss productions of all times.
Founding Partner &
Consulting Senior Producer
Alfi Sinniger, born in 1949, studied German and English at the University of Bern in Switzerland and afterwards at the London Film School. Here his tutor was Mike Leigh. From 1974 onwards he free-lanced in different areas of the film business. He worked as an assistant to the director and a production manager for people like Tony Scott, Maximilian Schell and Xavier Koller.
Since 1984 he regularly produces films by Xavier Koller, Léa Pool, Friedrich Kappeler, Ulrike Koch and Bettina Oberli. In 1984 he founded Catpics Ltd together with Xavier Koller.