Petra HAFFTER

BIOGRAPHY

Petra Haffter is an award winning film writer/director/producer.  She studied at the Free University in Berlin, Germany and lives in the US since 1997.
 
Currently, Petra heads the documentary department at the NYFA, (New York Film Academy) Campus, Los Angeles and teaches at the UCLA.
Among other film schools she has taught are the USC School of Cinematic Art, the dffb, Berlin, the film school in Accra Ghana and in Mexico City.
 
Petra was trained as a commissioning editor at the ZDF (German broadcaster).
As a writer, director and / or producer she made more than 80 films - documentaries, TV movies and series and features.
A DEMON IN MY VIEW (with Anthony Perkins), THE KISS OF THE TIGER and CRASHKIDS are among her award winning movies.
IN SEARCH OF AMERICA, THE EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEATH, TRACKING AGATHA and THE GRUENDGENS ENIGMA belong to her most prestigious documentaries.
 
“While traveling 105 days through America, filming IN SEARCH OF AMERICA,” I came across a lot of what defines the U.S. nowadays. Near the end of our trip we arrived in this gorgeous little town called Seaside, Florida. I immediately fell in love with this unique beach town and was impressed that all of it became reality because of one person’s dream. The more I started to dig into the story, the more interested I became. But I also recognized how rocky the path was and fragile this community still is.
 
Seaside is not just an architectural gem, it is a human experiment and the best demonstration of New Urbanism. Seaside -  a City of Ideas.
I want to support this idea and to spread it out!"
                                                                                                         (Petra Haffter)