The Board

Partner organisations and their representatives


KASK and Conservatory / School of Arts Gent, Belgium

Martine Huvenne

Musicologist, lecturer and researcher on Sound and Music in Film at the School of Arts, Gent. Trained in Laban technique as a dancer. PhD on a phenomenological approach of sound in film (UVA 2012). Curator of the annual film music seminar of the Gent International Film Festival. Coordinator of SIAV.


Nederlandse Film Academie, the Netherlands

Ben Zijlstra
Studied mechanical engineering followed by sound and camera at the Netherlands Film Academy. Worked free-lance for 17 years in documentary and feature film: sound recording,  sound editing, sound design and mixing. From 2001 until present: Head of Sound Design at the Netherlands Film Academy, developed the sound design curriculum from scratch with emphasis on ‘team teaching’ and ‘sound as storytelling tool’.


ifs internationale filmschule köln, Germany

Su Nicholls-Gärtner
Su started her career on international film sets in Vancouver, Canada then moved to Germany in 1993. Here she became an editor for film and television. She has taught at the RTL School for Journalism and the ifs internationale filmschule köln since 2001 firstly as Head of Editing Picture & Sound and in July 2012 she took over the position of Head of Studies.


Andre Bendocchi-Alves
Andre Bendocchi-Alves studied and fell in love with film at the USP University in Sao Paulo, Brasil. Since 1988 he has worked on many award winning films such as Lisbon Story, Smilla Sense of Snow and Picco. He has been a member of the German Film Academy and the EFA since 2003 and has taught Filmmontage and Sound Design at the ifs since 2001. In 2009 Andre took on the position of Professor for Editing Picture and Sound at the ifs.