Claudia Tomassini, born in Rome but based in Berlin since 1996, has worked in film PR for more than 20 years, working on more than 200 films as an international publicist, running international campaigns/launches and working with high-profile directors in both fiction and documentary. Since 2006, she has been founder and owner of claudiatomassini + associates. Claudia is member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the European Film Academy.
A partial list of directors she has worked with includes Roy Andersson, Petra Costa, Feras Fayyad, David France, Michel Franco, Matteo Garrone, Alex Gibney, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Abdellatif Kechiche, Andrei Konchalovsky, Victor Kossakovsky, Julia von Heinz, Agnieszka Holland, Markus Imhoof, Pablo Larraín, Albert Maysles, Nanni Moretti, Kornél Mundruczó, Alexander Nanau, Laura Poitras, Mohammad Rasoulof, Robert Redford, Jacques Rivette, Ettore Scola, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Giuseppe Tornatore, Ai Weiwei, Wim Wenders.
In 2019-2020, she handled the international Academy Awards© campaigns for the documentaries HONEYLAND by Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov and APOLLO 11 by Todd Douglas Miller on behalf of Neon and THE CAVE by Feras Fayyad on behalf of National Geographic. In 2014-2015 she handled production publicity and the international campaign for the Academy Award-winning documentary CITIZENFOUR by Laura Poitras, whose films THE OATH and RISK she also represented at the Berlinale and Cannes, respectively.
Recent projects include Kornél Mundruczó’s PIECES OF A WOMAN (Coppa Volpi for Vanessa Kirby as Best Actress), Michel Franco’s NEW ORDER (Silver Lion-Grand Jury Prize), Andrei Konchalovsky’s DEAR COMRADES! (Special Jury Prize) and Julia von Heinz’s AND TOMORROW THE ENTIRE WORLD at the 77.Venice Film Festival; Mohammad Rasoulof’s Golden Bear winner THERE IS NO EVIL, Victor Kossakovsky’s GUNDA (Encounters) and CHARLATAN by Agnieszka Holland at Berlinale 2020; the international launch of ATLANTIQUE by Mati Diop (Competition) and I LOST MY BODY by Jérémy Clapin (Semaine de la Critique) at the Cannes Film Festival 2019; COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau at the Venice Film Festival 2019 or the international launch of NEVER LOOK AWAY by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Competition) and AQUARELA by Victor Kossakovsky (Out of Competition) in Venice in 2018.
She has also collaborated with institutions such as the Film Society of Lincoln Center - Walter Reade Theater, MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, Film Department, Brooklyn Academy of Music-BAM, The Producers Guild of America, NYWIF - New York Women in Film and Television. Among the German institutions she has worked with are the Berlin International Filmfestival, Kino Arsenal, Filmfest Munich. Among her clients are Films Boutique, Beta, Participant Media, The Match Factory, Cinephil, Fandango, Cattleya, Charades, Neon, National Geographic, Rai Cinema, Rai Com and Filmitalia/ Cinecittà. The trade institutions and festivals she has represented and consulted include Cinema Chile, Bridging the Dragon, the Trentino Film Commission, the Film Commission Torino Piemonte and BLS Südtirol Alto Adige, the Film Fund and Commission of South Tyrol, Bellaria Film Festival, Biografilm Festival Bologna, the coproduction markets When East Meets West (Trieste) and Connecting Cottbus, the Montecarlo Film Festival and Alice della Città, the independent and parallel section of the Rome Film Festival and the VOD platform CHILI among past and present clients.
Claudia holds a degree in cinema studies from La Sapienza University of Rome. She started her career as a freelance journalist in Rome. From 1996 to 2003 she was responsible for the film programming and press office of the Cultural Department of the Italian Embassy in Berlin. From 2004 to 2009 she was based in New York.
Carsten Siebert started his collaboration with Claudia Tomassini in the late 1990s. Together, they have worked on PR and related issues for numerous films at most of the big international festivals. Their collaboration continues to this day, in parallel with his other professional assignments.
In addition to his PR work, Carsten is currently the Director of the Daniel Barenboim Stiftung, a Berlin-based foundation that supports several music- and education-related projects with a focus on Israel and Palestine. The foundation also manages the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra created in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said as a platform for young musicians from Israel, Palestine and several Arab countries to promote coexistence and intercultural dialogue. The orchestra is a regular guest at the most prestigious venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, Salzburg, Bayreuth, or the BBC Proms in London. His tasks include strategic communication for the foundation.
From 2004 to 2009, Carsten was the Executive Director of the Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation, a nonprofit organization that operates the Watermill Center on the East End of Long Island, an interdisciplinary international laboratory for performance. The Foundation with offices in New York also manages the vast collection of art works collected by its founder, Robert Wilson, and the archives documenting his work and collaborators. He also was the Managing Director of RW Works, Ltd, the entity organizing Wilson’s creative work. As such, he was in charge of PR for all related activities, placing major articles in international media such as The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Corriere della Sera, Neue Zürcher Zeitung or Vanity Fair, to name only a few. He remains a trustee of the Robert Wilson Stiftung.
From 1999 to 2004, Carsten worked for the international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, specializing in public sector, media, and telecommunication clients. He advised many cultural institutions from film festivals and museums to opera houses and orchestras. Thematically, his focus lay on post merger management for multinational companies and internal and external corporate communications.
Carsten studied philosophy and English and German Literatures in Munich, Berlin, and Philadelphia. After a short stint at the United Nations in New York, he returned to academia, receiving a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Humboldt University in Berlin in 1998 where he taught until 1999.
He regularly lectures on art administration at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. In addition to his academic publications, he has written articles on a wide range of topics, including winning strategies for print publishers, Italian movies of the 1990s, and the influence of modes of presentation on the way we think. He has been a member of many panels or juries, e.g. at the literature festival steirischer herbst, Austria, or the Hamptons International Film Festival, USA.