A graduate from the film school INSAS in Brussels in 1999, Joëlle Bertossa worked on several films as a first director’s assistant before being hired by Nicolas Wadimoff at Akka Films in 2003 where she produced such films as Aisheen, Still Alive in Gaza. In 2012, Joëlle founded Geneva-based Close Up Films. Since then, she has produced around 20 documentaries and 6 fictions, among which Advocate, a documentary directed by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche, which premiered at Sundance and went on winning awards at several festivals. Most recently, she coproduced the feature films Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness by Massoud Bakhshi, winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and Philippe Garrel’s The Salt of Water, which premiered as part of the Berlinale’s Official Selection in 2020. Before that, Joëlle Bertossa coproduced Cesar documentary winner I Am not Your Negro directed by Raoul Peck, and acclaimed animation film The Swallows of Kabul, by Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec that premiered in Competition Un certain Regard in Cannes in 2019. Through her company Close Up Films, Joëlle Bertossa is also very much attached in following young swiss directors and won twice the prestigious Prix de Soleure that honores the best swiss film. She revealed directors such as Karim Sayad (Of Sheep and Men, My English Cousin), Michele Pennetta (Pescatore di corpi, Il mio corpo) or Maya Kosa and Sergio da Costa (Rio Corgo, Bird Island).