Andrea Staka

Andrea Staka

Andrea Staka was born in Switzerland in 1973. Having engaged with photography when she was still at school, Andrea Staka got accepted at the prestigeous London College of Printing in 1992. In London, her interest shifted from photography to film, and in 1993 she embarked on a MA in film at the School Of Visual Arts in Zurich from where she graduated in 1998 with her successful short film Hotel Belgrad.

Hotel Belgrad won Andrea Staka great recognition at international film festivals and was awarded several prizes. It found its way into Swiss cinemas as an opening short.

Andrea Staka moved to New York in 1999 where she shot the short film Daleko. In 2000, in co-operation with Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, she realized her first feature documentary Yugodivas, which screened in numerous international film festivals, including Locarno, Munich, Leipzig and Belgrade. After its thearical release in Switzerland, Yugodivas was nominated for the Swiss Film Awards as Best Documentary.

Since 2002, Andrea Staka has been working on the project Das Fräulein, and teaching. In 2005, she received a NYSCA grant (New York State Council of the Arts) for a short film idea to be shot in fall 2006.

Das Fräulein is her first narrative feature film. Andrea Staka lives in New York and Zurich.