Andreas Fontana was born in Geneva in 1982. After completing his MA in Comparative Literature at the University of Geneva, he moved to Buenos Aires where he trained as a production assistant. In 2010 he graduated with an MA in film production from the ECAL in Lausanne and the HEAD in Geneva. His first short film, Cotonov Vanished (2009), won the First Steps prize at Vision du Réel in Nyon (2010). It also won the best short film prize at the Festival dei Popoli in Florence (2010). His last movie, Pedro M, 1981, was nominated for the Swiss Film Award 2016 in the short films category. In 2016, Andreas Fontana and Zahra Vargas received the Upcoming Lab Prize (Soleure) for the documentary Nothingwood. He has worked as a production assistant for Jean-Stéphane Bron, Ingrid Wildi, David Maye, and Mathias Staub. He has also worked as a script writer. Azor, his debut feature, had its world premiere in the Encounters section of the Berlinale earlier this year.