Petra's Biography

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Petra Haffter is an award winning filmmaker and president of 7 MILES MEDIA.
Currently she is prepping, "FLORIDA VISIONARIES" and the series "SECRETS OF THE STONES."

Petra's five part series for ARTE: "THE COLORS OF THE DESERTS" took her to Bolivia, the Colorado Plateau, Mojave Desert, Egypt and Jordan.

The Bolivian episode, entitled "THE WHITE UYUNI," was awarded "BEST CAMERA" prize at the 2012 NATURVISION FILM FESTIVAL in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

For her contribution to human cultural understanding and collaboration, she was awarded the 2013 Special Artist Award by the Chengzhong Culture and Education Focus Foundation for her work: "THE COLORS OF THE DESERTS."

With the film, "SAFE HAVEN", based on the novel from Fran Yarif, Petra will continue her career as a feature film director.

She wrote an article for epd magazine on the Turner Classic Film Festival in Hollywood (click here)

Previous work included the prime-time non-fiction TV series "IN SEARCH OF AMERICA".

THE ABSOLUTE BEGINNING
Petra studied Communication, Drama and Political Science in Berlin, Germany. She began her career as photographer. After working for the ZDF, she decided to embark as an Independent Producer.

She was successfully with movies for children. (BANANA PAUL & THE FIDGIN). She continued with European Co-Productions, as her movies garnered film and art awards.

"RED KISS" (with France) won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

"KARNABAL" (with Spain) earned multiple film and art awards. After that Petra decided to concentrate on writing and directing.

Her breaktrhough came with "EXOTIC PLEASURES" (TV), an apocalyptic love story between a woman and a big black raven, based on a short story of Peter Carey. It was followed by the highly regarded "KISS OF THE TIGER" (movie), an erotic thriller feature based on Francys Rieck’s "Voulez vous mourir avec moi" ("the darkest novel I’ve ever written" F.R.).

"A DEMON IN MY VIEW" (movie), based on the thriller by renowned English writer RUTH RENDELL and starring ANTHONY PERKINS, received the SPECIAL JURY PRIZE at the 1992 International Fantastic Adventure Film Festival in Yubari, Japan, with ROBERT WISE serving as Jury President. In Cattolica, Italy, cast member UWE BOHM was awared the “Best Supporting Actor" award.

HER PASSIONS: TRAVEL, SOLES & SUSPENSE
In 2003 she received a 'Certificate of Appreciation' from the City of Los Angeles for her documentary about the city.

In 2004 Petra received an award for her outstanding documentary TRACKING AGATHA, where she followed in the footprints of Agatha Christie from London to Iraq. ("I finally combined my two loves: crime and travel")

In her personal and artistic short film "PER PEDES" - Confessions of a Shoe Fetishist , she reveals her secret passion for shoes.

Specializing in suspense and action, Petra Haffter directed numerous movies of the week for European Television (such as "Tatort") and worked with German stars such as Til Schweiger, Goetz George, Hannelore Elsner and Anna Thalbach.

Many of her films are based on her own screenplays."ALLEY CAT" – the nine lives of Valeska Gert awarded script grant from the German Federal Film Board (FFA) and is now ready for production.

In addition to her film work Petra writes and photographs for magazines, anthologies and newspapers.

TEACHING & SHARING

If she isn’t shooting, Petra is teaching and guest speaking all around the world (Africa, Mexico, Korea, Germany and in the US. (“Teaching aspiring filmmakers and young professionals has always been part of my professional life “, P.H.”).

Among the film schools: the School for Cinematic Art, USC; UCLA Extension; dffb, Berlin; and NYFA, Los Angeles where she had developed the MFA program for Documentary Film Making. She was chairing that department for two years, before embarking on "THE COLORS OF THE DESERTS" series.

Petra Haffter has made more than 100 films, documentaries, music videos and stage plays.  She has served as a member of Film and Theatre Juries, Festival Boards and Committees for Film Funding.
With thedocdocs.com Petra consults and guides other documentary filmmakers.
With 7 MilesMedia.com she produces and co-produces films.