After majoring in film journalism and clinical psychology, Ivan worked for leading advertising agencies in Switzerland and Italy. In 2009 he founded Contrast Film based in Zurich and Bern, which he runs with his partners Stefan Eichenberger and Urs Frey. Their films were selected at Berlinale, Locarno, San Sebastian, qualified to run for Oscars and Golden Globes and won many awards e.g. Panorama Audience Award and Teddy Award at Berlinale, Max Ophüls Award at Saarbrücken, Swiss Film Awards, two Student Oscars and one Oscar nomination.
Contrast Film’s current line up includes films like Stefan Haupt’s The Circle, Hannes Baumgartner’s Midnight Runner and the 10 directors collective film Wonderland. Ivan was Switzerland’s “Producer on the Move” in Cannes and worked as a jury member at several film festivals such as Venice Film Festival, Molodist Kyiv, FICG Guadalajara in Mexico. He’s a member of the European Film Academy, Swiss Film Academy, Swiss Film Commission for Documentaries at the Federal Office of Culture and board member of the Swiss Film Producers’ Association SFP. The Circle screened in International Crime and Punishment Film Festival, in 2015.