So what of that early move to London? It must have been quite an adventure for a young woman from rural France? "It certainly was. There's a definitely a longing for something bigger because of where I grew up. There is a danger that you only have the mindset of the people you are with.
"Going to London... it's this explosion of amazing stuff. I'd never even been in a pub before. So, yeah, London was really, really exciting."
She studied at London College of Communication in Elephant and Castle but suffered a setback when - after completing her foundation year - she had her application to do a BA rejected. But it gave her a chance to show her mettle: "I was really upset and I asked myself: 'What am I going to do?'" She opted for stubornness: "I appealed to every single tutor and finally I was granted another interview... and somehow managed to get back in."
Hoetzeneder hadn't much enjoyed her foundation year which may, of course, have played a part in their decision to initially reject her so how did she rate the three years studying film for her BA? Aside from the opportunity to familiarise herself with a wide variety of equipment, what she most gained from her time at LCC was the relationships she formed with fellow students: "The people I met on my course was the most valuable aspect... many are still friends now." And they were also collaborators on her film projects.
She emerged with a degree and very little understanding of film-making's structures: "I didn't know what a production company is or what a creative researcher does. [At LCC] they really concentrate on the dream of being a filmmaker without really showing you how to get there."
Her graduation film was 'Belleville' (above) which she describes in terms which suggest it was an act of absolution: "It was a way of saying that I was okay about growing up in Belleville because, although it was very restrictive, it was also very inspiring."