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Berlin: a European hub for some of the world’s most creative individuals. For the past decade or so, Berlin established itself as a magnet for filmmakers of all genres and mediums; From VR to Documentaries, to Narrative fiction and video art. They all come to this multicultural haven. The city’s charm is in the quality and quantity of filmmakers who make Berlin their home. Here’s a humble list of 10 Berlin Filmmakers to keep an eye on. All very diverse (just like the city itself) in their type of work and style. All are very interesting creative filmmakers who won major awards in recent years and seem to be on the rise among the thousands of filmmakers creating in this vibrant city.

Astrid Menzel

Astrid has worked as an Assistant Director in both Berlin and Lisbon. Since 2016, she has mainly realised her own artistic ventures with several short films she has created. On April 2019, she won the highly lucrative National Competition in the Dresden film festival with her short film UNLIKE TODAY. Currently she’s working on the production of her documentary feature Flausen im Kopf and on her first narrative feature script.

Marcus Tell

After leading a mutiny at Tel Aviv University, and directing two internationally successful short films (Medea and An ambush in the limbo), Marcus moved to Berlin where he’s filming his first German language film called Nothing of her own and developing a feature length script by the same name.

Divina Kuan

Divina is a strong voice in Berlin’s queer cinema. She received her Master’s degree from The New School University in New York, and was the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship. Now, she lives in Berlin where she directs commercials for big brands such as Nike and independent short films. In the past she also taught filmmaking in the Philippines. Currently, she’s working on her feature film debut.

Ines Moldavsky

After Winning the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the 2018 Berlinale with her short The Men Behind the Wall, Ines moved to Berlin, where she continues to create experimental short films that deal with anxiety, sexuality and politics in her own a unique way. Her previous short films include Here I was Dumped (2012), Thirty Plus (2013) Midnight (2015) and Cold Facts (2016). Currently she’s in post-production on her new mid-length film.

Philipp Eichholtz

A representative of the young German mumblecore filmmaking movement. Unlike most on the list, Philipp already dipped his head into feature filmmaking and has directed 4 independent low-budget features. He’s still growing strong and the popularity of his films is on the rise, with his film Everything always all the time opening the 15th achtung berlin – new berlin film award.

Eliza Petkova

Eliza is a Bulgarian born filmmaker living in Berlin. Her graduation short film, from the German Film and Television Academy, ABWESEND (ABSENT) was nominated for a Cinéfondation Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, and her first feature film, ZHALEIKA (2016), premiered at the Berlinale Generation 14Plus. Currently, her new short film The Others is touring the film festival circuit.

Rainer Kohlberger

Rainer’s work is primarily based on algorithmically generated graphics that are exposed in live performances, experimental films and installations. His short film Not even nothing can be free of ghosts (2016) was selected for a Tiger Award for Short Films at IFFR 2016, and later Rainer’s films went on to be nominated two times at the Berlinale Shorts: Keep that dream burning (2017) and It has to be lived once and dreamed twice (2019).

Filip Antoni Malinowski

Soleil Film, Filip Malinowski
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Filip is an Award winning documentary filmmaker, which lives between Berlin and Vienna. His feature documentary Guardians of the Earth (2017) was a festival favourite around the world. As well as directing, Filip runs his own production company Soleil Film, and has produced multiple feature documentaries in the last decade, among them films like Troublemaker, and Gwendolyn. Now, he is working on his next project here in Berlin.

Maxim Kuphal-Potapenko

Maxim’s graduation film Lass mal los was screened at Slamedance and at Achtung Berlin among others. He mixes narrative fiction, documentary and still photography in his works. When he was on the Script Station at the Berlin Film Festival, he developed his future feature film. Currently, he’s in post-production of Events of Cosmic Proportions, a short film that tells the tale of the day the Earth stopped spinning.

Magda Chmielewska

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Magda Studied in the Film academy in Vienna where she studied under Michael Haneke. After her graduation, she moved to Berlin and won the prestigious First Steps Award in Berlin for best newcomer with her graduation short Heaven’s meadow, that’s still being screened in festivals all over the globe. She’s currently working on multiple new and exciting narrative projects.

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