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Sven Zellner · short biography


Sven Zellner studied cinematography at the Munich University of Television and Film. His photo reportages are distributed by the Hamburg-based agency Focus. He has come second in the »BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year« awards twice and published his first book of photographs when he was 22 years old. His photos appeared in GEO, Terra Mater, Leica Fotografie International, DAS MAGAZIN, GEO international, VIEW, Progresso Fotografico, GEOlino, ZEIT Leo, FAS, SZ, Spiegel Online, LensCulture, delayed gratification.
His photo essay »Ninjas« about informal gold miners in Mongolia was presented at the international festival of photo journalism, »Visa pour l’image – Perpignan«, in 2011 and in an exhibition at the International Munich Filmfest 2012 and by the German embassy in Ulaanbaatar Darkhan und Erdenet from 2013-2014. The exhibition »Mongolian Disco« was presented in the Radialsystem V in Berlin 2014, the LFI Gallery in Hamburg 2014 and in the German House at the UN Plaza in New York 2015.
2015 Sven Zellner received a honorable mention for his long-term project »Childhood in Romania« by the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography and Film. 2013 he received the VG-Bild-Kunst-grant of der Stiftung Kulturwerk for his project »Greenland’s Future Generation« which was published in GEO 02/2016.
»Price of Gold« is his debut cinema documentary as director. It had its world premiere at the HotDocs Film Festival in Toronto and it received the ARTE Documentary Film Award 2012 at the Duisburger Filmwoche. Director and cinematographer Sven Zellner spent about four years to find and be accepted by the protagonists for his film and he understands the Mongolian language.
He has been the director of photography for feature movies like »Die Hummel« by Sebastian Stern (Bavarian Film Award 2010) and »Don't look at me that way« by Uisenma Borchu (FIPRESCI prize for the best feature at the Filmfest Munich 2015, Bavarian Film Award 2015, Most Promising Talent Award 2016, Osaka).

Sven Zellner gives lectures at the Munich University of Television and Film and at the University of Applied Science Darmstadt.

 

 

Filmography Sven Zellner

 

Director:

2012 »PRICE OF GOLD« cinema-documentary · director, writer, cinematographer, editor
ARTE-Dokumentarfilmpreis 2012
Dokfilmwoche Hamburg 2013
Duisburger Filmwoche 2012
Hot Docs Film Festival Toronto · official selection 2012
World Showcase · the year's finest non-fiction films from around the world
Filmfest München 2012 · Neues Deutsches Kino
Brooklin Film Festival 2012
Bel Docs 2012
3rd prize BR / Telepool Treatment Award for Best Documentary at Munich Filmfest 2009

 

Cinematographer · DOP:

2015 »Don‘t look at me that way« · »Schau mich nicht so an« ·
directed by Uisenma Borchu · 88 min · Uisenma Borchu, Catrina Stemmer, Josef Bierbichler
FIPRESCI AWARD 2015 for best film NEUES DEUTSCHES KINO · FILMFEST MUNICH 2015
Best Feature · Filmkunsttagen Sachsen-Anhalt 2015
Special Mention International Tarragona Filmfestival REC 2015, Spain
Nomination for First Steps Award 2015
Bayerischer Filmpreis für beste Nachwuchsregie 2015 / Bavarian Film Award 2015 for best newcomer director
MOST PROMISING TALENT AWARD · Osaka Asian Film Festival 2016
Grand Prix · Taipei Film Festival · New Talent Competition 2016


2012 »Khuyagaa - Tag im Leben eines Nomadenjungen« documentary · KiKa · makido film · directed by Uisenma Borchu, director of photography

2011 »Tatort - Ein ganz normaler Fall« feature film · directed by Thorsten C. Fischer, camera operator

2011 »Deutscher Fußballbund (DFB) – Umweltspot« directed by Sönke Wortmann, camera operator

2011 »Ein vorbildliches Ehepaar« Regie: feature film · Ben Verbong, camera operator & 2nd Unit

2011 »Thos Brand Video« · Thos Cashmere · Paris / Mongolei · directed by Uisenma Borchu, director of photography
Porsche international student advertising film award 2012

2010 »Die Hummel« feature film directed by Sebastian Stern, director of photography
2010 Bayerischer Filmpreis / Bavarian Film Price

2010 »Himmel voller Geigen«/»Serendipity« documentary · directed by Uisenma Borchu, cinematographer
2012 DokFest Munich · megaherz filmschool award · 2011 Kassel Documentary Film Festival · 2011 International Festival of the film schools Munich

2009  »Freunde von Früher« short film · directed by Tim Moeck, director of photography
2009 Hofer Filmtage · price for the best production design, Max Ophüls Filmfest

2007 »Donne-moi plus« documentary, directed by Uisenma Borchu, director of photography
2008 FESTIVAL DE CANNES, german films - next generation 2008, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York,...

2007 »Die City Schläft - Blumentopf - Album Musikmaschine« music video, MTV directed by Tim Fehlbaum  and Janna Ji Wonders, cinematographer

2006 »Der Fliegende Mönch« short fiction film, directed by Batmunh Suhbaatar, cinematographer

2006 »Anahit - Spurensuche in Armenien« documentary, directed by Anahit Roth, cinematographer

2006 »Du und Ich - Blumentopf - Album Musikmaschine« music video, MTV, directed by Janna Ji Wonders, cinematographer

2005 »Der Engel Heut Nacht« short fiction film directed by Tim Moeck, director of photography

2005 »Lieb ich Dich« directed by Janna Ji Wonders and Tim Fehlbaum, cinematographer
2006 Kurzfilmpreis, kurzundschön WDR, 2006 Bester Kurzfilm & Publikumspreis, local heros

2004 »Der Weg nach Shambhala« short fiction film, directed by Batmunh Suhbaatar, cinematographer 

2003 »Für Julian« short fiction film, directed by Tim Fehlbaum, cinematographer 

2003 »Warten auf den Sommer« documentary, directed by Janna Ji Wonders, cinematographer
2004 Nachwuchspreis des Journalistinnenbundes, 2004 Dokfest Munich · 2004 VGIK Moscow 

 

 

photography

2015 honorable mention for »Childhood in Romania« by the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography and Film

2015 »Mongolian Disco« exhibition German House UN Plaza New York

2014 »Mongolian Disco« exhibition RADIALSYSTEM V Berlin

2014 »Mongolian Disco« single exhibition LFI Gallery Hamburg

2013-2014 »NINJAS« single exhibition Ulaanbaatar, Darkhan and Erdenet Mongolia

2013 VG BILD-KUNST grant of the Stiftung Kulturwerk

for »GREENLAND'S FUTURE GENERATION« · »DIE JUGEND GRÖNLANDS«

2013 2nd prize BR / Telepool Treatment Award for Best Documentary at Munich Filmfest 2013

2012 ARTE-Dokumentarfilmpreis / ARTE Documentary Film Award

2012 HFF-Scholarship for media art of the Kirch-Stiftung for the exhibition »NINJAS«

2012 »NINJAS« single exhibition HFF Munich

2012 PHOTOCRATI FUND Honorable Mention for »nomadic children«

2009 3rd prize BR / Telepool Treatment Award for Best Documentary at Munich Filmfest 2009

2000 runner-up BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2000

1995 runner-up BBC Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1995

 

 

»Don‘t look at me that way« · »Schau mich nicht so an« · directed by Uisenma Borchu · 88 min · Uisenma Borchu · Catrina Stemmer · Josef Bierbichler

 

FIPRESCI AWARD 2015 for best film NEUES DEUTSCHES KINO · FILMFEST MUNICH 2015
Best Feature · Filmkunsttagen Sachsen-Anhalt 2015
Special Mention International Tarragona Filmfestival REC 2015, Spain
Nomination for First Steps Award 2015
Bayerischer Filmpreis für beste Nachwuchsregie 2015 / Bavarian Film Award 2015 for best newcomer director
MOST PROMISING TALENT AWARD · Osaka Asian Film Festival 2016
Grand Prix · Taipei Film Festival · New Talent Competition 2016

 

Grand Prix · Taipei Film festival · New Talent Competition ( Uisenma Borchu · Sven Zellner)

 

 

 

 

SVEN ZELLNER PHOTOGRAPHY DOCUMENTARY FILMS EXHIBITIONS VITA CONTACT
  NINJAS - GOLD RUSH MONGOLIA MONGOLIAN DISCO MONGOLIAN NOMADS NOMADIC CHILDREN WRESTLERS MONGOLIA NAADAM - HORSE RACES BLACK LIVES MATTER
 
  PRICE OF GOLD CHILDHOOD IN ROMANIA AIDS EPIDEMIC ROMANIA GREENLAND'S FUTURE GENERATION BAYERISCHER WALD LANDSCAPES