Sebastian Heinzel, born 1979 in Kassel, works as an author, director and film producer. He starts his career as a journalist for newspapers and music television. Later on he discovers his passion for creative documentary film. Before he studies directing at the Film Academy Baden Wuerttemberg he realizes the feature documentaries 89 MILLIMETRES and b24. Both films are theatrically released throughout Germany and Austria. His short documentary SAMAGON is invited to over 40 film festivals worldwide and receives international awards as many of his other films.
Sebastian Heinzel teaches film in workshops and seminars worldwide. He is the founder of his own production company HEINZELFILM, based in the Black Forest.
2014 CARMINA – VIVA LA DIFFERENCE! (CINEMA) D 2014, 80 min.
Diversity Award, Festival Assim Vivemos, Rio de Janeiro 2015
Biberacher Filmfestspiele 2014
Thetarical release in Germany 2015
2014 THE GERMANS ARE BACK – TRACING THE PAST IN BELARUS D/BLR 2014, 60 min.
Nominated for the DAVID Film Award 2014
2010 THE FOREST INSIDE D 2010, 67 min.
International Documentary Festival Kassel 2010
Biberacher Filmfestspiele 2010
2008 LOST PARADISE D/UKR/BRA , 60 Min.
International Film Festival Sofia 2009
Nominated for A38-Production Grant, International Documentary Festival Kassel, 2008
2006 VERBÜNDUNGSHAUS FFORST (ZDF/ARTE) D/PL 2006, 12″, DV
Winner of the ARTE-shortfilm competition «Germany-Poland: A User’s Manual»
2006 DERYA (ZDF/DOKUKANAL) D 2006, 40″, 16mm
Prädikat Wertvoll, FBW Kurzfilm des Monats, November 2006
2004 SAMAGON(ARTE/3SAT/PBS/COXCABLE/SBS) BLR/D2004,12 Min.
Best Documentary, International Competition, INTERFILM FESTIVAL Berlin 2004
Grand Prix, Best Short Film, International Competition, DOCLISBOA, Lisbon 2005
Honourable Mention, FESTIVAL TOUT-COURTS, Aix-en-Provence, 2005
Invited to over 40 filmfestivals worldwide
Broadcasted in 5 different countries by ZDF/ARTE, 3Sat, PBS and others
2004/2005 89 MILLIMETER (CINEMA) BLR/D , 79 Min.
Honourable Mention, International Competition, DOKFEST Kassel 2004
Award for “Best Editing”, SEHSÜCHTE Festival, Babelsberg 2005
Award for «Best Cinematography», DOKUFEST, Prizren, Albania 2005
Theatrical release in Germany and Austria 2005
2003 b24 – 24 HOURS BERLIN (CINEMA) D, 60″
Audience Award, ACHTUNG BERLIN Film Festival 2005
Theatrical release in Germany 2004