Jannis Lenz studied Directing  at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna , where he also worked as an assistant for Wolfgang Murnberger and Michael Haneke.


He received the Scholarship for Cinematic Art by the Austrian Ministry of Culture, got selected for Berlinale Talents and is an official member of the European Film Academy.


Grown up in Germany in a family with his palestinian grandmother and a  sister who came from Cambodia  as a refugee  during the civil war, he collected his first camera and directing experiences by filming himself and his friends doing  "Le Parkour", a performing art in urban environment.

Lenz´ films have been screened and won awards at international festivals like Edinburgh, Rotterdam, Sarajevo, Palm Springs, Montreal or Tampere. His Bachelor- Degree Film at the Filmacademy Vienna, the Crossmedia- Project WANNABE, was awarded with the Prix Clermont- Ferrand of the European Film Academy and got nominated for the European Film Awards 2017.





 2021 Berlinale Talents  Alumni

2017 Membership of the European Film Academy
2017 Performance Grant - mdw University of Music and Performing Arts.

2017 Award of the Society of Fine Artists Austria - Künstlerhaus Wien
2016 START Scholarship of the Bundeskanzleramt Austria for Cinematic Art

2016 Bachelor Degree with Distinction in Directing at Filmacademy Vienna

2016 Bachelor Degree with Distinction in Editing at Filmacademy Vienna



(small selection)


2019 Final Touch Award (Bolzano, Italy)

2018  Großer BMW Kurzfilmpreis (Landshut, Germany)

2017 European Film Awards - Best Short Film, Nominee (Berlin, Germany)
2017 EFA Award of the European Film Academy (Clermont-Ferrand, France )

2016 Best Documentary (Montreal World Film Festival SFF, Canada)

2015 Best Short Fiction (Diagonale- Festival of Austrian Film)




Contact: lenzfilm@gmail.com