Jannis Lenz studies Directing in the Masterclass of Jessica Hausner at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he also worked as an assistant for Michael Haneke.
He got selected for Berlinale Talents, received the START Scholarship for Cinematic Art by the Austrian Ministry of Culture, the Distinction of the Society of Fine Artists Austria and is an official member of the European Film Academy.
Grown up in Germany in a family with a 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 an urban environment.
Lenz´ films have been screened and won awards at numerous renowned Film Festivals like Rotterdam, Visions du Réel, Palm Springs, Sarajevo, Sheffield DOC, Montreal or Edinburgh. His Bachelor- Degree Film WANNABE won the Prix Clermont- Ferrand and got nominated for the European Film Awards.
His first Feature Documentary Film, SOLDAT AHMET, premiered in the Burning Lights Competition of Visions du Réel in Nyon and got nominated for the First Steps Award 2021.
ACCOLADES & GRANTS
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
AWARDS & PRICES
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)