Jannis Lenz studied Directing at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he later on worked as an assistant for the directing classes of Wolfgang Murnberger and Michael Haneke.
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, won the EFA Award at Clermont-Ferrand and got nominated for the European Film Awards 2017.
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.
During his studies at the Filmacademy Vienna, Lenz learned from lecturers like Abbas Kiarostami, Andreas Dresen and Jessica Hausner, among others. He attended the Max- Reinhardt Seminar Vienna as a guest- student for theatre- directing and acting, received the START – Scholarship for Cinematic Art by the Austrian Ministry of Culture and is an official member of the European Film Academy.
Currently Lenz is editing his coming up film „Soldat Ahmet“, dramaturgically accompanied by Tizza Covi. The early work-in-progress Version of the film won the IDM Final Touch Award 2019.
ACCOLADES & GRANTS
2017 Membership of the European Film Academy
2017 Performance Grant - mdw University of Music and Performing Arts.
2017 Award of the Society of Visual 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)