Jannis Lenz is a Vienna- based filmmaker. Currently he works at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna as an assistant for the directing classes of Wolfgang Murnberger and Michael Haneke.
He collected his first camera and directing experiences by filming himself and his friends doing "Le Parkour", a performing art in urban environment.
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, questions regarding identity and affiliation were ever since central issues in his life and so in his work.
Lenz´ films have been screened in museums, art galleries and at more than 300 international festivals and have won numerous awards and prices. SCHWERELOS / ZERO-G won Best Documentary at Montreal World Film Festival. His Bachelor- Degree Film at the Filmacademy Vienna, the Crossmedia- Project WANNABE, was awarded by the European Film Academy with the EFA Award at Clermont-Ferrand and got nominated for Best Short Film at the European Film Awards 2017.
During his studies at the Filmacademy Vienna he 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 and worked in the fields of television, commercials or film education for youths and refugees, as well as for jurys at international film- and literature festivals.
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
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)