Jannis Lenz studied Directing in the Masters Programme of Jessica Hausner at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he also worked as an assistant for Michael Haneke.


He is a  Berlinale Talents Alumni, received the the Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award, the Distinction of the Society of Fine Artists Austria, the START Scholarship for Cinematic Art by the Austrian Ministry of Culture and is an official member of the European Film Academy.


Grown up in Germany, he collected his first camera and directing experiences by filming himself and his friends doing Le Parkour, a performing art in an urban environment. His video installations, which explore dance and performing bodies in public spaces are presented in museums and exhibitions worldwide.

Since 2014, Lenz´films are regularly shown at renowned Film Festivals  and won numerous awards and prizes. His Bachelor- Degree Film WANNABE won the Prix Clermont- Ferrand and got nominated for the European Film Awards.


Lenz´ first Feature Documentary Film SOLDAT AHMET premiered at Visions du Réel, won many awards and had a theatrical release in cinemas in 2022. Currently he is developing his first narrative Feature Film FREAKS, supported by Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film and the FFA in Germany.




2022 Talent Film Program (Kuratorium junger deutscher Film)

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 FIPA Talent Campus Alumni

2016 Guest Student for Acting & Theatre Directing - Max Reinhardt Seminar

2016 Bachelor Degree with Distinction in Directing at Filmacademy Vienna

2016 Bachelor Degree with Distinction in Editing at Filmacademy Vienna


Contact: lenzfilm@gmail.com