Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 1998

Apr, May, Jun

Torsten Schulz | Author / Documentarian / Professor for Drama

Torsten Schulz © Dieter Chill
Torsten Schulz © Dieter Chill

Professional biography: Born in East Berlin (GDR), studied film studies, dramaturge at the DEFA feature film studio, founded the weekly newspaper "Der Anzeiger" and editor at the weekly newspaper of the GDR citizens' movement "Die Andere", since 2002 professor (C4) of practical dramaturgy and vice-dean of the script/dramaturgy course at the "Konrad Wolf" film school in Babelsberg.
Work: Author of partly award-winning feature and television films (including "Dicke Freunde", "Im Namen der Unschuld", "Raus aus der Haut", "Boxhagener Platz"). Director of documentary films (e.g. "Kuba Sigrid", "Von einer, die ausziehen"). Since 2004 mainly prose: novel "Boxhagener Platz" (radio play version received various prizes), story collection "Revolution and Crabs" (also audio book), novel "Nilowsky" (also audio book and radio play). Collaboration as a dramaturge on feature film and series projects. Editor of anthologies. Various workshops and lectures at home and abroad. Further information at: www.torstenschulz.org

Festivals and prizes

THE DEBUET
Artur Becker Gold Medal for script and direction
Recognition diploma within the framework of the International Student Film Festival of the HFF Babelsberg (1986)
International Documentary and Short Film Week in Leipzig (1985)
International Documentary and Short Film Festival Oberhausen (1986)

KUBA SIGRID
Duisburg Film Week (1995)
World premiere USA: Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles (1998)

TECHNOSALSA
Potsdam Film Festival 1999

IN THE NAME OF INNOCENCE
Bavarian Film Award 1998 "Best Actress in a Leading Role" for Barbara Sukowa
Nomination Final selection Adolf Grimme Prize
Venice International Film Biennale 1997 (series Mezzogiorno)
World Film Festival Montreal 1997
33rd International Film Festival Chicago 1997
International Hofer Film Festival 1997
13th Int. film festival Mar del Plata/Argentina 1997
Palm Springs International Film Festival 1998
"Berlin and Beyond" film festival San Francisco 1998
21st Int. Gothenburg Film Festival 1998
48th Int. Film Festival Berlin 1998 (Series "New German Film")
amongst others

OUT OF THE SKIN
First prize at the 8th FilmKunstFest in Schwerin
Prize of the jury (main prize) at the 24th International Children and Youth Film Festival "Lucas
Nomination Prix Europa
48th International Film Festival Berlin 1998 (International Forum)
Potsdam Film Festival 1998
"Berlin and Beyond" film festival San Francisco 1999
amongst others
contribution in the series "50 years of television film" (3Sat)

FROM ONE WHO MOVED OUT...
Duisburg Film Week (2000)
FilmKunstFest Schwerin (2001)

BOXHAGENER PLATZ radio play
Radio play of the month (August 2005) of the Academy of Performing Arts
Nomination ARD Online Award (2005)
Slabbesz, expert jury prize at the radio play days of the Lower Austrian writers' association (2005)
First prize International Zonser Radio Play Days (2006)
Radio EINS radio play cinema audience award (2006)
Nomination for the German Audio Book Award in the category "The Special Audio Book" (2008)

Hotel Bedford - A Piece of Exile Radio Play
Slabbesz - Specialist Jury Prize of the Lower Austrian Writers' Association (2007)

BOXHAGENER PLATZ feature film
Berlinale, Gala Special, 2010
Film festivals Moscow, Warsaw, Viareggio and others
Nomination German Film Critics Award (Best Feature Film, Best Camera)

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