Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2021

May, Jun

Nora Fingscheidt | Filmmaker

Nora Fingscheidt | Image: Philip Leutert
Nora Fingscheidt | Image: Philip Leutert

Nora Fingscheidt was born in Braunschweig in 1983 and went to school in Germany and Argentina. From 2003 on, she got involved in setting up the self-organized film school filmArche in Berlin, now Europe’s largest self-organized film school. At the same time, she completed training as an acting coach. From 2008 to 2017, Nora Fingscheidt studied stage directing at the Film Akademie Baden-Württemberg. Her undergraduate film „Synkope“ was nominated for the German Short Film Award. Nora Fingscheidt graduated with the award-winning documentary „Ohne diese Welt“ (Without this World), which received the 2017 Max Ophüls Prize. Her film „Systemsprenger“ premiered at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival to rave reviews. The film was awarded the Silver Bear (Alfred Bauer Prize) as well as the Berliner Morgenpost Readers‘ Award and has been chosen to represent Germany in the International Feature Film category at the Oscars®.

Filmography (Selection)

2019 | Systemsprenger, director and script

2017 | Ohne diese Welt, documentary, director and script

2016 | Die Lizenz, short film, director

2014 | Das Haus neben den Gleisen, documentary, co-director with Simone Gaul

2013 | Brüderlein, director, co-scripted with Carl Gerber

2011 | Zwischen den Zeilen, short film, director


Awards (Selection)

2020 | Romy in the category Best Director for Systemsprenger

2020 | Two German film prizes for Systemsprenger (best director, best script)

2019 | MFG-Star Baden-Baden for Systemsprenger

2019 | International Film Festival Berlin - Alfred Bauer Prize and Prize of the Berliner Morgenpost readers' jury for Systemsprenger

2017 | First Steps Award for Ohne diese Welt (Best documentary)

2017 | Documentary film prize, Max Ophüls film festival for Ohne diese Welt

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