Veit Helmer

Veit Helmer

Regie, Regie-Assistenz, Drehbuch, Kamera, Schnitt, Produzent, Produktionsleitung, Aufnahmeleitung
*24.04.1968 Hannover

Biography

Born in Hanover in 1968, Veit Helmer began making short films as a teenager and received prizes at amateur and youth film festivals. At the age of 18, he began a two-year training program as a floor manager at NDR, which also included internships in the cutting room, film lab and dubbing studio. He subsequently moved to Berlin and worked as an assistant director and production manager with such directors as Mathieu Carriére, Heiko Schier and Philip Groening. Shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, he moved to East Berlin to study at the Hochschule fuer Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch".

In 1991, he was accepted onto the directors' course at the Academy of Television & Film in Munich (HFF/M). In 1992, he set up his production company in Berlin and has been a visiting lecturer on "visual storytelling" at film schools in Germany and abroad (Uzbekistan, Jakarta) since 1999. After winning several prizes for his short films, Helmer made his first feature "Tuvalu" in 1998, receiving the FIPRESCI Award at Ghent/Flanders and Audience Awards at Saarbruecken, Kiev and Luenen, the Bavarian Film Award for Best Newcomer Director, acting awards and special prizes in Moscow, and a nomination for the 2000 German Film Awards in the category of Best Director. His second feature film "Gate to Heaven" (2003) received its world premiere at the 2003 Hof Film Days and was released by Prokino in German cinemas in December 2003.

His other films include: "Tour d'Amour" (short, 1989), "Die Raeuber" (short, 1990), "Zum Greifen nah" (short, 1992), "Der Fensterputzer" (short, 1993), "Tour Eiffel" (short, 1994), "Surprise!" (short, 1995), "Die Brueder Skladanowsky" (as screenwriter and co-producer, dir: Wim Wenders, 1996), "City Lives" (documentary, 1999), "Hati-Hati, Malam-Malam" (short, 2000), "Uzbek Express!" (short, 2002), "Hundeleben" (short, 2004), "Caspian Bride" (short, 2005), "Behind the Couch – Casting in Hollywood" (2005), "Absurdistan" (2008) and "Baikonur" (2011).

Source: German Films Service & Marketing GmbH

 

Filmography

2013/2014 Quatsch und die Nasenbärbande
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2012 Dingi
Director, Screenplay
 
2010/2011 Baikonur
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2009 Dushanbe with Love
Director
 
2006-2008 Absurdistan
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2005 Caspian Bride
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2005 Behind the Couch - Casting in Hollywood
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2004 Hundeleben
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2004 Stierkrampf
Director
 
2003 Tor zum Himmel
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2002 Uzbek Express!
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2001 Freudenhaus
Creative supervisor
 
2000/2001 Hati-Hati, Malam-Malam!
Director
 
1998/1999 Tuvalu
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1995/1996 Game Over
Producer
 
1995/1996 Surprise!
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1993-1996 Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky
Co-Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer, Unit production manager
 
1993 Der Fensterputzer
Director, Screenplay, Editing
 
1993 Tour Eiffel
Director, Screenplay
 
1992 Zum Greifen nah
Director, Screenplay
 
1991/1992 Die Terroristen!
Unit production manager
 
1990/1991 Super-Stau
Location manager
 
1989 Tour d'Amour
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing
 
1988/1989 Zugzwang
Assistant director
 
1988 Schlaflose Nächte
Location manager
 
1988 Erebos
Unit production manager