Christoph Silber is a German American film producer, screenwriter and director. Rated among "Europe's hottest new screenwriters" by Screen International, he is considered one of Germany's leading film professionals and frequently collaborates on projects in the United States, his adoptive home.
Raised bilingually in Europe, Silber studied English and French history and literature in Berlin and London. His stepfather is a Shakespeare scholar and theater director. His mother is a philosopher and literary translator.
Silber worked as an actor, translator and journalist prior to his professional writing career. He translated books on film and screenplays for German book publishers, including Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. The book became a bestseller and led to Silber's first assignment as a playwright. In 1995 the acclaimed Vienna Burgtheater asked him to adapt Puccini's Tosca for a stage production. This led to further theater work and connections in the European film business.
Silber's screenwriting career began in the mid 90's with contributions to German television shows. A genre traveller, Silber worked as a head writer of sitcoms as well as crime series. Silber has collaborated on numerous films, including the award-winning North Face and Arranged. In recent years, he established himself on the family market with his feature film scripts for the highly successful Enid Blyton-based Hanni & Nanni franchise.
In 2007, Silber founded the production company Silver Shepherd with writing and producing partner Stefan Schaefer in New York. For their 2011 film My Last Day Without You starring Nicole Beharie and Ken Duken, the two also wrote the song lyrics collaborating with composer and producer Scott Jacoby. Based in Los Angeles since 2012, Silber continues to collaborate with Schaefer.
From the early days of his career, Silber has been good friends with Academy Award winning filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff. He has collaborated with Academy Award nominee Peter Straughan and Italian American screen legend Terence Hill.
Teamed with Berlin associate Thorsten Wettcke, Silber has written critically acclaimed episodes for Germany's legendary feature-length crime series Tatort. In 2008 the duo's new concept for the Hamburg Tatort was called "a triumph for German quality television" by Der Spiegel. In 2009 they received the Grimme Award, the highest honor in German TV, and in 2012 Austria's top film and TV laurel, the Romy Award. In 2013 their film A Day For A Miracle won the International Emmy in the Best TV movie or miniseries category. Silber and Wettcke continue to collaborate on German-language feature films and TV series.
In 2011 the Vilcek Foundation honored Silber as "an immigrant filmmaker...whose creative spirit enlivens and inspires American cinema."
In 2012 Silber joined the newly established film program of La Sierra University in Southern California as an Adjunct Professor of Film and Television Arts. There he created the comedy sketch show Live From Schittburg featuring several of his students and celebrity guests. Silber also directed the first season's sketches and produced the show in collaboration with guest host and executive producer Misee Harris.
Silber married Joleita Reed, whom he had met in New York, in 2000 and had two children with her. The story of their chance encounter inspired his film My Last Day Without You. He lost his wife to cancer in 2013. This experience, and his desire to encourage others with similar journeys, inspired Silber to his film The Year Thirteen, which he is currently working on.
- 2014: Yael (short; director, producer)
- 2014: Banklady (writer)
- 2013: Hanni & Nanni 3 (writer)
- 2012: Hanni & Nanni 2 (writer)
- 2011: My Last Day Without You (writer, producer)
- 2010: Devil's Kickers (writer)
- 2010: The Albanian (writer)
- 2010: Young Goethe In Love (script consultant)
- 2008: Die Tränen meiner Mutter (writer)
- 2008: North Face (writer)
- 2007: Arranged (script consultant)
- 2007: Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution (script consultant)
- 2006: Ice Wind (short; writer, director, actor)
- 2004: The Ring Thing (writer, producer)
- 2003: Good Bye, Lenin! (collaborator on screenplay)
- 2001: Julietta (writer)
- 2001: Brooklyn Bridge (short; writer)
- 2014: Live From Schittburg (creator, producer, writer, director)
- 2014: Mother. Daughter. Murder. (crime series; creator & head writer)
- 2012: A Day For A Miracle (writer)
- 2011: Girl On The Ocean Floor (writer)
- 2010: Love Is Just A Word (writer)
- 2006-today: Tatort (crime series; writer & head writer)
- 2006-2010: Der Kriminalist (crime series; writer & head writer)
- 2004: My Best Years (series; head writer)
- 2000: Trivial Pursuit (writer)
Awards and nominations
- 2013 International Emmy: Best TV Film or Miniseries A Day For A Miracle
- 2012 Romy Award: Best Screenplay A Day For A Miracle
- 2012 Black Reel Awards: Best Independent Film My Last Day Without You
- 2012 Golden Sparrow Award: Best Children's Film Hanni & Nanni 2
- 2011 Brooklyn Film Festival: Best Producer My Last Day Without You
- 2011 Max Ophüls Award: Best Film The Albanian
- 2011 Hawaii International Film Festival: AIFP honoree, sponsored by the Vilcek Foundation
- 2009 German Film Critics Award: Best Screenplay North Face
- 2009 Grimme Award: Audience Award Tatort: Auf der Sonnenseite
- 2007 Brooklyn Film Festival: Best Film Arranged
- 2001 Brooklyn Film Festival: Best Film Julietta
- 2013 Grimme Award: Best TV Film A Day For A Miracle
- 2013 Montblanc Screenplay Award: Banklady
- 2012 Black Reel Awards: Best Original Song My Last Day Without You
- 2009 Golden Camera: Best TV Film Tatort: Auf der Sonnenseite
- Holden, Stephen (2010-01-29). "New York Times North Face Review". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
- "Screen Daily My Last Day Without You announcement".