Jochen Alexander Freydank

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Jochen Alexander Freydank
Born 1967 (age 47–48)
East Berlin
Occupation Film director

Jochen Alexander Freydank is a German film director.[1][2] Freydanks films had been internationally recognized and won awards at various film festivals. His film Toyland won the Academy Award in 2009.

Jochen Alexander Freydank was born in 1967 in East Berlin.

He started his career in the early 90s as an editor and assistant director for television and film productions. Parallel to his work as director, Freydank also wrote screenplays for TV movies and series. He also produced one of Germanys most successful TV series. In 1999 he founded his film production company, Mephisto Film.

His first short film was the macabre comedy HAPPY END, followed by the short film EMERGENCY. In 2002, Jochen Freydank he directed DUTY, which had its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival and was subsequently shown at more than 40 other international festivals. Freydank then directed, co-wrote and produced the short film Toyland, which won more than 30 international awards. In February, 2009, TOYLAND won the The Oscar for best live-action short film.

Freydank directed commercials, stage plays and several TV movies, among them HOMEFRONT, ALLMÄCHTIG and the tragicomedy UND WEG BIST DU that won the best directors award at Bayerischer Fernsehpreis. In 2013 he directed the feature film KAFKA'S THE BURROW based on a novel by Franz Kafka, which he also wrote and produced.[3] He currently works on the movie KÜSTENNEBEL.[4]

Freydank is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,[5]

Filmography as director[edit]

  • 2014: Küstennebel
  • 2014: Kafka's The Burrow
  • 2013: Allmächtig
  • 2012: Und weg bist du
  • 2010: Homefront (Heimatfront)
  • 2007: Toyland (Spielzeugland)
  • 2002: Duty (Dienst)
  • 2001: Emergency (Notfall)
  • 1999: Happy End (Glückliches Ende)


  • 2010: Johnny Chicago (Berliner Volksbühne)

Filmography as producer[edit]

  • 2014: Kafka's the Burrow
  • 2007-2009: In aller Freundschaft
  • 2007: Endlich Samstag
  • 2007: Toyland (Spielzeugland)
  • 2002: Duty (Dienst)
  • 2001: Emergency (Notfall)
  • 1999: Happy End (Glückliches Ende)



  • Bari International Film Festival, nomination for "Kafka's the Burrow"



  • Bayerischer Fernsehpreis, best director for "Und weg bist du"


  • Oscar live action short film for Toyland
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA, audience award for Toyland
  • Kansas City Film Fest, USA, best narrative short for Toyland
  • Phoenix Film Festival, USA, world cinema best short for Toyland
  • Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival, USA, audience award for Toyland
  • Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival, audience award for Toyland
  • Rehoboth Film Festival, USA, audience award for Toyland
  • Villa Mare Film Festival, Italy, audience award for Toyland
  • Reno Film Festival, USA, best foreign film for Toyland
  • Portland International Film Festival, USA, audience award (second place) for Toyland
  • Lenola Film Festival, Italy, best film + "best Soundtrack" for Toyland
  • Shorts at moonlight, Germany, audience award for Toyland
  • Anchorage Film Festival, USA, audience award for Toyland
  • New Jersey Film Festival, USA, honorable mention for Toyland
  • Cleveland International Film Festival, USA, audience award for Toyland
  • San Diego Jewish Film Festival, USA, audience award for Toyland


  • Short Shorts Film Festival Tokyo, Japan, audience award for Toyland
  • Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Germany short film award for Toyland
  • Bermuda International Film Festival, Bermuda Short Film Award for Toyland
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival, USA, second place International Discovery Award for Toyland
  • Giffoni Film Festival, Italy, APEC Award in gold for Toyland
  • Montreal World Film Festival, Canada nomination for "Toyland"
  • Alpinale, Austria, audience award, for Toyland
  • Odense International Film Festival, Danmark, best children and youth film for Toyland
  • Alemeria en Corto, Filmfestival, Spain, jury award & audience award for Toyland
  • Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, USA audience award for Toyland
  • Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, USA, audience award for Toyland
  • Sedicicorto – International Film Festival Forli, Italy, Best short film for Toyland
  • Asheville Film Festival, USA, Best short film for Toyland
  • Victoria Independent Film Festival, Australia, Best short under 20 minutes for Toyland
  • Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de Almería, Spain, audience award- and jury award for Toyland


  • Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain, Golden Spike for Toyland


  • Montecatini Film Festival, Italy, best film International Panorama for "Duty"


  • Rüsselsheimer Kurzfilmtage, special award for "Duty"
  • Montreal World Film Festival, Canada nomination for "Duty"
  • Fantastisk Filmfestival Malmö, Sweden, nomination for best European short film for "Duty"


  • Audience award, Spotlight, internationales TV- und Werbefilm Festival for Hanfstreu
  • Cindy Award in Gold by the Association of Audio Visual Communicators for Hanfstreu
  • Silberner Bär, Festival der Nationen, Austria for Emergency
  • Corto web award, Arcipelago FIlm Festival, Rome, Italy for Emergency


  • Kommunikationsverband: "Die Klappe in Bronze", for Hanfstreu
  • Audience award at the online film festival "Shorts welcome" for Happy End Glückliches Ende


  1. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
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  5. ^ "Documentary: James Marsh (director) and Simon Chinn (producer), 'Man on Wire'". The Los Angeles Times. 2009-02-23. 

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