Jochen Alexander Freydank

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Jochen Alexander Freydank
Born 1967 (age 49–50)
East Berlin
Occupation Film director

Jochen Alexander Freydank is a German film director.[1][2] Freydank directed feature films, TV movies, commercials, stage plays and won various awards including an OSCAR for his movie Toyland 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 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 wrote and directed DUTY, which had its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival. Freydank then directed, co-wrote and produced the short film Toyland, which won more than 30 international awards. In February, 2009 TOYLAND won The Oscar for best live-action short film.

Freydank's directorial credits include feature films and TV movies among them HOMEFRONT, ALLMÄCHTIG, Tatort, and the tragicomedy UND WEG BIST DU that won the best directors award at Bayerischer Fernsehpreis. 2010 Freydank directed the stage play JOHNNY CHICAGO at Berliner Volksbühne. In 2013/2014 he realized the feature film KAFKA'S THE BURROW based on a novel by Franz Kafka, which he wrote, directed and produced.[3] The movie had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival and its European premiere at the Warsaw International Film Festival. 2014 he wrote and directed GROSSE FISCHE - KLEINE FISCHE,[4] followed by three prime time movies for German TV in 2015: DER WILDE SVEN, the thriller ZORN - WIE SIE TÖTEN and ENGELMACHER a police crime drama.[5] In 2016 he directed the TV-movies DÜNNES EIS.[6] und TRUGSPUR.

Freydank is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,[7]

Filmography as director[edit]

  • 2016: "Trugspur"
  • 2016: "Dünnes Eis"
  • 2015: "Zorn - wie sie töten"
  • 2015: "Der wilde Sven"
  • 2015: "Engelmacher"
  • 2014: Grosse Fische - Kleine Fische
  • 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)

Theatre[edit]

  • 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: One single Moment
  • 2002: Duty (Dienst)
  • 2002: The last Journey
  • 2001: Emergency (Notfall)
  • 1999: Happy End (Glückliches Ende)

Filmography as writer[edit]

  • 2014: Grosse Fische - Kleine Fische
  • 2014: Kafka's The Burrow
  • 2008: Polizeiruf 110 - Taximord
  • 2007: Toyland
  • 2003: Medicopter 117
  • 2002: Duty (Dienst)
  • 2001: Klinikum Berlin Mitte"
  • 2001: Emergency (Notfall)
  • 1999: Happy End (Glückliches Ende)

Awards[edit]

2015[edit]

2014[edit]

2013[edit]

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

2009[edit]

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

2008[edit]

  • 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, United States, 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, United States audience award for Toyland
  • Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, United States, audience award for Toyland
  • Sedicicorto – International Film Festival Forli, Italy, Best short film for Toyland
  • Asheville Film Festival, United States, 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

2007[edit]

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

2004[edit]

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

2003[edit]

2002[edit]

  • 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

2001[edit]

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

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