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Writer-director-producer Veit Helmer shot his first film at the age of 14. He studied film at the Munich Film School HFF.

Veit Helmer became known for off beat short films. He co-wrote the feature film "A Trick of Light" directed by Wim Wenders, premiered in Venice 1997.

His first feature film production "Tuvalu", starring Denis Lavant had been invited to 62 festivals, including San Sebastian, London, Chicago, Berlin and Karlovy Vary. The film was released in June 2000 by Buena Vista Germany.

His second feature film "Gate to Heaven", starring Miki Manojlovic and Udo Kier was released in December 2003 in Germany by Prokino/20th Century Fox.

His third feature film "Absurdistan" (2008) premiered in Sundance and has received awards at numerous festivals.

Besides fiction films, Veit Helmer directed three documentary films. "Behind the Couch" was awarded several times and aired by BBC and 20 broadcasters from all continents (world sales Filmstransit).

He became member of the European Film Academy in August 2002.

He participated at several MEDIA supported training programmes (EAVE, Equinoxe,

Moonstone, Sources, Strategics, Film Business School, MFI).

He holds lectures at film schools in Beirut, Tbilisi, Djakarta, Tashkent and Bogota.

Veit Helmer is 41 years old and lives in Berlin.


Selected Award-List (Producer and Director):

"Tour Eiffel" - 34 Festival invitations, 8 Awards, including:

Gijon Film Festival Best Film
Venice Film Festival Official Closing Film

"Surprise!" - 48 Festival invitations, 26 Awards, including:

Surprise! - 48 Festival invitations, 26 Awards, including:  
Cannes International Film festival Rail D'Or-Audience Award
Berlin Film Festival Panorama-Award
International Short Film Festival Krakow Canal+-Award
Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival Best Comedy
Seattle International Film Festival Best Short Golden Space Needle
Valladolid Film Festival Spain 1. Price
San Sebastian Fantasy Film Festival Audience Award
Santiago de Chile Best Film
Chicago Film Festival Silver Hugo
German Film Awards Film Award in Silver
New York Film Festival Official Closing Film

"Tuvalu" - 62 Festival invitations, 30 Awards, including:

Gent International Film festival FIPRESCI-Award
Kiev International Film festival Audience-Award
Hof German Film Festival Best Film
Bavarian Film Awards Best New Director
Slamdance Festival Park City Kodak Vision Award
Montreal Comedy Festival Best Screenplay