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Benjamín Chimoy

Director & Screenwriter

For Benjamín it is difficult to define where „home“ is. He grew up in Germany, Peru, Mexico, Bolivia and the former Yugoslavia. But what has always accompanied him is his love of imagining and creating.

When writing or directing a screenplay, he sometimes recalls afternoons spent at his family home as a child drawing comic book after comic book. Even then he designed his own characters and told his entanglements by means of pictures and text. Today his visual storytelling is closer to reality. He mainly deals with the topic of “foreignness”. A feeling he has known since he was a child and has given him good access to the treatment of such diverse topics as out-of-body experiences, Islamism, right-wing violence and conversion therapy.

Benjamín first studied philosophy at the University of Cologne and then switched to the Academy of Media Arts Cologne to study scriptwriting and directing. As part of his studies, he attended the New York Film Academy on a scholarship for a semester abroad. His diploma film GABRIEL made it into the line-up of numerous international festivals and was screened at the WDR Short Film Night. In 2017 he completed a master class course at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in directing with his film BILAL. In winter 2015/2016 he took part in the specialization „Serial Writing and Producing“ at the Erich Pommer Institute. Benjamin has been a scholarship holder of the Wim Wenders Foundation since 2018. As part of this scholarship, he developed the VR series ROSEMARIE in the Writers‘ Room Lagerfeuer. His latest work as a director, KALA, an inclusive dance film, was funded by the social organization Aktion Mensch.

Benjamín has been living in Berlin since 2014 and is still searching for his own truth behind the idea of ​​home.

© photo: Ilia Beckmann

KALA
KALA
KALA
BILAL
BILAL
BILAL
GABRIEL
GABRIEL
GABRIEL
GABRIEL
GABRIEL

Filmographie

2022

WE ARE FAMILY
tv-series | Katapult Filmproduktion | ZDFneo
(screenwriter, writers’ room | in development)

2019

KALA
dance movie | 20 min | financing: Aktion Mensch
(director)

BILAL
fictional short | 20 min | Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf | RBB
(director)

2018

ROSEMARIES CELEBRATION
Wim Wenders Foundation | (screenwriter, writers’ room | in development)

LETZTE SPUR BERLIN
tv-series | episode „Unmündig“ | Novafilm | ZDF
(screenwriter, writers’ room)

2017

GARTEN EDEN
series concept | UFA Fiction | (screenwriter, writers’ room | in development)

FLOATING WORLD
Network Movie Cologne | (screenwriter, writers’ room | in development)

MEXIKO
script for a feature film |
script development founded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

2014

GABRIEL
Spain/Germany | fictional short | 22 min
(director)

Education

2015 – 2017 Master student  directing with Angelina Maccarone – Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf
2011 Filmmaking –  semester abroad – New York Film Academy
2007 – 2013 Audiovisual Media, diploma, Academy of Media Arts Cologne
2003 – 2007 Philosophy – MA – University Cologne

Awards

BILAL
Hof International Film Festival 2019
Landshut Short Film Festival 2019
Festival de Cannes, Short film corner 2018

GABRIEL
Palm Springs International ShortFest, Palm Springs, 2014
Official Selections: Outfest, International LGBT Fim Festival, Los Angeles, USA, 2014
Open Eyes International Film Festival, Marburg, Germany, 2014
Festival de Cine de Lima, Lima, Perú, 2014
Festival des Films du Monde, Montréal, Canada, 2014
Reeling Film Festival, Chicago, USA, 2014
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Seattle, USA, 2014
Homochrom Film Festival, Cologne, Germany, 2014
Marais Film Festival, Paris, France, 2014
Filmfest Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014

KALA | TRAILER
GABRIEL | Trailer
BILAL | Trailer