LEVIS made for strength, Benjamin Leichtenstern

Benjamin Leichtenstern

KEEP ON PLAYING

A PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS

USE YOUR BRAIN

Biografie

Benjamin wurde in Bayern – Deutschland geboren und wuchs in einem kleinen Dorf unweit von Kühen und Äckern auf. Neben Fußballspielen und Skateboarden vertrieb er sich die Langeweile mit Kunst und fand seine Leidenschaft für Film und das Geschichten erzählen.

Nach dem Abitur studierte Benjamin Design an der TH Nürnberg und schloss mit einem Bachelor of Arts im Fach Film und Animation ab. Zwischen 2013 – 2019 studierte er szenische Regie an der Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München. Während des Studiums inszenierte Benjamin mehrere Kurzfilme und Spots, die auf zahlreichen internationalen Filmfestivals und Awards ausgezeichnet wurden. Ebenso belegte er Seminare für Dramaturgie und Drehbuch und absolvierte eine Masterclass für Werbung.

Auszeichnungen

2019 „Made for strength – Levi’s“ – Spec Spot, Schmidbauer Film, HFF Munich
Spotlight 2019 – Bronze
The Young Ones, ADC 2019 – Winner
– Gold, Best Cinematography
– Merit, Craft in Writing
New York Festivals Advertising Awards 2019 – Winner
– Third Prize Award, Best Overall production
– Third Prize Award, Best Cinematography
Porsche Award 2019 – Bronze Winner

2018 „Blei“ (Lead) – Short film 30 Min., Glitzer Film, BR, HFF Munich
First Steps – Nomination
Deutscher Kamerapreis – Nomination
Oaxaca Filmfest Mexico – Winner Best Narrative
Genrenale6 Berlin – Winner Best Actor
European Cinematography Award – Winner Best Student Cinematography
SHORT to the Point Bucharest – Winner Best Student
and more.

2018 „Granny – Penny Markt“– Viral, Hadifilm, Serviceplan

2018 „Deine Nacht – Media Markt“– TVC, e+p films

2017 „Keep on playing – Spotify“ – Spec Spot, HFF Munich
New York Festivals 2018
– Silver, Best Cinematography
Special Mention Spotlight 2018

2017 „Fight for your ideas – HFF“ – Image Spot, Glitzer Film, HFF Munich

2017 „A peaceful Christmas – Heineken“ – Spec Spot, Glitzer Film, HFF Munich
Special Mention ADC Germany 2018

2017 „Use Your Brain – WWF“ – Social Spot, HFF Munich

2016 „Bis einer weint“ (Till one cries) – Short film 16 Min., Glitzer Film, HFF Munich
Premiere: 50. Hofer Filmtage 2016
Max Ophüls Film Festival 2017
Short Shorts Asia 2017
BFI London Film Festival 2017
Krakow Film Festival 2017
and more.

2015 „Mach Platz! Tierheim München“ – Social Spot, Hadifilm, HFF Munich

2015 „Angiebaby“ – Climate Clip, Glitzer Film, HFF Munich
Climate Clip Award – Filmschoolfest Munich

2015 „Laut“ (Loud) – Short film 11 Min., Grant Company, HFF Munich

2014 „Blaue Blume, Romance Award“ – Trailer, Grant Company, Sky

2012 „The sun is shining brightly“ – Short film 15 Min., BR, Lucky Pictures, Lieblingsfilm
Prädikat wertvoll
Premiere: Max-Ophüls-Preis Filmfestival

Biography

Benjamin was born in Bavaria – Germany and grew up in a small town between cows and fields. Besides playing football and skateboarding, he killed boredom with creating art and finding his passion for film and storytelling.

After completing secondary school Benjamin studied design at TH Nuremberg, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Animation. From 2013 – 2019 he studied scene directing at HFF Munich, during which time Benjamin directed various short films and ads that met with much approval at numerous international film festivals and awards. He also attended seminars on dramatic structure and screenplay and completed a masterclass in advertising in 2017.

Awards

2019 „Made for strength – Levi’s“ – Spec Spot, Schmidbauer Film, HFF Munich
Spotlight 2019 – Bronze
The Young Ones, ADC 2019 – Winner
– Gold, Best Cinematography
– Merit, Craft in Writing
New York Festivals Advertising Awards 2019 – Winner
– Third Prize Award, Best Overall production
– Third Prize Award, Best Cinematography
Porsche Award 2019 – Bronze Winner

2018 „Blei“ (Lead) – Short film 30 Min., Glitzer Film, BR, HFF Munich
First Steps – Nomination
Deutscher Kamerapreis – Nomination
Oaxaca Filmfest Mexico – Winner Best Narrative
Genrenale6 Berlin – Winner Best Actor
European Cinematography Award – Winner Best Student Cinematography
SHORT to the Point Bucharest – Winner Best Student
and more.

2018 „Granny – Penny Markt“– Viral, Hadifilm, Serviceplan

2018 „Deine Nacht – Media Markt“– TVC, e+p films

2017 „Keep on playing – Spotify“ – Spec Spot, HFF Munich
New York Festivals 2018
– Silver, Best Cinematography
Special Mention Spotlight 2018

2017 „Fight for your ideas – HFF“ – Image Spot, Glitzer Film, HFF Munich

2017 „A peaceful Christmas – Heineken“ – Spec Spot, Glitzer Film, HFF Munich
Special Mention ADC Germany 2018

2017 „Use Your Brain – WWF“ – Social Spot, HFF Munich

2016 „Bis einer weint“ (Till one cries) – Short film 16 Min., Glitzer Film, HFF Munich
Premiere: 50. Hofer Filmtage 2016
Max Ophüls Film Festival 2017
Short Shorts Asia 2017
BFI London Film Festival 2017
Krakow Film Festival 2017
and more.

2015 „Mach Platz! Tierheim München“ – Social Spot, Hadifilm, HFF Munich

2015 „Angiebaby“ – Climate Clip, Glitzer Film, HFF Munich
Climate Clip Award – Filmschoolfest Munich

2015 „Laut“ (Loud) – Short film 11 Min., Grant Company, HFF Munich

2014 „Blaue Blume, Romance Award“ – Trailer, Grant Company, Sky

2012 „The sun is shining brightly“ – Short film 15 Min., BR, Lucky Pictures, Lieblingsfilm
Prädikat wertvoll
Premiere: Max-Ophüls-Preis Filmfestival