Benjamin Deiß, born 1981, studied film production and directing in Hamburg and London from 2000 to 2005. Following his studies, he worked in London for Jeremy Thomas’ renowned production company Recorded Picture Company and the pan-European music channel The Voice TV. In 2007 he returned to Germany and founded his production company bendeiss and the German branch of the global short film festival Future Shorts in Berlin. This was followed by the production of various feature films, including the award-winning ‘Fliegen’ (Berlinale 2008). At the same time he worked as assistant director and dramatic advisor for film and television productions. As managing director and creative director of Future Shorts, he managed and developed the German branch of the global short film festival from 2007 to 2011 and within a short period of time he created a Germany-wide network of short film enthusiasts with monthly screenings in more than 10 cities. In cooperation with interfilm Berlin, this network continues to exist today.
From 2009 to 2010 he continued his education at the prestigious Atelier Ludwigsburg Paris, specialising in the European film market and international co-productions. In 2010 he and Markus Rindt laid the foundation for an intensive collaboration within the framework of the joint project ‘Symphony for Palestine’. In 2012 and 2013, Benjamin increasingly joined the Dresden Symphony Orchestra as managing director and project manager. The orchestra’s strategic development and its focus on European cooperation and financing were intensively pursued by him in the following years. Today, Benjamin focuses on the development of new projects, all design aspects and the cinematic components of the projects. Since 2011 he has been teaching at film universities in Berlin and Hamburg as a freelance lecturer.