LAURENTIA GENSKE was born in 1989 in Cologne. From 2010 to 2016 she studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) in the study program Documentary Film and Camera. As part of a KHM scholarship she completed a year of study at the International Film School in Cuba (EICTV) in 2012. During her studies, she led the camera for several student projects and documentary films of the Cologne-based production company a & o buero. In addition to some short films, amongst others EL MANGUITO, she created during her studies two feature documentary films AFUERA and AM KÖLNBERG, which were invited to renowned festivals. The documentary AM KÖLNBERG, co-directed by Robin Humboldt, was released in German cinemas in March 2015 and has been awarded numerous prizes, for instance the German Documentary Award. Her short film EL MANGUITO received in March 2017 at the 63rd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen the 3sat Promotional Award and the seal of approval "highly recommended" of the Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung FBW.

FILMOGRAPHY (SELECTION)

2017 - El Manguito, Documentary, 19 min, 16mm, Cuba
2015 - Afuera, Documentary, 64 min, HD, Cuba
2014 - Am Koelnberg Cinema Documentary, 88 min, HD, Germany

TV
2016 - 24h Bayern, Collaboration as Director; Production Company: Zero One Film and Megaherz Film / BR
2016 - Operation Peter PanCollaboration as Producer; Dokumentary, 60 min, HD, ZDF & Arte, Director: Norbert Busé
2014 - Straßenstrich in KölnMagazine Report, 5 Min., HD, 3Sat, Scobel, In Co-Direction with Robin Humboldt
2012 - Mama, hör auf damit! Cinematographer; Documentary, 45 min, HD, ARD, Director: Stephanie Linke
2012 - Mein Mann der Mörder Cinematographer; Documentary, 30 min, HD, ARD, Director: Stephanie Linke

ARTIST RESIDENCY / SCHOLARSHIP
2019 - Berlinale Talents
2018 - Filmlab Düsseldorf, Projektförderung
2017 - dpa news talents, Mexico City
2012 - EICTV, Cuba

AWARDS
2018 - Prädikat "besonders wertvoll" (El Manguito)
2017 - Editing Promotional Award, Honorary Mention (El Manguito)
2017 - 3sat-Promotional Prize (El Manguito)
2017 - Meduc Award (Am Kölnberg)
2016 - dpa news talent (Am Kölnberg)
2016 - Förderpreis des Landes NRW
2016 - „Mejor documental", RDOC (Afuera)
2016 - Vorauswahl, Deutscher Filmpreis (Am Kölnberg)
2015 - WIFTS, Diversity Award (Afuera)
2015 - Bild-Kunst Schnittpreis (Am Kölnberg)
2015 - First Steps Award, Nominierung (Am Kölnberg)
2015 - Prädikat "besonders wertvoll" (Am Kölnberg)
2015 - Förderpreis, Dokville (Am Kölnberg)
2015 - Nonfiktionale Preis (Am Kölnberg)
2014 - Lobende Erwähnung, Dok Leipzig (Am Kölnberg)
2012 - KHM Förderpreis der Freunde der KHM