Veit Helmer: Biography Babylon 2009


Project Title: BAIKONUR

Veit Helmer was born 1968 in Hannover, Germany.

After final secondary school examinations, Veit Helmer was trained as unit production manager at German broadcaster NDR (part of Channel 1/ARD).

He worked as production assistant and production manager for Von Vietinghoff-Film ("Wedding") and Philip Gr÷ning-Filmproduktion ("Die Terroristen").

He studied four years at the Munich Film and Television Academy (HFF) and received a masters degree in film- and television.

1992 he founded the company VEIT HELMER-FILMPRODUKTION.

He coproduced the feature film "A Trick of Light" directed by Wim Wenders, premiered in Venice 1997.

His first feature film production "Tuvalu" (1999), starring Denis Lavant had been invited to 62 festivals, including San Sebastian, London, Chicago, Berlin and Karlovy Vary. The film was released by Buena Vista Germany. His second feature film "Gate to Heaven" (2003), starring Miki Manojlovic and Udo Kier was released by Prokino/20th Century Fox. His third feature film "Absurdistan" (2008) premiered in Sundance and is invited to many festivals.

Besides fiction films, Veit Helmer produced two long documentary films. "Behind the Couch" was awarded several times and aired on BBC. "Strangers in Tokyo" was commissoioned by NHK Japan.

He produced more then 15 short films, giving new directors their first chance to shoot on 35mm.

Veit Helmer became member of the European Film Academy in August 2002.

He participated at many MEDIA supported training programmes (EAVE, Equinoxe, Moonstone, Sources, Strategics, Film Business School, MFI).

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


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BABYLON BREAKTHROUGH Event at 56th BFI London Film Festival 2012

This year BABYLON hosts the closing event of the London Film Festival's Industry Programme, 10.30 on 21st October at NFT3, BFI Southbank.

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