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I was born in 1981 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany and 

I live in the Swiss town of Tamins.


2014/15 Prague Film School - majoring in Camera, Screenwriting & Film Directing 
2005 Acting diploma Theatre School Zurich

2000 German Abitur



2022 Sabotage is nomitated for Best film, Best screenplay (J.M.Grünthal),

          Best actor (Christoph Oswald), Best actress (Tizia Florence)

          at Bucharest Shortcut Cinefest

2020 To the Sea wins jury prize at the Ourense Festival

2020 Juror Marc Forster awards Hakuna Matata best Musicvideo at Graubünden Music Award

2016 Polder wins Zinema Zombie Festival Bogota

2016 Polder wins Best Film, Best Directing, Best Script, Best FX, Best Female Actress, Best

          Male Actor at Nocturna Festival Madrid

2016 Big City Fever (Dir.Karoline Vielemeyer, Camera: Julian Grünthal) wins "Best          

          Student Film" at Long Beach Indie Festival

2016 Swiss National Theatre Award with the group 400ASA
2015 Polder wins Méliès d'Argent Filmfestival Trieste for Best European Fantastic Film 
2015 Graduation Prague Film School "with honours"
2011 Bern Filmprize as director for the feature „Mary&Johnny“
2011 Premio theatre-directing-prize best young director for „Nico's Love“
2007 Stipendium of the culture centre Nairs (Switzerland) as author
2005 Oprecht Prize as best actor, diploma Theatre School Zurich​


OUT NOW! - THE LOYAL FATHER, which I had the honor to direct and be the DOP.

First time everyone together on stage! Our International Poetry and Singer-Songwriter Project AIR & SKIN. Tour coming up in 2024. Read the review from 2023! (and here the English Translation)

Die Kleine, the new play written by Shir Freibach and myself, celebrated it's world Premiere on May 10th 2022 in Klibühni theatre Chur, Switzerland.

SABOTAGE celebrated it's world Premiere at the Show me Shorts Filmfestival in New Zealand.

TO THE SEA won the JURY PRIZE at Ourense Festival - after a festival run that included the World Premiere at the International Short Film Festival Winterthur, the International Premiere at the Alcine Festival Madrid, the Solothurner Filmtage & Max Ophyls Preis Saarbrücken. 

Now we decided to put it out there for free. Watch the entire film here.

The marionette-shortfilm for children "The journey of little Mo" (Presence Production Gmbh) screens at Children Short Film Festival London, Providence Children’s Film Festival, Moscow international Children’s film Festival and at Goldener Spatz Erfurt!

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PIZ PALÜ, a theatre play written by Meret Hottinger and me, celebrated it's world premiere in Chur - after the audioplay-version could be heard in Kunsthaus Zürich last year. What a joy it was, being on stage again for once.

HAKUNA MATATA wins Best Music Video at Graubünden Music Award. Great thanks to Marc Forster, who was the jury.

Ronja Räubertochter, directed by J.M.Grünthal & C.Engelbert finishes after a sold out run in Stadttheater Chur. Check out the reviews.

POLDER got a marvellous review in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" after being shown on Swiss and German national TV. Here's the link.

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