Prof. Ciro Cappellari

Prof. Ciro Cappellari

Professor Cinematic Storytelling In A Social Context


Author, Director, DoP a. o. ABDULLA IBRAHIM: A STRUGGLE FOR LOVE (Adolf Grimme Award), SCHWARZFAHRER (Oscar®)

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Since his studies at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB), he has worked internationally as a writer, director and cinematographer of feature films and documentaries. In his films, he deals with topics such as social stigmatisation or racism. For his work, he has been awarded the Sundance Cinema 100 Award and the Adolf Grimme Award, among others. Since 2007, Ciro Cappellari has been a member of the European Film Academy. He can also look back on two decades of international teaching experience – for example, at the DFFB and most recently as a professor at the CalArts – California Institute of the Arts.


as DoP

2012  The Street and the Rag Ball 


2011  Francesco und der Papst 


2009  In Berlin 


2007  Bridging the Gap 


2006  Sleeping Beauties 


2005  Abdullah Ibrahim: A Struggle for Love 

Dokumentarfilm | Adolf-Grimme-Preis

2002  Tatort: Endspiel


1997  Sin Querer – Time of the Flamingos 

Spielfilm | Sundance Cinema 100 Award für das beste Drehbuch

1995  Hijo del Rio – Der Sohn des Flusses 

Premio Opera Prima auf dem lateinamerikanischen Filmfestival Triest

1992  Schwarzfahrer 

Kurzfilm | Academy Award „Oscar“ for Live Action Short Film

1989  Amor América 


»Experimenting openly with content and materials to achieve artistic goals – this is the attitude I want to pass on to students. The heart of my teaching lies in the grammar of the audiovisual language for moving images. This involves, for example, relating questions of narrative, composition, the ‘rhythm’ of a particular scene to the demands of our time. The intensive examination of these aspects should enable students to analyse how different techniques create a characteristic aesthetic – and help them to find their own film language.«

Ciro Cappellari

Professor Cinematic Storytelling In A Social Context