EMMY Award for ifs professor Uli Hanisch and ifs graduate Sabine Schaaf

Award for the best production design of »The Queen’s Gambit« series

Sabine Schaaf

Uli Hanisch, Production Designer and Professor of Production Design at the ifs internationale filmschule köln and ifs graduate and lecturer Sabine Schaaf (Set Decorator) together with Kai Karla Koch (Art Director) have been awarded the Creative Arts EMMY Award 2021 in the category »Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Or Fantasy Program« – for their outstanding work on the series »The Queen’s Gambit«.
Sabine Schaaf accepted the award in Los Angeles.

Saturday night’s ceremony in Los Angeles was the first of the weekend’s three Creative Arts EMMY Awards ceremonies, which were split due to the pandemic. The Creative Arts EMMY Awards are presented by the Television Academy for outstanding artistic and technical achievement in television.
»The Queen’s Gambit« was honored here in a total of 9 categories. The 73rd EMMY Awards in other categories will be presented on September 19 in L.A.

Uli Hanisch: »Of course I am especially happy to receive the Emmy together with Kai Karla Koch and Sabine Schaaf and in the name of our whole team in Berlin and Toronto. The fact that this prize is awarded to three positions in the team at the same time is a nice indication of the self-image of a collective achievement. It’s also a really great thing to be able to bring this very American award here to Berlin!«

The hugely successful Netflix series »The Queen’s Gambit«, about an American orphan girl’s rise to the top of the chess world in the 1960s, has already won a Golden Globe this year. Uli Hanisch was honored as the series’ production designer at the Art Directors Guild’s prestigious ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards in April. Sabine Schaaf received the Best Achievement in Decor/Design of a Television Movie or Limited Series award from the SDSA – Set Decorators Society of America for her work as set decorator.

Also involved in »The Queen’s Gambit« were ifs graduates Daniel Chour and Thorsten Klein (Art Director), Niklas Schmidt (Art Department Coordinator), students Lea Preuße and Franziska Hoh (Art Department Trainee) and ifs lecturer Eva Weymann (Scenic Painter).

Uli Hanisch is one of the most renowned German production designer. He has been a professor of production design at the ifs since 2018. As a long-time lecturer for production design, he has been associated with the ifs since 1998. He has received numerous awards for his outstanding work, including the German Film Award three times in the category Best Production Design (»Cloud Atlas«, »The Perfume«, »The Experiment«), the Bavarian Film Award in the category Best Set Design and the Prix d’Excellence at the European Film Awards (»The Perfume«).
For the most elaborate German production of all time, the TV series »Babylon Berlin« set in the 1920s, he was awarded the German Television Prize in the category of Equipment.

Sabine Schaaf was a participant in the advanced training course in set design at the ifs. As a set decorator, she has worked on numerous cinema and TV films (including »Look Who’s Back«, »5st Estate«), and most recently on all seasons of »Babylon Berlin« and the 5th season of »Homeland«.