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Pepe Danquart

Pepe Danquart, Professor of documentary film

Pepe Danquart is best known as a maker of documentary films. He has been a professor at the HFBK Hamburg in the department of Film since 2008. While studying Communication Science in Freiburg (between 1975 and 1981), Danquart founded the Medienwerkstatt Freiburg (MWF). Between 1978 and 1991, this filmmaking collective produced more than 30 documentary films in which Pepe Danquart was involved as writer, director and producer. These films won a number of awards.

Danquart came to international notice with Schwarzfahrer (1994), which won him an Oscar for Best Short Film, and with another multi-awardwinning film, Nach Saison (1995–97), whose accolades included the Friedensfilmpreis or Peace Film Prize at the Berlinale, the Grand Prize of the San Francisco Film Festival and the Pare Lorenzt Award, Los Angeles.
He gained further recognition in recent years with a trilogy of sport documentary films – Heimspiel (1999), Höllentour (2004) and Am Limit (2007) – which rewrote the rulebook on filming sport. All three films were successful at the box office and received a number of awards (including the Deutscher Filmpreis for Best Direction).

Pepe Danquart is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, L. A. and the Europäische Filmakademie, and a founding member of the Deutsche Filmakademie. He is also a jury member for the Filmförderung des Bundes (BKM) and the Gerd Ruge Stiftung für Dokumentarfilm.

Consultations on Projects on appointment by Olga Kondyli-Roussou: dokumentarfilm@hfbk-hamburg.de