Fred Kelemen is an outstanding German film director, cameraman, screenwriter, theater director.
Fred Kelemen was born in West Berlin/Germany.
He studied painting, music, philosophy, comparative religion and theater and film sciences and worked in various theatres as a director’s assistant before beginning his studies in directing and cinematography at the German Film & TV Academy Berlin (dffb) from 1989 to 1994. He graduated from the dffb with a diploma as a director and as a cinematographer.
For his diploma film “Fate” he received the German National Film Award in 1995.
Since then, he has made a number of films and videos as director and collaborated as cinematographer with several film directors like Pavel Lungin ("Esau", Russia/Israel 2018/2019), Joseph Pitchhadze (“Sweets”, Israel 2013), Béla Tarr (“Journey to the Plain”, Hungary 1995, “The Man from London”, Hungary/France/Germany 2007, “The Turin Horse”, Hungary, France, USA, Germany 2011, "Muhamed", Bosnia-Herzegovina 2016/17), Rudolf Thome (“The Visible and the Invisible”, Germany 2006), Gariné Torossian (“Stone, Time, Touch”, Canada/Armenia 2005) a.o.
Since 1995 he has worked as an associate professor and has given master classes and lectures at the following institutions: Centre of Cinematographical Studies of Catalania (C.E.C.C.) in Barcelona/Spain, College of Fine Arts (ESBAG) in Geneva/Switzerland, Harvard University / USA, Kidderminster College / England, Latvian Cultural Academy (LKA) in Riga, University of Santiago de Chile - Department of the Arts and Sciences of Visual Medias, Thammasat University Bangkok/Thailand, German Film and TV Academy Berlin (dffb)/Germany, Steve Tisch School for Film and Television at the Tel Aviv University – Department of Film and Television/Israel, National School of Fine Arts (ENBA) Lyon/France, Film Factory Sarajevo/Bosnia-Hercegovinaand, HBK Saar in Saarbrücken/Germany, Haute École d"Art et du Design (HEAD) Geneva/Switzerland and at the Moscow School of New Cinema in Moscow / Russia.
Since 2000 he has directed several plays at different theatres in Germany.
Retrospectives of his work have been presented at places like the Anthology Film Archives New York, the Tate Modern London, the Hungarian National Film Theatre Budapest and at cinematheques, film museums and film festivals worldwide.
With his film production company Kino Kombat Filmmanufactur he produced his films "Sarajevo Songs of Woe" (2016) and “Krisana”/”Fallen” (co-producer: Laima Freimane/Screen Vision, Latvia, 2005) and he produced or co-produced the films “Moskatchka” by Annett Schütze (co-producer: Laima Freimane/Screen Vision, Latvia, 2005) and “Fragment” by Gyula Maár (producer: Béla Tarr/TTFilmmühely, Hungary, 2007) and “Roku Roka” (“Hand in Hand”) by Jana Marsik (co-producer: Laima Freimane/Screen Visison, Latvia - Jana Marsik Gemany 2008).
Fred Kelemen is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) /USA, the European Film Academy (EFA), the German Film Academy and of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP).