Prof. Martin Hagemann

 Martin Hagemann

Vice President for International Affairs | Professor of Film and Television Production

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Professor of Film and Television Production

Born in the Ruhr region in 1958, Martin Hagemann studied German Studies and History before he started working in the film production business as a driver, unit manager, line producer, and executive producer for Studio Hamburg, the Hamburg-based Markenfilm commercial production company, and his own smaller productions in Germany and Russia. With Berlin's zero film GmbH that he co-founded in 1990, he produced some 30 feature and documentary films (including many films for the international market) and worked with directors such as Alexandr Sokurov, Hal Hartley, Roger Spottiswoode, Jan Schütte, Didi Danquart, Max Färberböck, and Peter Bogdanovich.  

Hagemann has been owner and managing director of zero fiction film GmbH since 2006, whose feature film THE TURIN HORSE (directed by Béla Tarr) premiered at Berlinale 2011 and won a Silver Bear. The documentary The Law in These Parts (directed by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz), a German-Israeli co-production, won the World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance 2012 and the Special Jury Prize – International Feature at Hot Docs in Toronto. Jack, a co-production directed by Edward Berger, had its premiere in the competition section of Berlinale 2014 and a Silver German Film Award for Best Feature Film. In April 2016, Susan Gluth's new documentary Urmila – My Memory is my Power premiered at Hot Docs in Toronto.

In 2009, Martin Hagemann was appointed professor of Film and Television Production at Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.


  • Production and financing of cinematic films, international co-productions, film funding, film politics

Research and Teaching Interests

  • story development
  • new forms of film exploitation
  • connection between film politics and film production

Selected Filmography

  • Jack. Dir.: Edward Berger (Berlinale 2015, Competition section, Silver German Film Award for Best Feature Film 2015)
  • The Turin Horse. Dir.: Béla Tarr (HU/FR/DE/CH, Silver Bear at Berlinale 2011)

  • The Children of Huang Shi. Dir.: Roger Spottiswoode (DE/AT/CN)

  • Fay Grim. Dir.: Hal Hartley (DE/US, Toronto 2006, Sundance 2007, Berlinale 2007)

  • Love Comes Lately. Dir.: Jan Schütte (DE/AT, premiere at Toronto 2007)

  • Creep. Dir.: Christopher Smith (DE/UK, Toronto 2004, Midnight Madness section)

  • September. Dir.: Max Färberböck (DE, Cannes 2004, Certain Regards section)

  • Vater und Sohn. Dir.: Aleksandr Sokurov (DE/FR, Cannes 2004, Competition section)

  • Böse Zellen. Dir.: Barbara Albert (DE/AT, Locarno 2004, Competition section)

  • Farland. Dir.: Michael Klier (DE)

  • The Cat's Meow. Dir.: Peter Bogdanovich (DE/US, executive producer)

  • Der Schöne Tag. Dir.: Thomas Arslan (DE, Berlinale 2002, Forum section)
  • Nordrand. Dir.: Barbara Albert (DE/AT, Venice 2000, Competition section)

  • Moloch. Dir.: Aleksandr Sokurov (DE/RU/JP, Cannes 1999, Best Screenplay)

  • Viehjud Levi. Dir.: Didi Danquart (DE, Berlinale 1999, Forum section)
  • Lola und Bilidikid. Dir.: Kutlug Ataman (DE/TR, Berlinale 1998, Panorama section)
  • Mutter und Sohn. Dir.: Aleksandr Sokurov (DE/RU, Berlinale 1997, Competition section)
  • Flirt. Dir.: Hal Hartley (US/DE/FR/JP, executive producer)

  • Auf Wiedersehen Amerika. Dir.: Jan Schütte (DE/US, executive producer)

  • Tichie Stranicy. Dir.: Aleksandr Sokurov (DE/RU, Berlinale 1995)

  • Leningrad, November. Dir.: A.C. Schmidt, O. Morozov (Locarno 1991)

Selected Documentaries

  • Urmila – My Memory is my Power. Dir.: Susan Gluth (Hot Docs Toronto 2016, Best Film at Kathmandu 2016)
  • The Law in These Parts. Dir.: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz (Best Documentary at Jerusalem 2011, Sundance 2012, Best Documentary at Hot Docs, Special Jury Price at Toronto 2012)

Further Activities

  • Member of the board of the German Film Academy
  • AG DOK
  • European Film Academy
  • Guidelines committee of the German Federal Film Board (FFA)
  • Member of the advisory board of the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF)
  • Member of the advisory board of the Erich Pommer Institute
  • Member of the supervisory board of the Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein Film Funding Board
  • Member of the film funding selection committee of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM)


  • Silver Bear at Berlinale 2011