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Nicolaas Schmidt is a european Gréyalisateur and Dozing Artist (Concept, Photo, Video) based in Hamburg.
He started dreaming at the age of four after visiting the movie theater, in his socialist small town southern of Leipzig, the first time. After integration of GDR into BRD, some ambitious in photographing and jobbing as graphic designer for an advertising agency he studied Mixed and Time Based Media as well Visual Communication / Film (at/with). Finally graduated 2016 with honors at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg.

His works are shown at international film festivals and art institutions (including HKW Berlin, CWB Paris, Museum of the Moving Image New York City, Arts&Archives Los Angeles, Filmforum Museum Ludwig Köln, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, Locarno Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Black Canvas Film Festival Mexico City, Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Athens Film and Video Festival, Vilnius Film Festival, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, HMKV Dortmund, Mousonturm Frankfurt/Main, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Museum Für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Cinemateca Portuguesa Lisbon, Cinemateca Uruguaya Montevideo, FilminLatino Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, Gran Lux Saint-Etienne, Filmhuis Cavia Amsterdam, Pylon-Lab Dresden, Galerie Kub and D21 Kunstraum Leipzig, Ausstellungsraum Klingental Basel, Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts, NNYOC Gallery and Kling&Bang Gallery Reykjavik, Schloss Kalsdorf Ilz/Graz, Erarta Museum St. Petersburg), as well as some Goethe-Institutes (Sofia, Marseille, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata) and in the context of seminars and work presentations at various universities (CAU Kiel, HBK Braunschweig, HFBK Hamburg, DFFB, UDK and SRH Berlin, HGB Leipzig, HFF Potsdam, HS RheinMain Wiesbaden).

In his media-reflective experiences he manipulates the cinematic timeline until it is emptied in order to recharge it. Schmidt‘s work deals with atmospheric long-term dramaturgies, repetitively characterized elements of banality and subtly ambivalent radicality in reduction&romance*. Nevertheless his films clearly show that a strong concept and great emotions are not mutually exclusive or contradictory. On the contrary: he makes great cinema, not only for cineastes.
*Some occasionally refer to this as visual poetry or romantic conceptualism.

Schmidt is a founding member of VETO Film, EndJoy Antitainment and Eternaltrend Intermediate, a production and distribution lab for audiovisual simplicities, that for example offers the color gradient online series "36000 Frames RGB".
Since 2018 he is working at the art office "Doppelte Unendlichkeit" with Anne Döring. Currently he is available.



AWARDS/GRANTS

2024
Oberhausen Intl. Short Film Festival, Special Mention (German Competition)
Moin Film Fund, Production Funding Feature „Something New Has Begun“ (WT)
2022
Black Canvas Film Festival, Best Film (Beyond the Canvas)
Athens Intl. Film and Video Festival, Best Narrative Feature
Sicilia Queer Intl. New Visions Filmfest, Best Feature
Sicilia Queer Intl. New Visions Filmfest, Special Mention (National Union of Italian Film Critics, SNCCI)
2021
Locarno Film Festival, Special Mention (Leopards of Tomorrow)
Bucharest Intl. Experimental Film Festival, Best Direction
Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis, Sonderpreis Mittellanger Film
Festival dei Popoli Firenze, Best Med-Lenght Film
FBW Film Predicate: Especially Valuable „Inflorescence“
FFHSH, Scenario Funding „Something New Has Begun“ (WT)
2020
Vilnius Intl. Film Festival, Special Mention (Intl. Shorts)
FFHSH, Production Funding „First Time“
2019
Preis der Nationalgalerie, Nomination Förderpreis für Filmkunst
2018
VDFK German Film Critics Award, Best Short Film 2017
Glasgow Short Film Festival, Special Mention (Intl. Competition)
Thai Short Film and Video Festival, "R.D. Pestonji Medal" (Best Short Film)
2017
Berlin Intl. Film Festival, Special Jury Prize (Perspektive Deutsches Kino)
First Steps Award (German Film Academy), Best Medium-Length Fiction
2015
Intl. Short Film Festival Hamburg, Jury Award
2013
Karl H. Ditze Stiftung, Annual Scholarship
2011
Message To Man Intl. Film Festival St. Petersburg, Jury Diploma (In Silico - Int. Competition of Experimental Films)



FILMOGRAPHY (Selected)

2021
FIRST TIME [The Time For All But Sunset - VIOLET] (Medium Concept Fiction)
2020
INFLORESCENCE (Slowloop Short)
2019
BELIEVE (Docu Concept Slowloop Short)
2018
THE LOTTERY [Who's The Next One] (THERNST Concept Music Video)
MOON ZOOM (Trailer for 34th Hamburg Intl. Short Film Festival)
JARDIN EXOTIQUE (Commissional Music Video)
2017
FINAL STAGE [The Time For All But Sunset - BGYOR] (Medium Concept Fiction)
2016
COMPARE (Slowloop Short by 2011)
36KFRGB - SPECIAL 66: Bearing For Dreams (Cinematic Dream Opener)
2015
AUTUMN (Essay Slowloop Short)
36KFRGB SPECIAL 29: Die Manifestation DesKapitalismus In Unserem Leben Ist Die Traurigkeit (Color Episode Footage Collage)
2014
36000 FRAMES RGB (36KFRGB) (2013-2014 Color Concept Series)
LEAVING MONOCHROMIA (Essay Short)
2013
BREAK (Slide Show Slowloop Short)
36KFRGB - RGB/BTW [Du Und Wir] (Promo Short)
2012
FOREVER (Slowloop Short)
2011
DIE REISE MIT DER EISENBAHN HAT SICH DURCHAUS EIN WENIG GELOHNT (Essay Short)
2010
OHNE SCHLECHTES GEWISSEN GENIESSEN (Performance Short)
DER LAUF UND CHOPIN (Concept Short)
2009
SENSE+INNOCENCE (Footage Concept Short)
2008
NEUSEENLAND (Essay Short)


FILMOGRAPHY (Complete)

2021
FIRST TIME [The Time For All But Sunset - VIOLET] (Medium Concept Fiction)
2020
INFLORESCENCE (Slowloop Short)
2019
BELIEVE (Docu Concept Slowloop Short)
2018
THE LOTTERY [Who's The Next One] (THERNST Concept Music Video)
MOON ZOOM (Trailer for 34th Hamburg Intl. Short Film Festival)
JARDIN EXOTIQUE (Commissional Music Video)
VERY NICE GRADIENTS… (Concept Short, undisclosed)
2017
FINAL STAGE [The Time For All But Sunset - BGYOR] (Medium Concept Fiction)
2016
COMPARE (Slowloop Short by 2011)
36KFRGB - SPECIAL 66: Bearing For Dreams (Cinematic Dream Opener)
WASSERMUSIK (Commissional Trailer)
2015
AUTUMN (Essay Slowloop Short)
36KFRGB SPECIAL 29: Die Manifestation DesKapitalismus In Unserem Leben Ist Die Traurigkeit (Color Episode Footage Collage)
2014
36000 FRAMES RGB (36KFRGB) (2013-2014 Color Concept Series)
LEAVING MONOCHROMIA (Essay Short)
2013
BREAK (Slide Show Slowloop Short)
36KFRGB - RGB/BTW [Du Und Wir] (Promo Short)
TEN TABLETS (Experimental Setup, undisclosed)
2012
FOREVER (Slowloop Short)
DER WIND AM RANDE DES WALDES (Concept Fiction, undisclosed)
VERSE ZUR FURCHT (Commissional Work)
2011
DIE REISE MIT DER EISENBAHN HAT SICH DURCHAUS EIN WENIG GELOHNT (Essay Short)
STUDIEN ZUR REKONSTRUKTION (Experimental Study)
2010
OHNE SCHLECHTES GEWISSEN GENIESSEN (Performance Short)
DER LAUF UND CHOPIN (Concept Short)
THE NICEST PLACE (Concept Fiction, undisclosed)
2009
SENSE+INNOCENCE (Footage Concept Short)
EIN NEUR MORGEN (undisclosed)
MAY I ASK (undisclosed, lost)
2008
NEUSEENLAND (Essay Short)
GREEN GROWS THE GREY (undisclosed)
NEXT IN LINE (undisclosed)