Theresa von Eltz

Theresa grew up in the country near Cologne. She is the third of five children.
After graduating with an MA in History from Oxford University, she studied Fiction Directing at the National Film & Television School in the UK. Her tutors included Stephen Frears and Ken Loach amongst other great British filmmakers.
Theresa quickly developed her very own personal style of filmmaking, based on a subtle and playful camera and getting the most out of the performances of all her characters.

Her first short film Gecko was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 2007. Since then, her work has included making several reports for German TV (Foyer), where she focused on portraits and documentaries on  European theatre and film. Theresa then focused on her first feature film – 4Könige -. The script was nominated for the Deutscher Drehbuchpreis in 2014.  4Könige was released  in German cinemas in December 2015  and has been awarded several times since then. Among international film festivals in Stockholm and Rome with the German Film Prize in 2016.  Besides Theresa von Eltz received the New Faces Award 2016 for her outstanding directorial debut. During the last year Theresa has shot five episodes of the criminal series “der Kriminalist” and is currently shooting “Tatort Dresden”. She is also working on her next cinema movie.
Theresa lives and works in Berlin, London and Vienna. 

Theresa von Eltz


"der kriminalist" 2 episodes (tv serie), 2016, director
"4 könige" (feature film/90 min), 2014, director
"don´t rain on my parade" (fiction short/1min50sec), 2012, director
hapag lloyd "badewanne" (commercial/30sec)
db flinkster "ein paar schuhe" (commercial/30sec)
levis (commercial/30 sec)
"what a man" (making of/40 min) 20th century fox
"what a man" 10 episodes (online diaries itunes/á 3-5 minutes) 20th century fox
"ramba zamba" (report on young disabled people who are professional theater artists/10min) foyer theater magazin/zdf
"kristian smeds" (portrait of a theatre director in helsinki/8min) foyer theater magazin/zdf
"pina bausch" (portrait/retrospective) foyer theater magazin/zdf
"the space you leave" (short movie/25 min), 2008, director
"close" (short movie/30 min), 2008, director
"gecko" (short movie/8 min), 2007, director
"ana" (short movie/20 min), 2007, director
"don’t rain on my parade" (short movie/20 min), 2007, director
"hanna & amelie" (short movie), 2006, director
"c.a.l.m" (campaign against living miserably/30 sec)




Theresa von Eltz

"4 könige" (feature film/90 min)

bronze for best motion picture at deutscher filmpreis 2016
nominated for best film, best screenplay actor in a supporting role at deutscher filmpreis 2016
best director debut, new faces award 2016
best movie, stockholm international film festival junior 2016
best youngage film, film festival cottbus 2015
best film audience price & best film competition price at the Braunschweig intl. film festival 2015
best film / best direction at the ROme film festival 2015 /section: alice nella cittá
nominated for deutscher drehbuchpreis 2015
nominated for ndr nachwuchspreis 2015
nominated for cicae Art cinema award 2015

Theresa was nominated for the SI-Star a prize that goes to an outstanding female director at this year’s Berlinale.

hapag lloyd
"badewanne" (30 sec) commercial:

competition "die klappe" 2014 - won silver

deutsche bahn "ein paar schuhe" (30 sec) commercial:
competition "die klappe" 2013 - won gold

levi’s (30 sec) kodak werbespot
wettbewerb 2012 won best brief and best commercial

the space you leave (25 min):
screened in competition at prishtina skena up film festival in kosovo november 2008 camerimage film festival in lodz, polen november 2008, bfi london, 2008

gecko (8 min):
screened in competition and nominated for the golden bear in 2007 berlinale, berlin film festival; brief encounters film festival in bristol; kiev molodist film festival in ukraine; foyle film festival in northern ireland

c.a.l.m. (30 sec) campaign against living miserably:
kodak student commercial 2007 won best brief & best commercial

Theresa von Eltz
Theresa von Eltz