Carolina Hellsgård is a writer-director, born in Sweden and based in Berlin. 
She studied experimental media design at the Berlin University of Arts and film directing and 
screenwriting at Cal Arts in Los Angeles.

Her critically acclaimed debut feature film WANJA premiered at the Berlinale 2015 and was 
nominated for Berlinale Best First Feature Award. It won Best Screenplay (Valletta FF) and 
Best Feature Film Debut at the Biberacher Filmfestspiele. It was theatrically released in Germany 
in the summer of 2016.

Hellsgård's award winning films have screened in numerous international film festivals including 
Berlinale, Montreal WFF, Mostra Sao Paulo, Gothenburg IFF, Clermont-Ferrand, Filmes de Femmes
and the Oberhausen Short Film Festival. 

She has been a recipient of the Dorothea Erxleben Fellowship and a guest lecturer at the
Braunschweig University of Art (HBK). In 2017 she was a Villa Aurora Fellow in Los Angeles.

Her second feature film ENDZEIT – EVER AFTER (Kleines Fernsehspiel / ARTE, 
produced by GrownUp Films), premiered in the Discovery section at TIFF 2018, and is showing at a number of festivals; Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis; Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund|Köln, Bilbao Fantasy Film Festival, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Kosmorama Trondheim internasjonale filmfestival, Gothenburg IFF and at Carte Blanche: Mariette Rissenbeek on
German Women Cinematographers
 @ MoMA, NY.

She is currently in post-production for the feature film project SUNBURNED (produced by Niko Film). 

Director's Statement

I make films about people who are isolated and don't belong. My characters desperately seek 
inclusion in the society, in a group or as a couple; it's all about their daily fights and dreams. 
It's about showing their lives and ongoing struggles, and ultimately to create understanding 
and love for them.

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