Johannes Schmid

Director | Scriptwriter

Born 1973 in Lower Bavaria. Johannes studied Theatre and Film Studies, German Studies and Art History in Erlangen and Munich from 1995 to 2001. He worked as assistant and assistant director for numerous theatre and film projects while studying. Johannes has been working as a freelance director for film and theatre since 2000.
He made his feature film debut as writer and direct or with “Blöde Mütze!” in 2006 with the film production company „schlicht und ergreifend Film“ of whom he is a founding member. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival 2007 and has received several national and international awards. It was shown in German cinemas in 2008/2009. Filming for his second feature film “Wintertocher”, a German-Polish co-production finished in January/February 2010. The film was screened at several festivals and received a number of awards before it started in German cinemas in autumn 2011. In May 2012 “Wintertochter” was awarded the German Film Award in the category “Best Children’s Film”.
His romantic drama AGNES, based on the novel of the same name by Peter Stamm and highly praised by the feature pages, was shown in cinemas nationwide in 2016. In spring 2022, his Austrian-German family film GESCHICHTEN VOM FRANZ, based on the books by Christine Nöstlinger, will be released.In addition to his film work, Johannes Schmid has directed spoken and musical theater throughout Europe for, among others, the Bayerische Staatsschauspiel, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Salzburg Festival, the Theater Sankt Gallen, and the Stadsteater in Malmö.


Filmography (selection)

Distribution: Wild Bunch


AGNES, feature film
Distribution: Neue Visionen Filmverleih


Palm Springs International Film Festival
38. Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
Bozener Filmtage


Best Newcomer: Odine Johne (Max-Ophüls Filmfestival)



WINTERTOCHTER, feature film, Distribution: Zorro Film

German Film Award 2012 in the category „Best Children’s Film“
Children’s Film Award, MDR-Rundfunkrat for best script at the festival „Goldener Spatz“ 2011
Young Generation Award at the Fünf-Seen-Festival 2011
EMO – „best actor“ for Leon Seidel Kinderfilmtage Ruhr 2011
1. Price „Live Action Feature Film“ – CICFF 2011
„Golden Butterfly for the Best Director“ – International Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults Isfahan/Iran 2011



BLÖDE MÜTZE!, feature film, Distribution: Farbfilm

Children’s Media Price „Weißer Elefant – Best Director“ and actors Johann Hillmann, Konrad Baumann and Lea Eisleb 2007
Newcomer Award – „Goldener Spatz“ 2007
Award for best Children’s film at the Fünf Seen Film Festival in Starnberg 2007
„Goldenes Einhorn“ for best children’s movie at the Alpinale Filmfestival Nenzig 2007
Honourable Mention in the category Fiction Programs at the 19th International Television festival Bratislava 2007
Award JULE of the Children’s Jury at the 25th Children’s Film Festival in Münster 2007
„Goldener Schwan“, main award at the Moscow International Film Festival for Children and Young People 2008
„Kindertiger 2008“ for the best children’s script
Award of the Children’s Jury Bruges at the European Youth Film Festival of Flanders 2009