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SEJAD ADEMAJ

[he/him] Screenwriter & Director - Expert for Sinti*zze and Rom*nja, Antiziganism, People of Color, Classism & Migration Experience

 

Sejad Ademaj first studied screenwriting and now directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. As the son of a Montenegrin Roma family, he lived in Germany from 1991 to 2008 with a tolerated status. This period was marked by constant uncertainty and the threat of being deported. After graduating from high school, Sejad trained as an event manager and then studied "Media Design and Production" at HS Offenburg, which he successfully completed with a bachelor's degree in 2020.

 

In winter semester of 2020, Sejad began studying screenwriting at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Due to the great success of his second-year film "Fifteen Minutes", which premiered at the Hofer Filmtage in 2022 and was nominated for several short film awards, he was offered a change to the subject of scenic directing. Sejad writes and directs on topics such as (anti-Muslim) racism, ethnic minorities, and socioeconomic background.

 

He speaks German and English and has a good knowledge of Serbian, Albanian and Romanes.

Sejad Ademaj

EDUCATION

2016 - 2020

Bachelor of Media Design and Production, HS Offenburg

2020 - 2022

Screenwriting, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Since 2022 

Director Fiction, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

AUSZEICHNUNGEN

Interfilm Berlin - 1. Place German Competition für „Fünfzehn Minuten“
Filmzeit Kaufbeuren - Prize of the student jury for “Fifteen minutes”
Exground Filmfest - 2. Place in the German Short Film Competition for “Fifteen Minutes”
Filmfest Osnabrück - Audience Award for the best student short film for “Fifteen Minutes” 
!Return International Film & Art Festival - Audience Award for „Fünfzehn Minuten“
Ake Dikhea Int. Festival of Romani Film - Honorable Mention for „Fünfzehn Minuten“ 

Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - 2. Audience Award for "Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache"

NOMINIERUNGEN

2023

Hof International Film Festival, nomination for the Jury Short Film Award of the City of Hof for “Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache”

LAKFF, nomination for the Grand BMW Short Film Award for “Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache”

FilmKunstFest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, nomination Best Short Film for “Fifteen Minutes”

Int. Filmfest Emden-Norderney, nomination Engelke Short Film Award for “Fifteen Minutes”

Filmfest Osnabrück, nomination Audience Award for the best student short film for “Fifteen Minutes”

Exground Filmfest Wiesbaden, nomination for Best Short Film for “Fifteen Minutes”


Ake Dikhea? International Festival of Romani Film, nomination Best Short Film for “Fifteen Minutes”

Filmzeit Kaufbeuren, nomination Student Jury Award for “Fifteen Minutes”

!Return International Film & Art Festival, nomination Best Short Film for “Fifteen Minutes”

Filmschau Baden-Württemberg, nomination Best Short Film for “Fifteen Minutes”


2022

Hof International Film Festival, nomination for the Jury Short Film Award of the City of Hof for “Fifteen Minutes”

LAKFF, nomination for the Grand BMW Short Film Award for “Fifteen Minutes”

 

FILMOGRAPHY

2024
LET’S CALL IT LOVE (AT)

Director: Sejad Ademaj - Writer: Sofie Hirschmüller  
Production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg with ARTE, SWR, La Fémis

2023        

DEUTSCHE SPRACHE, SCHWERE SPRACHE

Writer & Director: Sejad Ademaj

Production:  Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Official Selection 24. Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival 
Official Selection 57. Internationale Hofer Filmtage

 

2022        

FÜNFZEHN MINUTEN

Writer & Director: Sejad Ademaj

Production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg 

Official Selection 29th Filmschau Baden-Württemberg / Competition Best Short Film

Official Selection 36th Exground filmfest Wiesbaden / German Short Film Competition

Official Selection 39th Interfilm International Short Film Festival Berlin / German Competition

Official Selection 16th Filmzeit Kaufbeuren / Competition Best Short Film

Official Selection 45th Biberach Film Festival

Official Selection 3rd !Return International Film & Art Festival / Short Film Competition

Official Selection 7th Ake Dikhea? International Festival of Romani Film / Short Film Competition

Official Selection 38' Independent Film Festival Osnabrück / Short Film Competition

Official Selection Wiesenflimmern Open Air Short Film Festival 2023 

Official Selection 47th Filmfest Weiterstadt

Official Selection 32nd FilmKunstFest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern / Short Film Competition

Official Selection 24th Schweinfurt Short Film Festival

Official Selection 23rd Landshut Short Film Festival / D-A-C-H Competition

Official Selection 56th Hof International Film Festival / Short Film Award 

 

2022        

EVERYBODY LEAVES IN THE END

Writer & Director: Simon Schneckenburger - Co-Writer: Sejad Ademaj 

Production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

2022        

GUILTY PLEASURE

Writer: Sejad Ademaj - Director: Pascal Momper

Production:  Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

 

2019        

BLOCKJUNGE

Writer & Director: Sejad Ademaj

Production:  Hochschule Offenburg

 

2016        

BITTE BENEHMT EUCH

Writer & Director: Sejad Ademaj

Production:  Hochschule Offenburg

 
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