ThurnFilm produces documentaries for television,
cinema and online media and aims to stimulate social debates on relevant topics
The content of our films focuses on the in-depth examination of topics from the fields of science, medicine, environment, politics and current affairs, which are often based on ethical issues. The company was founded in 2003 as "Valentin Thurn Filmproduktion" and became "ThurnFilm GmbH" in 2019.
Many of our productions bear the signature of Valentin Thurn, as author and producer. He became known with his feature films about nutrition: Taste The Waste (2011/2012) had over 130,000 viewers and 10 billion (2015) over 60,000 in German cinemas alone. Both were the most successful German cinema documentaries in their respective years.
Our films show the big questions of our time from new perspectives and aim to accompany social transformation. This is why many of our films are accompanied by an impact campaign. With our events and online campaigns for the films, we have done pioneering work in Germany and have been able to trigger social debates and political and legislative changes as well as initiate lasting social movements. In recent years, we have further developed these film-related cross-media campaigns and internet projects so that they now have an international reach.
ThurnFilm works successfully with the public broadcasters ARD, ZDF, WDR, NDR, SWR, BR, HR, RBB, MDR and ARTE as well as with TV stations in Sweden (SVT), France (France 5), Switzerland (SRG) and the Netherlands (BOS). Some of our films are international co-productions and have been broadcast on television in over 40 countries around the world. We cooperate with the cinema distributors Prokino, MindJazz, RealFiction, Farbfilm and Alamode and the world distributors Autlook, Lucky You and New Docs.
Our films have been shown at the Berlinale , IDFA , CPH:DOX Copenhagen, the International Film Festival Warsawthe DOK-fest München and many other international festivals. They have won awards such as the Deutschen Naturfilmpreis, the Umwelt-Medienpreis, the Hoimar-von-Dithfurth-Preis, the econsense Journalistenpreis, the ImagéSanté medical award, the Biodiversity Reporting Award, the International Green Pen Award, the Golden Panda, the Grand Prize Green Image Tokyo, the International Feature Award Toronto, the Green Warsaw Award, the Grand Prix Ekotopfilm, the Grand Prix Oradea, the main prize of the International Scientific Filmfestival Szolnok, the Social Justice Award des Santa Barbara International Filmfestival (USA) and many others.