Valentin Thurn became internationally known with the cinema documentaries "Taste the Waste - the global waste of food" and "10 Billion - How will we all be satisfied?
"Taste the Waste" won an award at the 2011 Berlinale and went on to win the German Environmental Aid's Environmental Media Award and another 15 prizes in Germany and abroad. The documentary attracted over 130,000 viewers to theaters in Germany and another 30,000 in Austria. Worldwide, the film was broadcast on television in over 30 countries. The book accompanying the film, entitled "Die Essensvernichter" ("The Food Destroyers"), was a "Spiegel bestseller" with a print run of over 35,000.
His second feature film "10 Milliarden - Wie werden wir alle satt?" also received numerous awards, including the 2015 German Nature Film Award. The book accompanying the film, entitled "Harte Kost," received the 2015 Salus Media Award.
In addition, Valentin Thurn has made more than 50 documentaries for ARD, ZDF and ARTE over the past 25 years, including several award-winning ones such as "Ich bin Al Kaida" (German Television Award nomination), "Mit meiner Tochter nicht!" (Best Documentary Film Festival Eberswalde) and "Death in the Hospital" (ARGUS Medicine Award 2008).
He is also a TV producer, author of radio features, editor of non-fiction books, lecturer at seminars on film and journalism at, among others, the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, the RTL School of Journalism and the Goethe Institute in India, Indonesia and Argentina, as well as other institutes in Mexico, Ecuador and South Africa. He is a jury member of the competition "Too good for the ton" of the Federal Minister of Food, at the Salus Media Award and film festivals such as Interfilm Berlin, CinemAmbiente Turin and Festival Vert Meaux. He is also a member of the German Film Academy.
He studied geography, ethnology and politics in Aix-en-Provence (France), Frankfurt and Cologne and was trained as an editor at the German School of Journalism in Munich. He was awarded the Journalism Prize of the German Society for Geography for his life's work.