About Schiwago Film
Schiwago Film GmbH was founded in Berlin in 2000 by Martin Lehwald and Michal Pokorny. 2007 Marcos Kantis joined as an executive producer and partner. Since 2020 Martin Lehwald and Marcos Kantis are the co-managing directors and executive producers of Schiwago Film GmbH.
Schiwago’s portfolio includes a wide range of feature films and short films, many of which have won several awards. Its greatest success to date came in 2012 with the feature film A COFFEE IN BERLIN.
Other outstanding Schiwago productions such as LARA (2019), STYX (2018), MUXMÄUSCHENSTILL (2004) and TOUBAB (2021) also complement the film production’s portfolio as internationally acclaimed and award-winning films. With TV film series such as OSTFRIESLANDKRIMIS, FLUSS DES LEBENS and TATORT, Schiwago has established itself in the German media landscape as an esteemed production company.
With currently produced international co-productions such as INSIDE (2023) and AMERICA (2021) Schiwago Film GmbH continues to open the global market of film productions.
The promotion of young directors and up-and-coming talents is just as much a focus at Schiwago Film as successful regular collaborations with established filmmakers.
The company philosophy lies in the realization of ambitious, sophisticated, and varied material and in the close cooperation with authors and directors already in the early development phases of the films.
Prizes and awards
Schiwagos portfolio includes a wide range of feature films and short films, many of which have won several awards.
Its greatest success to date came in 2012 with the feature film “A COFFEE IN BERLIN” (also titled OH BOY) by Jan-Ole Gerster, which won many prestigious awards, such as six LOLAS – German Film Award, including “Best Feature Film” in Gold, “Best Screenplay,” “Best Director” in 2013 and was named Best Newcomer Film at the European Film Awards.
LARA (directed by Jan-Ole Gerster) was nominated for the German Film Award in the category “Best Film” at the 37th Film Fest Munich in 2019, in addition to the Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino and the Fipresci Award.
As a recent success, TOUBAB (directed by Florian Dietrich) won three prizes at the 30th Filmkunstfest MV (NDR Director’s Prize, Best Acting Performance, Audience Award), the Audience Award of the 37th Warsaw International Film Festival, several Audience Awards and the Award „best Duo“ (Farba Dieng and Julius Nitschkoff) at German Actors Award 2022.