Benjamin Rost studied Directing at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and graduated 2020. Before he studied Philosophy. His films were screened at various international festivals like Dok Leipzig, Dok.Fest München, Camerimage a.m. He owns a scholarship of ‘Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes’ as well as the ‘Young Art and New Paths’ scholarship from the State of Bavaria. Between 2017 and 2019 he lived in Rwanda and South Africa to support the launch of the Youth TV Channel ‘Iwacu’ for the German Development Organisation (GIZ) and to shoot his graduation film ‘A Portrait on the Search for Happiness’ supported by ARD / SWR and MfG, which is available on Amazon Prime. With his Debut ‘Harraga - Those who burn their lives’ he participated at Documentary Campus. Since then Benjamin is member of ACAN (Arab Cultures and Arts Network). Furthermore he works as director for ARD / BR and others for more than 15 years and gave workshops for Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, FreeSZFE Budapest and others. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, he has launched two mentoring programs, e.g. ‘Pitch_It@Berlinale’ and the animation film workshop ‘FILM IT’ for refugee children from Ukraine.


Dok.Leipzig - International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film

Camerimage International Film Festival

Dok.fest München (nominated for FFF Förderpreis und Megaherz Student Award)

Molodist - Kyiv International Film Festival

Zurich Film Festival ZFF

One World International Human Rights Film Festival

Hof International Filmfestival

Max-Ophüls-Prize Film Festival

Encounters - South African International Documentary Filmfestival 

Africa in Motion Film Festival 

Biberacher Filmfestspiele

Alexandria International Film Festival

Madrid Human Rights Film Festival

Buzau International Film Festival - Winner Best Documentary

East African International Film Festival - Winner Best Feature Documentary

Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival - Winner Best Feature Documentary

Bir Duino - Kyrgysztan Human Rights Film Festival - Winner Special Jury Award

Diorama International Film Festival - Special Mention

Verzio Internation Human Rights Film Festival 

Neisse Filmfestival

Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival

Great Lakes International Filmfestival

Filmschau Baden-Württemberg

and many more.