Open Window Film

Inigo Westmeier founded Open Window Film in 2010. He produced the 30-minute documentary “The Eyelash of the Little Nam” an Open Window Film production commissioned by ZDF / 3sat for the TV format “Foreign Children”. In 2012, Open Window Film GmbH produced the feature film DRAGON GIRLS (90min.), winner of the 2013 HOT DOCS Best International Feature Award, the GERMAN DoP AWARD 2013 and the German Director Award METROPOLIS 2013. Open Window Film specialises in high-quality, award-winning films and advertising.

Inigo Westmeier

Inigo Westmeier was born in 1973 in Brussels, Belgium. After studying cinematography in Moscow, LA and Ludwigsburg, Germany, he has worked as a cinematographer, producer and director on award-winning documentaries, advertisements and fiction Films.

 

His first major success was the documentary film about a Russian children’s prison “Alone in Four Walls” (2009). The film was selected at numerous prestigious festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, and won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival and the Max Ophüls Prize, among others.

 

“Dragon Girls” (2012) is his first full-length feature documentary film which he directed and produced. The German Film and Media Review (FBW) awarded the film the title “Particularly valuable”. Dragon Girl was co-produced with GAP Films, Bayerischer Rundfunk and ARTE, funded by the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, DFFF German Film Fund, FFA Film Fund and the Hessen Film Fund.

 

International experience: Europe, China, Russia, USA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Thailand, Turkey, Singapore.

Studies

Filmakademie Baden – Wuerttemberg Ludwigsburg/ GERMANY Postgraduate studies.
Degree: Diplom 2003

All Russian Institute of Cinematographie (VGIK) Moscow/ RUSSIA „Director of Photography“ faculty under the supervision of L.E. Kalashnikov.
Degree: Master of Arts 1999

School education in Belgium, Germany, and USA.
Degree: Abitur 1994 (German ‘A’ Level equivalent)

SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Skript Akademie Berlin/Germany – Masterclass Script writing 2011
UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies Los Angeles / USA Scholarship 2003
Fourth International Masterclass Budapest/ HUNGARY Program for Director of Photography Students under supervision of Billy Williams, BSC, and Laszlo Kovacs , ASC. 1997

Filmography

2018 “Black China” (Documentary Feature) in Congo & China 70 min.,
ZDF/ARTE Themenabend, Hessenfilm, FFF Bayern
Writer, Director and Associate Producer

2017 “Ins Ungewisse” (Documentary Feature) in Germany 90 min.
Writer, Director and Director of Photography

2012 “Dragon Girls“ (Documentary Feature) in China 90 min.,
BR / arte, Hessenfilm, FFF Bayern, FFA German Filmfound
Producer, Writer, Director and Director of Photography

2010 “Der Wimpernschlag der kleinen Nam” (TV Documentary) in Thailand 30 min.,
3Sat
Producer, Writer, Director and Director oh Photography

2009 “Die Haushaltshilfe” (TV Documentary) in Germany 60 min.,
SWR
Director of Photography

2009 “Deutschland 09 – SCHIEFLAGE” (Episodic Fiction Feature, 1 episode) in Germany 152 min.
Director of Photography

2009: “State of mind”, (Documentary Feature) in Congo, 90 min.
GIZ
Director of Photography

2008 “Papy” (Fiction) in Congo 30 min.
Director of Photography

2008 “Unschuldig” (TV Fiction Action-Film) in Germany 4 x 45 min.,
ProSieben
Director of Photography

2007 “Alone in four walls” (Documentary Feature) in Russia 85 min.
MDR/WDR/arte, Hessenfilm
Producer, Director of Photography

Awards

2013 German Directors Award Metropolis (Dragon Girls)

2013 German Camera Award (Dragon Girls)

2013 Hot Docs Toronto Best Feature Documentary (Dragon Girls)

2013 Children’s Jury Prize Chicago International Children’s Festival (Dragon Girls)

2013 Hessischer Film Award (Dragon Girls)

2008 Sundance Film Festival WORLD CINEMA COMPETITION (Alone in Four Walls)

2007 60th Locarno International Film Festival, Grand Price of the Critics Winner (Alone in Four Walls)

2008 „Laurel Branch“, Best Documentary Cinema 2008, Moscow Russia (Alone in Four Walls)

2008 Winner BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, ACHTUNG BERLIN – NEW BERLIN FILM AWARD Film Festival, Germany (Alone in Four Walls)

2007 29. Filmfestival MAX OPHÜLS PREIS, Best Documentary, Germany (Alone in Four Walls)

2017 WINNER Mexico International Filmfestival (Ins Ungewisse)

2017 Best Documentary Feature, Max Ophüls Preis (Ins Ungewisse)