Silvana Santamaria is a German-Italian film director, screenwriter and producer residing in Berlin. She graduated 2010 from the renowned Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in Film Directing / Documentary. Already during her studies Santamaria gained international attention with her films “Status:geduldet” (Winner young European CIVIS Prize, nominated at Dok Leipzig in German competition) and “Nowhere.Kosovo” winner of the Max-Ophüls-Prize, Germany’s top newcomer film Festival, for best Documentary. In 2013 she Co-Founded the film production company SOILFILMS where she successfully writes, directs and produces narrative and documentary features. The company is female-driven and has a joint passion for telling stories that raise awareness to diversity, social justice, and migration. 2019 Santamaria was one of seven uprising European female producers selected for the EWA Network Mentoringship Program and in 2021 she Participated at the EAVE MARKETING WORKSHOP. Since 2007, she has worked regularly with TV channels like ARTE, ZDF, BR, 3Sat and SWR and was supported by German and int. Film Funds. With her films she won important national and international awards which were screened in (A)-Festivals worldwide and presented in Co-production markets (Venice Film Festival, BFI London, etc).




2021 EAVE Marketing Workshop

2019 1-year-Mentoringship by EWA Network for uprising
European producers. Mentor: Carlotta Calori – Indigo Film, Italy
Since 2014:
Regular guest lecturer, University of Michigan/USA, film lessons
"Filming the future of Detroit"
SINCE 2013: Producer, director, screenwriter and co-founder of
the production company SOILFILMS GmbH & Co. KG
OCTOBER-DECEMBER 2012: Lectureship in Vientiane, Laos
“Documentary work” in cooperation with the University of Vientiane,
BROT FüR DIE WELT (Bread for the World), DOKLAO Media
Center and the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg
2010 – 2011: Postgraduate scholarship at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Area: Film Arts
2007-2010: Scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation
2004-2010: Study directing at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg
2002-2003: Study philosophy and literature at the Humboldt – University Berlin
2000-2002 : Acting school, "Kulturprojekt Spielhaus e.V." in Stuttgart


German, English, Italian