Lilian Hess is an independent director and creative producer based between Berlin and London. A documentarist at heart and former scholar of Modern Literature and Surrealism, Lilian works across film, photography, and immersive formats. She is particularly interested in the mind-body connection and the telling of personal histories. Her graduation film “Revising Anneliese” (19’, 2017) — a short biographical documentary about a queer post war fashion designer — earned her a nomination for Best Edit at BAFTA’s Underwire Festival straight out of Goldsmiths University. \
Her first venture into immersive media was as the producer of the critically acclaimed VR performance “Cosmos Within Us” (38’, dir by Tupac Martir, 2019), which earned her team a nomination for a PGA Award for Innovation, has been on show at the Venice Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival (Spirit Award), The Eye Amsterdam (Halo Award), and was awarded the prestigious Lumen Prize in 2020.
In 2021, Lilian was invited to workshop her immersive debut "Duchampiana VR" at the Biennale VR College in Venice, and further developed the piece at the Berlinale Short Form Station in 2022, a workshop taking place as part of Berlinale Talents. The project was also awarded the 4DR Studio Award after pitching it at IFFR, and has been nominated for the Women in Tech Meta Grant. Its release is scheduled for Summer 2023.
Lilian’s photography work, shot predominantly on film, encompasses a growing collection of portraits and Momentaufnahmen. Her photograph “Before Irma” was chosen amongst the top 100 photographs of 2017 by MPB & The British Journal of Photography. The image captures European holidayers celebrating at a Cuban resort only hours before hurricane Irma struck the island. The picture was later on auction at the Hart Club Gallery in London alongside work of acclaimed British photographer Martin Parr.
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