Lilian Hess is an independent director and creative producer based between Germany and the UK. A documentarist at heart and former scholar of Modern Literature and Surrealism, Lilian’s multi-awarded work spans not only a vast variety of themes, ranging from explorations of friendship, disease, migration and architecture, but she also works across different media. Regardless of subject matter or medium, her storytelling places at its centre the human experience. Her graduation film “Revising Anneliese” (19’, 2017) — a short biographical documentary about a Nazi supporter turned queer post war fashion designer — earned her a nomination for Best Edit at BAFTA’s Underwire Festival straight out of Goldsmiths University. Her latest achievement as the producer of the critically acclaimed VR Performance “Cosmos Within Us” (38’, dir by Tupac Martir, 2019) earned her a nomination for a PGA Award for Innovation. The piece offers a glimpse into the experience of a man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and has been on show at the Venice Film Biennale (nominated for Best Interactive), Raindance Film Festival (Spirit Award), The Eye Amsterdam (Halo Award), New York Live Arts, and Luxembourg Film Festival. 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. Currently, Lilian works on two short documentaries and a photography series out of her quarantine base in the idyllic southern German countryside. 


For inquiries please reach out to Lilian here.