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Filmmaker, video artist, stage director.

Screenings and shows at Anthology Film Archives New York, Goethe Institutes in Kolkata, Mexico City, New York and Paris, Art in General NY, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Pilot London, the Knitting Factory NY, Lux Centre London, Manzi Art Space Hanoi and at Festivals like Short Film Festival Oberhausen, São Paulo International Short Film Festival, South By Southwest Austin, Mix Festival NY, Independent Exposure Seattle and Video Art Plastique Basse-Normandie.

Heiko Kalmbach's feature documentary IF ONE THING MATTERS – A FILM ABOUT WOLFGANG TILLMANS premiered in the Forum section at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2008 and has been presented at Festivals in Copenhagen, Leipzig, Torino, Lisbon, Oslo and Toronto. Besides producing and directing his own work, Heiko Kalmbach has created work as writer/director, DP and editor for the Rockefeller Foundation and YIVO Institute New York and for tv channels Arte, 3Sat, SRF, M6 France, TV Ontario and SBS Australia.

His collaboration with composer Katharina Rosenberger, the interactive sound and video installation VIVA VOCE, featuring vocal artists Shelley Hirsch, Juliana Snapper and Pamela Z, was shown at Human Resources Gallery in Los Angeles in 2013 and at Sweet Thunder Festival in San Francisco in 2014.

Heiko Kalmbach’s work as stage director and projection designer has been presented at Volksbühne Berlin, La MaMa E.T.C. NY, Theaterhaus Jena, Fusion Festival, Chamäleon Theater Berlin, Aarshi Theater Group Kolkata, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Autorentheatertage at Thalia Theater Hamburg, Crash!Boom!Bau! Festival, Dramafest Mexico City, the Kitchen NY, Schleswig Holsteinisches Landestheater, Tanztage Bremen, Roxy Basel, Stadttheater Bern, Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, on Hapag Lloyd's MS Europa2 and on worldwide tour with the y2d/Chamäleon production LEO which was awarded the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, Three Weeks Editors Award, Scotsman Fringe First Award, Adelaide Critics Circle Award, Adelaide Fringe Award and the John Chattaway Innovation Award.

Individual grants and residencies include an Artist's Fellowship for Film from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Martin Scorsese Award, Russell Hexter Filmmaker's Award, Nestor Almendros Award, Artist Residencies at Camargo Foundation in France, kunst:raum Sylt-Quelle in Germany, MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, USA and at Sitterwerk St Gallen in Switzerland.

Heiko Kalmbach has been leading workshops and seminars in his fields of practice since 1999. He pursued Drama, Film and Cultural Studies in Berlin and Bremen before earning a BfA in Film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1998. He teaches at Technical University's MA Program ‚Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum‘ in Berlin and at the Interprofessional Studio at the Architectural Association London (MA/MFA in Spatial Performance and Design).

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  1. The MacDowell Colony
  2. Lotte van den Berg
  3. Micha
  4. Burcu & Geoffrey
  5. DOK Leipzig
  6. Shelly Silver
  7. Banyak Films
  9. Ayelen Parolin
  10. Dariusz Kowalski
  11. Klaus Obermaier
  12. Eva Michon
  13. hc gilje
  14. Crispin Gurholt
  15. Evie Leder
  16. Kaaren Beckhof
  17. Deva Palmier
  18. Gob Squad

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