“Visceral visual storytelling, be it still or moving, is my attempt to understand the world. It’s a journey that ultimately leads to the question ‘why are we here?’ and along that path comes everything else, life.” 

Winta Yohannes is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer whose short films have been screened globally at renowned festivals including the Berlinale, Edinburgh and the BFM International Film Festival in London.

In 2009 she earned an Honorable Mention at the “Prix de la Photographie Paris” for her series “Nation of Islam”. She has also directed music videos that have appeared on MTV for several well-known artists like Patrice and Brothers Keepers in the past. In addition to working on her own photography projects, Yohannes also works as a freelance photographer, shooting documentary stories, narrative portraits and editorials for magazines.

Prominently featured alongside Anthony Minghella, Nick Park and Lynne Ramsay in the book “In Short: A Guide to Short Film-making in the digital Age” by the British Film Institute, Yohannes is currently writing a feature length screenplay and in preparation to shoot a new short film.

Born in Eritrea and raised in Germany, from the age of three, she is a graduate of the London Film School and is fluent in English and speaks French well. After studying and working in New York and London for six years, she now lives in Berlin.