In 2017 the work of documentary film director Johannes Preuss received recognition in Hollywood: his film Galamsey won the Student-Oscar for the Best International Documentary. He was the first German to win the Oscars in this category. Apart from directing Preuss is also the producer and cinematographer of the award winning short about illegal gold business in Ghana. He produced the film in scope of his study at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.
At the renowned German film school he also realized the documentary STRASSE 7, broadcasted by German National Television (ZDF) in Mai 2018, as well as the portrait-film DOC OF THE REVOLOUTION, which was published by German online news magazine Süddeutsche.de. Preuss diploma-film NOLLYWOOD about the Nigerian film business is currently on festival tour.
Preuss was born in Berlin in 1983. He first went to the University of Bonn where he graduated with a major in Political Science and minors in Contemporary History and Romance Studies. As a trainee of the German Development Service he was sent to Ghana. After 12-month at a community radio station he remained in West Africa and started working as a freelance producer, director and cameraman for projects by international development agencies. He has worked with partners such as the European Union, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and AFC Consulting Group. In 2018 Preuss and two fellow graduates from Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg started the production company DOKblick.