Picture: Oleg Kauz


Short Bio

After graduating from high school in Berlin, I studied political science, history and Spanish in Bonn. I was interested in international politics and especially in the area of ​​development cooperation (DC). I completed my studies and received a scholarship in the youth development program of the German Development Service (DED), which led me to work in a community radio station in Ghana. I started to create my own film projects with colleagues and friends from the small town, where I was posted. These were short films about Ghanaian fairy tale characters and documentaries about the country and its people. I soon received requests from DC projects to illustrate the contents of their various missions through film. Many of the films, that I still enjoy working on today, are about projects for innovative and environmentally sustainable agriculture. The projects turned into a full-time freelance occupation and in this context I have currently produced films in Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.


In addition to working for development cooperation, I was increasingly drawn to create films with social, cultural and politically relevant topics for ‘the big audience’. In 2014 I started studying at the Film Academy Ludwigsburg in the department of television journalism. My first short documentary GALAMSEY about the illegal gold business in Ghana met with a great response. The film was first nominated for the Student BAFTA Awards in the UK and went on to win the Student Oscar in Hollywood in 2017. I was the first German to receive the award in this category. My second film CARRETRA AUSTRAL about a road construction project through the Chilean part of Patagonia was aired on Pentecost Sunday 2018 on ZDF. With currently over 5 million views the Spanish version of the film is one of the most clicked-on contents on DW Documentary. My graduation film NOLLYWOOD about the third largest film industry in the world, based in Lagos, Nigeria, will be broadcast by Deutsche Welle in August 2020. Together with two fellow students, we founded the production company DOKBlick in 2019 and are currently working on a 90-minute cinema documentary with financial support from Südwestrundfunk (SWR) and the Medienfördergesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG). I see myself primarily as an author and director, but in the past few years I have gained quite a bit of experience as a producer as well as a cameraman and editor.


Since you are already on my website, I would like to invite you to send an email ;) I'm interested in any possibilities to use film, to get things moving or simply to captivate an audience and lead them to hidden places or unexpected ideas.


ArtsGhana: Documentary Film provokes "Galamsey" Debate --->

Landesschau Baden-Württemberg: Johannes Preuss holt den Studenten-Oscar --->

Deutschlandfunk Nova: Interview zu Galamsey --->

Deutsche Welle: Interview zu Galamsey --->

Stuttgarter Zeitung: Johannes Preuss – Das ist der Gewinner des Studenten-Oscars --->

YouTube: Oscar-Rede --->

Digital Development Debates: Interview with Johannes Preuss – Nigerian Wonder Banks Debunked --->


Johannes Preuss

Journalist & Filmmaker

Mail: j-preuss(at)mail.de