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Nora Jaenicke


Nora is an award-winning filmmaker currently residing in Berlin. She grew up in Italy with German parents and studied Film Studies at the European Institute of Design in Rome and Screenwriting at Vancouver Film School. Later on she was able to deepen her studies in Psychology and Creative Writing by obtaining a Bachelors of Liberal Arts at Harvard University Extension Studies, while on a full scholarship. She has worked in Cologne, Germany, for a Documentary Film Production Company and as a Set Designer in Los Angeles, before starting to write and direct her own films. So far Nora has made eight short films that won over 40 Awards at International Festivals all over the world. Her feature length screenplay "Whales" was selected to be a part of the Kitzbuehl Writing Residency in August 2017 and was a finalist at the Beverly Hills and the Nashville Film Festival. She has been a guest lecturer at various universities and teaches Filmmaking at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her passion for education, social impact and community have inspired her to start the Elba Film Festival and Nostos Screenwriting Retreats, a script development lab in Tuscany.