Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Sebastian Grobler

Associate Professor, School of Art, Design and Media

Assoc Prof Sebastian Grobler

Sebastian Grobler is an educator and a director of fiction films with more than 15 years of experience in directing television and theatrical films. He is a member of the Directors Guild of Germany (BVR), the European Film Academy (EFA) and the Executive Council of CAPA, the organisation of Asian-Pacific film and television schools.

His diploma movie "Morgen frueh ist die Nacht rum" (The night will be gone by tomorrow) at his alma mater Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg won the prestigious Studio-Hamburg-Up-and-Coming-Award 2003.

After working several years in the German television industry and directing three different television series, Sebastian directed and co-produced his theatrical film debut "Der ganz grosse Traum" (Lessons of a dream), which tells the story of football coming to Germany in 1874. The movie was nominated for the German Film Award 2011 (“Lola”) for Best Film, Best Camera and Best Costume Design.

The international premiere of "Der ganz grosse Traum" took place in the competition of the 35th Montreal World Film Festival 2011. The movie has won more than 10 international awards – e.g. Audience Award Generacion at Int. Film Festival Rio de Janeiro 2011 and Best Feature Film and Best Male Actor at Int. Film Festival Pyongyang 2012. It was relased in theaters or shown on television in more than 50 countries and was selected by the Goethe Institute to be presented at German Film Festivals worldwide - e.g. German Film Festival Singapore 2011, opening film of the Indonesian German Cinema Festival 2012 - and by the European Union - e.g. opening film of the European Film Festival in China 2012.

Sebastian has directed seven prime-time television movies for German television networks, four of them were realised in the USA, since 2012. He co-produced the theatrical feature film "Goliath96" that premiered at 53rd Hof International Film Festival 2018 and was nominated for the New German Cinema Award, for the Goldprize of Hof Filmfestival and the Best Debut Movie Award at 60th Nordic Film Days Luebeck.

Since 2003 Sebastian taught introduction to filmmaking and directing fiction film, video clips and commercials at SAE Hamburg and acting for film at ISFF Berlin. At University of Hamburg he was a lecturer on the iconography and narration of contemporary history in films and at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg he gave a course on the dramatisation of the traumatic subject of terrorism in movies.

Sebastian won the renowned VGF-Business Grant for Up-and-Coming Producers at Bavarian Film Studios in 2007 and was nominated for his concept of the interactive web series "Murder at Noon" for best new media idea at the Gruner + Jahr Publishing House Award 2009.
Research Interests
Sebastian’s research interests include directing and acting; pictorial science and philosophy of the image; history in films - trauma/nostalgia, cultural memory and national identity; child actors and the representations of childhood; digital narratives and the future of moving images.

"The year of the child" – An ensemble film, a drama/comedy about a group of female best friends who discover that they all want to have a child as soon as possible. The project development has been supported by German Federal Government Representative for Culture and Media (BKM).

"On the run" – A children’s film, a drama about the special friendship of a 9 year girl who has trouble with the separation of her parents and a 10 year old boy who is an unaccompanied Syrian refugee. The script development has been funded by German Federal Film Board (FFA).
Current Projects
  • An Investigation Into The Relationship Between The Contested Subjects Of Child Actor, Child Character And The Stereotypes Of “Childhood” In Film. A Comparative Study In Asia, Europe And North America

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