What’s important to me

Usually I fall in love with the story, first. But what became even more important to me is a good working relationship. With the director of course, but also with the producer, set designer, gaffer, VFX-supervisor, colorist – it’s teamwork first of all. I value the preproduction phase very much, because it’s where you develop a common language for the film and each other. It’s creatively the most influential time and where you eliminate upcoming problems. Shooting, to me, is a beloved very enriching adventure every time. Calling myself a director of photography comes with a responsibility to supervise the picture from script page to screen.


Jana Pape is a Director of Photography based, but not tied to Berlin. To translate a story into pictures and develop a visual language for a movie, is as much fun for her as finding solutions for logistic and technical challenges.

She moved to a technical secondary school with a focus on design to have more artistic education, and the possibility of doing a year long intenrship working as a camerawoman and editor at the local TV station Oldenburg 1. She was also a member of the local short film festival zwerkWERK and she freelanced as boom operator for public TV.

After school she attended Studio Hamburg Postproduction, where for 3 yrs. she was trained as AV-Media designer, witnessing the last years of the telecine workflow and the arrival of digital cinemar cameras. Her journal’s piece was nominated for the junior cinematographer award from the IFFF, which was judged alongside final pieces of established film schools.

Light is her most powerfully tool, which can’t be replaced by any update. She left post-production to be on set and to work as a lighting assistance for 2,5 years, as well as to shoot her own short films and music videos as a Director of Photography. Subsequently she studied Cinematography at the film university in Babelsberg. Her BA thesis film is a unique mix of old film-tricks and modern compositing. The paper paper about dealing withs such tricks was honoured the best BA-thesis of the year. MASCARPONE was screen at over 60 Festivals and won servil prizes.  Meanwhile she participated in a lot of international workshops, as well as studying a semester at FAMU-International and taking a 9month post-graduated color grading course – up.grade. Her MA thesis film is a full length feature film “O my God” that is going to be premiered late 2019.

Her precision in pre-production and post-production knowledge allow her to tackle any technical challenges. Sometimes she simply enjoys joining a film-production for color grading and expanding her collaboratation with fellow DP’s.


2019 Nominiert: Deutscher Kamerapreis 2019 (MASCARPONE)

2018 Gewonnen:Best Cinematography in an Animation film: Zsigmond Vilmos International Film Festival, Szeged (MASCARPONE)

2017 Nominiert: ARD-ZDF-Förderpreis für Frauen und Medientechnologien (BA Arbeit)

2016 Gewonnen: Absolventenpreis der Filmuniversität Babelsberg für die beste Bachelor Arbeit

2011 Nominiert: Nationaler Wettbewerb für BildgestalterInnen, mit (ANKERHEMMUNG)



Regie: Steffen Heidenreich, Produktion: Bubbels Film in Ko-Produktion mit Filmuniversität Babelsberg.

premiere TBA 2019


ROOMS 23min 360° VR Film

Regie: Christian Zipfel, Produktion: Niklas Burkhard: Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf

Im Wettbewerb: 75. Bienale de Cinema, linear VR Competision. BIFF BUSAN, Adelaine Film Festival, Thessaloniki International Filmfestival. je in 2018

Gewonnen: Prix Immersion Award 2018 FNC explore, Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montreal



Regie: Jonas Riemer, Produktion: Johannes Schubert: Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf

Gewonnen: DEFA Förderpreis für Animation, 30. Internationalen Kurzfilmfestival Dresden. 2018

Gewonnen: Grand Prize, Kyoto international Student Film & Video Festival. 2018 Japan

Gewonnen: „Best Action“ – HollyShorts Film Festival (LA, USA)

BAFTA students shortlist 2018

Nominiert: Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis 2018, Nominiert Deutscher Kamerapreis 2019, jeweils als bester Kurzfilm.


Won: Best Action: HollyShorts Film Festival, 2018 LA USA 2018


Regie: Alison Kuhn

Regionaler Wettbewerb 2018: Max Opfüls Preis



Regie: Paul Hoffmann,

Gewonnen: Bester Spielfilm, 5. Boddienale 2017

Gewonnen: PRESIDENT’S AWARD, 5th north carolina film awards Official Selection, Raleigh, USA 2017


GIGANT 15min als Kapitel von Grenzenlos – Geschichten von Freiheit & Freundschaft 80min

Regie: Johanna Benz Produktion Bildersturm WDR Gothe Institut

Festivalteilnahmen: 30. Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Dreseden 2018

Zlin Film Festival – International Children and Youth Festival, 2018 Tschechien

Grenzenlos als Reihe außerdem als Kinoauswertung, 22.03.2018