VISAR MORINA is a Kosovo-born, Germany-based director and screenwriter who has garnered many awards and prizes for his screenwriting and film work. He broke through into the international film scene with his 2015 feature film debut, Babai, that earned him numerous accolades. Morina developed his formal film studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, during this period he worked on various film and theatre projects as assistant director at the Schauspiel Köln and the Volksbühne Berlin, among others. His diploma film DER SCHÜBLING (Death By Suffocation) was awarded at several national and international festivals, including ‘Most Surprising International Film of the Year’ at the Odense International Film Festival in 2010. His subsequent short OF DOGS AND WALL PAPER (2013) was selected for the International Short Film Competition at Locarno IFF 2013 and nominated for the German Short Film Award in 2014.
Visar Morina’s debut feature film BABAI premiered in 2015, burst onto the scene at the Munich Film Festival, winning three times at the fest’s German Cinema New Talent Awards for Best Director, Best Script and Best Actor, followed by Morina winning the Best Director prize at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2015.