About Neelesha Barthel

    Neelesha Barthel was born in 1977 in Potsdam-Babelsberg as the daughter of the Indian director student (Chetna Vora) and the German camera student (Lars Barthel). In 1983 she left the GDR with her parents and grew up in West Berlin after stays in India and the USA. Neelesha was drawn behind the camera at an early age and from 1999 she worked on various film projects as a camerawoman, editor and director. Her first cinematic steps culminated in the feature-length documentary “Bling Bling” (2001). After this she made the German TV documentary “Fifty Fifty” (2002). In 2002 Neelesha studied directing at the HFF “Konrad Wolf” Potsdam and concentrated on fictional narration. In 2008 she successfully completed her studies with the TV movie “Zwei zu Dritt”. Parallel to developing the script for her debut film, Neelesha attended a script seminar at the Script Academy. The Kreuzbeg culture-clash comedy “Marry Me!” finally reached the cinemas in 2015. In 2016 Neelesha directed her first TV comedy “A Terrible Rich Couple”. Currently, Neelesha works as a director for TV movies and series and continues to develop her own film projects. Neelesha lives with her family in Berlin.
    From 1995 to 2008 Neelesha worked as an actress with her stage name Neelesha BaVora, starring in for example “Samsara” (2001) and “Alltag” (2002).

    Non-fictional projects as director

    200824h Berlin - A Day in the LifeDocumentaryMultipleZero One Film GmbH [de]
    2001Bling BlingDocumentaryMultipleVeit Helmer-Filmproduktion
    2001Fifty FiftyDocumentaryNeelesha BarthelMedia Content Factory
    1999En Why? See!DocumentaryMultipleBarthel, Woosey, Geraldine Produktion

    Fictional projects in other activities

    2014Marry Me!Feature FilmNeelesha BarthelWüste Film Ost [de]screenwriter
    2007Two into ThreeShort Film, RBB [de]Neelesha BarthelFilmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf (formerly HFF Konrad Wolf) [de]screenwriter
    2004Joy's JoyShort FilmNeelesha BarthelFilmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf (formerly HFF Konrad Wolf) [de]screenwriter

    Non-fictional projects in other activities

    2001Bling BlingDocumentaryMultipleVeit Helmer-Filmproduktioneditor
    2001Bling BlingDocumentaryMultipleVeit Helmer-Filmproduktiondirector of photography
    2001Fifty FiftyDocumentaryNeelesha BarthelMedia Content Factoryscreenwriter
    1999En Why? See!DocumentaryMultipleBarthel, Woosey, Geraldine Produktioneditor
    1999En Why? See!DocumentaryMultipleBarthel, Woosey, Geraldine Produktiondirector of photography

    Film awards

    2018SOKO KölnJupiter AwardBeste TV-Serie NationalNominated
    2015Marry Me!Festival des Deutschen FilmsLichtblickeNominated
    2008Two into ThreeOpen Eyes3. Platz Kategorie: HochschulfilmWinner
    2008Two into ThreeFestival International de Jóvenes RealizadoresPublikumspreis beste RegiearbeitWinner
    2008Two into ThreeDreiland-FilmfestivalPublikumspreisWinner
    2008Two into ThreeInt. Kurzfilmfestival IN THE PALACEBestes DrehbuchWinner
    2006Joy's JoyIntern. Short Film Festival GranadaBest female directorWinner
    2004Fifty FiftyJournalistinnenbundNachwuchspreisWinner
    2004Mr. StreetFiSH Festival RostockBronze MedailleWinner
    2004Mr. StreetFilm- und Videotage GeraNachwuchspreisWinner
    2002Bling BlingSehsüchte Festival 2002Deutscher NachwuchsfilmpreisWinner
    2001Fifty FiftyBayrischer DokumentarfilmpreisDer junge LöweNominated


    2008"Zwei zu Dritt" - Publikumspreis - Dreilandfestival
    2008"Zwei zu Dritt" - Preis für das beste Drehbuch »In the palace- Balchik Filmfestival«.
    2008"Zwei zu Dritt" Publikumspreis/Beste Regie - Festival Internacional de Jóvenes
    2002"Fifty Fifty" - Nominierung Bayrischer Dokumentarfilmpreis
    2002"Fifty Fifty" - Nachwuchspreis des Journalistinnenbundes
    2001"Bling Bling"- Deutscher Nachwuchsfilmpreis Sehsüchte Festival Potsdam

    Basic data

    LanguagesEnglish German
    Experience abroadNorth America: USA
    Southeast Asia: India
    Special skillsScript writing, Cinematography, Editing, Acting
    Own equipmentCanon 5d Markii
    Final Cut/Mac
    Education2002-2008 Studied directing at HFF "Konrad Wolf" Potsdam Babelsberg
    Preferred place of workDirector, Writer
    Immediate working areaBerlin
    1st residence (federal state or country)Germany - Berlin