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Benjamin Drechsel

Benjamin Drechsel




Decision Maker 2017
Decision Maker 2014
Decision Maker 2013
FrameWork Participant 2011
Decision Maker 2010
Decision Maker 2009


Benny grew up in Munich where he did not finish his education as a sculptor and stonemason. Afterward he was working for the Bavarian State Opera and in a nice little cinema which showed only Italian and French films from the 50s to late 70s that nobody wanted to see (apart from him and a bunch of people who today all work in the cinema industry).

In 1997 Benny came to Berlin to work as a post-production supervisor and as an associate producer for documentary films and feature films. In 2002 he left Berlin for Barcelona, but he came back to found Rohfilm Productions with his former colleague and friend Karsten Stöter in 2005. Since 2016 Benny is the sole owner and producer at Rohfilm.

company profile

Rohfilm is a German independent production company with offices in Berlin and Leipzig.

Founded in 2005 by Benny Drechsel and Karsten Stöter, we develop and finance feature films and documentaries for the international crossover arthouse sector. Our focus is on stories with strong cinematic conviction as well as finding and fostering filmmakers with distinctive talent.

Recent productions include THE LUNCHBOX by Ritesh Batra (Festival de Cannes 2013 - Semaine de la Critique), MY SWEET PEPPER LAND by Hiner Saleem (Festival de Cannes 2013 - Un Certain Regard), HARMONY LESSONS by Emir Baigazin (Berlin Internat. Film Festival 2013 - Silver Bear for Outstanding artistic contribution camera), LORE by Cate Shortland (Locarno 2012 - Audience Award Piazza Grande, German Film Award 2013 - LOLA in Bronze for Best Feature Film).