STORYBAY is an arthouse production company founded by Stefan Gieren in 2012. We have an extensive track record for young international auteur cinema. Receiving two Student Academy Awards for RAJU (dir: Max Zähle) and AYNY (dir: Ahmad Saleh), an Oscar nomination for RAJU in 2012 and a German Film Award (Lola) for FORTSCHRITT IM TAL DER AHNUNGSLOSEN (dir: Florian Kunert) in 2019.
We won the Creative Europe Series Lab Award in 2019 and have presented films in festivals such as Berlinale - TOZ BEZI in 2016 (dir: Ahu Öztürk), WHATEVER HAPPENS NEXT in 2018 (dir: Julian Pörksen) and FORTSCHRITT IM TAL DER AHNUNGSLOSEN in 2019 - Karlovy Vary - KARDESLER in 2019 (dir: Ömür Atay) - and Locarno - TSHWEESH in 2018 (dir: Feyrouz Serhal).
We have years of experience in coproductions with countries like Poland, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Spain, Lebanon, Turkey, Chile & Jordan. And our productions have received support by FFHSH, MDM, Medienboard, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, FFA, PISF, Italian Cultural Ministry, Eurimages, Creative Europe, World Cinema Fund or Sorfond.
Our vision is to shape a modern transnational auteur cinema, fostering the handwriting of young filmmakers and providing them and their voices access to rapidly changing markets.