Filmmaker . Lecturer

Maja Classen


„I am driven by my curiosity and my interest in people. For me, filmmaking is like the essence of life. I have the opportunity to gain different perspectives and listen to people who are otherwise rarely heard. My films aim to give the viewer a sensory experience that touches them, shakes them and makes them reflect (re-)think..“


Maja Classen grew up in Hamburg, studied directing at the HFF „Konrad Wolf“ (Babelsberg Film University) and has lived and worked in Berlin ever since. She shoots documentaries, feature films, music videos and commercials and works as a lecturer and at various universities and advises filmmakers as a mentor and dramaturge in creative processes. Her films are dedicated to subcultures, social, political and personal themes, such as love, relationship, family, identity, gender and sexuality. The protagonists are united by their longing for love and recognition and belonging, the fight against loneliness and exclusion. Maja’s directorial approach emphasizes the subjective view, drawing on Cinéma Vérité, whereby each film finds its own artistic form. Majas Films were screened in numerous international Festivals, such as Berlinale, Hot Docs, BFI London LGTBQ+ Film Festival and won numerous awards.


Truth or Dare – (in postproduction)

Production: Saralisa Volm, Poison Berlin


FAKE (in pre-production)

Production: Saralisa Volm, Poison Berlin


Production: Saralisa Volm, Poison Berlin

Commissioned by ZDF/3sat


KÜSSE (2019)

Prod: Jucca Film,


Plötzlich Ist Die Welt Ganz Klein (2016)

Documentary about a Neonatology

Prod: HerrmannFilm

ZDF/3sat, HD Color, 80 min


24H Berlin (2009)

Prod.: zero one film



Osdorf (2007)

Prod. HFF „Konrad Wolf“,



FEIERN / Don’T Foget to go home (2006)

Prod. HFF „Konrad Wolf“


57. Berliner Filmfestspiele . Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Achtung Berlin Festival . 2007

Sehsüchte Festival . 2007

31. Duisburger Filmwoche

FILMZ Festival des Deutschen Film . Mainz 2007

Festival des Osteuropäischen Films . Cottbus 2007

Polit-Film-Festival Innsbruck . 2007

Querulanten Festival Berlin – Deutsche Indies gegen den Strom . 2006

44. Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón

Unerhört!1. Int. Musikfilmfest Hamburg . 2007

Alternativa Barcelona . 2007

Ethnographisches Filmfestival Göttingen . 2008

Crossing Europe Festival Linz . 2008

Achtung Berlin Festival . 2011

Berlin.Doc 2023 (A BODY LIKE MINE)

BFI Flare LGTBQI* London 2024 (A BODY LIKE MINE)

Hot Docs, Toronto 2024 (A BODY LIKE MINE)

Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival 2024 (A BODY LIKE MINE)

QueerCine International Film Festival 2024 (A BODY LIKE MINE)


Ghent Viewpont Documentary Film Festival:

Best LGTBQ+ Documentary Film Award 2024 for A BODY LIKE MINE

QueerCine International Film Festival:

Best Underground Film 2024 for A BODY LIKE MINE

Best German Documentary at Doc.Berlin 2023 for A BODY LIKE MINE

Babelsberger Medienpreis 2007 for OSDORF

Nominated for First Steps Award 2007 for OSDORF

Disctinction for OSDORF

Disctinction for FEIERN


Feiern im DVD Vertrieb von Intergroove, 2007

24h Berlin, Arte, RBB, DVD Vertrieb von Universal, 2009

Küsse, die man stiehlt im Dunkeln, Deutschlandfunk 2012

Plötzlich ist die Welt ganz klein (Audio Feature), Deutschlandfunk 2014

Plötzlich ist die Welt ganz klein (Film), ZDF/3Sat

A BODY LIKE MINE, (Film) 2024, ZDF/3Sat


Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung for „Body*Love Rap Workshop” 2021 + 2022

Kurzfilmförderung des Bundesministerium für Kultur und Medien Universität der Künste

for „Truth or Dare“, 2021

Initial Scholarship by Universität der Künste via Neustart Kultur for „Truth or Dare“, 2021

Scholarship „Künstlerinnenprogramm“, Berlin Senat for „FAKE“, 2017

Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Script Developement

für „Simon auf der Säule“, Komplizenfilm, 2009

Scholarship „Künstlerinnenprogramm“, Berlin Senat for „Weltverbesserer“, 2008

Defastiftung:  Research Funding for „KÜSSE“, 2008