Photographer Johan Bergmark

Maria von Heland is a Swedish-born writer and director working out of Berlin, Germany.

Maria has a MFA in Film from California Institute of the Arts where she studied with Alexander Mackendrick
and a BA in TV journalism from Rider College, NJ.
She studied acting in Paris and New York, and photography in Stockholm, Sweden.

Maria speaks Swedish, English, German and French.

To contact Maria directly:

What is happening now?

– Just got off shooting a comedy for German Television ARD/Degeto – script Katja Kittendorf, Maria von Heland. Starring Silke Bodenbender, Tom Wlaschia, Nina Petri, Steven Scharf. Currently editing with Knut Hake in Berlin.

– Maria is adapting Five Regrets of the Dying – the international bestseller by Bronnie Ware – for the big screen. Producer: Nicole Swidler, Enigma Film.

– Tanja Stewners bestselling youth novel “Alea Aquarius” is being adapted by Antonia Rothe-Liermann and Maria, to be directed by Maria. Producer Dorothe Beinemeier, Red Balloon.

–  The magic realist comedy DAS LEBEN IST KEIN PONYHOF starring Tuva Novotny (AKA Real Men Don’t Dance) is in the financing phase.  Written and to be directed by Maria. Produced by Sigi Kamml/Christian Alvart of  Syrreal Film.

– The the 29th gala of the European Film Awards will take place in Wrocław, Poland on the 10th December 2016. Maria is writing/directing the show for the stage.

– HEIRS OF THE NIGHT, TV series (Hamster Film,Phillip Kreuzer, Maipo) – 26 episodes (2 Seasons) in the planning, created by Maria von Heland based on the novel series by Ulrike Schweikert. Commissioning editor from NDR: Sandra Le Blanc. Development financed by Hamburg Film Fund/NDR Ole Kampowski/ZDF Enterprises.

– Maria continues to develop and write screenplays as well as international TV series – current projects in development with Good Friends Filmprod.,  Dreamtool Entertainment/EPO Film and Red Balloon.

Aired or screened projects:

– Emmy nominated THE DEVIL WITH THE TREE GOLDEN HAIRS directed by Maria von Heland.  Cast:  Jakub Gierszał, Saskia Rosendahl, Thomas Sarbacher, André M. Hennicke, Bernd Stegemann.

Click this link to get the film on Amazon (5 out of 5 stars) “a wonderfully successful fairy tale film for the whole family: adventurous, fantastic, romantic, scary – there’s something in it for everyone…”

– GÖTTLICHE FUNKEN, co-written and directed by Maria von Heland. Incredible reviews and great ratings after the TV premiere on Friday May 30th. Produced by Nataly Kudiabor NDF. Cast: Jeanette Hain, Devid Striesow,  Anna Maria Mühe and Barry Atsma. Camera: Moritz Anton. Editor: Uta Schmidt. A 90 mins Drama for ARD/BR/Degeto.

DIE WELT writes: What a wonderful film. Not a love film, but a film about love – Emotional television without a touch of kitsch. Without Drama. Without melodramaStraightforwardly toldTelevision is seldom like this. But this can be television. THE REVIEW

FNP writes: This is what top television entertainment on Friday night looks like! THE REVIEW

Broadcast 32 times on German TV time since May 2014 – over 5 million  viewers.

– The comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness starring Starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno, Christopher Plummer and Barry Atsma written by Maria von Heland and Peter Chelsom & Tinker Lindsay and directed by Chelsom was released internationally in 2014.

Maria with the Blue Panther May 2012, the prestigious Bavarian Award: Best Directing for Star Talers!
The Jury made a special mention of her “love for the genre, care and skill”. Star Talers was nominated
For an Emmy 2013 and won the Best of Fest Award at Chicago International Children’s Filmfestival