Born in 1973 near Munich. From 1995 to 2000 he studied Theatre, Film, German Literature and Art History in Erlangen and Munich, graduating with a first class Magister Artium.

Since 2000 he has worked as an independent director and author for screen and stage.

He has directed over 40 productions for (among others): Teatro alla Scala Milano, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg, Oper Dortmund, Salzburger Festspiele, Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Theater Sankt Gallen, Theater Münster, Theater Konstanz, Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern and Schauburg – Theater der Jugend in Munich.

His productions include Tirso de Molina’s Don Gil of the Green Breeches, Donizetti’s comic opera Don Pasquale, the Tiger Lillies‘ junk opera Shockheaded Peter, Kafka’s The Trial, Cervantes’ Don Quixote, Paravidino’s Still Life in a Ditch, Purcell’s semi-opera The Fairy Queen, Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Berthold Goldschmidt’s opera Beatrice Cenci, the musical Fiddler on the Roof and the world premieres of the family operas The Girl Who Did Not Want To Sleep, Ronja the Robber‘s Daughter and The Snow Queen.

In 2007 his An Odyssey based on Homer was awarded the “Annual Bouquet” prize by the newspaper TZ for the best production of the year in Munich. His production of The Changeling, based on the work of Selma Lagerlöf, was invited to the German Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences in 2007.

His stage plays based on Kafkas The Trial and Cervantes Don Quixote are published by Theaterstückverlag Korn-Wimmer Munich, as well as his libretto for a version for children of Mozarts Die Entführung aus dem Serail by Universal-Verlag Vienna.

Following many short films, his first full-length work for the cinema Blöde Mütze! (internationally known as Silly’s Sweet Summer) based on his own screenplay was premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007. It received national and international acclaim and numerous prizes including the Children’s Media Prize “White Elephant 2007” and the screenplay prize “Children’s Tiger 2008”. His second feature film followed in 2011: the German-Polish co-production Wintertochter (Winter’s Daughter). This lm was equally lauded with, among others, the German Film Prize LOLA AWARD in the category “Best Children’s Film 2012”. In 2015 he finished his third feature lm, Agnes, based on the novel by the swiss author Peter Stamm, for which he also wrote the screenplay. Agnes had it’s world premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2016 and and was released in German, Austrian and Swiss cinemas in june 2016. The film was shortlisted for German Film Prize LOLA 2016 and nominated for German Audiance Prize „Jupiter Award 2017.

Johannes Schmid is a founding member of Lieblingsfilm GmbH (formally schlicht und ergreifend GmbH), one of the leading film production companies in Germany. In addition to his own work as director and author he also produced the film Aus der Tiefe des Raumes (From the Depth of the Room), directed by Gil Mehmert, for which Schmid received the Bavarian Film Prize 2004 for “Best Upcoming Producer”.

Numerous jury activities for film festivals and teaching activities for film schools, as well as several translations of Swedish dramatic literature into German.

Johannes Schmid is a member of the German and European Film Academies and of the Swedish Writers Guild (Dramatikerförbundet). 




• Nomination for German Audiance Prize „Jupiter Award 2017" for "Agnes"


• Shortlist GERMAN FILM AWARD "GOLDEN LOLA" for "Agnes"
• Max Ophüls Prize "Best Actress" for Odine Johne in "Agnes"


• GERMAN FILM AWARD "GOLDEN LOLA" 2012 as Best Film for Children for "Wintertochter"


• "Young Generation Award" at Fünf-Seen-Filmfestival Starnberg for "Wintertochter"
• "Best Live-Action Feature Film" at CICFF - Chicago International Children's Film Festival for "Wintertochter"
• "Golden Butterfly" (Best Director) at ICFF - International Children Film Festival Isfahan/Iran for "Wintertochter"


•"Best Film" (Children Jury in Brügge) at European Youth Film Festival of Flanders for "Blöde Mütze!"


• "Golden Swan", Main Award at 24. Moscow International Film Festival for Children and Young People for "Blöde Mütze!"
• “Kindertiger 2008” for the Best Screenplay for a Children Film in Germany "Blöde Mütze!"


• Invitation 9th Deutsches Kinder - und Jugendtheatertreffen "Augenblick mal" in Berlin for "Das Trollkind"
• Upcoming Award at German Festival for Children Media "Goldener Spatz" for "Blöde Mütze"
• Children Media Award "The White Elephant" for "Blöde Mütze"
• TZ "Rosenstrauβ des Jahres" for "Eine Odyssee" as Munichs best theatre production of the year


• Prize of the Student Jury at Bavarian Theatrefestival  for "Die Drei Wünsche"
• TZ-Rose of the Week for "Das Trollkind"


• Bavarian Film Award for the best film by an upcoming producer (VGF-Prize) for "Aus der Tiefe des Raumes"