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 (formaly 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.




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


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


• Preis der Kinderjury Brügge beim European Youth Film Festival of Flanders für "Blöde Mütze!"


• "Goldener Schwan", Hauptpreis 24. Moscow International Film Festival for Children and Young People für "Blöde Mütze!"
• “Kindertiger 2008” für das beste Kinderfilmdrehbuch "Blöde Mütze!"


• Einladung zum 9. Deutschen Kinder - und Jugendtheatertreffen in Berlin für "Das Trollkind"
• Nachwuchspreis beim Deutschen Kinderfilmfestival "Goldener Spatz" für "Blöde Mütze"
• Kindermedienpreis "Der weiβe Elefant" für "Blöde Mütze"
• TZ-Rosenstrauβ des Jahres für "Eine Odyssee"


• Preis der Schülerjury bei den Bayerischen Theatertagen für "Die Drei Wünsche"
• TZ-Rose der Woche für "Das Trollkind"


• Bayerischer Filmpreis für den besten Film eines Nachwuchsproduzenten (VGF-Preis) für "Aus der Tiefe des Raumes"