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celebrate with us!

Villa Aurora and the German Consulate General Los Angeles cordially invite you to our annual

Pre-OSCAR® Reception honoring German filmmakers in Los Angeles and to the Michael Ballhaus Award Ceremony

Villa Aurora, under the auspices of Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas, introduces the Michael Ballhaus Fellowship Award.
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Michael Ballhaus (photo © Mara Eggert)

The prize is given annually to an outstanding German director of photography.

It is awarded in collaboration with the German Film Academy in honor of the legendary German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus.

Saturday, February 8th, 2020
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Doors Open: 10:00 am

Official welcome

by Dr. Markus Klimmer, Chairman of the Board Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e.V.

Presentation of filmmakers-in-residence

Henk Handloegten, Petra Volpe and Nele Wohlatz

Presentation of the Michael Ballhaus Fellowship Award

to D.P. Judith Kaufmann
by Consul General Stefan Schneider

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Villa Aurora
520 Paseo Miramar, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

As space is limited, please RSVP by February 5th. Only guests on the RSVP list will be admitted.


Henk Handloegten

Henk Handloegten
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Henk Handloegten (photo © Joachim Gern)

Poster Babylon Berlin

Petra Volpe

Petra Volpe

Petra Volpe (photo © Nadja Klier)


Nele Wohlatz

Nele Wohlatz
Trailer El Futuro Perfecto

Nele Wohlatz (photo © Fer Valente)

Poster El Futuro Perfecto
Michael Ballhaus Fellowship Award

Judith Kaufmann

Judith Kaufmann

Judith Kaufmann (photo © Martin Menke)

Check-in and shuttle service begins at 10:00 am from street parking on Los Liones Drive, off Sunset Boulevard.
No parking in State Park lots. No street parking at Villa Aurora.

We strongly recommend considering ride share options.

This invitation is personal, non-transferrable and admits one person only. For security reasons a valid I.D. must be presented at check-in.

Only guests on the RSVP list will be admitted.

Please note: With your attendance you consent to photographs and film footage recorded during this event to be used for promotional and press purposes.

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