Marcel Mettelsiefen

Marcel Mettelsiefen is an OSCAR nominated, multi-award winning director, cameraman, photographer and producer.

Marcel has a background in photo-journalism, and has reported from across the Middle East and Afghanistan. He is the co-founder of the magazine, Zenith, one of the leading publications about the Middle-East and the Arab world in Germany.

In 2009, he interrupted his Medical degree, and travelled to Afghanistan to work on several photo reportage projects. His photos from that time appear in a book about the controversial airstrike on Kunduz, which killed over 100 civilians. Marcel has been covering the Arab Spring and reporting from Syria since April 2011. It was while in Syria, that he moved from photojournalism into documentary film-making, capturing beautifully shot earnest moments of grief, joy and life at some of its most testing points.

His reports and documentaries have had significant wide coverage, been aired on Channel4, ARD, ZDF, CNN, Al Jazeera, Canal+, ARTE and others.

In 2017, Marcel received an Academy Award (OSCAR) nomination for Watani My Homeland in the Documentary Short Subject Category, adding to an incredible awards collection, which also includes the prestigious Rory Peck Award for his documentary work in Syria.


Children on the Frontline: The Escape
Prix Europa prize for Best TV Programme about Cultural Diversity (2016 winner)
AIB Award – International Current Affairs (2016 winner)
TV Documentary/Feature Story of the Year – Foreign Press Awards (2016 winner)
2016 Foreign Press Awards Journalist of the Year winner
Rory Peck Sony Impact Award 2016 winner
Columbia DuPont Award 2016 for PBS version Children of Syria (held jointly)

Watani My Homeland - Academy Award (OSCAR) nominee in the Documentary Short Subject category 2017

Winner of Pare Lorentz Award (International Documentary Association) 2017 for Watani: My Homeland

Children on the Frontline: The Escape
Grand Prix du Figra (ARTE version Syria, Return to Aleppo) 2017 winner
Figra Young Jury Award (ARTE version, Return to Aleppo) 2017 winner
Overseas Press Club of America: David A. Andelman and Pamela Title Award for “best international reporting in the broadcast media showing a concern for the human condition” (PBS Children of Syria version) 2017 winner
Winner of Emmy Award for Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary (PBS Children of Syria version) 2017

Axel Springer Preis 2011 für Heimlich in Homs ( ARD)
Edward R.Murrow Award for " Homs - a City Under Siege" for CNN 2012
New York documentary festival for "Homs - a city under siege" CNN 2013
FPA award for Agony in Aleppo - Channel4 News 2013
Hanns-Joachim Friedrichs Preis Journalist of the year award 2014
Rory Peck for Agony of Aleppo 2013
Cinema for Peace Award at the Berlinale for Children on the Frontline 2014
Edinburgh TV Festival Award for Best Producer Director debut Children on the Frontline 2014
Prix Bayeux International Award for for Children on the Frontline 2014
Grierson Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme award for Children on the Frontline 2014
Association for International Broadcasting award 2014
One World Media - Television Award
Amnesty International, Gaby Rado Memorial Award for Children on the Frontline 2014
International Emmy 2014 for Agony in Aleppo
BAFTA CRAFT - Factual Photograph 2015
BAFTA best current affairs 2015
FIGRA Award 2015
Grimme Preis 2015
Peabody award 2015
Prix de Italy 2015 for children on the frontline
International Emmy 2015 for children on the frontline