Rico Mahel is a German-Mozambican-Portuguese director, writer and editor based in Berlin. He studied Photography and Design at Lette Verein Berlin and Directing at the renowned German Film Academy dffb. His award-winning films and music videos have been screened at film festivals in over 25 countries including the Academy Awards® Qualifying film festival interfilm Berlin, Southern Africa’s largest film festival Durban International Film Festival and Japan’s most prestigious short film festival & film market Sapporo Short Fest.

Together with writer River Matzke and production company Silva Film he is currently working on his debut feature-length film, the Mystery-Thriller The Fifth Season.

Clients and partners include

Pias Recordings, Staatsballett Berlin, Arising Empire, Groenland Records, GLS Bank, Kaltblut Magazine, BBDO Craftwork, funk (ARD/ZDF), Bohemian Browser Ballett, achtung berlin and many others.

For further informations or any requests feel free to contact me.

awards​ & nominations [selection]

Best Music Video Award @ Basel Film Festival Gässli

Opus Kulturmagazin Photography Price

Iris Award @ Terre di Cinema Film Festival, Italy

Audience Award @ Randfilmfest Kassel, Germany

Best Music Video @ BSFF Berlin, Germany

Grand Prix Nomination @ Sapporo International Short Film Festival & Market, JP

Nomination Best Editing & Best Cinematography @ Watersprite Film Festival, UK

Nomination Best Cinematography @ Berlin Music Video Awards, Germany

Nomination Best Production Design @ Ibiza Music Video Festival, Spain

festival screenings [selection]


Warsaw Short Framing, Poland

Riga International Short Film Festival, Lithuania

Filmfestival SPITZiale, Germany


Caminhos do Cinema Português, Coimbra, Portugal


Bamberger Kurzfilmtage, Bamberg, Germany

Gässli Film Festival, Basel, Switzerland


Watersprite Film Festival, Cambridge, UK

Orlando Film Festival, Orlando, USA

Berlin Student Film Festival, Berlin, Germany

International Video Festival Videomedeja, Novi Sad, Serbia

Festival Internacional de Cinema e Saúde Mental, Faro, Portugal

Premir Internacional de Tierra Caliente, Colombia

Nahal International Student Film Festival, Tehran, Iran

Salón Internacional De La Luz, Bogotá, Colombia

Tlanchana Film and Digital Art Festival, Metepec, Mexico

Randfilmfest, Kassel, Germany


interfilm, Berlin, Germany

Durban International Film Festival, Durban, South Africa

Sapporo Short Fest, Sapporo, Japan

Berlin Music Video Awards, Berlin, Germany

Radar Awards, London, UK

My Mumbai Short Film Festival, Mumbai, India

Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, Tulsa, US

Bogotá Music Video Festival, Bogotá, Colombia

Sehsüchte Film Festival, Potsdam, Germany

Ibiza Music Video Festival, Ibiza City, Spain

Sarajevo Fashion Film Festiva, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Flimmerzimmer Berlin, Germany

Lubuskie Film Summer, Lagow, Poland

Leiden International Short Film Experience, Leiden, Netherlands
Wendland Shorts, Germany

Indy Film Fest, Indianapolis, USA

Machetanz Film Festival, Achorage, USA

Festival Internacional Audiovisual, Chia, Colombia

Terre di Cinema, Italy

Snake Alley Festival of Film, Burlington, USA

Ferfilmfest, Ferizaj, Kosovo

Filmz Mainz, Germany

Arkadia Short Fest, Prahova, Romania



Hofer Filmtage, Hof, Germany

TAU Filmfest, Tel Aviv, Israel

Etiuda & Anima Film Festival, Krakow, Poland

Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine 

First Step Film Festival, Tirana, Albania

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