ALMOST HOME directed by Nils Keller and produced by Jonas Lembeck one of the first short sci-fi films to be shortlisted for an Oscar®

Nils Keller’s ALMOST HOME is a coming-of-age sci-fi film that shares a story of a teenager who beats the odds and then faces a dangerous destiny. This breathtaking short won a student Academy® award and has been shortlisted for the 2023 Oscars®.

Having lived aboard a cramped spaceship with his mother for two years, Jacob’s dream of returning home is finally about to come true. But as they close in on Earth, they receive word of a great danger that could put the teenager in mortal peril.

Nils Keller studied film directing in Munich, Germany. He is currently working as a film, commercial and TV director. His short films have been screened at several renowned film festivals around the world, such as LA Shorts and Sapporo International Short Film Festival. His sci-fi short ALMOST HOME won gold at the Student Academy Awards. His commercials have been honoured at the New York International Advertising Awards and The Golden Award of Montreux among other festivals. As a TV director, he just finished his first German TV series project. In 2022 he signed with Echo Lake Management as a director. 

Jonas Lembeck founded the production company Le Hof Media GmbH together with Philip Hofmann and Robert Richarz in 2020. In 2021, a series for Prime Video was produced in the fiction sector as well as the sci-fi short film ALMOST HOME. In 2022 he signed with Echo Lake Management as a Producer. 

The phenomenal cinematography was created by Georg Nikolaus who is from Munich. After working in the industry for several years, he started studying cinematography at the University of Television in Film Munich (HFF). 

This incredible short can soon be seen at the Film Festival Max Ophüls in Germany on the 25th of January.


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