I am an award-winning director and photographer currently living in Berlin. I work in narrative fiction film, commercials as wells as documentaries. As an artist I am drawn to the unknown, the odd and the magical. Be it a remote wilderness, a mind-bending philosophical thought experiment or the unsolved riddles of science which ultimately inspire me to create images and stories out of this world. 

When Maxim Kuphal-Potapenko was born in Moscow it was still under the Soviet regime. He grew up in Moscow, (East-)Berlin, and Warsaw. After Highschool Maxim studied Audiovisual Media (BA) at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences where he directed his first short films. After that he was master’s degree student at the Hamburg Media School (MA Film Directing). His short-films participated in the competitions of international film festivals and won numerous awards. Amongst other artist in residencies and international film labs Maxim attended the renowned Script Station at the Berlin Film Festival’s Talents program for further development of his first feature.
Film Directing (MA), Hamburg Media School, Hamburg
Photography (Course Certificate), Ostkreuz School of Photography, Berlin
Audiovisual Media (BA), Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin

Awards/Festivals (Selection)
ADC Award Bronze for #NotGuilty
First Steps Award, Nomination for Dedowtschina
Max-Ophüls-Award, Nomination for Dedowtschina
Camerimage, Best Student Short Film Nomination for Dedowtschina
interfilm Berlin, Best German Short Film Nomination for Dedowtschina
ISFF Hamburg, Won Best Short Film from Hamburg for Dedowtschina 
Cinema Iubit, Won Best Directing for Dedowtschina
Naples Academy of Fine Arts Film Festival, Won Best Film for Dedowtschina
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Award, Won for Exmun
Uppsala ISSF, Best Short Film Nomination for Exmun
Slamdance, Best Short Film Nomination for Let(s) Go
​​​​​​​Kunstnarhuset Messen, Norway
Rucka, Artist Residency, Latvia
Berlinale Talents Script Station, Screenplay Development, Germany
First Movie, Screenplay Development, Germany
SURFACE TENSION, video installation, at ACHT TAGE MARZAHN Art-Festival, Germany
FOCAL Structural Constellations, Screenplay Development, Switzerland, Poland
Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Artist Residency, China
KREATUREN, photography group exhibition, BAUCHHUND gallery, Germany
Story:First Lab, Transmedia Development, Germany
DOK Hackathon at the DOK Leipzig Film Festival, VR Project, Germany
Generation Campus, Directors Lab, at the Moscow Film Festival, Russia
Transatlantic Talent Lab at the Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland
THIS IS A LIE, photography exhibition, LIBAUER ZWEI gallery, Germany