The main driving force in my live has always been the unknown and magical. Be it the feeling you get entering an abandoned house in the middle of a forest, pondering about the mysteries of the universe or exploring a remote wilderness on your own. In my work I like to evoke those emotions by creating stories and images out of this world.
Maxim is an award-winning director and screenwriter currently living in Berlin. He works in commercials, narrative fiction, documentary as well as photography. Coming from traditional film he likes to be deeply involved in every step of the creation process. This is where his additional experience as a copywriter, DoP as well as his skills in every aspect of the post production come in handy.

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. In 2017 Maxim co-founded Molle&Korn, a creative agency exclusively working on social, political and environmental issues. 
Education
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
Residencies/Labs/Exhibitions
​​​​​​​Kunstnarhuset Messen, Norway
Rucka, Artist in 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 in 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