John Goldschmidt is an award winning film director and producer, who was born in London and grew up in Vienna. Goldschmidt has both Austrian and British nationality. He studied at the Czech National Film School FAMU and at The Royal College of Art’s Department of Film and Television, where he graduated with a Master of Arts degree. Goldschmidt is resident in London.


Goldschmidt has made many documentary and fiction films for BBC TV, BBC FILMS, GRANADA TV, GRANADA FILMS, THAMES TV, CHANNEL FOUR, FILM FOUR in the UK and ZDF, WDR, NDR, ORF, SRG, FR3, RAI1, BAVARIA FILM STUDIOS, on the continent and HBO Pictures in the United States.


His productions have won and been nominations for many awards including:

THE BRITISH ACADEMY AWARD (BAFTA)

THE PRIX ITALIA RAI PRIZE - MUSIC

THE GOLDEN NYMPH - MONTE CARLO

THE CINE DEL LUCA AWARD - MONTE CARLO

FERNSEHPREIS DER OESTERREICHISCHEN VOLKSBILDUNG

SILVER HUGO – CHICAGO FILM FESTIVAL

ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARD

GERMAN CINEMA OWNER’S PRIZE

THE SILVER BEAR – BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

SILVER NYMPH - MONTE CARLO (twice)

EMMY NOMINATION – DRAMA SERIES

PRIX ITALIA PRIZE – NOMINATION FOR DRAMA

CABLEACE AWARD (US) - NOMINATION


Goldschmidt’s production company Viva Films was set up originally through an output deal for fiction films with Granada in London and NDR in Hamburg. He advised the European Union on their audiovisual policy and proposed the setting up of a European Script Fund as part of  the MEDIA programme. Goldschmidt has been a member of  both BAFTA and European Film Prize juries. He co-wrote the original report which proposed Channel 4’s involvement in theatrical films, co-wrote The Director’s Guild of Great Britain’s report to the British government on the UK tax credit for feature film production and was a board member of Directors UK.


Goldschmidt is at present Directing and Co-Producing the comedic drama DOUGH, an official UK/Hungarian Co-Production, through his company Viva Films, financed by Docler Entertainment. The film stars Jonathan Pryce, Jerome Holder, Ian Hart, Phillip Davis and Pauline Collins.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Goldschmidt


William Ivory writing about the TV Movie 'SPEND, SPEND, SPEND' in the April 2011 edition of  Sight and Sound:


"if there has been a better 75 minutes on British TV ever then I'd be happy to see it"


Written by Jack Rosenthal and directed by John Goldschmidt, for which he received the BAFTA award for best single television drama.