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Valentin Thurn

Valentin Thur

Valentin Thurn


Valentin Thurn is a director of documentaries for TV and cinema, based in Cologne, Germany.

His documentary “Taste the Waste” won 20 international awards such as the German Environmental Media Award and the Eating City Special Award. The sequel “Food Savers” won among others the Econsense Journalist Award. His bestseller book “Die Essensvernichter” about food waste has been translated into various languages.

His film “10 Billion – What’s on your plate?” won the German Nature Film Award and many others and was declared the most successful German cinema documentary in 2015. His book “Harte Kost” about the same topic – how to feed the growing world population – gained the Salus Media Award. His latest documentary “Dream On! Yearning for Change” about people trying to realize their visions has been released in the German cinemas on Sept. 30th, 2021. 

In the last 25 years Valentin Thurn realized more than 50 documentaries for ARD, ZDF and ARTE, among them “I Am Al Qaeda” that has been nominated for the German TV Award in 2006. His production company ThurnFilm created more than 30 documentaries for TV and cinema in the last 10 years.

Valentin is the chairman of the association “Taste of Heimat” and board member of the association “Foodsharing Germany”. In 2012 he founded “Foodsharing e.V. and 1993 he was a co-founder of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ), gathering journalists from over 50 countries.