Thank you for your visit! Do have a look around and learn about my projects.

If you have questions or are interested in working together, don’t hesitate to get in touch: 

Mail: astoletnikow[at]gmail[dot]com                  Phone: +49-176-43833881


Motion Gods (Starthelfer) (WT) – documentary – in research

FFF-Bayern, Arcadia Filmproduktion

Armenia, Ukraine, Russia – three countries, three auto repair shops, three mechanics. Making vehicles roll again is the daily challenge of our heroes. As they ensure mobility while repairing cars, they are also a symbol of the will to change in the three countries of the former Soviet Union…

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Russia, Come in! (Россия, приём!) – short documentary – in production

RSF, Pushkin House

А poetically told story about a group of folklore reseachers from Sankt-Petersburg visiting a small and distant village at the White Sea with a hope for collecting good data.

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15 Minutes of Fame (15 минут славы) – short documentary, 24′, 2019

A cover band of a provincial Altai village goes to the capital of the region, Barnaul, to perform on a big stage on a large national holiday, the day of Russia. The long-awaited 15 minutes on the stage turned out for the band to be waiting hours behind it. The organizers of the event also prepared a „surprise“ for the musicians.

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Himmelreich am Baikalsee  – TV documentary, 43′, 2018

Passion and Punishment on Lake Baikal – TV documentary, 52′,  both co-directing with Thorolf Lipp 

ARTE/ZDF, DOC.station, Arcadia Filmproduktion

After recovering from a serious accident, the Siberian Cossack Valery becomes faithfull and takes a vow. He builds three monasteries on Lake Baikal, financed by donations. That is how he wants to thank God for his recovery. But Valery can not operate the monasteries, he would have to become a monk. The buildings are almost finished, but their future is uncertain …

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Of Huge and Small  – short documentary, 26′, 2017 

The film portrays a young human rights activist in russian Murmansk, who shares her thoughts and feelings about her „active life position“ in the current days.

„The question is not whether we’re afraid. The question is what we do when we’re afraid, says the activist Zhanna, who lives in Murmansk and has been classified as a ‘hostile agent’ by the security forces for the past few years. Zhanna lives with her fear and still speaks out about the present political situation – in Russia and elsewhere. It’s the only way she can reassure herself that we ourselves are writing our story. (DOK Leipzig, Luc-Carolin Ziemann)

Watch on GuideDoc


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 AN/AUS (On/Off) – documentary, 57′, 2016, beta-film filmArche e.V. 

After a long and diligent consideration the Russian-German family man Valery finally decides to buy an electric car. As the dream comes true, he and his son Ivan have to rise up to the challenge and prove they are a match for the delicate vehicle and the exceptional technology it embodies. As they journey home through unfamiliar towns and landscapes, their gumption and stamina are subject to a severe and unexpected test.

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Die mit dem Winde gegangen sind (О людях ушедших с ветром) – short documentary, 21′, 2015, co-directing with Achim Burkart, alpha-film filmArche e.V. 

DE: Als „erste Favela Berlins“ wurde die Cuvrybrache in Berlin-Kreuzberg berühmt. Der Kurzdokumentarfilm zeigt den Ort aus der Perspektive seiner Bewohner_innen, die hier versuchen ein zu Hause zu finden. Umgeben von Bars, angesagten Clubs und lukrativen Medienunternehmen leben auf dem Grundstück an der Spree über 200 Menschen in Zelten und Behausungen, die sie aus Müll zusammengebaut haben. Im Oktober 2014 wurde dieser Ort geräumt und seine Bewohner_innen vertrieben. Die Existenz von Freiräumen und sozialen Nischen hat für lange Zeit das Image Berlins geprägt. Mit der der Räumung der Cuvrybrache hat Berlin einen weiteren solchen Ort verloren.  Watch in DE or RU

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Seryoga (Серёга) – short documentary, 16′, 2014, shot during masterclass by Gruscha RodefilmArche e.V. 

The film portrays a young russian boy (6) killing his time on a square outside the town, on which his family’s new house is being built.  

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Unter Oder Über – short documentary, 36′, 2012, co-directing with Mireia GuzmánfilmArche e.V. 

The film deals with the much speculated issue of the end of the world in 2012 and questions the opinions of random passers in Berlin around that topic. The shooting happend in November 2012, just few weeks before the great event in question was supposed to take place.  

I worked on sound in (selection):

The Woddafucka Thing – 2019, feature , Finimondo Productions

Schloss Günzach im Ostallgäu. Besuch bei der Schlossherrin – 2019, TV-report, BR

„Das Drehbuch – 2019, short, Kugelmesch Produktion

Mein Papa, der Mönch – 2018, TV documentary, MDR, ARTEArcadia Filmproduktion

„Entschieden Psychologisch – Der Blick des Wilhelm Salber – 2018, documentary,  Büchner Filmproduktion

Himmelreich am Baikalsee – 2018, TV documentary, ARTE/ZDF, DOC.station, Arcadia Filmproduktion

Der Reichstag – 2017, TV-film, ARTE/NDRC-Films

Deckname Jenny – 2017, feature 

Her mit dem Geld – 2016, short, Filmarche e.V.

Mit Jesus auf die Barrikaden – 2016, short documentary, Filmarche e.V. 

Sodom – 2016, feature, Dog and Wolf films

Something then nothing“ – 2016, short documentary, Universität der Künste Berlin

Russlands Pferde – 2015-16, TV documentary series (5 parts), ARTE/ZDF, DOC.station, Arcadia Filmproduktion

Wir sind noch da – 2015, documentary

Rabbits – 2014, short


Hello, my name is Artem Funk.

I am an independent filmmaker and anthropologist based in Berlin. I also work with pleasure as sound engineer and enjoy especially documentary work.

The great interest for documentary stems from my study of anthropology, a longtime moderator work on the radio Dreyeckland and out of my personal conviction and interest in people. Social and ethical but also existential themes are the focus of my cinematic activity. Apart from Germany my circle of interest includes regionally countries of the former USSR as well as Eastern European countries.

I speak Russian, German and English. I am always ready for work in interesting projects.


2012-16 – Study of documentary directing – filmArche e. V., Berlin 

2015 – Participation in the „Young Filmmakers For Peace“ programme of the goEast Filmfestival

2014 – Project and event manager – Förderband e. V. Kulturinitiative Berlin 

2012 – Magister in anthropology/philology – Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg

I am a member of Filmnetzwerk Berlin, AG DOK