Tristan Ferland Milewski, born 1979, is a director, writer, and producer of documentary features, documentaries, and documentary broadcast formats.
In his films, he likes to sensitively dive into microcosms to reflect society on a grander scale. His work strongly revolves around sexuality, gender, and the tension between sub- and mainstream culture. His work has received critical acclaim in international publications including The New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, Village Voice, Variety, Vice, I-D, Huffington Post, Movie Pilot, ZDF Heute, Spiegel, FAZ, Tagesspiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and others.
His worldwide success feature-length documentary film „DREAM BOAT“ (produced by Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion, in coproduction with ZDF, in association with ARTE, supported by FFA – German Federal Filmboard, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, DFFF – German Federal Film Fund and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (BKM)) had it’s world premiere at 67. Berlinale Internationale Filmfestspiele, Section Panorama and was shown on festivals like Sheffield Doc/Fest, DOK.fest Munich, and Outfest LA.
It received international press recognition, and was listed in „The 10 best LGBTI films of 2017“ by Gay Star News, alongside „Call Me by Your Name“ and „God’s Own Country“.
„DREAM BOAT“ was released in cinemas in Germany, France, USA in 2017 and is internationally available on NETFLIX.
His documentary series „MAKE LOVE“ (Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion) for public broadcasters ZDF/MDR/SWR starring sexologist and best-selling author Ann-Marlene Henning, was nominated for the German TV Award 2017 and the Grimme Online Award 2014. The series was running from 2013 – 2017 for five seasons and is now available on NETFLIX.
From 1998 to 2007 Tristan Ferland Milewski worked as a Senior Producer and Head of Factual Department at MTV Networks Europe and directed documentaries on most contemporary A-list artists, like Madonna, Britney Spears, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Eminem, Marilyn Manson, Rihanna, and others. Building up the Factual Department, he developed and was Head of all inhouse produced documentary broadcast formats of MTV Networks Germany/VIVA. He developed, directed, and was responsible for documentary broadcast formats like „MTV Access All Areas“, „MTV Diary“, „Fett MTV“, „MTV Fanatic“, „MTV Masters“, „MTV Rock am Ring“ a.o.
Moreover, he holds lectures regularly in the departments of documentary film, story development, and dramaturgy.
Tristan Ferland Milewski lives with his husband, their dog, and their two cats in Berlin (Germany).