Jannis Lenz studied Directing in the Masterclass of Jessica Hausner at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he also worked as an assistant for Michael Haneke. He got selected for Berlinale Talents, received the Scholarship for Cinematic Art by the Austrian Ministry of Culture and is an official member of the European Film Academy.
Growing up in Germany in a family with his Palestinian grandmother and a sister who came from Cambodia as a refugee during the civil war, he collected his first camera and directing experiences by filming himself and his friends doing "Le Parkour", a performing art in urban environment.
Lenz' films have been screened and won awards at international festivals like Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Sarajevo, Palm Springs, Montreal or Tampere. His Bachelor Degree Film at the Filmacademy Vienna, the Crossmedia- Project WANNABE, was awarded with the Prix Clermont- Ferrand of the European Film Academy and got nominated for the European Film Awards 2017.