Katja Rivas Pinzon was born in 1986 in Hamburg. After different assistant jobs in the art department, B.A. in theatre and media studies at the University of Bayreuth. Until 2016 she studied cinematography at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne. Since 2017 part of the INTO THE WILD mentoring program for young  film professionals and of CINEMATOGRAPHINNEN, the germanspeaking network for female cinematographers. Co-founder of LEUCHTFEUER FILM and together with her co-workers she is a scholar of the Mediengründerzentrum NRW.

She is passionate for strong character driven stories with female leads at the core of the drama. She adores a cinematography that drives the story forward, yet has an open-minded look, observes and reacts, but does not lose its autonomous position and never judges.



2010 – 2016

Studied Cinematography at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne / Professors: Sophie Maintigneux, Katrin Schlösser, Karin Michalksi, Sebastian Richter, Lars Büchel, Matthias Müller


Feminist Filmweek Berlin (D), Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival (D), Loyola Nola Feminist Film Festival New Orleans (USA), Philadelphia Independent Film Festival (USA), Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival (USA), Los Angeles CineFest (USA), Goa Shots International Short Film Festival (Indien)


2018 Honorable Mention for Emerging Cinematographers at the International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund/Köln

2016 Karl-Miescher-Preis for Color in Movies for LE NOCTAMBULE together with the director Yasmin Angel