Torsten Hoffmann is a German-born filmmaker and entrepreneur based in Berlin. He is best known for his award-winning documentaries about technology and science, as well as his work in the field of digital media.
Hoffmann was born in Leipzig, East Germany, in 1974. He studied at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences and the University of Leipzig, earning a degree in Business Administration. In 1997, Hoffmann moved to Berlin and began working in the media industry, first as a freelance editor and then as a producer.
In 2003, Hoffmann co-founded the production company, Doc.com, and produced his first feature-length documentary, "Code Rush," which chronicled the development of the open source web browser Mozilla Firefox. The film won several awards, including the German TV Award for Best Documentary.
In 2006, Hoffmann directed his second feature-length documentary, "Startup.com," which was an in-depth look at the rise and fall of the dot-com boom in the early 2000s. The film was well-received and won several awards, including the International Documentary Association Award for Best Documentary Feature.
In 2010, Hoffmann directed his third feature-length documentary, "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz." The documentary explored the life and work of internet activist Aaron Swartz and his contributions to the development of the internet. The film won dozens of awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.
Since then, Hoffmann has produced and directed several other documentaries, including "The Great Hack" (2019), which explored the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the misuse of social media data. The film was a hit with critics and audiences alike and was nominated for an Academy Award.
In addition to his filmmaking career, Hoffmann is also involved in several other projects. He is the co-founder and CEO of the online video platform, CineTainment, and serves as a board member for the nonprofit organization, Free Press. In 2017, he was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum.
Hoffmann is a passionate advocate for digital media, technology, and the free press. His work has been recognized by many of the most prestigious awards in filmmaking, and he continues to work to bring stories to life that are both inspiring and entertaining.