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Jan Soldat was born in 1984 in Karl-Marx-Stadt (GDR). He worked at the Chemnitzer Filmwerkstatt from 2007-2008. From October 2008 he studied Film and Television at the Academy of Film and Television "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg. He has been a guest of the Berlinale several times: in 2010 with BE LOVED in the program of the Berlinale Shorts, 2012 with LAW and ORDER in the Panorama and with CRAZY DENNIS TIGER in the program of Generation 14plus, where he also was a member of the International Jury. His graduation film THE INCOMPLETE won the Best Short Film Award at the Rome Film Festival and was nominated for the German Film Critics' Award. His four-part series documenting prison-roleplays had its premiere at the Viennale 2014, followed by screenings at Rotterdam 2015 and in the program of the Berlinale Panorama 2015. Two of his works, COMING OF AGE and HAPPY HAPPY BABY, deal with the phenomenon of adult babies. After his experimental documentary PROTOCOLS in 2017 about men who want to be slaughtered and eaten, he worked mostly as editor and dramaturgical advisor. In November 2019 he started a series of "First Date Short Films", portraits about gay men and their sexual fantasies in tension between documentary and pornography.