Hi, I’m Linda-Shiva. I grew up in a German-Irani family in the southern German province. Being part of my family sparked my interest in exploring modern post-migrant stories and bringing them to life on screen. 

After completing my journalism studies at the Bavarian Academy of Television, I pursued a degree in documentary filmdirecting at the University of Television and Film Munich in 2015. My documentary roots are also reflected in my fictional work.

I love to work on stories that stem from reality, with footage or people that have an authentic documentary core to them. This often leads me to experiment with different ways of telling a story, whether this means finding authenticity in fiction or imagination in documentaries. I love to discover poetry and humor within the bounds of realism – and beyond.

I don’t really believe in genre boundaries. I believe in telling appealing stories that connect people.

Additionally, I direct commercials as one half of the directing duo Franklin, alongside Annika Franke. 




2023 ADC*E, Barcelona European – Best Young Creative – I am
2023 Shots Award EMEA London – Silver New Director of the Year – I am
 2023 Ciclope Festival, Berlin – Shortlist New Talent in Direction – I am
2023 London International Awards – Best Scripted Short – I am
2023 Young Director Award, Cannes – Gold Dreampitch – I think I hate my father
2023 Young Director Award, Cannes – Shortlist Best Original Series – I am
2023 ADC Talent Award – Silver Advertising Serial – I am
2023 ADC Talent Award – Gold Communication Art – I am
2023 Spotlight Award – Student Gold – I am
2022 Young Director Award, Cannes – Shortlist Best Short – I am

2021 Starter-Filmpreis, Munich – Best Directing Award – Mamanam
2020 BAFTA Student Award  – Shortlist  Best Life Action Short – Mamanam
2020 SCANORAMA New Baltic Cinema  – Special mention  – Mamanam
2020 Festival du Filme Jeune de Lyon –Prix On Vous Ment – Mamanam
2020 Big Shorts Awards  – Nominated Best Cinematography – Mamanam
2020 Vertical Movie Filmfestival – Best Actress (Lea van Acken) – Remote Love


Arte: Iran: erinnern, hoffen heilen – Interview mit Linda-Shiva Klinkhammer

Shots: YDA winner Linda-Shiva Klinkhammer on patriarchy and perspective
Arte: »Mamanam« – Film & Regiegespräch  im Magazin Kurzschluss
SWR: Iran und Frauen im Film – Interview mit Linda Klinkhammer