John Goldschmidt is a film director and producer, who was born in London and grew up in Vienna. He studied at the Czech National Film School FAMU and at The Royal College of Art's Department of Film and Television, where he graduated with a Master of Arts degree.
Goldschmidt has made many documentary and fiction films for BBC TV, BBC Films, Granada TV, Granada Films, Thames TV, Channel Four, Film Four in the UK and ZDF, WDR, NDR, ORF, SRG, FR3, RAI1, Bavaria Film Studios, on the continent and HBO Pictures in the United States. His award winning films as director have included Just One Kid, It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow, Spend, Spend, Spend and The Devil's Lieutenant (writer Jack Rosenthal), A Crime Of Honour (aka A Song For Europe), Mashenka (writer John Mortimer, based on novel by Nabakov).
His award-winning films as producer include UTZ (script by Hugh Whitemore based on novel by Bruce Chatwin for BBC Films), Deadly Voyage (for HBO & BBC Films).
His productions have won and been nominations for many awards including: British Academy Award (BAFTA) - Director, Prix Italia Rai Prize - Music - Director/Writer, Golden Nymph - Monte Carlo - Director, Cine Del Luca Award - Monte Carlo Director, Fernsehpreis Der Oesterreichischen Volksbildung - Director/Writer, Silver Hugo -- Chicago Film Festival - Director/Producer, Royal Television Society Award - Director, German Cinema Owner's Prize – Producer, Silver Bear -- Berlin Film Festival - Producer, Silver Nymph - Monte Carlo (twice) - Producer, Emmy Nomination -- Drama Series - Director/Producer, Prix Italia Prize -- Nomination For Drama - Director/Producer, Cableace Award (Us) - Nomination – Producer.
Goldschmidt's production company Viva Films was set up originally through an output deal for fiction films with Granada in London and NDR in Hamburg. He advised the European Union on their audiovisual policy and proposed the setting up of a European Script Fund as part of the MEDIA programme. Goldschmidt has been a member of both BAFTA and European Film Prize juries. He co-wrote the original report which proposed Channel 4's involvement in theatrical films and recently co-wrote The Director's Guild of Great Britain's report to the British government on the UK tax credit for feature film production.