Building on its recent wins at the world-renowned 2016 and 2017 Cannes Awards, the creative team at Richter Studios was presented with the 2018 German Design Award in Frankfurt, Germany this past February.  The Chicago video production company was honored in the Audiovisual category for a promotional video it created for the British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park.

“What an outstanding creative journey it has been to the red carpet in Germany,” said Jeremy Richter, CEO of Richter Studios. “This win represents our creative footprint on the world stage and it was a tremendous breakthrough reaching this level of excellence. To win a German Design Award, entrants must be nominated by the German Design Council or one of its foundation members. To ultimately be honored as a winner by one of the world’s leading design institutions is an incredible creative achievement.”


CEO Jeremy Richter pointing to the Richter Studios name on the 2018 German Design Award Wall.



The 2018 German Design Award book features the film which won for Richter Studios.

Winners from France, Germany, Indonesia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom joined Richter Studios in the Audiovisual category. More than 1,300 invited guests from industry, politics and the media attended the ceremony. Richter Studios was the only Chicago video production company to win the German Design Award.

2018 German Design Award Ceremony

“As I’ve often said over the years, passion is the transparent signature on any great work of art,” Richter said. “The master craftsmen at Richter Studios are known by many as pioneers in the field of digital cinema. We are constantly experimenting with the latest production cameras, drone aerials, artificial intelligence and sophisticated animation techniques. This speaks to our relentless passion for artistic excellence and leadership in the fields of still and motion imagery.”

The winning film was for the British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park. It featured students, parents and faculty, and was shot over three days in Lincoln Park (a neighborhood in the heart of Chicago). All footage was captured at 4K with a Canon EOS C500. This same film also won at the 2016 Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in the Corporate Video category.

“It is great to see a piece of work focused on our unique school to be recognized with such a prestigious award,” said BISC Lincoln Park Principal Ed Pearce. “The staff, students and parents at BISC LP are the heart of our school and their passion for the quality education we offer really shines through here.”

The Award-Winning Promo Film For The British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park

“What makes this award extra special is that my family has always had a strong connection with our heritage. The word ‘Richter’ means ‘Judge’ in German and my family tree traces back largely to the Kingdom of Prussia, which played a major part in German history. Ich bin sehr stolz auf diese Auszeichnung (“I am very proud of this award”).


The Richter family celebrates on the red carpet at the German Design Awards in Frankfurt, Germany.

The German Design Council, the expert for brand and design in Germany, bestows the German Design Award. Established on the initiative of the German Bundestag (the lower house of German parliament) as a foundation in 1953, it supports the industry in all matters consistently aimed at generating an added brand value through design. The German Design Award is only presented to projects that truly represent pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape. The award represents the third time Richter Studios has received international recognition for the creative it has developed for British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park. The two previous wins were presented at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in 2016 and 2017.

About British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park
BISC Lincoln Park is an internationally-minded private institution preparing students two-years old and up to succeed through a values-based education at a state-of-the-art, five-story campus with a true-to-the-heart Chicago neighborhood feel. Founded in 2001, the school’s mission is to provide an ever-evolving experience for ever-evolving learners. BISC Lincoln Park recognizes the uniqueness of each child through learning that promotes challenge and personalized education at all levels. To learn more about BISC Lincoln Park’s unique, international private school experience, please visit: www.bischicagolp.org.

This effort joins an impressive list of education-related video productions championed by Richter Studios. The company has broad video production experience developing a wide range of corporate videos, and brand films for the education industry. Included in its educational portfolio are productions for the College of American PathologistsDeVry University, NCSBNSaint Ignatius and UW-La Crosse,

Production Crew:
Executive Producer: Jeremy Richter
Director: Joel Manning
DP: Joe Martinez, Jr.
Editor: Luke Sheldon
Animator: Jessica Lawheed


Jeremy Richter celebrating Fastnacht with a beautiful woman in Mainz, Germany along the Rhine river.

About Richter Studios
Richter Studios is a video production company based in Chicago’s gorgeous West Loop that has managed over 3,000 comprehensive productions, casted over 5,000 onscreen talent and created over 10,000 videos over the past two decades. Widely regarded as pioneers in digital cinema, the company develops a diverse range of branded video content for its clients, including TV commercials, corporate videos, explainer videos, social videos and animations.  The company has won over 50 international awards, including the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in 2016 and 2017; and the world-renowned German Design Award in 2018. Richter Studios has comprehensive experience filming up to 8K resolution and has coordinated many nationwide and global video productions for its clients, filming on location in over 45 states and 12 countries. To learn more about Richter Studios and its award-winning service offerings, please visit: www.richterstudios.com

Below is an extensive series of behind-the-scenes photos from the German Design Award experience.

Ed Grozich

As a Director and Executive Producer at Richter Studios, Ed has a passion for great storytelling and brand building. Over a career spanning nearly two decades, Ed has directed hundreds of film and photography productions on behalf of a very diverse range of clients. You can find Ed on LinkedIn.