Jan Wentz is one of Europe’s most respected and award-winning commercial directors. Born in Germany and educated in the US, Jan has always pursued a career at the center of his passion for cinema. Starting as an AD, Jan quickly saw directing as a more satisfying and effective way to express the stories at the core of his global, very human and unique world-view.
Jan’s ability to capture relevant and credible moments and convey them with a bold and poetic visual style has long been one of his trademarks. His ultimate goal is to take the heart of a brand’s message and craft it into an impactful, resonant connection with the viewer that lights up their imagination. Jan loves to explore new narrative approaches and achieve the perfect balance of emotion, energy, personality and style for all his film. Jan is well known for being a passionate and collaborative partner working closely with agency, client and crew alike.
Jan just wrapped international commercials for both BMW and Peugeot, and worked on worldwide campaigns for brands including Audi, Samsung, Gucci, Mercedes, Nescafe, Hornbach, VW and Renault, directing a unique range of talents including Leonardo DiCaprio, Kiera Knightly, James Franco, Sienna Miller and Nina Hagen.
He recently shot “The Art of Storytelling” for Rolex, which aired during the 2018 Academy Awards. The spot features legendary filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Kathryn Bigelow, Alejandro G. Iñárritu and James Cameron.