#Not Guilty

A Film by Maxim Kuphal-Potapenko


Gay and guilty? In 1961, Heinz stroked another man’s knee. As a result, he was convicted to two years on probation and three weekends in juvenile detention, a conviction that still stands to this day. But he is gay and #NotGuilty. More than 50,000 men were convicted under Section 175 of the German Penal Code because of their homosexuality. It’s high time they were exonerated.


  • Picture of Maxim Kuphal-Potapenko © Maxim Kuphal-Potapenko

    Maxim Kuphal-Potapenko

    When Maxim Kuphal-Potapenko was born in Moscow it was still under the Soviet regime. He went to school in Moscow, Berlin, and Warsaw. While Maxim was studying Audiovisual Media at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences he DOPed some awarded works of fiction or documentaries and co-founded the production collective ‘Das Kind mit der goldenen Jacke’. Since October 2010 he was master’s degree student at the Hamburg Media School where he directed three more awarded fiction short films (‘Eight Months’, ‘Exmun’, ‘Dedowtschina’). 2012 he graduated at the Hamburg Media School (MA Film Directing). Shortly after he co-developed the drama series 'BLOCHIN' (D: Matthias Glasner) for the German television channel ZDF. Also he participated in international programs like the Moscow Film Festival’s Generation Campus, the Reykjavik Transatlantic Talents Lab, the Talents program at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014 and the DOK Hackathon at the DOK Leipzig. In February 2016 he attended the renowned Script Station at the Berlin Film Festival’s Talents program. Also he is working on social campaigns i.e. for the German Federal Anti Discrimination Agency and is developing a documentary project on getting old around the world. Currently he is an artist in residency in Shanghai for the further development of his first feature film ‘SPIN’.

Awards + Festivals

  • 6th PINK LIFE QUEERFEST (Official Selection, Ankara, Turkey)January 19, 2017
  • 14th ZINEGOAK - INT'L LGBT FILM AND PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bilbao, Spain)February 16, 2017
  • 17th FILUMS - INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lahore, Pakistan)February 17, 2017
  • LGBT HISTORY MONTH AT LEEDS MUSEUM (Official Selection, UK)February 18, 2017
    21st VIDEONALE (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)March 11, 2017
  • 2nd INDIE-LINCS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lincoln, UK)March 16, 2017
  • 10th CINÉGLOBE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AT CERN (Official Selection, Meyrin, Switzerland)March 21, 2017
  • 10th THIN LINE FEST (Official Selection, Denton, Texas, USA)April 19, 2017
  • 1st FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DEL CONO SUR (Official Selection, Valparaíso, Chile)April 20, 2017
  • 14th NEIßE FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany) May 9, 2017
  • 8th SKEPTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cagliari, Italy)May 10, 2017
    2nd 16 INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS-2017 (Official Selection, Jaipur, India)May 17, 2017
  • BACKUP_FESTIVAL (Special Programme, Weimar, Germany)May 17, 2017
  • 8th KASHISH MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Non-Competition Category, India)May 24, 2017
  • 44th FESTIVAL OF NATIONS (Official Selection, Lenzing, Austria)June 2, 2017
  • 1st BUDDHA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 10, 2017
  • 10th PORTO7 - OPORTO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Porto, Portugal)June 14, 2017
  • 2nd REVOLUTION ME FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)August 10, 2017
  • 12th TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tacoma, Washington, USA)October 5, 2017
  • 22th TWIST: SEATTLE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Seattle, USA)October 12, 2017


Maxim Kuphal-Potapenko
Anna Moll & Maxim Kuphal-Potapenko
Anna Moll
Federal Antidiscrimination Agency
Director of Photography
Constanze Schmitt
Maxim Kuphal-Potapenko
Laura Weider


Running Time
3 mins
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DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
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