Having studied directing and cinematography at Berlin´s German Film and Television Academy (dffb) Florian Hoffmeister quickly established himself as a cinematographer in Germany´s vibrant art house film scene. He shot award winning films such as „Berlin is in Germany“, „One Day in Europe“ and „Learning to Lie“ (Best Cinematography, Brooklyn International Filmfestival) and worked for companies such as Tom Tykwer`s X-Filme. That body of work brought him to the attention of Bristish director Antonia Bird, who hired him to shoot „Hamburg Cell“, the critically acclaimed tv film about the terrorist attacks on 09/11.
In 2005 he took a break from cinematography to realize his directorial debut „3 degrees colder“, which won him a „Silver Leopard for best first feature“ at the Locarno International Filmfestival.
Shortly after he re-teamed with Antonia Bird to lense a resurrection of „Cracker“, Britains famous TV-series starring Robbie Coltrane. He then expanded his work in the UK, serving as a director of photography on acclaimed international tv projects such as „5 Days“ (nominated for the 2008 Golden Globe), „House of Saddam“ (2009 BAFTA Nomination Best Photography Fiction), and AMC´s remake of „The Prisoner“ (2010 EMMY Nomination Best Cinematography Miniseries or Movie).
In 2009 he decided to devote more time to commercials and music promos where he has since been working with directors Saam Farahmand, Kim Gehrig, Samantha Morton, Lynn Ramsay, Walter Stern and Daniel Wolfe. Furthermore he continued his collaboration with writer / director Tony Grisoni by photographing two more shorts for him since their success with „Kingsland – the dreamer“ (2009 BAFTA Nomination Best Short Film).
In 2010 he returned to the big screen: „The Deep Blue Sea“ which he shot for British director Terence Davies stared Rachel Weisz and was successfully released in November 2011.
Shortly after his most recent work also saw it’s transmission: Charles Dickens‘ „Great Expectations“ was this year’s highly acclaimed christmas special on BBC1.