Patrick Wilfert was born and raised in Mainz, Germany. He speaks German, French and English fluently and is a freelance film editor since 2002. He joined the European Film Academy in 2018.
Studying at university in France (Paris and Marseille), Patrick completed a master's degree with honors in audio-visual arts in 1997. Working on numerous student films, and with a strong interest in dramatic narrative, editing became his primary interest.
Repeatedly employed in his semester breaks, he got valuable insight as editorial office assistant at French-German television ZDF/arte (1994-98, departments "Theater und Musik/arte" and "Kleines Fernsehspiel/ZDF"). Mainly appointed as reader, his evaluations of program and coproduction submissions were highly appreciated.
In 1999, after an intense traineeship in digital postproduction, the Berlin-based and market leading music video company DoRo made him a permanent employee. Avid-editing and vfx-artwork became his second nature.
Freelancer since 2002, Patrick cut many commercials and hundreds of music videos for artists like A-ha, Anastacia, Bloodhound Gang, Beatsteaks, Deep Purple, Die Toten Hosen, Kim Wilde, Kreator, Mando Diao, Motörhead, Paul van Dyk, Rammstein, Tarja Turunen, The Rasmus, Tokio Hotel... Many of those productions show the years-long collaboration with directors Jörn Heitmann and Hinrich Pflug, and quite a number have been nominated and awarded - mainly at the "MTV-EuropeMusicAwards", the "Art Directors Club Germany" and German prize ceremonies "Echo" and "Comet".
Besides his enthusiasm for short formats and still being tasked as a reader, Patrick edited international feature films. In 2002, he edited the outstanding and highly awarded film "Russian Ark" by Aleksandr Sokurov, exploring the then novelty of HD footage. Patrick dynamically reframed and retimed the extraordinary 90minutes-one-take over its whole length, working closely with Aleksandr Sokurov over many weeks - both artistically and humanly an impressive experience.
His edit of "Et Si On Vivait Tous Ensemble?" (starring Jane Fonda, Géraldine Chaplin, Pierre Richard, Guy Bedos, Claude Rich and Daniel Brühl) by french helmer Stéphane Robelin premiered as the closing ceremony event on Piazza Grande at Locarno Film Festival 2011. The film's worldwide theatrical release successfully kicked off in France in January 2012.
Major film-festivals around the world were screening "Errors of the human body", which Patrick edited in 2012 - a rewarded and critically acclaimed thriller-drama by author and director Eron Sheean, starring Michael Eklund and Karoline Herfurth. Canadian actor Michael Eklund won the Leo 2013 "Best Lead Performance" for his role as Dr. Geoff Burton in this international indie-production.
Since, he has been working on feature length films such as "Die Pilgerin", a 180 minutes primetime production for ZDF directed by Philipp Kadelbach, or the american full throttle action film "Hunted", currently released in the US as "Battle drone".
Also Patrick co-edited the awarded documentary "The Promise" by Marcus Vetter, which premiered at the "Filmfest München 2016", screened at major festivals worldwide and had it's theatrical release in autumn 2016.
After the US-indie-comedy "Frat Pack" directed by Michael Philip, he edited the french-german coproduction "Un profil pour deux", written and directed by Stéphane Robelin and starring the fabulous Pierre Richard. This wonderful gallic comedy (german title "Monsieur Pierre geht online") premiered in spring 2017 in France and Germany, followed by a worldwide theatrical release.
Recently, Patrick edited the political thriller "Die Diplomatin - Jagd durch Prag", produced by UFA for ARD (first german TV station), and the episode "Tiere der Großstadt" of german cult crime series "Tatort", both primetime TV movies being directed by Roland Suso Richter.