Monika Plura, born ’85 in Neuwied, has been intrigued with filmaking since she was eleven. Early on she discoverd her passion for visual storytelling. During her childhood, youth and adolescence she shot over 60 shortfilms (especially horror films) as a cinematographer together with her directing twin sister. After graduating from high school and many award winning shortfilms, Monika absolved a variety of internships at different film production companies.
2008-2012 she studied Film at the „University of Fine Arts“ in Hamburg, with her mentors being Wim Wenders and Pepe Danquart. Increasingly specializing in and learning the arts and crafts of cinematography, Monika continued to work on shortfilms, commercials and documentaries during that time; and did so all over the world - like Cuba, Morocco, Thailand and the Dominican Republic. Besides all of that, she held workshops for children and teenagers who were getting into filmmaking. 2011 she received the scholarship of the Johanna Loewenherz Foundation for her artistic and pedagogic work in filmmaking.
2012-2014 Monika studied Cinematography at the „Hamburg Media School“ and graduated with a Master of Arts. Additionally to studying there, she attended several master-class workshops held by well-known international cinematographers like Slawomir Idziak, Christopher Doyle and Sean Bobbitt.
In April/May 2015 Monika shot her first feature for TV and festival release „Vorstadtrocker“ as Director of Photography (Station: NDR - premiered at Hamburg Film Festival in October 2015). The film was honored with an award for the "best television feature" on the 37th Biberacher Film Festival in November 2015.
Today Monika works as a freelance cinematographer on features, documentaries and commercials. She lives in Hamburg.