Born in 1963, Andreas Dresen started shooting amateur films in 1979. From 1984 to 1985 he worked as a sound technician at the theater in Schwerin, and then apprenticed at the DEFA studio for film, working as assistent director with Günter Reisch. Andreas Dresen studied direction at the University for Film and TV ‘Konrad Wolf’ in Potsdam. Since 1992 he has been working as writer and director for both, TV and big screen as well as theater. In 1998 he became a member of the Academy of Arts Berlin-Brandenburg.
Andreas Dresen has received numerous awards for his documentaries and feature films, among them the German Critics Award (SILENT COUNTRY, NIGHT SHAPES, GRILL POINT), the German Film Award in silver (NIGHT SHAPES, GRILL POINT), the Grimme Award in gold (POLICEWOMAN), and the Silver Bear, the 24th Bavarian Director’s Award and the award for ‘Best Director’ of the festivals in Chicago and Gent (GRILL POINT).