Susanne was born in Osnabrück in 1978 and founded her own production company CONKERTREE FILM in Cologne in 2004 after successfully studying acting and journalism. Since then, she has scripted, directed and edited over 300 fiction and documentary productions. Susanne was also active as an actress until 2014, when she fully dedicated herself to her passion, documentary film. The themes of her films are multi-layered, but always have to do with human longings and abysses. Direct cinema - i.e. the non-judgemental and observational camera perspective - suits her best. The closeness and trust of her protagonists is very important to Susanne, so she often takes over the camera herself. Susanne works as a freelance writer, director and editor. Her first film reference book was also published by UVK Verlag in 2014, which was republished in 2021.  Susanne worked on her first feature documentary film "Pink Elephants" for six years. This controversial film was released in cinemas by W-Film in 2018. Susanne shoots reports & feature documentaries, as well as documentary series for 3Sat, ZDF, ZDF tivi and ARTE, among others.



*1978 in Osnabrück / GER


school education

1997 A-levels



German (mother tongue)

English (fluently)


Permenant Residence

Cologne, Germany


Housing opportunities

NRW, Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, London, Paris, Edinburgh, New York, Brisbane






AG Doc Working Group Documentary Film & Pro Quote Film e.V


2023 Instagram for docymentary filmmakers  / AG Doc Academy

2023 Green Producing for Documentary Filmmakers / AG Doc Academy
2021 Seminar: Music, Copyright, Quotation & Persl Rights and DSGVO / AG Doc Academy
2020 Video consulting & conception Friedrich Ebert Foundation

2019 Seminar: documentary filmproduction for producers / AG Doc Academy

2018 Seminar: Social Media Marketing / 36Grad Agency / Cologne

2016 Seminar: Documentaries TV & outside with Hans-Erich Viet /media campus / Hannover

2016 Seminar: Scriptdoctoring documentary with Zoran Solomun /media campus / Hannover

2014 Editing Assistent of Martin Kayser-Landwehr ("David wants to fly")

2011 Director-workshop at the Filmacademy Baden Württemberg with Slavomir Idziak

2007 Camera Workout, International film school, Cologne / with Mark Zak

2004 Director-workshop at the KHM Cologne / with Slavomir Idziak

Since 2004 Self-employed as a director, author, editor, DoP for GbR

2004 - 2006 free editor/author for film magazine „Schnitt“

2003 – 2004 Internship editorial office „Schnitt“- Publishing house

2003 – 2004 Distance Learning journalism at ILS Hamburg (final grade Ø: 1,4)

2002 Inclusion in the ZBF Cologne (film & theatre)

2000 - 2015 active as an actress in various TV and film productions

2000 - 2002 Acting studies Theatre academy Cologne (stage diploma)

1999 - 2000 Acting studies „Actors Academy Berlin“

1998 - 1999 Open channel TV- Münster (Camera, editing, sound, moderation, directing)

1998 Directors assistent at the State theatre in Oldenburg

1997 Set managers assistent // Studio Hamburg


IT knowledge

Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro , Photoshop, InDesign, Word, Excel



Sony Alpha 7S iii,

Canon C300 Mk ii,



Self ownes filmequipment (4K), editing suite (Premiere Pro & Final Cut Pro)



screenplay adviser for film / UVK Publishing house 2014 & 2021

Driver's license

Klasse III (B) (Self-owned car)