Susanne was born in 1978 in Osnabrück/Germany. Having studied in acting and journalism in 2004 she founded film production company CONKERTREE FILM in Cologne. Since then she has scripted, directed or edited more than 300 individual fiction and documentary productions – ranging from 30 second clips up to 90 minute features. Susanne also acted until 2014, when she completely committed herself documentary filmmaking. In 2014, her first book, a collection of film scenes which she had authored was published by UVK Verlag. The themes of her films always take on new territory but always gravitate to human desire and fissures. Direct Cinema - non-judgmental, observational is her philosophy. She gets very close to her protagonists and often even does the camera. Susanne works freelance as a writer, director and editor. Susanne worked on her first feature documentary "Pink Elephants" for over 6 years. The film was, theatrically launched in 2018 by W-Film distribution. To date she has completed five feature documentaries and an investigative reportage for TV and cinema. She just finalised a documentary series for ARTE and a documentary for ZDF.



*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






Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dokumentarfilm &

Pro Quote Film e.V


2019 Seminar: documentary filmproduction for producers /

AG Documentary Academy / Cologne


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


Seit 2004 Self-employed as a director, author, editor, DoP &

producer with the GbR kreatiFILM & CONKERTREE FILM


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



Canon C300 Mk ii,

Sony Alpha 7S iii,



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)